Education & training
FRCP, MD, MSc, Dip Med Lead, Cert Med Ed
Consultant in Respiratory Medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases of the airway and lungs, their linings and blood vessels, and the muscles and nerves required for breathing. Pulmonologist treats lung diseases including cancer of lung, tuberculosis, or TB (a bacterial lung disease), cystic fibrosis (an inherited condition that causes a sticky section that can affect the airways often causing infection), interstitial lung disease (scarring of the lung tissue between and supporting the air sacs), chronic cough, sleep disorders relating to breathing, eg obstructive sleep apnoea, pulmonary vascular disorders (affecting the blood circulation of the lungs). Doctors in acute internal medicine (AIM) provides the initial assessment, investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with conditions that have developed quickly, exhibit severe symptoms life-threatening within the first 72 hours of their hospital stay.