Immunology for Basic Physician Trainees

Tentative dates for 2020 (to be confirmed)

Melbourne: 12-13th September 2020

Sydney: 24 - 25th October 2020

Registration for 2020 courses will open 1st July 2020

About The Course

The immunology4bpts course aims to provide essential knowledge about the basic science of the immune system, and how this translates into clinical medicine. It will give a thorough coverage of basic immunobiology, and use this background to explain some specific immunological conditions, including immunodeficiency and vasculitis. The practice of medicine right now is in the process of being revolutionised by the advent of new therapeutics, mostly biologicals, almost all targeting basic immunological mechanisms in order to alter disease processes, and this is occurring in almost all specialities of medicine. This course will therefore give trainees of all disciplines the skills necessary to understand these agents into the future and be able to apply those skills to whatever speciality they choose.


In doing so, the course will explain the basic concepts of immunobiology necessary for the Basic Science paper of the RACP part I examination, and build on this knowledge to present immunological diseases in that context, of relevance to the Clinical medicine section of the part I examination.

Course Content

The course will consist of a series of lectures with appropriate breaks. A comprehensive set of colour notes will be provided. The course includes a number of explanatory videos, and will finish with a session of 50 MCQs to test and consolidate the various aspects of the lecture content. There will be ample time to ask questions during the breaks, so bring those problematic MCQs with you, or preferably email them to Prof Fulcher ahead of time and he will try to work them into the sessions.