Immunology for Basic Physician Trainees



This course is different to any biology course you have ever attended! Traditionally the science of the immune system is taught, and then the clinical immunology, where that science is used to understand clinical medicine. Many graduates struggle with the science, but are much more comfortable with the clinical lectures.


Science drives clinical understanding. In the immunology4bpts course, the science and clinical applications will be combined and presented together! So, one aspect of the immune system is covered, and then immediately, the clinical conditions that arise when that aspect goes wrong.

For example, you learn about the IgA molecule, and then IgA deficiency; about IgG, and then about how IgG monoclonal antibodies are generated and used to treat disease. And about IgG deficiencies such as CVID. Having covered Th2 responses, allergic disease is discussed, and the use of monoclonal antibodies to block Th2 cell cytokine products for the management of allergic diseases; T-cell co-stimulation immediately leads on to discussion of the blockade of co-stimulators to treat cancer......the science will always be tied to how it can be applied to immune diseases and their treatment.


Reflect on this! The course is broken down into lecture segments of  about 25-30 minutes, and are followed by blocks of 5-10 mins where registrants can reflect on the presented material, in order to consolidate understanding. Reflection will include revision MCQs, or anaylsis of extracts or abstracts from the current literature. This approach furthers the command of the topic, as an understanding of the immune system is immediately applied to understanding the latest literature in clinical and applied immunology.

Who will benefit from this course?

The course is designed for:

  • all internal medicine trainees in basic training
  • established physicians who want a refresher in Immunology
  • paediatric trainees; the basic sciences and many clinical applications (eg allergy, transplantation, immunodeficiency) are very relevant to paediatric training, as is of course the dedicated lecture on Paediatric Immunodeficiency.

The course is enriched with graphics throughout