The Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center

A Practicum: Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation



About the Practicum

The Practicum was inaugurated in 1982 by Drs. Karlman Wasserman and Brian J. Whipp in response to requests for practical instruction in cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Since then, the content of the course has evolved to reflect change in technology, but it continues to have the physiology of exercise as its focus. The three-day program including didactic lectures, group discussions and laboratory demonstrations. Education goals are to understand the physiologic basis of gas exchange responses to exercise and to be able to use variables and parameters of clinical exercise tests to meaningfully characterize exercise function. The course is intended for physicians in clinical practice or academics, exercise scientists and laboratory personnel involved in cardiopulmonary exercise testing. The text Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation serves as the syllabus for the course and is included in the registration.


Practicum Program

Offered by the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine at The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, this three day program comprises didactic lectures, small group tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, and provides opportunities for informal discussion with faculty.

The educational objectives of the Practicum are to provide:
a) An understanding of the physiologic basis of gas exchange and related responses to exercise
b) The practical knowledge necessary to conduct and interpret clinical exercise tests

 A textbook is provided to registrants prior to the start of the course.

A Practicum: Day 1, Principals (8:30am - 6:00pm)

Lecture/Discussions: Physiological Basis of Exercise; Matching of Internal and External Respiration; Practical Issues in Conducting a Clinical Exercise Test; Laboratory Demonstration: Calibration and Incremental Exercise Test; Small Group Tutorials and Large Group Discussion; Evening Reception - Meet the Faculty.

A Practicum: Day 2, Testing (8:30am - 5:00pm)

Lecture/Discussions: Summarizing and Displaying Data for Analysis; Normal Values; Applications of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing; Calibration and Validation; Laboratory Demonstration: Constant Work Rate and Inspiratory Capacity; Dynamic Responses to Constant Work Rate Exercise; Group Disucssion.

A Practicum: Day 3, Interpretation (8:00am - 3:00pm)

Lecture/Discussions: Typical Exercise Findings in Pathological Conditions; Strategies for Integrated Interpretation and Reporting; Practice Interprentations of Clinical Tests; Assessment and Case Review; Final Discussion.




Booking Enquiries

Registration Limit
   30 participants

    Feb, June and October annually

    Upcoming Practicum Courses:

VIRTUAL COURSE: 8th-10th Oct, 2020 

For More Information
Ms. Tess Endoso

The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
1124 West Carson Street, CDCRC Building
Torrance, CA 90502

T: (310) 222-3803
E: teresita.endoso@labiomed.org

Download a Brochure and Registration Form Here for:

 October 2020 (virtual)

Note: Virtual course will run 4-4.5 hours per day, stating at 8AM Pacific Daylight Time





Practicum Faculty

Course Director:
Kathy E. Sietsema, MD
Professor of Medicine, UCLA
Chief, Division of Respiratory & Critical Care Physiology and Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center


Richard Casaburi, Ph.D., M.D.
Professor of Medicine, UCLA
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Janos Porszasz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, UCLA
Technical Director, Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Harry B. Rossiter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, UCLA
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

William W. Stringer, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, UCLA
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Darryl Y. Sue, M.D.
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UCLA
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Susan A. Ward, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Sports Science
University of Leeds