2017 08 FEB
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Quick Case opening: the Instructions

Dear SIMRI Members we wish to inform you that following the meeting between a delegation of the Pediatric Assembly ATS and the SIMRI delegation during the last American Thoracic Society (ATS) Congress a collaboration was initiated between the SIMRI website Committees and Pediatric Assembly ATS in order to improve "Education" activities!

Together with American colleagues we will initiate a work training and professional development in the field of Pediatric Pneumology using a very immediate and effective format already present and appreciated in the US ATS website: "Quick Hits". Simple pneumological relevant images will be published on the site SIMRI accompanied by a brief description of the case and a multiple choice question; the goal is the correct interpretation of the image!

This specific format will help us to better focus our attention on diagnostic tools we have available in our everyday reality of work.

We ask you to actively participate by sending pictures of capital contributions, ultrasound scans, lung CT scan, bronchoscopy, polysomnograms, histological images, and anything interesting and suggestive of a diagnosis you've ever find in your work (instructions are detailed below) .

Most educational applications, will be sent to d Pediatric Assembly ATS in the English language colleges for publication on the website of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), therefore, send us your pictures and answer the questions of "Images Quick on the website of SIMRI !

Good job everyone.

Quick case open: A skin that takes breath awayInstructions of Quick Hits

The objective of the "fast image" is to start from an image to induce a brief discussion. This mode of teaching and professional growth is among the most popular on the site of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and, from today will also be present on the site of SIMRI.

The images of clinical cases should relate to daily interest for those involved in pediatric aspects of bronchopneumonia, respiratory sleep disorder, provide intensive care and ventilatory.

Key points:

Before submitting a contribution, please always ensure that similar cases have never been previously published; if so, please reconsider the submission.

maximum word limit (without spaces) for quick clinical case: <800

Categories of interest: echocardiographic images, flow waves / pressure of the fans, X-rays, CT, MRI, X-ray, polisonnorafiche images, pulmonary function tests, pathological / histological images, bronchoscopic images and pediatric clinical images.

Please send the contributions (case report and picture) by July 1, 2016 to the email: and

Instructions for authors (kindly submit it in "Word Document" format):

Title: Includes two titles.

1. rapid and appropriate description of the "Case", but does not include the response to the event

2. The diagnosis or response / key image.

Example: "Hemoptysis in the desert" and "CT image of a Coccidioidomycosis Disseminated"

Authors: Include the name and 'affiliation of all authors.

Introduction: The patient's clinical description must be VERY short. The aim is to focus on the image.

Picture / i: 1-3 images. Video also echocardiography will be accepted. Generally a single image is enough. Please use with high quality images and concealing any patient identifier and logos of companies.

Question: multiple choice questions. The question does not have to be difficult, but rather MUST stimulate scientific curiosity. Example: "What 'it is the diagnosis?"

Answer and Discussion: The answer has to be given with a simple discussion on the image on the clinical diagnosis and treatment options. Please be synthetic and you use no more than 2 paragraphs to these sections.

references: maximum 1-5 references.

You can consider as examples those of the ATS website that you find on the link below:

Deadlines: We plan to publish on our site a '' fast image "every 3 months (July 15, Oct. 15, January 15, 15, April) but the frequency can be increased if there will be many cases of submissions.

You will be sent an email by the Segreteria SIMRI three weeks before publication to communicate the acceptance or non-acceptance of the image and the possible need for revisions.

The goal of quick hits is to display an image that can prompt a short discussion. These images are one of the most popular features on the ATS website. The images should be “bread and butter” images that are examples of things most pulmonologists, intensivists, and sleep physicians should know. Think horses, not zebras. Our goal is to have a variety of cases. If you see that another image/finding/case has been recently published that is very similar, please reconsider submitting.

Word count: < 800 words, no minimum.

Categories: Echocardiography/critical care ultrasound, ventilator waveforms, radiology, PA catheter and radial artery catheter waveforms, sleep images, pulmonary function tests, pathology, bronchoscopy, and pediatrics.

Please send all submissions to:

Formatting (please submit as a Word document):

Title: Include two titles.

A sufficiently vague description that does not give away the answer The key diagnosis/answer.

Example: “Hemoptysis in the Desert” and “CT image of Disseminated Coccidiodes”

Authors: Please include name and affiliations of all authors

Intro: The patient description/presentation should be VERY short, just enough to introduce the case. The goal is to get to the picture.

Image: 1-3 images. Videos (such as echocardiogram) are also acceptable. Often, one image is sufficient. Please use high quality images, and avoid any patient identifiers or company logos.

Question: Multiple choice question. The question does not have to be difficult; it is mostly to prompt curiosity. The most common question is “What is the finding?” or some variant of this.

Answer and Discussion: The answer is given, and a brief discussion of the finding, clinical diagnosis, and/or treatment options. Brevity is favored. Perhaps 2-4 paragraphs.

References: 1-5 references allowed.

For examples, please refer to the following website:

Timeline: We aim to publish one quick hit every 2 weeks, but will increase the frequency if there are many submissions. We will vary the content. We will notify you within three weeks of submission whether your case will be published, revisions are requested, or not published.

Article by Valeria Caldarelli