37th Annual Contemporary Clinical Neurology Symposium Sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and The Department of Neurology

Purpose and Target Audience
Vanderbilt’s Contemporary Clinical Neurology Symposium is designed primarily for practicing neurologists and child neurologists. Other neurology health care providers including fellows, residents, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners also benefit. Over the past 36 years, neurologists from the Southeast and Eastern seaboard attend this symposium and many of the participants have attended for more than 20 years.
  
CME Credit Designation
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine desginates this live activity for a maximum of 16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Statement of Educational Needs

There are significant unmet educational needs in the areas of Stroke and Cerebrovascular disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Headache, and Sleep disorders.  This symposium is designed to assist participants in improving their clinical practice.  Topics were chosen through analysis of comments from past participants, examination of recent findings in the research literature, and newly published practice guidelines. 

 

The need for education for neurologists in diverse areas such as Acute Stroke and Cerebrovascular disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) including; 1) treatment of MS with oral medications, infusions, and biologics, 2) diagnosis of MS, 3) evaluation of related immunologic disorders.  New and exciting treatments are available in these areas and many neurologists lack the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to correctly asses and treat them with the most advanced, evidence-based interventions. 

 

The need for education in the care of people with Sleep and Headache Disorders including; 1) oral medications for migraine, 2) botulinum toxin for chronic migraine, and 3) the interaction of sleep disorders and headache.  Recent progress in the evaluation and management of sleep disorders is significant and neurologist need better understandings of new treatments for sleep disorders including insomnia.  Practice guidelines are published in these areas however, neurologists still do not consistently apply current therapies or evaluations in practice. 

 

Consequently, more physicians than acceptable have professional practice gaps in these areas and as a result more patients than acceptable do not receive optimal care.  This CME activity will provide learning, Performance-in-Practice (PIP) improvement, Self Assessment (SA), and Peer and Patient Feedback opportunities for physicians to address and reduce their professional practice gaps.

 

Self-Assessments

NEW THIS YEAR! Add one or more Self-Assessment Exercises to your learning.  Each  is certified by the ABPN for Maintenance of Certification and also earns participants an additional 8.0 CME credits for each exercise, for a maximum of 24 credits.
  
Self-assessment in Stroke
Self-assessment in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Self-assessment in Headache

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine desginates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 24.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Performance in Practice/Stroke

Continuing this year is an opportunity for physician participants to earn up to an additional 20.0 credits for participating in a Performance-in-Practice (PIP) activity related to Stroke. This activity is certified by the ABPN for Maintenance of certification, Part 4. Chart reviews before the conference, attending a special session at the conference, and monitoring after the conference will be required to earn these additional credits. Registration for Symposium is required for participation in the PIP on Stroke. The PIP on Stroke is an additional $99 and includes a boxed lunch for attendees of this session.

Each year, nearly 800,000 people suffer from stroke in the United States and there are currently over 7 million Americans over the age of 80 who have had a stroke in the past. The incidence of stroke is not uniform across gender, race, or geographic location within the United States and the care of patients following stroke and attempts to prevent stroke must be tailored to the individual patient. Many physicians are not yet aware of the newly issued performance measurement set and many others have not yet adopted the recommended measures for quality improvement.

After participating in this CME activity, physicians should be able to:

1.  Recognize the need to prescribe anticoagulant therapy for atrial fibrillation at discharge following stroke.
2.  Prescribe appropriate lifestyle changes and medications (if needed) for lipid management.
3.  Recognize the need to control blood pressure as an intervention to reduce stroke
4.  Prescribe rehabilitation services for patients with stroke upon discharge.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine desginates this PI CME activity for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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