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The Advances in Epilepsy program is a weekend CME activity focused on the diagnosis, treatment and management of seizures. This intensive weekend is designed for neurologists and other health care professionals with an interest in clinical epilepsy. This is also an excellent opportunity for alumni of earlier programs to refresh their knowledge and learn of new developments in the field.


  • The Advances in Epilepsy program is not offered in the current schedule. Future offerings will be posted on the calendar page when confirmed.

In one intensive weekend, participants hear concise lectures on the fundamental principles of the diagnosis and management of epilepsy as well as current advances in the field. Advances in Epilepsy participants attend case presentations and advance their knowledge of epilepsy through audiovisual conferences, lecture sessions and peer group discussions. Faculty members are available for individual consultation and group discussion. This educational activity is eligible for CME credit; see below.

The Advances in Epilepsy course is designed to have immediate, practical application and tangible benefits for the physician's practice. The basic principles of diagnosis, classification, and treatment of seizures, as well as the initiation, modification and discontinuation of drug therapy will be discussed in detail. Emphasis on the function and support systems for the epilepsy patient and the organizational framework of the epilepsy management team are given, and a notebook covering all material is presented to each member of the class.

Candidates for the Advances in Epilepsy program must have a sincere desire to further their knowledge and expertise in the field of epilepsy management. To be considered for participation, candidates must submit an application and curriculum vitae to Wake Forest School of Medicine. Please note that an application does not guarantee attendance.

The Advances in Epilepsy program is presented by distinguished guest speakers from around the country, along with the faculty and staff of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Wake Forest School of Medicine.


  • Classify epileptic seizures & syndromes understanding the new ILAE classification system.
  • Employ video EEG and other diagnostic imaging tools to diagnose seizures.
  • Recognize diagnostic indicators of non-epileptic seizures and describe management available options.
  • Review emerging epilepsy syndromes and the role of genetics in defining newly identified syndromes. Explain the role of interaction, efficacy, mechanism of action and adverse effects in the selection and management of anticonvulsant therapy.
  • List key clinical and pharmacological characteristics of the recently approved antiepileptic drugs.
  • Recognize the specific challenges and considerations involved when treating epilepsy in special patient populations such as women, children and adolescents, including transitioning care from adolescence to adulthood.
  • Discuss new and emerging epilepsy treatment options, including surgery & neurostimulation.
  • Examine patient case studies and develop diagnoses and management plans based on patient history and diagnostic findings.

Thursday - Course Introduction followed by Reception

Friday - Diagnosing the Patient with Epilepsy; Seizure Classification & Semiology; EEG Workshops; Efficacy of AEDs; When to Start and Stop AED Therapy; Adverse Events; Women's Issues; Case Workshops; Latest AEDs; Panel Discussion, Evening Case Sessions-participant presentations.

Saturday - Non-Epileptic Seizures; Epilepsy in Special Populations; Case Workshops; Clinical Management; When to Refer for Epilepsy Surgery; Video EEG Workshops.

Sunday - Departures

Tuition and meals for this program are provided through unrestricted educational grants. Participants are responsible for transportation and lodging expenses. Participants are eligible for a group package rate of $225.00 ($75.00 per night). Payment is required to secure your reservation. Payment instructions and other details will be included in your confirmation letter upon acceptance to the program. Assistance with making travel arrangements is available from our conference coordinator on request. Graylyn Conference Center provides a shuttle service to Piedmont Triad International Airport for $25.00 each way.

The Wake Forest School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Wake Forest School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All faculty participating in Continuing Medical Education Programs sponsored by The Wake Forest School of Medicine are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation.


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