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.
ADVANCES IN EPILEPSY PROGRAM
- The Advances in Epilepsy program is not
offered in the current schedule. Future offerings will be posted on
the calendar page when confirmed.
A CONCISE UPDATE
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.
AN INTENSIVE, REWARDING COURSE OF STUDY
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.
A DISTINGUISHED FACULTY
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
- 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
- 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.
patient case studies and develop diagnoses and management plans based
on patient history and diagnostic findings.
PRELIMINARY COURSE OVERVIEW
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
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.