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The Advances in Epilepsy for the IDD/LTC population is a specialized weekend course for physicians who treat intellectually developmentally delayed patients with epilepsy. This intensive weekend course will address the diagnosis, treatment and management of seizures as well as behavioral problems and issues pertinent to this special population.


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The Advances in Epilepsy IDD/LTC program is presented through the J. Kiffin Penry Epilepsy Education Programs by its distinguished faculty comprised of speakers from around the country who are recognized experts in their fields. Lectures covering the basic principles of diagnosis, classification and treatment of seizures, as well as the initiation, modification and discontinuance of drug therapy will be discussed in detail. Emphasis on the function of support systems for the epilepsy patient and the organizational framework of the the epilepsy management team will be given, and a notebook covering all material will be presented to each member of the class. Faculty members are also available for individual consultation and group discussion during the course.

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be better able to:

  • Identify the fundamentals of treating different seizure types, make accurate diagnoses and describe how they relate to epileptic syndromes;
  • Describe new techniques, diagnoses and advances in drug therapy
  • Delineate the history and development of medical therapies as well as their results and effects;
  • Recognize the issue in certain specialty areas of practice; (e.g. issues faced by those treating epilepsy in state institutions);
  • Discuss the importance of the quality of life for IDD patients and display models for a comprehensive approach to their management;
  • Discuss problem cases, thereby providing a practical forum by which to apply knowledge gained through the Advances in Epilepsy IDD/LTC course.

There are a limited number of spaces available for the Advances in Epilepsy IDD/LTC course. Candidates for the 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 form and curriculum vitae to Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Please note - an application does not guarantee attendance.


  • Thursday - Course Introduction followed by Reception
  • Friday - History & Epidemiology of Epilepsy, Classification of Seizures and the Epilepsies, Psychosocial Issues, Non-Epileptic Seizures, Behavioral & Psychiatric Aspects of Epilepsy, Emergencies and Acute Management, Evening Case Presentations
  • Saturday - Drug Interactions and Side Effects, Epilepsy in the Elderly, Epilepsy in the Multiply Handicapped, Pediatric Epilepsy, Syndromes & Complications in the Multiply Handicapped, Reduction of Polypharmacy, Course Summary
  • Sunday - Breakfast/Flight home

The Wake Forest University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Wake Forest University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All faculty participating in the Continuing Medical Education Programs sponsored by Wake Forest University 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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