AN INTENSIVE COURSE OF LECTURES, WORKSHOPS AND INDEPENDENT
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J. KIFFIN PENRY EPILEPSY MINIFELLOWSHIP® PROGRAMS
The Epilepsy MiniFellowship Program is a comprehensive 4 day course
for Epilepsy Fellows in the diagnosis and management of seizures,
current advances in epilepsy including new diagnostic methods, treatment
options, and management of epilepsy in special populations. In addition,
other topics discussed include psychosocial and medicolegal issues.
MiniFellows attend and give case presentations (there is a case study
requirement) and advance their knowledge of epilepsy through lecture
sessions, case workshops, and peer group discussion. Individual endeavor
will be enhanced by interaction and consultation with the faculty.
A limited number of participants are selected for each course from
the applications received.
At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be better able
- 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 and surgical therapies
as well as their results and effects;
- Recognize the different treatment and management issues of specific
epilepsy patient populations including pediatrics, women, the elderly
and the multiply handicapped;
- Discuss the fundamental importance of the quality of life for patients
and to display models for a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis
and treatment of epilepsy;
- Discuss problem cases, thereby providing a practical forum by which
to apply knowledge gained through the MiniFellowship.
The Epilepsy MiniFellowship is offered exclusively to Epilepsy
Fellows. Candidates should have a strong commitment to the field
of epilepsy and a sincere desire further their expertise in this field.
The ideal candidate for the MiniFellowship should plan to devote a
significant portion of their practice to the diagnosis, treatment
and management of seizures, and have an interest and potential as an "educator"
in the field of epilepsy. Each candidate is reviewed with respect to
Invitations are extended directly to selected neurology programs. Other
qualified fellows may apply directly by submitting an application,
letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the program
coordinator. Please note that application does not guarantee attendance.
A DISTINGUISHED FACULTY
The MiniFellowship 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 University School of Medicine.
Saturday - Course Introduction followed by Reception
Sunday - History & Epidemiology of Epilepsy, Diagnosing
the Patient with Epilepsy, Classification of Epileptic Seizures w/Videos,
Classification of the Epilepsies, Diagnostic Tools, Basic Mechanisms
of Seizures, Nonepileptic Seizures, Workshops on Patient Cases, Pharmacokinetics
of AEDs, Evening Case Presentations
Monday - Genetics of Epilepsy, EEG of Epilepsy, The
Single Seizure, Experimental Models, AEDs: Mechanisms of Action, Efficacy
of AEDs, Workshops on Patient Cases, AED Interactions, Emergencies/Acute
Management, Adverse Events, Evening Case Presentations
Tuesday - Clinical Use of AEDs, Psychosocial Issues,
New AEDs, IV and Other Formulations, Generic AEDs, Selection of the Surgery
Patient, Epilepsy Surgery, Workshops on Patient Cases, Multiply Handicapped,
Alternative Therapies, Evening Case Presentations
Wednesday - Pediatric EEG, Sudden Unexpected Death, Neonatal
Seizures/Infantile Spasms, Pediatric Epilepsy, Depression and Suicide
in Epilepsy, Women and Epilepsy, Workshops on Patient Cases, Epilepsy
in the Elderly, Discontinuance of AEDs, Course Summary
Thursday - Breakfast/Flight home