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EPILEPSY MINIFELLOWSHIP® for Epilepsy Fellows

AN INTENSIVE COURSE OF LECTURES, WORKSHOPS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

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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.

LEARNER OBJECTIVES
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 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.

SELECTION CRITERIA
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 unique qualifications.

APPLICATION PROCESS
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.

COURSE OVERVIEW
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

 

 


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