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The Practical Neurological Toolkit: High Yield Updates for the Office and the Ward

The Practical Neurological Toolkit: High Yield Updates for the Office and the Ward is a one-day program to be hosted virtually on June 4, 2021. The content is focused on common and hot topics in neuroscience, as well as identified clinical growth areas for the field. The course targets non-neurologists, from backgrounds of primary care and internal medicine and including hospitalists, nurse practitioners, and other advanced practice providers and nurses.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the presentation, diagnosis, comorbidity and pathophysiology of acute, subacute and chronic neurological disease
  • Review the etiology of slowly evolving (i.e., stuttering) deficits across a variety of pathologies including how to differentiate them from other etiologies
  • Differentiate common and uncommon conditions presenting with headache
  • Define effective inpatient approaches for seizures, ICU monitoring, intracerebral hemorrhage and others
  • Compare and contrast the differential for weakness, spells and memory loss
  • Learn about breakthroughs and exciting research on the delivery of neurologic care in all settings

MDs/Doctoral-Level Professionals

Super Early Bird Registration (on or before April 7, 2021): $250.00*
Early Bird Registration (on or before May 7, 2021): $300.00
Regular Registration (after May 7, 2021): $350.00

Other Professionals or Trainees

Super Early Bird Registration (on or before April 7, 2021): $150.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before May 7, 2021): $200.00
Regular Registration (after May 7, 2021): $250.00



Residents/Fellows (any/all residents and fellows, including Mass General affiliated)


Mass General Physicians


Mass General Residents, Nurses and Advanced Practice Providers


*The deeply discounted Super Early Bird Registration rate is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE and will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Content and faculty subject to change.

June 4, 2021

Morning Program

Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:00—8:10 AM
Mass General Neuroscience Chairs

The Commonest Neurological Diagnosis: Migraines
8:10—8:25 AM
Jennifer Cheng, NP

Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: Not a Simple Headache
8:25—8:40 AM
Bart K. Chwalisz, MD

Fall and Headache: Is this a Chronic SDH?
8:40—8:55 AM
Christopher J. Stapleton, MD

Concussion and Other Concerns after Mild TBI
8:55—9:10 AM
Ross Zafonte, DO

Glial Tumors: Light at the Tunnel’s End?
9:10—9:25 AM
Isabel C. Arrillaga-Romany, MD, PhD

Coffee Break
9:25—9:30 AM

COVID-19 Special Focus

Pirouette, Not Pivot: Tele-capability and Neurological Disease
9:30—10:00 AM
Lee H. Schwamm, MD

COVID-19 and Neurological Disease
10:00—10:30 AM
Shibani S. Mukerji, MD, PhD

Managing the Psychiatric Impact of a Health Crisis
10:30—10:55 AM

Coffee Break
10:55—11:00 AM 

Incidental Intracranial Aneurysms Reveal Their Secrets
11:00—11:15 AM
Aman B. Patel, MD

Carotid Disease: Follow that Bruit
11:15—11:30 AM
Erica Camargo-Faye, MD, MMSc

“Doctor, My Back Hurts!”: Who Needs What?
11:30—11:45 AM
Jean V. Coumans, MD

Alarm Bells for Patients with "Spells"
11:45—12:00 PM
Sahar Zafar, MBBS

Lunch Break
12:00—12:30 PM

Bringing Light to the Darkness of Dementia
12:30—12:45 PM
Alison McManus, NP

Managing the Psychiatric Impact of a Health Crisis
12:45—1:00 PM
Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc

Glow on the Horizon: Therapeutic Innovations to Come 
1:00—1:30 PM
Mark Richardson, MD, PhD
Leigh R. Hochberg, MD, PhD

Virtual Fireside Chat: Moderated Discussion with the Chairs
1:30—1:50 PM
Merit E. Cudkowicz MD, MSc
Bob S. Carter, MD, PhD
Maurizio Fava, MD

Closing remarks
1:50—2:00 PM
Mass General Neuroscience Chairs



5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

5.25 Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 5.25 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.

Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

5.25 Participation

This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.