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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 at the Westin Copley on April 18, 2020. The content is focused on common or hot topics in neuroscience, as well as identified clinical growth areas for the field. The target audience for the course included, referring providers, specifically PCPs, ED doctors, hospitalists, nurse practitioners, nurses and other clinicians that deal with neurological patients on a regular basis.

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 December 27, 2019): $400.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before February 27, 2020): $450.00
Regular Registration (after February 27, 2020): $500.00

Other Professionals or Trainees

Super Early Bird Registration (on or before December 27, 2019): $200.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before February 27, 2020): $250.00
Regular Registration (after February 27, 2020): $300.00



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


***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.

Saturday, April 18, 2020


Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15—8:30 AM
Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc, and William Curry, MD

Evolution Now: Changing the Delivery of Stroke Care
8:30—8:45 AM
Lee Schwamm, MD

Incidental Intracranial Aneurysms Reveal Their Secrets
8:45—9:00 AM
Aman Patel, MD

Carotid Disease: Follow That Bruit
9:00—9:15 AM
Erica Camargo-Faye, MD, MMSc

Panel: Stuttering Deficits
9:15—9:45 AM
Moderator: Taylor Kimberly, MD, PhD
Patricia Musolino, MD, PhD, Jean-Valery Coumans, MD, Christopher Anderson, MD

Posterior Circulation Stroke
Chronic SDH
Vascular Dementia

Coffee Break
9:45—10:00 AM

The Commonest Neurological Complaint: Headaches
10:00—10:15 AM
David Chen, MD

Glial Tumors: Dealing with a Growing Problem
10:15—10:30 AM
Isabel Arrillaga-Romany, MD, PhD

Concussion and Other Concerns after Mild TBI
10:30—10:45 AM
Ross Zafonte, MD

Panel: Headaches and Visual Changes
10:45—11:15 AM
Moderator—Brian Nahed, MD, MSc
Shibani Mukerji, MD, PhD, Daniel Cahill, MD, PhD, Pamela Jones, MD, MS, MPH, Bart Chwalisz, MD

Pituitary Apoplexy and Other Thunderclap Headaches
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Multiple Intracranial/Leptomeningeal Metastases
Meningitis/encephalitis and Altered Mental Status
Neuroinflammatory Conditions (GCA, etc.)

11:15—11:30 AM
Coffee Break

Patients with Back Pain: Who Needs What?
11:30—11:45 AM
Jean-Valery Coumans, MD

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

Panel: Weakness, Spells and Memory Loss
12:00—12:30 PM
Moderator: Marcelo Matiello, MD
Allesandro Biffi, MD, Lidia Moura, MD, MPH, Ganesh Shankar, MD, PhD, Jenny Linnoila, MD, PhD

First Seizure/Spells
Generalized Weakness

Lunch Break
12:30—1:30 PM


Afternoon Break-out Sessions
1:30—3:00 PM

Bedside: Michael Bowley, MD, PhD
Ron Hirschberg, MD, Nicole Mazwi, MD, Danielle Salgueiro, RN

Bedside Neurological Evaluation: High Yield Findings
Mobilization of Patients with Neurological Deficits
Post-Stroke Depression: Recognition and Treatment
Driving, Intimacy, Continence and More. Having the Difficult Conversations
Returning to Work and Caregiver Support After Neurological Illness

Office: Andy Cole, MD
Marcelo Matiello, MD, Pamela Jones, MD, MS, MPH, Patricia Musolino, MD, PhD

Who Gets What, When? Systematic Evaluation for Common Neurological Complaints
Beware These Causes of "Numbness and Tingling"
New AHA Guidelines! Rethinking Hypertension and other Preventative Strategies
Dementia: Emerging from the Shadows

Inpatient: Brian Edlow, MD
Christopher Stapleton, MD, Taylor Kimberly, MD, PhD, Sahar Zafar, MBBS, Ganesh Shankar, MD, PhD

Abortive Seizure Management: Highly Effective Strategies
Advances in ICU Monitoring
Emergencies of the Spine
Neuromuscular Failure: Myasthenia and GBS
Intracerebral Hemorrhage and Surgical Hematoma Removal
Dysautonomia and Storming: Both Patient and Clinician Sweating

3:00—3:15 PM


Managing the Psychiatric Impact of a Health Crisis
3:15—3:30 PM
Felicia A. Smith, MD

Brain Health: New Understanding, New Targets, New Metrics
3:30—3:45 PM
Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc

A System Approach to Care and Certification in 2019
3:45—4:00 PM
Bob Carter, MD, PhD

Glow on the Horizon: Therapeutic Innovations to Come
4:00—4:30 PM
Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD

Closing remarks
4:30—4:45 PM
Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc, William Curry, MD

4:45 PM


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 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 6.75 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: educational activities that meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Hotel Information

This one-day program will be hosted at the Westin Copley Place at 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116.

For more information about the venue and the meeting spaces, visit the Westin Copley Place website.

Additional Conferences

For a full list of upcoming psychiatry conferences, visit the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy website.