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Advances in the Acute and Chronic Management of Epilepsy

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

Internet Live Course

This training will be offered as a live online course, with details provided to registered participants in advance of the event.


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Conference ID

D6741

Purpose/Overview

Most patients with epilepsy in the United States receive some form of therapy, but there are problems with misdiagnosis, under-diagnosis, incorrect choice of therapy, and limited evaluation and treatment of associated complications. Approximately one-third of people with epilepsy continue to experience seizures despite medical treatment. Uncontrolled seizures place the patient at risk for multiple comorbidities and lead to frequent ER visits, hospitalizations, unnecessary therapies and increased mortality. There have been several advances in the management of epilepsy in the last few years. This activity is designed to assist physicians and advanced practice clinicians evaluate the broad and novel range of pharmacological and, in those failing medical treatment, non-pharmacological treatment options available to improve seizure control and quality of life for children and adults with epilepsy.

Audience

This activity is designed for physicians in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry and neurosurgery. Advanced practice providers, residents, fellows, medical and PA students and nurses are also encouraged to attend.

Overall Objectives

Participants are saying
“Very comprehensive for experienced practitioners.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate the treatment approach between children and adults with epilepsy.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of newer antiepileptic drugs.
  • Identify the types and outcomes of epilepsy surgery.
  • Assess the role of seizure detection and neurostimulation devices.
  • Describe the neuropsychological impact of epilepsy on patients and caregivers.

Agenda and Objectives

  • 7:45 a.m. | Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • 8 a.m. | Diagnosed with Epilepsy? Ways to Achieve Seizure Control
    Vinita Acharya, MD, FANA, FAES

    Objectives
    • Describe available treatment options for epilepsy.
    • Select the appropriate option in different situations.
  • 8:30 a.m. | Novel Treatments for Pediatric Epilepsy
    Sunil Naik, MD

    Objectives
    • Discuss prevalence, common causes of seizures and epilepsy syndromes in infants and children.
    • Discuss concept of intractable epilepsy and common and novel modalities investigations and treatment in children.
  • 9 a.m. | The Neuropsychology of Epilepsy across the Lifespan
    Claire V. Flaherty, PhD, MS, ABN

    Objectives
    • Distinguish the cognitive, emotional and psychosocial impact of seizure conditions.
    • Appreciate the benefit of multidisciplinary care in childhood, adulthood and aging.
  • 9:30 a.m. | Break/Visit Virtual Exhibits
  • 9:50 a.m. | New Anti-Seizure Medicines for Acute and Chronic Treatment of Epilepsy
    Alain Lekoubou, MD, MS

    Objectives
    • Identify at least one new antiseizure drug for acute management and one new antiseizure drug for chronic management of epilepsy.
    • Recognize the clinical indications and frequent side effects of at least one new antiseizure drug for acute management and one new antiseizure drug for chronic management of epilepsy.
  • 10:20 a.m. | Medical Marijuana, Cannabinoids, and Epilepsy
    William H. Trescher, MD

    Objectives
    • Distinguish between artisanal cannabis and FDA approved cannabidiol.
    • Describe the research support for cannabidiol in the treatment of epilepsy.
  • 10:50 a.m. | Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy
    Michael D. Sather, MD, FAANS

    Objectives
    • Describe the different types of surgeries used for the treatment of epilepsy.
    • Compare the outcomes from different surgical procedures.
  • 11:20 a.m. | Break/Visit Virtual Exhibits
  • 11:40 a.m. | Invasive Neurostimulation Devices: What are the Options and Outcomes?
    Tiffany L. Fisher, MD, PhD

    Objectives
    • Discuss the available invasive neurostimulation devices that treat epilepsy.
    • Discuss the requirements, differences and benefits amongst the invasive neurostimulation devices for epilepsy.
  • 12:10 p.m. | Wearable Devices for Epilepsy: Handy but are They Ready for Prime Time?
    Jayant N. Acharya, MD, DM, FAES, FACNS, FAAN, FANA

    Objectives
    • Describe wearable devices currently available for seizure detection.
    • Discuss the benefits and limitations of wearable devices for epilepsy.
  • 12:40 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Committee

Jayant N. Acharya, MD, DM, FAES, FACNS, FAAN, FANA
Professor of Neurology
Chief, Division of Epilepsy
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Director, EEG Lab
Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Vinita Acharya, MD, FANA, FAES
Associate Professor of Neurology
Division of Epilepsy
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Tiffany L. Fisher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Epilepsy
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Jennifer S. Patton
Project Specialist and Administrative Coordinator
Department of Neurology
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Brian J. Spector, MPA
Director of Operations
Neurology
Penn State Neuroscience Institute
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Faculty

Jayant N. Acharya, MD, DM, FAES, FACNS, FAAN, FANA
Professor of Neurology
Chief, Division of Epilepsy
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Director, EEG Lab

Vinita Acharya, MD, FANA, FAES
Associate Professor of Neurology
Division of Epilepsy
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center

Tiffany L. Fisher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Epilepsy
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Claire V. Flaherty, PhD, MS, ABN
Associate Professor
Clinical Neuropsychology
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Alain Lekoubou, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Public Health Sciences
Division of Epilepsy
Penn State College of Medicine

Sunil Naik, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy
Director, Ketogenic Diet Clinic for Intractable Epilepsy
Pediatric Neurology
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Michael D. Sather, MD, FAANS
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Chief, Division of Neuromodulation
Surgical Director of Epilepsy Center

William H. Trescher, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Neurology
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Credit

AMA

Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Fees

Fee is $45 per person and includes cost of instruction and online handout materials.
No fee for fellows, residents and students. Send verification of student status to ContinuingEd@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or fax 717-531-5604.

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at ContinuingEd@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Registrations received after Thursday, September 23, 2021, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Friday, September 17, 2021, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Monday, September 20, 2021.

Evaluation

A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.

Cancellations

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.

Changes

Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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