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Third Annual Neurocritical Care Conference

This program happened in the past, and no dates are currently scheduled.

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Participants are saying
“Well-organized. I always learn something new.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

The purpose of this activity is to provide the participant current, evidenced-based information to assist them in meeting the complex needs of the neurocritical care patient.


This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, pharmacists and other health care providers who care for neurocritical care patients.

Overall Objectives

Participants are saying
“Excellent that the sessions are only 30 minutes in length. Provides perfect opportunity to hold audience’s attention plus get great review of topics.”
2019 attendee, in-person event
  • Integrate evidence-based guidelines in the care of the neurocritical care patient.
  • Describe the latest management for aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • Review the rationale and when to consider WATCHMAN device.
  • Explain diagnosis and management of central diabetes insipidus.
  • Distinguish cerebral salt wasting versus syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone in the evaluation of hyponatremia.
  • Review cancer types associated with stroke.
  • Discuss clinical presentation and differential diagnosis of cancer-related strokes.
  • Evaluate tailored treatment modalities for tumor-related strokes.
  • Select an appropriate direct oral anticoagulant for stroke patients.


  • 7:30 a.m. | Check In/Virtual Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome Remarks
  • 8:10 a.m. | WATCHMAN: Why & When
    Moses Mathur, MD, MSC
  • 8:40 a.m. | Strokes in Cancer Patients: The Deception of Brain Tumors
    Sandra Brettler, MSN, RN, CNRN
  • 9:10 a.m. | Break/Virtual Exhibitors
  • 9:30 a.m. | Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
    David Wilkinson, MD, MS
  • 10 a.m. | Neuromuscular Medicine and the Need for ICU Care: Knowledge is ‘Critical’
    Mary E. Kovacik Eicher, MD
  • 10:30 a.m. | Break/Virtual Exhibitors
  • 10:50 a.m. | Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) for Stroke-How Do I Choose?
    Nicole Jankowski, PharmD
    Logan White, PharmD
  • 11:20 a.m. | Salty Patients: Too Much…Or Not Enough?
    Chris Y. Fan, MD
  • 11:50 a.m. | Adjournment


Sandra Brettler, MSN, RN, CNRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Neurosurgery
Gamma Knife Nurse Coordinator
Department of Neurosurgery
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Past President American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

Mary E. Kovacik Eicher, MD
Neuromusclar Fellowship Trained Neurologist
Excela Health

Chris Y. Fan, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Endocrine Fellowship Training Program
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Participants are saying
“Nice conference covering a nice variety of topics.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

Nicole Jankowski, PharmD
PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Moses Mathur, MD, MSC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Interventional Cardiology and Structural Heart Disease
Heart and Vascular Institution
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Logan White, PharmD
PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

David Wilkinson, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center



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 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This knowledge-based activity has been assigned the Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0322-0000-21-011-L01-P. It has been approved for 3 contact hours (0.3 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers. The attendee list will be uploaded into CPE Monitor approximately one week after completion of the program. Statements of credit indicated in contact hours and CEUs will be available through CPE Monitor. Successful completion includes signing in at registration with personal NABP number and date of birth, attending the entire session for which credit is claimed, and completing the activity evaluation. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Education.


This program qualifies for 2.5 stroke credit hours.


$75 for physicians
$40 for all other health care professionals

Fee includes cost of instruction and online handout materials.

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Registrations received after Monday, October 18, 2021, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Tuesday, October 12, 2021, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Wednesday, October 13, 2021.


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.


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.


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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