Neurology for the Non-Neurologist

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Neurological disorders are among the most common conditions seen in clinical practice, and uncomplicated cases are well managed by primary care providers. However, neurology is a rapidly changing field, with new treatments constantly evolving. The major goal of this annual conference is to provide an update for primary care providers on diagnostic and treatment approaches to common conditions including epilepsy, movement disorders, stroke and others. Advances in teleneurology will also be reviewed.


Primary care physicians, advanced practice providers and others who care for patients in primary care settings may benefit from attending.


  • Provide initial assessment and management of cerebral contusions and intracerebral hematomas and know when to appropriately refer
  • Compare and contrast newer epilepsy therapeutics
  • Assess tremors with differential diagnosis in mind and know when to appropriately refer to specialists
  • Discuss patient symptoms that indicate a need for neuropsychological testing
  • Compare and contrast newer therapies available for patients with movement disorders
  • Describe techniques to assess muscle weakness in elderly patients to arrive at possible diagnoses
  • Review the 2018 Stroke Guidelines and the implications for primary care practice
  • Describe how teleneurology can work in a practical manner for primary care providers



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

Nurses Using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 7.5 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing website.


An application has been submitted for ASET Continuing Education Units.


7:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

  • 7:15 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits
  • 7:50 a.m. | Welcome
    Thyagarajan Subramanian, MD
  • 8 a.m. | Update on Epilepsy Therapeutics
    Jayant N. Acharya, MD, DM, FAES, FANCS, FANA
  • 8:55 a.m. | Concussion
    Krishnankutty Sathian, MBBS, PhD, FANA, FASNR
  • 9:50 a.m. | Break/Exhibits
  • 10:10 a.m. | Approaches to Tremor
    Mark C. Stahl, MD, PhD
  • 11:05 a.m. | Neuropsychological Test: When, What, and How
    Paul J. Eslinger, PhD
  • Noon | Lunch/Exhibits
  • 12:45 p.m. | New Therapies for Movement Disorders
    Thyagarajan Subramanian, MD
  • 1:40 p.m. | Muscle Weakness in the Elderly
    Khatuna Gurgenashvili, MD
  • 2:35 p.m. | Break/Exhibits
  • 2:50 p.m. | 2018 Stroke Guidelines for the Primary Care Provider
    David M. Ermak, DO
  • 3:45 p.m. | Telehealth and Neurology
    William Jens, DO
  • 4:40 p.m. | Adjournment


Department of Neurology; Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; Penn State College of Medicine

Jayant N. Acharya, MD, DM, FAES, FANCS, FANA
Professor of Neurology

David M. Ermak, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Paul J. Eslinger, PhD
Professor of Neurology

Khatuna Gurgenashvili, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

William Jens, DO
Neurophysiology Fellow

Krishnankutty Sathian, MBBS, PhD, FANA, FASNR
Professor and Chair of Neurology

Mark C. Stahl, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Thyagarajan Subramanian, MD
Professor of Neurology


$125 per person; includes cost of instruction, all listed meals, online handout materials

Registrations received after May 3, 2018, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after April 26, 2018, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be given after April 30, 2018.

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