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28th Annual Neuroscience Conference

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

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Conference ID

J6778

Recorded Sessions

The recorded sessions are only available to participants registered before the live event. Those participants will receive a link to the recorded sessions, which will be available for credit for two weeks until April 22, 2022.

Purpose/Overview

Participants are saying
“This (activity) was well organized, with pertinent content that could be used in almost any field of medical practice. I experienced no technical issues which was greatly appreciated.”
2021 Participant

This program is designed for health care professionals caring for patients with a variety of neurological conditions. The presentations offer a blend of information on both the adult and pediatric patient. All participants should find this a particularly rewarding conference, highlighted by nationally known, dynamic speakers.

Overall Course Goals

  • Create an environment to meet the learning needs of neuroscience practitioners from novice to expert levels of practice.
  • Provide opportunities for neuroscience practitioners to expand their knowledge of the neurosciences across the lifespan.
  • Inspire attendees to optimize patient care through exposure to innovative research and leading evidence-based practice.

Agenda and Objectives

Thursday, April 7, 2022

  • 7:30 a.m. | Log In/Visit Exhibits
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Cerebral Bypass Surgery
    Ephraim W. Church, MD, FAANS

    Objectives
    • Provide an overview of direct cerebral bypass indications and techniques in stroke prevention and aneurysm treatment.
    • Review case examples of bypass from Penn State Cerebral Revascularization Program.
  • 9:15 a.m. | What Have Consumer Sleep Technologies Taught Us About Sleep
    Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, MSc

    Objectives
    • Describe the reciprocal relationship between sleep dysfunction and neurologic disorders.
    • Compare the headaches associated with sleep-disordered breathing to migraine headaches.
    • Articulate the phenomenon of epileptic seizure reduction with obstructive sleep apnea treatment.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 10:30 a.m. | Queasy Come, Queasy Go: Managing Nausea in Neuroscience Patients
    Michael Rogers, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN

    Objectives
    • Outline underlying pathologies that predispose neuroscience patients to nausea.
    • Differentiate circumstances under which nausea is an expected symptom versus cause for concern.
    • Integrate interventions proven effective at managing nausea into current interdisciplinary practice.
  • 11:30 a.m. | Brunch Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 12:15 p.m. | Acute Management of Spine Trauma (Trauma Credit)
    Kimberly S. Meyer, CNRN, APRN, PhD

    Objectives
    • Describe recommended imaging modalities for acute spine trauma.
    • Identify red flags on a spinal exam.
    • Review treatment options for spinal trauma.
  • 1:15 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 1:30 p.m. | Blood Vessel, Blood Vessel, What Do You Do?
    Missy Moreda, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN

    Objectives
    • Identify the symptoms of Anterior Cerebral Vasculature.
    • Identify the symptoms of Posterior Cerebral Vasculature.
    • Construct a visual identifying the symptoms of the anterior and posterior cerebral circulation.
  • 2:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Friday, April 8, 2022

  • 7:30 a.m. | Log In/Visit Exhibits
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Atypical Risks of Stroke
    Cesar Velasco, BSN, RN, ASC-BC

    Objectives
    • Describe the mechanism for inadequate sleep to be a risk for stroke.
    • Articulate the connection between COVID-19 infection and stroke incidence.
    • Delineate the process of arterial dissection and the key to diagnosis.
  • 9:15 a.m. | Patient Stories
    Erin Cekovich, BSN, RN, ASC-BC
    Carrie Dunkle, BSN, RN, CRRN

    Objectives
    • Outline the development of a patient story program.
    • Cases: Patient stories across the continuum.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 10:30 a.m. | De-Escalation and Behavioral Management of Patients with Acquired Brain Injury
    Kelly A. Kearns, PsyD

    Objectives
    • Review commonly seen behavioral sequelae in a brain-injured population.
    • Discuss strategies and principles of de-escalation and behavior management within this population.
  • 11:30 a.m. | Brunch Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 12:15 p.m. | Less Invasive Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
    Nicholas J. Brandmeir, MD, MS

    Objectives
    • Describe the indications for DBS surgery.
    • Describe the risks of DBS surgery.
    • Describe the risks and benefits of less invasive DBS surgery.
  • 1:15 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 1:30 p.m. | Dementia
    Rick Schies

    Objectives
    • Articulate the experience of working with dementia patients and their families for over 20 years.
    • Describe the challenges of living with dementia.
    • List various interventions that can be utilized in coping.
  • 2:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Course Director

Kevin Cockroft, MD, MSc
Professor, Interim Chair and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurosurgery
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Committee

Participants are saying
“It was well done and despite being online was a smooth well run conference.”
2021 Participant

Sandra J. Brettler, MSN, RN, CNRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Neurosurgery
Penn State Health
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Carrie Dunkle, BSN, RN, CRRN
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Kathy Morrison, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA
Susquehanna Valley Chapter AANN Representative

Stacy Snyder
CME Education Program Specialist
Penn State College of Medicine

Faculty

Participants are saying
“Excellent group working in this difficult time. From a participant view-point all looked like it went well – kudos.”
2021 Participant

Nicholas J. Brandmeir, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
West Virginia University

Erin Cekovich, BSN, RN, ASC-BC
Stroke Program Coordinator
Neuroscience Division
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Ephraim W. Church, MD, FAANS
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Neurology
Director, Cerebral Revascularization Program
Department of Neurosurgery
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Kelly A. Kearns, PsyD
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Kimberly Meyer, PhD, ACNP-BC, CNRN
Assistant Professor
Clinical Lead Cerebrovascular and Neurotrauma Services
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Louisville

Missy Moreda, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN
Primary Care Provider
Raleigh, NC

Michael Rogers, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN
Adult Critical Care Nursing Professional Development
University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Rick Schies
RN Manager
Memory Care Center
Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania
Lebanon, PA

Cesar Velasco, BSN, RN, ASC-BC
Stroke Program Coordinator
Board Member and Education Chair of the Association of Neurovascular Clinicians (ANVC)
Neuroscience Division
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, MSc
Director
Harborview Sleep Clinic
Co-director
UW Medicine Sleep Center
Professor of Neurology
University of Washington

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.

Participants are saying
“Very well organized and great flow to conference for a virtual conference.”
2021 Participant

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 10 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.

Trauma

This program qualifies for 1 Adult Trauma hour.

Physical Therapy

Application has been made to the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for continuing education credits.

Fees

Participants are saying
“As always, EXCELLENT program.”
2021 Participant

The fee is $40 for one day, $60 for two days, per person and includes the 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 ContinuingEd@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Registrations received after Wednesday, April 6, 2022, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Thursday, March 31, 2022, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Monday, April 4, 2022.

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.

COVID-19

On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow health care facility guidelines, including masks. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue, which may not require masks. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for off-campus activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

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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