Friday, May 6, 2016

KU Medical Center Offers Movement Disorder Review Course

The KU Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development (OCEPD) is excited to share information about the ongoing Movement Disorder Review Course.

Movement disorders are a defined sub-specialty of neurology and include Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonian syndromes; essential tremor and other tremor disorders; restless legs syndrome; dystonic disorders alone and as part of Parkinson’s disease and tremor disorders; Tourette syndrome and tic disorders; and Huntington’s disease and other hyperkinetic disorders. Recent investigations have increased our knowledge of the pathophysiology of these disorders, and recent advances have led to new treatment options. These treatments include the use of medications, neurotoxins and surgical therapies. The recognition of the impact of non-motor symptoms, including neuropsychiatric, autonomic, sensory, sleep and gastrointestinal issues, has also affected treatment strategies. The diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders is often complex and remains a challenge.

The Movement Disorder Review Course has been ongoing for more than 20 years. There are 7-9 courses per year (as funding permits) in unique locations throughout the United States. Locations are selected each year to provide courses throughout the country with a focus on underserved areas with limited access to CME programs or movement disorder specialists. Larger areas are included generally at the request of physicians in the area.  The CME provider was changed to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2011, which is ACCME-accredited with commendation until 2018. Course Director, Kelly Lyons, Ph.D., research professor of neurology, and director, research and education, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at KU Medical Center, works closely with OCEPD staff. From 2011 through 2015, we have reached 1,879 unique health care professionals, including neurologists, psychiatrists, PMRs, internists, family physicians, geriatricians, general practitioners, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and therapists. 

The series continues through 2016 at the following locations: Fort Wayne, Indiana – 4/2/2016; Tulsa, Oklahoma – 4/30/2016; Fargo,North Dakota – 6/4/2016; Green Bay, Wisocnsin – 8/27/2016; Manchester, New Hampshire – 10/8/2016; and Little Rock, Arkansas – 11/5/2016. For more information, or to learn how to attend these upcoming courses, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 913-588-4488. 

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