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From Cranial to Spine:​ An Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practitioner

Save the Date: Join us June 23-25, 2021 for a virtual course. Check back for registration updates.

The From Cranial to Spine: An Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practitioner course provides an overview of relevant of neurosurgical topics through lectures and case studies. The diverse neurosurgeon and advanced practitioner faculty give attendees a unique learning experience. The New to Neuro and Advanced Imaging tracks as well as subspecialty breakout sessions offer the opportunity to customize the educational experience.

This popular course features:

  • Interactive, hands-on, lectures, case studies
  • Neurosurgeon and advanced practitioner faculty
  • Network with peers and faculty

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss emerging technologies as well as diagnosis and treatment paradigms for spine, cerebrovascular and trauma, including pharmacology, in a variety of neurosurgical conditions.
  • Discuss diagnostic tests and therapies that are ordered by neurosurgeons/advanced practitioners for a variety of conditions.
  • Review new research in neurosurgical practice and the implications for practice.

We anticipate offering Nursing Contact Hours and will be submitting an application to the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

View a sample agenda from the 2020 course below.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Track 1: New to Neuro Workshop
Designed for APPs with 1-3 years in neurosurgery setting
Track 2: Advanced Neuroimaging Workshop
Designed for APPs with more than 4 years in neurosurgery setting
NeuroAnatomy and Clinical Correlation: Cranial
Linda Littlejohns, MSN, RN, FAAN
8:00 – 10:30 am Anatomy of Radiological Terminology: Cranial and Spinal
John Heymann, MD
Break 10:30 – 10:45 am Break
NeuroAnatomy and Clinical Correlation: Spinal
Linda Littlejohns, MSN, RN, FAAN
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Step by Step Reading: MRI with sequencing
John Heymann, MD
Lunch Break 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
Intro to Neuroimaging Step by Step Reading: Spinal Xray and CT cranial and spine
John Heymann, MD
1:30 – 3:00 pm Step by Step Reading: Angiogram, CTA & MRA
Kenneth Liebman, MD
Break 3:00 – 3:30 pm Break
ED and Trauma Neuroimaging Cases - Q & A Interactive App Session
John Heymann, MD
3:30 – 4:30 pm CV and Tumor Neuroimaging Clinical Scenarios - Q & A Interactive App Session
Erol Veznedaroglu, MD
Q & A 4:30 – 5:00 pm Q & A
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Neurosurgical Impersonators: Diseases and Conditions to Rule Out
Stan Naydin, MD
8:00 – 9:00 am Pediatric Brain Tumors: Diagnosis, Treatment and Long Term Consequences
Michael Levy, MD
Peripheral Nerve: Workup and Differential Diagnosis of Upper Extremity Complaints
Eric Zager, MD
9:00 – 10:00 am "Lumps and Bumps, Spots, and Hairy Patches on the Pediatric Spine: When Should I be Concerned for a Tethered Spinal Cord?"
Richard Anderson, MD
Break 10:00 – 10:30 am Break
Spine A-Z complete workup
Michael Wang, MD
10:30 – 11:30 am Complex Hydrocephalus and Chiari Malformations: Diagnosis, Treatment and Long Term Consequences
Erol Veznedaroglu, MD
Panel Discussion Q & A 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Panel Discussion & Case Studies: Q & A Interactive App Session
Lunch Break 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
When surgery can’t fix everything: pharmacological treatment of symptoms related to neurosurgical diseases: Spinal Injury, Spasticity, Headaches
Natalie Gofman, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
1:30 – 2:15 pm Deep Brain Stimulation Patients & Emerging Indications/VNS
Jason Gerrard, MD
Infectious Disease that may be encountered in the Neurosurgical Patient
Gordon Dickinson, MD
2:15 – 3:15 pm Everything you need to know about the most common brain tumors
Ian McCutcheon, MD
Break 3:15 – 3:45 pm Break
Panel Discussion & Case Studies 3:45 – 4:30 pm Panel Discussion & Case Studies
Q & A 4:30 – 5:00 pm Q & A
Friday, September 4, 2020
8:00 – 8:15 am Welcome & Introduction
8:15 – 9:15 am Trauma
Update on Current Trauma Guidelines
Michael Johnson, PAC
9:15 – 10:15 am Cranial
An Evidence-Based Review and Ethical Challenge: To Pop the Top or Not?
Peter LeRoux, MD
10:15 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:30 am Spinal Cord Injury evaluation and treatment
Srini Prasad, MD
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Panel Discussion and Case Studies
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:15 pm Vasospasm: Diagnostic Testing & Treatment
Rocco Armonda, MD
2:15 – 3:15 pm Management of the Unstable ICU Patient
Ken Liebman, MD
3:15 – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 – 4:45 pm Panel Discussion and Case Studies
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Q & A
Saturday, September 5, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Essential Neurosurgical Skills Practical Clinic
EVD Insertion
Lumbar Puncture
Cranial Positioning
Spinal Instrumentation Overview

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