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Tenth Annual Sports-Related Conference on Concussion and Spine Injury
Friday, May 17, 2013

If you assess or care for athletes with concussion or spinal injuries, join us for this multidisciplinary conference and hear the best practices of the field’s foremost experts. Afternoon breakout sessions will explore concussion management in depth.

Topics include:

  • concussion prevention and evaluation
  • on-field management
  • neurocognitive testing
  • managing long-term headache and balance problems
  • repeat concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • when to return an athlete to play
  • considerations for female athletes
  • cervical and lumbar spine injuries

Location:

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at the Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

CME credits are available.

CME/CMU

Updates in Pediatric Sleep Disorders is a 2 day course. The major objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the common pediatric sleep disorders. It is aimed towards pediatricians and other subspecialists treating children and young adults. It will also include a comprehensive review of basic sleep physiology and the circadian sleep-cycle. Specific areas of emphasis will include sleep apnea, nocturnal awakenings in childhood, difficulty with initiating and maintaining sleep and promoting good sleep hygiene in adolescents. It will review current standards of practice, and give cutting edge updates about recent developments in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric sleep disorders. For more information please contact stephanie.barros@childrens.harvard.edu.

For health professionals

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Here in the Neurology Department at Boston Children’s Hospital, we have a strong commitment to developing future leaders in the field of child neurology. Please visit these pages for more information on our training and continuing education programs:

  • In our Child Neurology Residency Training Program, we provide unparalleled training opportunities in the various subspecialties of child neurology and in both clinical and basic research.

  • The Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technology Program is a 12-month instruction program in clinical neurophysiologic technology. Our program trains technologists in EEG, evoked potentials, epilepsy monitoring, sleep technology and related fields.

  • Our CME/CEU page covers continuing education offerings from our department for medical professionals.

If you are referring a patient to the Boston Children’s Neurology Department, please refer the family to our contact information here

For more information on training opportunities at Boston Children’s and referring patients to us, you may also want to visit the For Health Professionals page for all of Boston Children’s.

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Clinical Neurophysiology / Epilepsy Fellowship Program

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The Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology of the Department of Neurology at Boston Children's Hospital offers a one-year fellowship program in Clinical Neurophysiology/Epilepsy. The fellowship program trains academically oriented physicians to become comprehensively trained pediatric clinical neurophysiologists and epileptologists who are familiar with the state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic methods in the field.

Those who enter our fellowship have typically completed their training in child neurology. Our clinical neurophysiology training program is ACGME accredited. By the end of their year of training, fellows are eligible to take the Clinical Neurophysiology subspecialty boards of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, if they have previously completed an accredited residency program in Neurology. Currently, three positions are offered every year. The position is for one year. On an individual basis, a fellow may occasionally be offered a second year of research, depending on availability of funding.


Content of the fellowship

The fellowship is divided into periods of two weeks each, with the three different rotations repeated in six-week cycles throughout the year:

 

1) EEG interpretation: Two weeks of reading all outpatient, inpatient and ambulatory EEGs (excluding inpatient long-term monitoring studies). These studies are read first by the fellow, then they are all reviewed and interpreted the same day with an attending neurophysiologist. We perform about 5,000 such studies per year and each fellow therefore reads more than 1,500 such studies during the year.

2) Inpatient Epilepsy Service: Two weeks are spent on the inpatient Epilepsy service and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. During these two week blocks, the fellows are involved in the clinical care of various epilepsy patients admitted for various reasons, including long-term video EEG monitoring for characterization of clinical seizure episodes, both noninvasive and invasive pre-surgical evaluations, and admissions for seizure exacerbations or initiation of the ketogenic diet. During this rotation, the fellows interpret all inpatient long-term monitoring studies with an attending epileptologist. They also go to the operating room for intraoperative electrocorticography, placement of intracranial electrodes, or for resective epilepsy surgeries, and assist in extraoperative functional brain mapping. The fellows see with the attending epilepsy service patients in consultation on other inpatient units or in the emergency department.

3) Elective Rotation: two weeks are spent as elective time or rotating through other neurophysiology subspecialties as required for board eligibility, such as EMG, sleep and autonomic testing. This time has also been used by some fellows to complete clinical research projects.

 

The fellows are given the latitude to establish their rotation schedule for the entire year, and they cross cover for each other in case of personal emergencies.

Weekly teaching conferences throughout the year include the multidisciplinary Epilepsy Surgery Conference (at which the fellows get to present the cases), a comprehensive series of weekly lectures on all aspects of clinical epilepsy, and a comprehensive series of weekly lectures on all aspects of clinical neurophysiology.
 

Application Information

Interested individuals should contact:

Phillip Pearl, MD
Director, Division of Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355-2413 FAX: (617) 730-0463

A C.V. should be provided, as well as indication of the year for which the individual would like to be considered.. Appropriate candidates will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation and to come to Boston for a set of interviews. Positions are often filled 18 months in advance, but a position may occasionally be available on shorter notice.

Boston Children's Hospital is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School

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END Technology Program

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The Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technology Program for medical personnel at Boston Children's Hospital is a 12-month instruction program in the art and science of clinical neurophysiologic technology. The Program runs from June to June, Monday-Thursday.

Our program trains technologists in EEG, evoked potentials, epilepsy monitoring, sleep technology and related fields.

We also provide three additional months of optional training in Sleep and Long Term Monitoring (LTM).

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