J. Kiffin Penry Pediatric Epilepsy Programs



An intensive program of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study for practicing child neurologists and other health care professionals who care for children and adolescents with epilepsy.


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This 3 day comprehensive CME activity is designed primarily for child neurologists, but is also open to other health care professionals who treat epilepsy in children and adolescents. Participants will hear lectures, attend EEG and case workshops, present case studies, and advance their knowledge through group interaction with peers and faculty. Faculty are selected from universities and epilepsy centers throughout the country and are leading experts in the field.


Limited slots are available for this program. Eligible candidates will be accepted to the program as applications are received, with priority given to child neurologists. To apply and confirm attendance, please submit an application along with a current curriculum vitae.


Upon completion of this activity the participants will be able to:

• Classify epileptic seizures and syndromes in children using the ILAE classification system.
• Describe the use of available diagnostic tools and techniques to accurately diagnose seizures in the pediatric population.
• Identify new and emerging treatment options for children with epilepsy.
• Explain the role of pharmacokinetics, interaction, efficacy, mechanism of action, and adverse effects in the selection and management of anticonvulsant therapy in the pediatric patient.
• Discuss indications, candidate selection, and possible outcomes of surgery, neurostimulation and alternative therapies for the treatment of epilepsy in children.
• Recognize social issues, co-morbidities and the different treatment and management issues in adolescents and the developmentally delayed.
• Consider “quality of life” in evaluating treatment options for children with epilepsy.
• Examine pediatric patient case studies and develop diagnoses and management plans based on patient history and diagnostic findings.


Wednesday: Course Introduction & Epidemiology, followed by Buffet Reception

Thursday: Epileptic Seizures and Syndromes; Evolution of Seizures in Children; Neonatal Seizures & Infantile Spasms; Febrile Seizures & FS+; Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome; Benign Partial Seizures; Generalized Epilepsies; EEG Workshops (Presented by Faculty); Conditions that Mimic Epilepsy; Initial Evaluation: First Seizure; Evening Case Presentations

Friday: Principles of Pediatric EEG; Quality of Life: Advice to Parents; Principles of Pediatric Neuropharmacology; Seizure Mechanisms & AED Mechanisms of Action; Pediatric Use of AEDs; AED Formulations & Generic Issues; AED Interactions; Case Workshops (Presented by Faculty); Adverse Effects of AEDs; Discontinuance of AEDs; Refractory Seizures: Definitions/Predictors/Causes; Effects of Seizures on the Developing Brain; Evening Case Presentations

Saturday: Ketogenic Diet & Other Therapies; Common Genetics & Metabolic Disorders Associated with Epilepsy; Epilepsy Monitoring; Case Workshops (Presented by Faculty); Epilepsy Surgery in Children; Co-morbidities of Pediatric Epilepsy; Acute Seizures and Status Epilepticus; Epilepsy in the IDD Patient; Epilepsy in Adolescents; Social Issues in Epilepsy


Tuition and meals for this program are provided through unrestricted educational grants. Participants are responsible for transportation and lodging expenses. Participants are eligible for a group package rate of $400.00 (4 nights, $100.00 per night). Payment is required to secure your reservation. Payment instructions and other details will be included in your confirmation letter upon acceptance to the program. Assistance with making travel arrangements is available from our conference coordinator on request. Graylyn Conference Center provides a shuttle service to Piedmont Triad International Airport for $25.00 each way.


The Wake Forest School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Wake Forest School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All faculty participating in Continuing Medical Education Programs sponsored by The Wake Forest School of Medicine are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation.

Financial support for this unique educational activity is provided in part by an educational grant from Lundbeck.



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