Our Programs

View the Calendar for Session dates. *Some topics will be covered over the course of 2 sessions. Explore the curriculum of four virtual education programs below.

Epilepsy in Children and Youth | Curriculum Overview

All sessions are 60-minutes in length, and offered over the lunch hour. Sessions are comprised of a short didactic presentation followed by a case presentation and inter-professional group discussion.

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Mother and son

Fundamentals

Learning Objectives:

  • Review current definitions and mechanisms of seizures and epilepsy
  • Review of the 2017 ILAE classification
Fundamentals

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the seizure semiology of non motor seizures (focal and generalized onset)
  • Describe the most common paediatric epilepsy syndromes characterized by non motor seizures
Fundamentals

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the seizure semiology of motor seizures (focal and generalized onset)
  • Identify the most common paediatric epilepsy syndromes characterized by motor seizures

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and identify infantile spasms
  • Describe the assessment and treatment of infantile spasm

Learning Objective:

  • Review when and why to order ancillary testing in children with epilepsy (EEG, neuroimaging and genetic testing)

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize the most common seizure mimics in paediatrics
Hot Topic

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the role of genetic testing in paediatrics
  • Recognize the most common mutations associated with epilepsy and paediatric epilepsy syndromes

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the rationale of choosing the first antiepileptic drug for various seizure types in paediatrics
  • Understand the importance of counselling families when an AED is started (dosing titrations, duration of the treatment, cost, formulations, ODB and drug coverage)

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the most common comorbidities in epilepsy: mental health, cognition, cerebral palsy, autism
  • Recognize how to screen for comorbidities in epilepsy
  • Describe the most appropriate approach when a comorbidity in epilepsy is identified

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize issues related to school and epilepsy in children (e.g., stigma, bullying, learning disabilities, first aid seizure plan, school refusal)
  • Describe the resources available to help children with epilepsy in the school setting

Learning Objective:

  • Review updates in epilepsy care and best practices

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the different types of status epilepticus (SE)
  • Identify the most common causes, risks and complications associated with SE
  • Recognize the appropriate approach to manage a child with prolonged seizures/SE outside the hospital (e.g., rescue plans, when to call the ambulance)
  • Recognize the appropriate steps to manage a child with prolonged seizures/SE in the community emergency departments

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe drug resistant epilepsy
  • Recognize the current provincial referral guidelines of adolescents with drug resistant epilepsy
  • Review the general concepts of epilepsy surgery in adolescents
Hot Topic

Learning Objective:

  • Identify the current indications, drug-drug interactions, side effects and practical facts regarding the use of cannabinoids in children with epilepsy

Learning Objective:

  • Describe health care transition for teenagers with epilepsy

This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 1.0 hours.

Epilepsy in Adults | Curriculum Overview

All sessions are 60-minutes in length, and offered over the lunch hour. Sessions are comprised of a short didactic presentation followed by a case presentation and inter-professional group discussion.

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Adult with Epilepsy

Fundamentals

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify seizure types
  • Describe the mechanism of epileptic seizures and epilepsy
  • Review the indications for ancillary testing (EEG and neuroimaging) in adults diagnosed with epilepsy
Fundamentals

Learning Objectives:

  • Review current 2017 ILAE classification of epileptic seizures
  • Review basic semiological clues to differentiate between focal onset and generalized onset seizures

Learning Objective:

  • Describe commonly used anti-seizure medications in terms of their use and side effect profiles

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain seizure safety in adults
  • Describe chronic management of the adult with epilepsy

Learning Objective:

  • Summarize the current provincial guidelines for driving in people with epilepsy

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize when to advocate for non-pharmacological management strategies for drug-resistant epilepsy
Hot Topic

Learning Objective:

  • Explain the role of genetics and when to order genetic testing in adults with epilepsy
Hot Topic

Learning Objective:

  • Discuss the use of CBD and cannabinoids in adults with epilepsy

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss drug resistant epilepsy
  • Discuss the current provincial referral guidelines of adults with drug resistant epilepsy
  • Review the general concepts of epilepsy surgery in adults

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the most common features of PNES
  • Describe treatment options for patients with PNES

Learning Objective:

  • Review updates in epilepsy care and best practices
Hot Topic

Learning Objective:

    • Discuss current issues in managing epilepsy during pregnancy

Learning Objective:

  • Review current concepts of managing epilepsy in the elderly

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe common mental health conditions found in people living with epilepsy
  • Describe independent living challenges of people with epilepsy

Learning Objective:

  • Explain SUDEP, risk factors and current preventive measures

This one-credit-per hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 1.0 hours.

Genetics and Epilepsy | Curriculum Overview

All sessions are 60-minutes in length and offered over the lunch hour. Sessions are comprised of a short didactic presentation followed by a case presentation and inter-professional group discussion.

Note: To receive a certificate of completion practitioners must attend all 5-sessions of the Epilepsy Genetics program.

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Genetics

Host Team & Didactic Files for the Genetics

Learn more about the interprofessional team of experts who make up the Host Team; access the Session Schedules; download the Didactic and Case Presentations and watch videos of previous sessions.

The Ontario Epilepsy Genetic Testing Program [OEGTP]

Learn more about the OEGTP, how to access epilepsy genetic testing, and how the Continuing Medical Education (CME) certified epilepsy genetics curriculum in Project ECHO Epilepsy Across the Life Span can assist you.

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize when it is appropriate to order an Epilepsy Gene Panel based on current Ontario Guidelines
  • Determine the relevant clinical phenotypes, EEG and imaging features, and salient family history that suggest Genetic Testing is indicated
  • Identify which patients do not meet the criteria for epilepsy genetics testing
  • Identify the clinical criteria for consideration of genetic testing

Learning Objective:

  • Identify key points to consider before ordering genetic testing
  • Identify issues to discuss in pre-test counselling e.g. consent, potential results and outcomes, parental testing
  • Determine information required for ordering, selecting the right panel and filling the requisition

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize variant classification and what they mean
  • Identify tools and process for clarification of results (variants of uncertain significance, false negatives, false positives, parental testing)
  • Identify considerations for post-test counseling (management changes, recurrence risk assessment and further referrals)
  • Summarize online genetics resources

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize electroclinical epilepsy syndromes due to genes detected by the Familial Focal Epilepsies, the Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsies and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Gene Panel

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize electroclinical epilepsy syndromes due to genes detected by the Early Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy and Childhood Onset Epilepsy panels
  • Determine when to order the Actionable/ STAT gene panel for potentially treatable epilepsy conditions
  • Identify structural brain malformations detected on neuroimaging with a genetic basis for which the Brain Malformation panel is indicated

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for Mainpro+ credits. These sessions are also an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Neurology Trainee | Curriculum Overview

5 sessions, designed to match the needs and schedules of neurology trainees.

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EEG reading

Host Team, Session Schedules & Didactic Files

Learn more about the interprofessional team of experts who make up the Host team; access the session schedules; download the didactic and case presentations and watch videos of previous sessions.

Topics:

  • Seizure videos – differentiating seizure type
  • Status Epilepticus
  • AED and special populations
  • Non-pharmacological treatment options
  • Developmental Epileptic Encephalopathies
  • Difficult-to-treat/drug resistant epilepsies