Epilepsy in Adults: Advanced Program

Adult with Epilepsy
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The advanced curriculum builds on the knowledge and skills learned in the foundational curriculum and aims to develop proficiency in the management of epilepsy.

APRIL 3 - MAY 15, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST | WEDNESDAYS WEEKLY

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This curriculum builds on the foundational curriculum with a focus on developing knowledge and skills in non-pharmacological treatment options, management of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES), considerations for special populations like women with epilepsy, and more. The program is designed for primary care providers and/or health care practitioners who are seeking to enhance their learning in epileptology.

  • Next Session

    July 4, 2024

    12:00 pm 1:00 pm

    S7. Epilepsy Is Far More Than A Seizure Disorder: Addressing Comorbidities

This learning series is facilitated by Hamilton Health Sciences (HHSC) and London Health Sciences (LHSC).

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Syllabus

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.

  • Discuss the interaction between oral contraceptives and AED
  • Recognize special considerations for prescribing AED and reproduction
  • Describe the rates of teratogenicity for various AEDs
  • Identify common caregiver safety concerns such as breastfeeding and caring for young children
  • Discuss approach to diagnosis and pharmacotherapy in elderly patients
  • Describe issues related to elderly with epilepsy (e.g., comorbidities and drug interactions)
  • Identify appopriate selection of ASMs
  • Compare monotherapy versus combinations of ASMs
  • Explore the use of rescue therapy
  • Identify principles of seizure safety

  • Distinguish between PNES and epileptic seizures
  • Describe treatment options for patients with PNES
  • Discuss common mental health comorbidities
  • Discuss how unconscious bias impacts clinical decision making and patient care
  • Explore how inequities and discrimination are entrenched within the healthcare system
  • Identify strategies to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable access to care
  • Recognize when to advocate for non-pharmacological (non-Anticonvulsant drug) management strategies for drug-resistant epilepsy
  • Describe: a. Epilepsy surgery; b. Vagal Nerve Stimulation; c.Ketogenic Diet (KD) and Modified Atkins Diet (MAD)
  • Describe updates from the recent American Epilepsy Society Meeting

Didactics & Recordings

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Clinical Leads

LHSC

Dr. Jorge Burneo

Dr. Jorge Burneo, Epileptologist

Medical Lead, LHSC

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Dr. Michelle-Lee Jones, Epileptologist

Medical Lead, LHSC

Dr. Ayman Hassan, Medical Lead for the Northwestern Ontario Regional Stroke Network (NWORSN)

Dr. Ayman Hassan, Epileptologist

Medical Lead, TBRHSC

Dr. Brent Hayman-Abello, Neuropsychologist

LHSC

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Dr. Sue Hayman-Abello, Neuropsychologist

LHSC

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Dr. Sarah Vernon-Scott, Clinical Psychologist

LHSC

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Sara Hammoud, EMU Nurse Navigator

LHSC

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Marissa Grogan, Social Worker

LHSC

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Lynda DeBuck, Community Epilepsy Agency Navigator

Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario

HHSC

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Dr. Michelle Shapiro, Epileptologist

Medical Lead, HHSC

Dr. Paula Marques

Dr. Paula Teixeira Marques, Epileptologist

Medical Lead, HHSC

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Dr. Jennifer Fogarty, Neuropsychologist

HHSC

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Ashleigh Davis, Nurse Practitioner/RN

HHSC

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Teresa Caterini, Social Worker

HHSC

Josh Gieg, Community Epilepsy Agency Navigator

Epilepsy South Central Ontario

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