Free Colloquia Offer Valuable Information During Annual Meeting

March 30, 2009

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Colloquia at the 2009 Annual Meeting will offer attendees four opportunities to obtain valuable information and enhance their professional skills and knowledge. All colloquia are free of charge to registered attendees.

BRAINS Colloquium: Critical Thinking for Critical Issues
Saturday, April 25, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

This colloquium provides attendees with up-to-date information on the "business" of neurology and an opportunity to develop practice management skill sets further.

Patient Safety Colloquium: Medication Safety Across Your Practice Settings
Sunday, April 26, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

By attending this colloquium, neurologists will be empowered to participate in the implementation of medication safety and understand safety issues related to herbal medication and medication interactions.

Practice Colloquium: Improving Quality through Incentives: Lessons from Model Programs
Sunday, April 26, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Incentivizing quality, or "pay-for-performance" (P4P), has received substantial national emphasis over the past several years, but the evidence on what works and what doesn't work regarding improved health care efficiency and outcomes has been mixed.

Education Colloquium: Ethics and Education
Monday, April 27, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The ethical dimensions of medical practice have grown exponentially over recent decades, with neurologists often playing a central role in the identification of ethical issues and developing guidelines for care based on ethical, scientific, and clinical principles.

Ethics Colloquium
Monday, April 27, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to identify emerging ethical issues affecting the practice of neurology that they would like the Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee (ELHC) to consider for future reports or policies. Attendees will be encouraged to submit topics, along with related articles, opinions, or guidelines, in advance of the Colloquium. The Ethics Colloquium faculty, consisting of the membership of the ELHC, will outline draft report entitled "Responding to Requests from Adult Patients for Neurological Enhancement" that addresses the ethical and legal aspects of neurological enhancement. The ELHC invites comments and questions on the new report from Colloquium participants for incorporation into the report before it is submitted to the AAN Board of Directors for approval.

Level 1 Certification for the NINDS Clinical Research Collaboration
Tuesday, April 28, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The NINDS Clinical Research Collaboration (CRC) is designed to connect patients, their physicians and communities to high-quality research. This course will provide participants with basic research training required as a first step to participation in NINDS-sponsored research through the CRC. Participants will be presented with a provocative review of ethical issues faced when conducting research involving human subjects and will be presented with the essentials of performing research using Good Clinical Practices (GCP). Specific information on the steps needed to connect you and your patients to NINDS sponsored research through the CRC will be provided.

Find out more about individual colloquia and other great educational opportunities at this year's Annual Meeting.