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Boston University School of Medicine

Practical Approach to Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders

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Overview / Abstract:

This two-and-a-half day course will focus on the practical approach to electromyography in the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular disorders. Lectures will cover the clinical and neurophysiologic assessments of compression neuropathies, radiculopathies, plexopathies, various types of generalized neuropathies, neuromuscular junction disorders, myopathies, as well as the fundamentals of nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography and ultrasonographic evaluation of carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy. There will be live demonstrations to illustrate nerve conduction techniques, muscle identification for needle electromyography and ultrasound evaluation of median and ulnar nerves. Emphasis will be placed on the latest treatment options for patients with various types of peripheral neuropathies.

Lecturers include four directors of Electromyography Laboratory/Neuropathy Center/ Neuromuscular Medicine/Neurology training programs, a Chair of Neurology, and other faculty from prestigious medical centers (Boston University, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Oakland University, University of Massachusetts, and Wake Forest University).

A special two-hour session on the clinical uses of botulinum toxin in the treatment of spasticity, cervical dystonia, and other movement disorders will be presented. Participants will receive an update on the assessment and treatment of patients with neuromuscular disorders so that they may enhance their clinical practices.

This course will help physicians understand the technical aspects of EMG, as well as the clinical uses and limitations of the procedure. The presentation of each topic will be both simple and practical. It will appeal to clinicians who order and read EMG reports and to those interested in performing EMG.

In post-activity evaluations of previous conferences, participants indicated a high level of satisfaction with the educational activity (average satisfaction rating of 4.79 out of 5.0) and provided many positive comments, for example:
• “Great content! Covered most imp & relevant topics over a short time. Excellent speakers. Picked up a lot of useful tips.”
• “I have attended several EMG courses lately in anticipation of starting to do EMGs after many years in practice. This is by far the best course.”
• “Presenters were able to convey the material in such a way as to explain the underlying scientific principles [of] NCS/EMG. It made sense to me in a way that many of these principles had not before.”
• “Great program overall, very comprehensive, I particularly enjoyed the hands-on small group sessions.”
• “The presenters were all very approachable and willing to share their personal experiences in addition to being knowledgeable. All are very skilled as teachers. This was a great review for me and increases my confidence in performing EMG.”

Target Audience
Neurologists, physiatrists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, internists, peripheral nerve surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and electromyography technologists who are interested in the field of electromyography and neuromuscular disorders.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1. State the basic tenets of clinical and neurophysiologic diagnosis.
2. List the clinical and neurophysiologic aspects of common neuromuscular disorders.
3. Describe the technical aspects as well as potential pitfalls of nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography.
4. Determine the current diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in polyneuropathy, including the use of intravenous immunoglobulins and plasma exchange.
5. Discuss the use of ultrasound in the evaluation of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy.
6. Discuss the clinical uses of botulinum toxin.
7. Apply the knowledge reviewed above to the discussion of selected clinical cases.

Core Competencies
This activity has been developed with consideration given to the American Board of Medical Specialties Six Core Competencies. This activity will increase your competency in the areas of:
• Patient Care
• Medical Knowledge
Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes live conferences or live courses held out of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, college, academic institution or physician organization as accredited group learning activities under Section 1 of the MOC Program.

APA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 22.50 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.


Oct 27, 2017


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME, Radiology / RAD Tech CE, Surgical Technology CE


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty


Thomas H. Brannagan III, MD
Professor of Neurology
Director, Peripheral Neuropathy Center
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons Co-director, Electromyography Lab
New York-Presybyterian Hospital

Michael Cartwright, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Neurology
Wake Forest School of Medicine

David Chad, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital

Samuel Frank, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Michelle Kaku, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine

Daniel L. Menkes, MD
Professor and Chairman of Neurology
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Johnny Salameh, MD, FANA
Program Director, Neurology Residency
Director, ALS Clinic
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
American University of Beirut Medical Center

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Boston University School of Medicine Electromyography, Neuromuscular Disorders, CME Free CE CME Live CE CME Seminar CE CME

LIVE Activity Location Details

10-27-2017 - 10-29-2017

The W Hotel Boston
100 Stuart St
Boston, MA   02116
United States of America

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