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Alzheimer's Disease

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Course Description

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the most common type of dementia, is one of the most feared and devastating conditions associated with old age. This course will provide an update of the rapidly accumulating knowledge of this field, highlighting what clinicians need to know about diagnosis, current standards of treatment, and the future of Alzheimer’s care. Through a case study, course participants will become aware of the early presentation and course of the illness, and of the need to identify and treat potentially reversible contributions to cognitive decline. We will emphasize the ways in which AD leads to progressive impairments in a patient’s cognition and behavior that can profoundly alter one’s interpersonal relationships and daily activities. Currently approved treatments for AD that aim to ameliorate cognitive and behavioral symptoms will be reviewed. Finally, we will address the underlying pathophysiology of AD that will allow course participants to have a greater understanding of the disease-modifying treatments that currently are being developed.

Original Release: 8/24/2009
Most Recent Update: 5/4/2012
Termination Date: 5/4/2015

NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS: The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

COST: $40.00 for the average learner. Participants living in emerging nations receive a 50% discount or can register for free. See our International Pricing Page for details.

OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Learn about the clinical presentation of Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Identify factors that may contribute to cognitive decline
  3. Implement guidelines for pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease

CLINICAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Understand the components of a work-up for dementia
  2. Learn about neurologic and neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
  3. Implement guidelines for mapping psychosocial aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION:

Registrants participate in the learning process by answering interactive multiple choice questions that are dispersed throughout the case presentation. You must answer a question correctly in order to continue through the course. If you answer a question incorrectly, you will be prompted to try again.

In order to earn credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity before the termination date (see above). Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Instead, non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date.

COMBINATION OF MEDIA USED:

This internet enduring material is a case-based, interactive presentation comprised mainly of text, interactive questions, and images. A variety of media, including video clips, audio clips, and Flash animation, may be presented. Links to any necessary plugins are provided when necessary, but no plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.

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Faculty
DILER ACAR, MD
Course Co-Director
Dr. Acar is a graduate of Istanbul University. She is a senior Behavioral Neurologist at the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has an expertise in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's . She has a particular interest in mild cognitive impairment diagnosis and prevention of AD with multidisciplinary approach. She is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



KIRK R. DAFFNER, MD
Course Co-Director
Dr. Daffner is the J. David and Virginia Wimberly Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Center for Brain/Mind Medicine and chief of the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Under his leadership, BWH has become a world-class center dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching, and research in the fields of cognitive neurology and dementia. Dr. Daffner's research and laboratory have investigated the ways in which information processing of cognitively successful older individuals differs from that of cognitively less successful ones.

He has published extensively on the neurological underpinnings of executive functions, on factors that may contribute to healthy cognitive aging, and on the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Daffner has also been committed to training the next generation of clinicians, and serves as director of the fellowship program in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry at BWH.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



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Reviewers
SANJIV CHOPRA, MD
Reviewer
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra is Professor of Medicine and Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School and Senior Consultant in Hepatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. In his role as Faculty Dean for Continuing Education, Dr. Chopra provides oversight and leadership of the Department and oversees the academic development of our programs. Dr. Chopra is an experienced clinician, researcher, and educator. In his research roles, he has served both as a principal investigator as well as co-investigator. He has more than 120 publications and five books to his credit, addressing topics in disease states, patient care, and leadership. Dr. Chopra’s teaching experience is extensive, and he has won numerous teaching awards for his work with medical students, residents and physicians. Currently, he directs and speaks at 10 multiday CME courses, nine of which are through HMS. For his full bio, please click here.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



JOHN D. GOODSON, MD
Reviewer
John Goodson is a lifelong clinician educator with 30 years experience as a course planner, lecturer, workshop leader, and writer. His interests in health care began as an America Social History major at Columbia University where his senior thesis described the origins of home health care in New York City during the Progressive Era. As a medical student at Stanford, Dr Goodson organized and taught course on consumer participation in health care reform.

Dr Goodson trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in primary care internal medicine and joined the Harvard Medical School Faculty and the staff of the MGH on completion of his residency. Dr Goodson in currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard and a Physician at the MGH.

Dr Goodson’s academic interests include the organization and content of medical residency education with at focus on the ambulatory training experience. He was the curriculum director of the MGH ambulatory training for 8 years and the evaluation director for over 20 years. He has written both about the implementation of training in outpatient practice and about common outpatient medical conditions such as male and female urologic disorders. Dr. Goodson participated in the case-based innovations of the Harvard Medical School New Pathway curriculum.

Dr Goodson’s involvement in continuing medical education began in his early career. He has nearly 30 years experience in one of Harvard’s most successful courses for primary care physicians and his presentations are among the best of a very exclusive faculty.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



SCOTT MCGINNIS, MD
Reviewer
Dr. McGinnis is an Instructor in Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



PETER J. ZUROMSKIS, MD
Reviewer
Dr. Zuromskis clinical practice in general internal medicine is based in Lexington Center, where he sees 3500 to 4000 patients annually. His focus is on academic quality medicine, and for 2-4 of his sessions weekly, he has resident working under his direction. He maintains an active role in in-patient care. He has served as a member of the Harvard Medical School Admissions Committee, and remains a senior fellow of the Holmes Society where he serves as a designated mentor to 2-3 students.

His public health activites involve availability for consultation on matters of nuclear-biologic-chemical warfare/terrorism as a reserve Captain in the US Naval Reserve. He regularly serves as a consultant to Risk Management Foundation as a case reviewer and defense witness.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



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Course Planners
ANDI LONG, EdM
Planner
Andi Long directs the Department of Continuing Education’s Distance Learning group, which offers a variety of online continuing medical education programs to health care professionals around the world. Andi develops strategies for new pilot programs and systematically rolls out new distance learning initiatives and has a leadership role in IT planning and other online processes for HMS DCE. She oversees the day-to-day operations of each distance learning activity and ensures ACCME compliance across all enduring programs. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of Harvard Medical School Faculty members to develop high-quality, engaging online programs that physicians in more than 170 countries have taken part in. Andi earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduated from Bridgewater State College with a degree in English. Her professional interests focus on teaching and learning with new technologies and online course development.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



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Accreditation

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 2 

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Within 2 weeks of completing the course, you will receive your certificate via email.

Click the image to view a sample of the certificate


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General Information

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Computers
Any computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Unix machines are supported.


Internet Connection
Your computer should be configured to access the Internet. A high speed internet connection may be required to view some of the large multimedia files.

Browsers
Firefox or Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher are recommended. JavaScript and cookies must be enabled.

Plugins
Some of the multimedia resources in this course require Apple Quicktime, RealMedia, or a Flash player. You will be prompted to download the appropriate plugin when necessary. No plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.


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