Course Information

8th Annual UCLA Review of Clinical Neurology - A Virtual Conference

Live Virtual Learning

September 11, 2020 to September 13, 2020

Virtual Exhibit Hall

*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

Syllabus for Conference Registrants

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The UCLA Review of Clinical Neurology is designed to provide a comprehensive and practical review for neurologists wishing to strengthen their proficiency in diagnosing and treating core disease states in neurology. The course is offered as an online virtual platform, but would allow for interactive audience participation to augment learning. The course is organized to provide attendees with a review of clinical neurology based on major disease topics. Each core topic will provide a summary of the clinical spectrum of the disorders, pathophysiology, etiology, diagnostic techniques and management options as well as any COVID-19 specific updates specific to the specialty area.

This activity is certified and approved to provide CME Category 1 credits and can be used to satisfy competency requirement for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and ABPN-Self Assessment.

Course Highlights

Lectures will utilize cases and audience response system (ARS) to help the participants appraise their knowledge and actively engage them in the learning process. Each lecture will include a discussion of three recent advancements made in the last year.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to effectively use this educational symposium to enhance their clinical knowledge of key neurologic disorders, expand their horizons on recent discoveries about disease pathology, appreciate new diagnostic tools and think critically about management options.

  • Review of the neurologic manifestation of COVID-19 infections on the nervous system
  • Comprehensive evidence-based review of common neurological problems
  • Presentation of common and important neurologic conditions, emphasizing practical aspects of clinical care, highlighting recent discoveries in disease mechanisms, pathophysiology, diagnostic tools and recently approved treatment option
  • Audience participation in case-based discussions
  • Effective, evidence-based treatment options based on recent publications of the American Academy of Neurology Practice Guidelines
  • Presentation of three new things focusing on recent advances in the clinical domain presented
  • Augmenting the educational value of lecture through video demonstration of unique clinical manifestations
  • Discussion of “hot topics” such as neurologic aspects of COVID-19, disclosure of Neurogenetic test results and key innovations in representative disease states

Target Audience

Our course is designed as a practical review for clinicians who encounter patients with neurologic disorders particulary neurologists, psychiatrists, primary care clinicians, allied health professionals across multiple practice settings and subspecialties. It will be useful as a review for neurologists who plan to take the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the Maintenance of Certification examination (MOC) as well as a review of new updates accross the neurology disease states with special attention to neurologic manifestations of COVID-19.


Virtual meeting instructions in anticipation of the course will be provided to enrollees on September 1, 2020.

Online registration is now closed. Phone registrations will be accepted through Sunday, September 13.

Please read the following instructions:

Due to COVID-19, our staff is working remotely. To enroll, please call the UCLA Office of CME at (310) 794-2620 and leave a voicemail with your name and callback number. A representative will return your call within an hour to take your registration. 

Thank you for your patience.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
8th Annual UCLA Review of Clinical Neurology
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

Register by September 1, 2020 to take advantage of pre-registration rates.

  • Physicians (pre-registration) – $600
  • Physicians (beginning September 2) – $750
  • Allied Health Professionals (pre-registration) – $350
  • Allied Health Professionals (beginning September 2) – $500
  • Trainees – $300


Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, August 28, 2020 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.

Course Chair

Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
Professor of Neurology*
Director, UCLA Sleep Disorders Center
UCLA Department of Neurology

Course Faculty

Robert Baloh, MD
Professor of Neurology and Head and Neck Surgery*
Director of Neurootology
UCLA Department of Neurology

S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair*
Frances Stark Endowed Chair
Co-Director, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Center
UCLA Department of Neurology

Meeryo Choe, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics*
Associate Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program
Brain Injury Research Center
Division of Neurology
UCLA Department of Pediatrics

Bruce H. Dobkin, MD, FRCP
Distinguished Professor of Clinical Neurology*
UCLA Department of Neurology

Langston Holly, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics*
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
UCLA Department of Neurosurgery

Shaun Hussain, MD
Director, UCLA Infantile Spasms Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics*
Division of Pediatric Neurology
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

Joshua Kamins, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology*
Goldberg Migraine Program
Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program
UCLA Department of Neurology

Adrienne Keener, MD
Assistant Professor*
Movement Disorders Program
Associate Program Director, Residency Training Program
UCLA Department of Neurology

Tanaz Kermani, MD
Director, UCLA Vasculitis Program*
Associate Clinical Professor*
UCLA Department of Rheumatology

Wesley T. Kerr, MD, PhD
Neurology Resident*
UCLA Department of Neurology
Veterans Administration
Olive View Medical Center

Andrew Leuchter, MD
Professor and Executive Vice Chair*
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Associate Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Aaron McMurtray, MD, PhD
Associate Professor*
Medical Director for Dementia Clinics
UCLA Department of Neurology

Allison Navis, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Neuro-Infectious Diseases
Department of Neurology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, NY

Callene Momtazee, MD
Associate Professor*
UCLA Multiple Sclerosis Program
UCLA Department of Neurology

P. Leia Nghiemphu, MD
Associate Professor of Neuro-Oncology*
Director, Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program
Director, Neuro-Oncology Clinical Service & NF2 Multidisciplinary Clinic
UCLA Department of Neurology

Peter A. Quiros, MD
Associate Professor*
UCLA Department of Ophthalmology

Melissa Reider-Demer, DNP, MN, CNP
In-Patient General Neurology Operations and Quality Officer*
In-Patient Care Lead, Department of Neurology Quality Officer
Outpatient Multidisciplinary Nurse Practitioner: Epilepsy, Stroke, & General Neurology
UCLA Department of Neurology

Jessica Rexach, MD
Assistant Professor*
Neurogenetics Program
UCLA Department of Neurology

Jeffrey L. Saver, MD
Professor of Clinical Neurology*
Senior Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research
Director, UCLA Comprehensive Stroke and Vascular Neurology Program
UCLA Department of Neurology

Perry Shieh, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology*
UCLA Neuromuscular Program
UCLA Department of Neurology

Elyse Singer, MD
Professor of Neurology*
Director, UCLA Neuro-ID Program
UCLA Department of Neurology

John Stern, MD
Director, Epilepsy Clinical Program
Director, Epilepsy Residency Training
Co-Director, Seizure Disorder Center
UCLA Department of Neurology

Keith Vossel, MD, MSc
Professor of Neurology*
Center Director, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA
UCLA Department of Neurology

Neil Wenger, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine*
Chair, Ronald Reagan Medical Center UCLA Ethics Committee
UCLA Department of Medicine

* David Geffen School of Medicine

Day 1 – Friday, September 11, 2020

7:45 AM Introduction & Welcome Address
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH, Course Director and S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD, Department Chair
8:00 AM Neurologic Manifestations of COVID-19 Infections
Allison Navis, MD
9:00 AM Synopsis of Pediatric Neurology
Shaun Hussain, MD
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Sports Neurology and Concussion
Meeryo Choe, MD
11:30 AM Neuroophthalmology Pearls
Peter A. Quiros, MD
12:30 PM Break
1:30 PM Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis and Management
Callene Momtazee, MD
2:30 PM Epilepsy 101: Updates on Classification, Diagnosis and Management
John Stern, MD
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Psychopharmacology for the Practicing Neurologist
Andrew Leuchter, MD
4:30 PM Ethics of Neurogenetic Testing Cases and Discussion
Neil Wenger, MD, MPH
5:30 PM Adjourn

Day 2 – Saturday, September 12, 2020

8:00 AM What Neurologists Need to Know About Sleep
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
9:00 AM Practical Approaches to the Dizzy Patient
Robert Baloh, MD
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Movement Disorders Overview and Updates
Adrienne Keener, MD
11:15 AM Review of CNS Infections
Elyse J. Singer, MD
12:15 PM Break
1:15 PM Neck & Back Pain: The Red Flags
Langston Holly, MD
2:00 PM Dementia Cases
Aaron McMurtray, MD, PhD
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Advances in Management of the Patient with Dementia: From Bench to Bedside
Keith Vossel, MD, MSc
4:15 PM Disorders of Nerve and Muscle Disease: Case-Based Approach
Perry Shieh, MD, PhD
5:15 PM Adjourn

Day 3 – Sunday, September 13, 2020

8:00 AM Neurogenetic Cases
Jessica Rexach, MD, PhD
9:00 AM Headache: Diagnosis, Red Flags, Management and Innovation
Joshua Kamins, MD
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Updated on Stroke Prevention and Acute Treatment
Jeffrey L. Saver, MD
12:00 PM Break
1:00 PM Practical Review of Neurooncology
P. Leia Nghiemphu, MD
2:00 PM Episodic Neurological Sympotoms: Not Everything That Shakes is a Seizure
Wesley T. Kerr, MD, PhD
3:00 PM Telehealth in Neurology: Then and Now
Melissa Reider-Demer, DNP, MN, CNP
3:45 PM Best Practices in Neurorehabilitation
Bruce H. Dobkin, MD, FRCP
4:30 PM Vasculitides of the Central Nervous System
Tanaz Kermani, MD
5:15 PM Conclusion and Adjournment

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Utilize most current evidenced-based practices to improve confidence in diagnosing and managing major disease states in neurology, including multiple sclerosis, headaches, epilepsy, central nervous system infections including COVID-19 infection, movement disorders, dementia, sleep disorders, delirium, neuromuscular diseases, neurootology, stroke management, neuroophthalmology, pain, and ethical issues in neurology
  • Explore the utility of neurologic testing including neuropsychiatric testing, sleep studies, neuroimaging, and neurophysiological assessments including EEG and EMG/NVC
  • Identify the most current and appropriate therapeutic strategies for common neurologic disorders and complaints
  • Identify, articulate and apply ethical principles to the care of patients with complex and challenging neurological disorder
  • Apply the principles of ethics and in the practice of neurology

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for Category 1 Credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed the 8th Annual UCLA Review of Clinical Neurology and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive CME and self-assessment program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.

The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.

If you have any questions, please contact the UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education by:

(310) 794-2620