What you'll learn

  • Evaluate and diagnose movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, tremor, myoclonus, tics, gait disturbances, chorea, tardive dyskinesia and other disorders of the basal ganglia, in different settings (emergency, inpatient, and outpatient).

  • Summarize treatment options and considerations in the management of movement disorders.

  • Recognize pitfalls in making an erroneous diagnosis in Parkinson’s disease, tremor or dystonia.

  • Describe the pharmacology and side effects of commonly used medications for treatment of various movement disorders.

  • See the course registration page for additonal learning objectives.

Course description

The goal of this course is to improve the ability of clinicians in primary care, neurology, and psychiatry to recognize clinical features of common and uncommon movement disorders, use testing to aid diagnosis, and manage complications of both disease and treatment. The evaluation and management of movement disorders depends upon targeted, historical assessment and physical examination of the patient. Conditions, such as essential tremor and Parkinson's disease, are common and can produce significant disability and disease burden on patients and their caregivers. Though Parkinson's disease and essential tremor are two well-known disorders commonly encountered by the general practitioner and neurologist, a considerable percentage of cases are misdiagnosed. In addition, other highly treatable disorders, such as drug-induced movement disorders, dystonia, and tics can be difficult to recognize which can pose an obstacle to initiating proper treatment. There have been considerable advances in our understanding of certain complex movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. We will also focus attention on non-motor aspects of Parkinson's disease, which are increasingly being recognized as important determinants of quality of life. The course will cover current concepts on pathophysiology of the various movement disorders, evidence-based evaluation and treatment recommendations, clinical practice guidelines as well as experience-based recommendations. Numerous patient videos will be shown throughout the presentations. Finally, the course will culminate with interactive discussion of video-based case examples. 

This is an accredited, livestreamed course offered by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. This course is targeted to Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, and Movement Disorders Fellows.

Select the Take Course button to view additional information on the course registration page.

Contact ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu with questions.

*Register before September 7 to receive the discounted price.

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