Neurology Update for Primary Care (and Other Non-Neurologists!)

Friday, March 3, 2023
7:30 AM - 3:20 PM (PT)
Virtual Conference via Zoom Webinar
with On-Demand Access*

In response to feedback from previous courses, this year the annual Neurology Update will address the persistent need for neurologists, primary care providers, and other specialists to work together to provide the best care possible for our patients and their families. Neurological diseases are most effectively treated by a multidisciplinary team which includes primary care physicians and other specialists working closely with a neurologist. This course is designed to disseminate practical knowledge and build partnerships by providing up-to-date, evidence-based information pertaining to the neurologic complaints commonly encountered by primary care providers with the objective of enhancing the knowledge-base and competency of all attendees. Diagnostic criteria, approaches to initial clinical management and when to refer to a specialist will be discussed, aiding attendees in providing high-quality, efficient patient care and increasing successful patient outcomes.

This conference is intended for all interested providers in primary care, family practice, internal medicine and its subspecialties, OBGYN, general surgery, emergency medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, including residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and medical assistants.

View more information about the course below or click the Register Online button to register for this CME activity. *All pre-registrants will receive accredited, on-demand access to the recording for 30 days after the conference. We look forward to your participation for an engaging and successful conference!

Registration is closed.



Every year, millions of Americans visit a health care provider with a neurologic complaint. These neurologic conditions may be encountered by neurologists, primary care providers and allied health professionals at any time, and updates in diagnostic criteria and treatment options are vital to the care of their diverse and aging patient population. For many neurologic conditions, early diagnosis and expedient treatment are vital to successful outcomes and the patients’ quality of life, creating a need for up-to-date information regarding commonly encountered neurological diseases, including discussions of difficult cases, current controversies in clinical management and new research. There is ongoing need for providers to comprehend the significance and complications of different neurologic illnesses as well as the use of diagnostic tests and new treatments in development. Providers need to be aware of current management standards and the role of multidisciplinary teams. Ongoing research continues to lead to better understanding of neurologic conditions and more numerous and diverse treatment options. Attendees of this course will leave with updated information regarding diagnosis, treatment options and management techniques for a variety of neurologic conditions in order to provide optimal patient care, whether in their own offices or through accurate and informed referrals.


For more information on each speaker, visit the Faculty tab. All times are listed in PT.

7:30 a.m. 
Welcome and Announcements
R. Guy Hudson, MD and Pravin Khemani, MD
7:45 a.m. Overview of Services and Programs
Michael Elliott, MD
8:00 a.m. Eric Gierke, MD Annual Lectureship in Neurology:
Headache Topic
Stephen Silberstein, MD
9:00 a.m. Dementia Care in Primary Care
Nancy Isenberg, MD
9:40 a.m. Myasthenia Gravis and Other NMJ Disorders
Christyn Edmundson, MD
10:20 a.m. Break and Visit with Exhibitors
10:50 a.m. Epilepsy Topic
Kitti Kaiboriboon, MD
11:30 a.m. Secondary Stroke Prevention
George Lopez, MD, PhD
12:10 p.m. Break for Lunch and Visit with Exhibitors
1:10 p.m. Inpatient Neurology
Hilary Wang, MD, MBA
1:50 p.m. Tremors
Amir Besharat, DO
2:30 p.m. Epilepsy in Infancy and Childhood for Primary Care Providers
Ednea Simon, MD
3:10 p.m. Closing Remarks
Pravin Khemani, MD
3:20 p.m. Adjourn


By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Recognize typical symptoms of common neurologic conditions and describe how to differentiate them
  • Perform meaningful neurological examinations and initiate appropriate diagnostic testing
  • Compare available treatment and management options and identify current criteria for prescribing medications
  • Analyze appropriate imaging when evaluating patients that may require referral to a specialist and assess when referral is appropriate
  • Anticipate common complications and risk factors and manage patient expectations regarding prognosis and rehabilitation


Accreditation with Commendation

Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this internet live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Credits
The AAFP has reviewed Neurology Update for Primary Care and deemed it acceptable for up to 5.75 Live AAFP Elective credits. Term of Approval is from 03/03/2023 to 03/03/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Health Professionals 
Many credentialing bodies, societies and boards accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as an equivalent as long as the topic is relevant to the applicant’s field or discipline. If you have any doubts whether an activity will qualify for CE, contact your board prior to registering for the course.

Registered Nurses
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME for the purpose of recertification. 

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Program (AANPCP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.


Amir Besharat, DO
Neurologist, Movement Disorders
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Christyn A. Edmundson, MD
Medical Director, Neuromuscular Medicine
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Michael A. Elliott, MD, FAAN
Executive Medical Director, Neurology
Medical Director, ALS Program
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Nancy B. Isenberg, MD, MPH, FAAN DipABLM
Medical Director, Center for Healthy Aging/Women's Brain Health Program
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Kitti Kaiboriboon, MD
Neurologist, Epilepsy
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Pravin Khemani, MD, FAAN
Medical Director, Movement Disorders, Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Clinical Associate Professor, Washington State University, ESF College of Medicine

George A. Lopez MD, PhD, FCCM, FNCS
Associate Medical Director, Stroke
Swedish Health System

Stephen D. Silberstein, MD
Director, Jefferson Headache Center
Professor of Neurology
Thomas Jefferson University

Ednea A. Simon, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Hilary H. Wang, MD, MBA
Associate Medical Director, Neurohospitalist Team
Quality Lead for Neurology
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and mitigate all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for all planners and faculty members. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias.


Pravin Khemani, MD, Course Chair
Michael Doherty, MD, FAAN
Michael Elliott, MD, FAAN
Bonnie Keung, MD
Ednea Simon, MD
Anna Wong, MD
Hilary Wang, MD, MBA
Michael Elias
Bobby Buglione, CME Specialist Sr
Michelle Eng, CME Manager


  Registration Fees
MD / DO   $200
Allied Health Professional                                  $75
Resident, Fellow, Student  $25*

*Confirmation of training program will be confirmed to be eligible for this pricing.


Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment.

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than February 27. Swedish CME reserves the right to cancel or postpone this program if necessary. In the event of cancellation, course fees will be fully refunded. We are not responsible for other costs incurred such as non-refundable airline tickets or hotel penalties.

Special Accommodations
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Registration Fees
Swedish CME is a self-sustaining unit and does not depend on or receive public monies in support of its educational efforts. The fees for this course include all instruction materials, online syllabus and recording access, and a digital certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. A complete listing of commercial supporters is not available at this time. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.