Podcast CME Course Information

Exam: Exam 416: Brain death, the determination of brain death, and member guidance for brain death accommodation requests: AAN position statement

Issue: January 29, 2019

Learning Objectives

Brain death, the determination of brain death, and member guidance for brain death accommodation requests: AAN position statement

Upon completion of this podcast, listeners will better understand the model law approved in 1981 and its role in state law for determining brain death.

Recommended Audience

This program is designed for physicians who are involved in providing patient care and who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.

Core Competencies

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge


Program Accreditations Subcommittee (PAS) is responsible for reviewing and evaluating all CME programs. Joseph F. Kass, MD, JD, FAAN, has received personal compensation for activities as an expert witness in litigation and in an editorial capacity for the American Academy of Neurology. Barney J. Stern, MD, FAAN, has received personal compensation for book chapter contributions. The other members of the committee (Samir Belagaje, MD; J. Clay Goodman, MD, FAAN; Omotola A. Hope, MD; Shannon M. Kilgore, MD, FAAN) and AAN staff (Kristine Mitchell) report no disclosures. Robert A. Gross, MD, PhD, FAAN, has received funding for travel and/or speaker honoraria from the American Academy of Neurology; receives a stipend as Editor-in-Chief of Neurology; has received consultant fees from GlaxoSmithKline and Harris Interactive; has served on speakers' bureaus for Abbott, UCB, and GlaxoSmithKline; has conducted clinical trials over the past 5 years funded by GlaxoSmithKline, UCB, Ortho-McNeil, Pfizer, and Marinus, but has ceased participation in industry-sponsored clinical trials and speakers' bureaus since his appointment as Neurology EIC in 2010; and has received research support from the Department of the Army, UCBPharma, and University of Rochester Medical Center/NIH. Dr. Stacey Clardy serves as Podcast Editor for Neurology® and has received research support forWestern Institute for Biomedical Research (WIBR). Dr. Jeff Ratliff serves as Podcast Deputy Editor for Neurology andreceived a speaker honorarium from Haverford College. AAN staff members editing the test (P Baskin, L Kleffman, K Aman Ramm) have no disclosures. The CME Journal Editors who have reviewed the exam are James WM Owens Jr., MD PhD, who receives royalties from UpToDate, Waltham, MA; grant support from NIH (PI, K08NS054882); and a stipend in his editorial capacity for Neurology and Adam Kelly, MD, who has served as Guest Editor of Continuum (April 2014) and receives a stipend in his editorial capacity for Neurology.

Dr. James Russell has served on Scientific Advisory Boards for Cytokinetics - Data Monitoring Board PROTOCOL CY 5022 A PHASE 2, MULTI-CENTER, DOUBLE-BLIND, RANDOMIZED, DOSE- RANGING, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFICACY, SAFETY, AND TOLERABILITY OF CK-2127107 IN PATIENTS WITH AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS). Received travel funding from 1) Non-profit - Mexican Academy of Neurology - Funded travel and lodging to speak at Annual Meeting Nov 2018 - no honorarium (2) Non-profit - ALS Association - funded travel and lodging to do site visit for ALSA certification of UVA ALS Clinic. Received publishing royalties from (1) Neuromuscular Disorders, McGraw-Hill, 2nd edition published 2015, with subsequent royalities 2) Honorarium for published article in Continuum: Approach to peripheral neuropathy and Continuum: Peripheral Nervous System Disorders, Fall 2017. Was consulted with compensation for market research interviews regarding ALS therapeutics and is currently being compensated for expert opinion in two medical legal cases, one in support of the defendant and one in support of the plaintiff. Dr. Matthew Brier has received funding for Biogen, travel and accommodation and received research support for Medical Scientist Training Program Grant to WUSTL (5T32GM007200-37.

The other participants report no disclosures.

CME Expiration

CME expires three years after publication date or sooner if podcasts are deemed out of date by reviewers.


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AMA PRA Credit™

The American Academy of Neurology Institute designates this journal-based-CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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