Frontiers in Child Neurology: Cultivating Careers, Transitioning Care, and Highlighting Scientific Developments

Event Time: Saturday April 16, 2016 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Topic(s): Child Neurology and Developmental Neurology, Research Methodology, Education, and History, Neuroepidemiology, Neuromuscular and Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG), Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology, Headache, MS and CNS Inflammatory Disease, Movement Disorders
Director(s): Shafali Jeste MD, FAAN, Rebecca Lehman MD, FAAN
Description: Recognizing that child neurologists are underrepresented at the AAN Annual Meeting and that scientific and educational presentations pertaining to child neurologists are dispersed throughout the week-long conference, a working group of child neurologists collaborated to create an integrated neuroscience session that would meet the educational needs of all child neurologists in a concentrated format. The Frontiers in Child Neurology session seeks to attract child neurologists to the AAN Annual Meeting, deliver high-quality educational and scientific sessions focused on childhood neurological disorders, and provide a platform for child and adult neurologists to examine issues related to transitioning patients with childhood neurologic disorders to the adult health care system. The challenge of transitioning patients from pediatric to adult care has been a neglected area of investigation, and there are few successful models in the literature. In 2011, the primary health care community (AAP, AAFO, ACP) called for subspecialists to outline their role in the medical transition of pediatric patients, and in 2014, the Child Neurology Foundation responded by convening an interdisciplinary panel—including child and adult neurologists—to examine the role of child neurologists in transitioning youths with neurologic disorders. The panel generated a Consensus Statement, which reviewed the literature and outlined Common Principles—direct or indirect responsibilities of the child neurology team in the transition process—based on the current literature and expert opinion. At the conclusion of the program, attendees will recognize that patients with childhood neurologic disorders must ultimately transition to the adult system of care. They will be able to understand the child neurology team’s role in the transition process as defined by the Common Principles and will identify the transition process as a longitudinal effort, not a one-time handoff. Attendees also will have an appreciation for the way in which the AAN can enhance their knowledge base and connect them with colleagues in the field. This session will lay the foundation for future opportunities in the focused integration of child neurologists, from trainees to junior faculty to senior scientists and clinicians, into the annual Academy meeting. Of note, participants also will receive a “Passport to Child Neurology” that will serve as a quick reference for all child neurology-related offerings throughout the meeting.
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CME Credits: 5.5
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