Years ago, artists depicted children as little adults. That is no longer the case in art; likewise, we, as neurologists, have recognized that children are not small adults. They have conditions that are often complicated by the coexistence of a still-developing nervous system, and their psychosocial needs clearly differ from those of adults. Often, their diseases are unique to the pediatric age group. However, this is not invariably the case. Many childhood conditions may also affect adults, sometimes in the same manner, but frequently with other presentations and syndromes. Furthermore, children with a variety of neurologic conditions grow into adulthood, where their care often comes under the purview of an adult neurologist. In this issue, Dr Brenda Banwell has assembled an outstanding faculty to address the subject of childhood neurologic disorders in adulthood. Always thorough and efficient, Dr Banwell has, herself, provided an introduction for this issue to which I refer you.
Spared the necessity of further introducing this specific issue to you, I would like to make sure that you are up to date on all the ways that CONTINUUM can help enhance your lifelong learning in neurology. We continue our policy of providing four issues a year that make up part of a 3-year core curriculum cycle. For example, the core topics for 2010 will include movement disorders, dementia, epilepsy, and demyelinating diseases. In addition, the two other issues of our bimonthly journal address other subjects of great importance but generally encountered less frequently by a general neurologist. Although many of you are already taking advantage of the fact that CONTINUUM is also available online, others may not yet have realized this added perk. Subscribers alone are now able to download key points, figures, and tables from the online version and have ready access to online CME by taking the multiple-choice questions and receiving instant feedback.
With another recent enhancement, brought to subscribers by the American Academy of Neurology at no added cost, not only can you access CONTINUUM content from your mobile device-at www.m.aan.com-but you can also complete the multiple-choice questions through your iPhone or Blackberry any time, any place! That's really keeping CONTINUUM in your hip pocket. Give it a try.
Make sure that in each issue you look for the brief sections, "Ethical Perspectives in Neurology" and "Practice Issues in Neurology." These important features, edited respectively by Drs Michael Williams and Larry Goldstein, are both provocative and helpful for your neurologic practice. In another feature to facilitate your neurologic practice, we will begin to include specific information about coding relevant to a particular issue topic starting in 2010.
And please don't forget Quintessentials! This added bonus, which comes to you with two issues a year (watch for the next one with the June issue on epilepsy) is a very practical case-based tool that allows you to get direct feedback and thereby-like CONTINUUM itself-helps to fulfill the self-assessment and lifelong learning requirement of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Many of you with time-limited Board certification are required to complete MOC, and CONTINUUM and Quintessentials together provide much of what you need to accomplish that task. It is likely that others who gained ABPN certification without expiration will soon also be required to fulfill some requirements for MOC. Many of us take for granted the ability to acquire high-quality neurologic education with relative ease. Indeed, for CONTINUUM subscribers, that opportunity arrives in your mailbox or on your laptop regularly every other month. But, do you know that the AAN provides as a gift 200 copies of each issue, as well as online access, to 44 underdeveloped countries through the World Federation of Neurology (WFN)? As Dr Wolfgang Grisold, chair of the WFN Education Committee, recently wrote, "Hard copies of CONTINUUM are an absolute necessity in countries where there is little or no Internet access. They are considered to be a neurological information lifeline tool for updating their skill-sets and knowledge-base for best practices, and for new developments in the neurological field." We are very pleased and proud to help our less-advantaged colleagues in their struggle to provide quality neurologic care for their patients. I hope you enjoy CONTINUUM and will take advantage of all its features, both in print and online versions. I would love to receive your comments-both good and bad-as we continually strive to improve CONTINUUM. Please email me directly at [email protected]. I guarantee you will get a reply.
I wish all of you and your families a wonderful holiday season and happy, healthy 2010. And, by the way, what better gift to give yourself, one of your partners, or a young associate than to purchase or extend a subscription to CONTINUUM?
-Aaron E. Miller, MD