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“How often do you get to learn in a setting as beautiful as Hawaii?” mused Aaron E. Miller, MD, Chair of the AAN Education Committee's Annual Meeting Subcommittee, about the continuing medical education (CME) program for this year's meeting. In a phone interview with Neurology Today, Dr. Miller discussed some of the new and novel courses that attendees can expect in Hawaii. Dr. Miller is Director of the Division of Neurology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.


The neurological complications of scuba diving is one of the new CME courses this year.


“Every year, we try to take advantage of the particular venue of the meeting,” Dr. Miller explained. This year's course schedule features a course on the neurological complications of scuba diving, as well as one on marine toxins. There will also be a skills workshop on critical care neurology featuring faculty from Hawaii.

A poignant new program this year, entitled “Can I Drive? Can I Fly,” will address the vexing ethical question of whether it is safe for patients to operate vehicles, Dr. Miller said. “Another unusual program addresses the problem of identifying the patients who do not have real neurological diseases, but either have a psychological basis for their symptoms or are malingering,” he continued. The program is called “Zebras or Quacks? Psychogenic and ‘Functional’ Symptoms in Neurology.” A third new program will offer education about the neurological issues of bioterrorism.

Although the Annual Meeting's Hawaii location raised concerns that attendance would decline, Dr. Miller reports that the CME program has not felt the pinch. “We received more course proposals than ever. This is the most incredible potpourri of educational programs that any specialty society offers. No neurologists will lack the opportunity to find courses that interest them.”