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This lecture will review the most efficient means of assessing cognitive impairment, common issues in caring for the older adult with cognitive impairment, and pharmacologic/ non-pharmacologic means of treating patients. Participants will receive updates on what medications are useless/useful and what testing should be avoided. This lecture will also discuss future options and prognosis for patients with cognitive impairment.

Aashish Didwania, MD, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine reviews the basics of the pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment of vestibular neuritis in the primary care setting.

This activity will cover the approach to working up the dizzy patient focusing on the four most common root causes of dizziness: vertigo, disequilibrium, pre-syncope and psychogenic. Dr. Didwania will review the differential diagnosis and the evaluation using history and physical exam by using brief videos to highlight distinguishing features of the etiology of dizziness. Vertigo will be reviewed in more depth as the leading cause of dizziness, with a deeper review of BPPV as the leading cause of vertigo.

The primary care physician has a major role in the primary and secondary of stroke, and must often make important decisions about stroke patient management. This activity will focus on understanding stroke risk factors, recognizing stroke warnings and acute strokes, and the initial and later management of these complex patients. Ischemic lesions are responsible for about 85% of strokes; their prevention and treatment have seen remarkable advances in the past five years, which will be covered in detail. Intracerebral hemorrhages are becoming more common, and have a better prognosis than is commonly assumed. Subarachnoid hemorrhage, while the least common form of stroke, needs very prompt recognition and emergent management.

In this Clinical Coffee Break, Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi addresses some important questions about TIAs, including risk assessment, when to hospitalize patients for further evaluation, which anticoagulants should be used, and which patients would benefit most from interventional procedures.

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Dr. Dumanian demonstrates a standard hand exam in this activity to help primary care physicians recognize carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). With the help of a live hand model, he shows the step by step procedure to conduct a hand exam and spot any abnormalities such as CTS and other signs of nerve dysfunction, tendonitis and hand arthritis.

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In this innovative and engaging keynote lecture, Dr. Salvatore Mangione discusses the right brain versus the left brain mode of engagement and how the right brain can inform clinical medicine by engaging the powers of creativity and observation that are often ignored in the dry, rational world of modern medical practice.

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In this activity, Dr. Galluzzi will discuss common types of cognitive impairment in geriatric patients. In addition, she will review recent advances in biomarker testing for Alzheimer’s disease.

In this Clinical Coffee Break, Dr. Patricia Greenstein reviews several common neurovascular disorders, including ischemic stroke and migraine, and discusses diagnostic tests and management for each.


This talk will comprehensively overview presenting features of dizziness in a typical primary care practice. Using history and the physical exam, the speaker will flush out the differential diagnosis from among the four major causes of dizziness. Participants will receive an in-depth look at the benign causes that can be diagnosed in the clinic and the more concerning causes that warrant urgent neurologic evaluation.

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William Osler said that the practice of medicine is an art and that there is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation. In this activity, Dr. Mangione uses examples from the world of art to demonstrate medical findings and conditions. Watch this activity to develop your Visual Thinking Strategy to improve your observation skills and learn how to apply them in the diagnosis and care of your patients.


One in fifty people in the U.S. has an unruptured brain aneurysm, and 30,000 of them rupture every year. Despite low frequency, brain aneurysms are high in mortality, because the lack of a timely diagnosis often leads to death. Complicating matters more, many of the symptoms are associated with other less dangerous conditions such as the flu or stress. This Video Webcast will focus on the importance of early detection via proper diagnosis and scanning, and the faculty will discuss treatment options for participants to recognize or use in practice.