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Keeping up with the many new drugs approved for use in the US each year is a constant challenge. However only a small number of new drugs each year are novel, work by a new mechanism, and are relevant for primary care practice. This talk provides a balanced evaluation of these important novel drugs, and will address efficacy, side effects, cost, and the impact on primary care practice.

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.

woman with a dizzy spell

Using case studies, this activity explores effective interventions for treating patients with complicated migraines. In this activity, also learn the difference in medications available for treating migraines and tension-type headaches.

In this activity, Dr. Reyes-Iglesias will discuss common neurological issues that face primary care practitioners in their practice. She will review the common causes of dizziness and syncope and discuss the differential diagnosis following a seizure. Finally, she will review migraine and headache disorders along with treatment and management strategies for common neurological problems.

In this activity, Dr. Burke will explain the steps for successful migraine management. She will discuss how to correctly identify migraines and differentiate them from other headaches. Treatment for migraines in accordance with the latest recommendations will be reviewed and available alternative therapies will also be discussed.

woman massaging her temples

In this activity, Dr. Smetana will discuss primary headache syndromes including migraines, cluster headaches, and tension-type headaches. The activity will give an overview of both evidence-based treatment therapies and alternate treatment options for migraines and other types of headaches. 

Children with Headaches

This activity will provide an overview of the diagnosis and work-up of pediatric headache using the International Headache Society recommendations. Three basic types of therapies will be discussed: traditional medication therapy (abortive and prophylactic), alternative therapy (including vitamins and herbs) and the role of straightforward lifestyle changes that are often overlooked in headache management. Dr. Lerner will also discuss how using a variety of these modalities will often lead to the best outcomes.

middle aged office worker with visible tension headache

This activity will discuss the treatment for migraines in a primary care setting. Dr. Smetana will explain the differences between migraine abortive therapy and preventative therapies. He will also discuss complementary and alternative treatments including lifestyle management and behavior modifications that can impact the number and severity of migraine episodes.


Migraine impacts approximately 1 in 7 Americans annually and accounts for between 5 and 9 million primary care office visits per year in the United States. Recently, new treatments have emerged, greatly expanding the current landscape of migraine management and bolstering the clinician’s toolbox. Join expert faculty in this Virtual Expert Roundtable as they discuss new advances in the management of migraine and answer your questions about how and when to incorporate these new therapies into treatment.