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Dementia: Update for the Practitioner
With Course Director: Karen L. Bell

Description
E-Course Description
Dementia Update for the Practitioner, an online continuing-medical-education (CME) course, will provide an update for primary-care practitioners, neurologists, and psychiatrists on the differential diagnosis and current treatment options for cognitive and behavioral disorders associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Taught by seven of Columbia University Medical Center's top dementia specialists and an attorney specializing in medical-patient issues, this course will provide practical information for those treating and advising patients with dementia.

Participants in this e-course will become familiar with a range of dementias, including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal dementia. The role of genetic testing for dementia and legal and ethical issues for dementia patients will also be discussed.

This course features video presentations from the faculty, text of lecture materials, diagnostic images, charts and graphs, and a post-test for awarding continuing-medical-education credit.

E-Course Length:3-5 hours
Release Date:March 1, 2004
Credits:For CME Credits
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
All Participants:FREE
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E-Course Objectives | Syllabus/Outline | Instructor's Background | Technical Requirements | Credits

Objectives
  • Understand the distinctions between dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
  • Become aware of the findings on history, examination, and laboratory tests for AD and related disorders.
  • Become familiar with the findings on structural and functional brain imaging in mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and related disorders.
  • Understand the role of neuropsychological testing in screening for mild cognitive impairment and dementia and be familiar with mental-status screening tests for use in clinical practice.
  • Learn current treatment modalities for the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Gain knowledge of the role of genetics in Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.
  • Learn to provide information to patients and families regarding legal and ethical issues.

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Syllabus/Outline
  1. Introduction
  2. Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease
    Karen L. Bell, M.D.
  3. Treatment Strategies for Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Mary Sano, Ph.D.
  4. Treatment of Depression, Agitation, and Psychosis in Dementia
    Davangere P. Devanand, M.D.
  5. Recognition of Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Frontotemporal Dementia
    Lawrence S. Honig, M.D., Ph.D.
  6. Neuropsychology of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Frontotemporal Dementia
    Penne Sims, Ph.D.
  7. Neuroimaging in Dementia
    Scott A. Small, M.D.
  8. Genetics of Neurodegenerative Disease: Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia
    Jennifer Williamson-Catania, M.S.
  9. Legal and Ethical Issues for Patients with Dementia
    Daniel G. Fish, Esq.
  10. Post Test

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About the Instructors
Karen L. Bell is Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center's Gertrude Sergievsky Center. She is a board-certified neurologist and a member of the Speaker's Bureau of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical. Her current research focuses on the prevention of Alzheimer disease in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Dr. Bell teaches this course with seven other experts in treating and advising patients with dementia: Mary Sano, Ph.D.; Davangere P. Devanand, M.D.; Lawrence S. Honig, M.D., Ph.D.; Penne Sims, Ph.D.; Scott A. Small, M.D.; Jennifer Williamson-Catania, M.S.; and Daniel G. Fish, Esq.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above, Netscape 4.7 or above (except Netscape 6), Mozilla 1.4 or above.
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above, Netscape 4.7 or above (except Netscape 6), Safari 1.0 or above, Mozilla 1.4 or above.
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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Credits
Release Date: March 1, 2004
Valid for Credit through: February 28, 2005

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians

The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.5 category-one credits towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

This program has been planned and produced in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Detailed instructions for obtaining credits appear on the site.

Disclosures and disclaimers are also listed on the site.

Additional Course Information:
This online course was created with the support of Janssen Pharmaceutical.

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