Conference Description

The 6th Annual Stroke Conference presented by UF Health Shands Hospital this year takes place on April 13th, 2019 at the Harrell Medical Education Building in Gainesville, FL. This CME program is designed to improve the knowledge, competence and performance of healthcare providers engaged in the care of patients with cerebrovascular diseases. The goal of the program is to reduce the gap between current evidence and existing practice in stroke care as well as review the most recent clinical trials that impact patient care algorithms and practices. This conference will focus on science, technology and practical applications in order to equip participants with the tools needed to deliver high quality, evidence-based, patient centered stroke care. Speakers include internationally recognized stroke experts offering specialized topics that cover stroke care across the continuum. Topics include Acute Care, Stroke in Unique Populations, Nursing and Physician dedicated tracks, late breaking stroke topics, and more!

Target Audience

This program is intended for adult neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists, neuroradiologists, interventional radiologists, emergency medicine specialists, primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, rehabilitation specialists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, respiratory therapists, radiology technologists, case managers, social workers, pharmacists and researchers in the field of cerebrovascular function and disease.

Learning Objectives

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Identify stroke-prone individuals and discuss current and emerging approaches to stroke prevention
  • Identify best practices in stroke care in pre-hospital, acute care and post acute care setting
  • Identify best practices in interventions in the post-hospital/rehabilitation phase of care
  • Discuss current status and future directions in treatment of the neurocritical care patient
  • Apply the key concepts that guide acute stroke interventions, including early recognition and determination of eligibility for the administration of  intravenous t-PA in acute ischemic stroke
  • Discuss how endovascular treatment approaches lead the way in comprehensive stroke care
  • Analyze the beneficial impact of utilizing neuro-imaging to detect  the stroke lesion, size of infarct and ischemic penumbra
  • Recognize the indications for treatment of intracranial aneurysms and examine available neuroendovascular therapeutic options
  • Understand the role of rehabilitation in optimizing post-stroke recovery
  • Discuss the pivotal role that nurses play in all phases of the interdisciplinary care of stroke patients
  • Discuss the benefits of surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation, utilizing the Mini Maze procedure
  • Evaluate the data and outcomes of clinical trials and the impact on treatment options for stroke patients

Faculty Disclosure

University of Florida College of Medicine adheres to the ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is policy that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this education activity, that relevant conflicts of interest are resolved, and that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course syllabus.

Check out this clip from our 2017 Stroke Conference! Dr. Brian Hoh, MD discusses Endovascular Therapy: The New Frontier: