Deciphering the Complex Nature of Balance and Vestibular Dysfunction

This course is appropriate for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists, Audiologists, Doctors of Optometry, Naturopathic Doctors and other healthcare providers managing care of patients with symptoms of balance disorders.  An interprofessional approach is emphasized. Participants should have a basic understanding of the anatomy and function of the vestibular system. This course is a subset of the Pacific University Island Eyes Conference and is included in Doctor of Optometry (OD) full conference registration. 

This course is constructed in 3 Stages. 

Stage A | Participants must review 10 charts of patients with complaints of dizziness, imbalance, repeated falls or history of falls, vertigo or similar balance dysfunction. Participants complete a pre-course chart audit worksheet, and key responses into a online survey tool. Complete by January 25, 2017. This stage/survey is conducted in the clinical practice of each participant. 

Stage B | Participants attend a live workshop on January 28, 2017 at the Marriott Kauai Resort in Lihue, Hawaii. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the resources and tools to develop and implement a performance improvement plan/project related to interprofessional management of balance disorders in their own clinical practices. Participants are responsible for implementing the plan/project. More details for Stage B are below. 

Stage C | Participants must review 10 charts of patients with complaints of dizziness, imbalance, repeated falls or history of falls, vertigo or similar balance dysfunction. Participants complete a post-course chart audit worksheet, and key responses into a online survey tool. Complete by June 30, 2017. This stage/survey is conducted in the clinical practice of each participant. 

 


Additional Details for Stage B

Live at Marriott Resort, Lihue, Kauai | January 28, 2017 | 7:30 am - 12:30 pm  | Brochure (pdf) | Agenda

At the conclusion of Stage B participants will be able to: 

  • Identify roles of various healthcare professionals in diagnosing and treating balance and vestibular disorders
  • List 3 benefits of an interprofessional patient-centered approach
  • Describe the purpose of specific diagnostic tests of the vestibular, visual and physical function systems
  • Compare the interventions used by different healthcare professionals to treat balance and vestibular disorders
  • Interpret select clinical screening tools used to help determine potential contributors to a patient’s postural control dysfunction
  • Recognize the risk factors for falls in the scopes of Optometry, Audiology and Physical Therapy
  • Use presented screenings to evaluate for potential impairments that are outside of you scope of practice and make appropriate referrals
  • Distinguish the signs and symptoms of an acute, unilateral, peripheral 
  • vestibular dysfunction from a list of potential symptoms
  • Analyze video recording of patient tests to determine normal/abnormal function
  • Develop a performance improvement plan to implement in their clinical practice. 

 

Online Registration

  General Registration Pacific University Preceptor Pacific University Alumni
AAPA Category 1 PI-CME (20 hours includes bonus for completing all 3 Stage) plus Category 1 CME (5 hours) bonus $300 $250 $200
FSBPT - 8.00 CCUs (PT), Naturopathic Medicine - 11.00 hours. All others. Must complete all 3 stages.  $225 $200 $175
Stage B, Live course only, 5 hours $200 $190 $175

Registration and Refunds

Registration fees cover the cost of the continuing education course only. Cost for travel and accommodations is the responsibility of participants. Space is limited. Participants are registered in the order they are received. Refunds less $25 administrative fees are granted up to January 13, 2017. Beginning January 14, 2017, no refunds will be granted. 


Continuing Education Approval Disclosures

 This Performance Improvement CME program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 20.00 AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credits by the PA Review Panel. Total number of approved credits for each stage of this PI-CME program are as follows: Stage A :5.00 AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credits; Stage B :5.00 AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credits; Stage C :5.00 AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credits. Bonus for completion of all three stages: 5.00 AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credits. Additional 5 Category 1 credits for the didactic classroom time incorporated into Stage B.

AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credit approval is valid for the dates of 01/28/2017 - 06/30/2017 . PAs should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards. 

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) approved this course for 8.00 CCUs.

This program is approved by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine for 11.00 General Hours. 

Participants are ultimately responsible to ensure the content of this course meets the requirements of the state(s) in which they are licensed. Please contact your state licensing board.  

Questions?

Hotel and airline travel discounts and block have been negotiated. Details can be found at: Pacific University Island Eyes 2017. Hotel rooms may still be available at Marriott Lihue for 1-2 days before this session. Please contact them first. 

Still more questions? Email Lisa Downing or call 503-352-2663