9th Annual USA Health Neuroscience Symposium

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Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2024
Pensacola Beach Hilton — 12 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

This program is open to all physicians and healthcare professionals and will provide comprehensive reviews and updates on important neurologic topics. 

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▼   Symposium Overview

Target audience

This program is appropriate for all healthcare professionals and nurses.

CME Credits

In support of improving patient care, USA’s College of Medicine Office of CME is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Provider Number: 4008198

JA - This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 11.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education credits for learning and change.

CME - The University of South Alabama College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC - This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 11.75 nursing contact hours

ACPE - This course has been approved for 4.75 hours of pharmacy continuing education credit. The approval number issued is:
UAN JA4008198-0000-24-003-L01-P.

Statement of Purpose

This program provides an update on important topics in neurology and addresses clinical competencies of knowledge, performance, and improving patient outcomes.

Professional Practice Gap

The professional practice gap was identified by use of faculty/staff surveys, IOM data, ACGME competencies, Core Measures, Hospital Infection Control rates and National Patient Safety Goals. The format of this activity will be lecture, PowerPoint, and question and answer sessions.

Activity Director/Planners Disclosure

Dr. Hanna Czarkowska, Tommye Mangrum, Vicky Lim, and Sharrie Cranford, LGSW, have disclosed that, as conference chair and planners they have no affiliations, arrangements or financial agreements which could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest.

Faculty Disclosures

The following planners, reviewers, and faculty have declared they have no relations with commercial interest that would present a conflict: Bassam Bassam, M.D.; Daniel Dees, M.D.; William Hewitt, III, M.D.; John Hinton, Jr., M.D.; William Kilgo, M.D.; Dean Naritoku, M.D.; Andrew Romeo, M.D.; and Blaire Saale, PT, DPT.

It is the policy of University of South Alabama Continuing Medical Education (USA CME) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities. All faculty members participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored and facilitated by USA CME are required to disclose to participants any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations. Disclosure of faculty commercial relationships will be made known at the activity. Faculty are also expected to openly disclose any discussion of off-label and/or investigational uses of drugs in their presentations.

▼   Accommodations

We have a block of rooms available from April 26 to 28, 2024, at the Pensacola Beach Hilton for a special group rate starting at $219 per night. Discounted rates for rooms are available until March 27, 2024, or until sold out. Call 1-866-916-2999 and mention the USA Neuroscience Symposium group code 92F to receive the discount or book online. Any special requests regarding rooms are based on availability at the time of arrival.

The Hilton Pensacola Beach hotel is located directly on the beach in Pensacola Beach, Florida, which has been ranked as high as No. 5 of all U.S. beaches by TripAdvisor. All of the stylish and comfortable rooms come with a view because there's water in every direction. Relax. Dine. Swim. Shop. Explore. Pensacola Beach and the inland City of Pensacola are home to beautiful scenery, exciting arts and culture, interesting history, boundless outdoor adventure, and culinary delights to please any palate. Pensacola Beach awaits.

▼   Event Speakers

Course Director

Hanna Czarkowska, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of South Alabama

Guest Speakers

John Christopher Morgan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Director of the Movement and Memory Disorder Programs
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University

Gregory Pontone, M.D., MHS
Professor of Neurology
Division Chief of Aging, Behavioral, And Cognitive Neurology
University of Florida College of Medicine

Kunal Bhatia, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Division of Neurocritical Care and Vascular Neurology
University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of South Alabama Faculty

Bassam Bassam, M.D.
Professor of Neurology

Daniel Dees, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology

William Hewitt, III, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology

John Hinton, Jr., M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology

William Kilgo, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dean Naritoku, M.D.
Professor and Chair of Neurology

Andrew Romeo, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Blaire Saale, PT, DPT
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

▼   Program Schedule

Note: Exhibits will be open throughout the entire symposium.


Friday, April 26, 2024

2:00 p.m. Registration – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
3:55 p.m. Welcome – Hanna Czarkowska, M.D. 
4:00 p.m. “Differential Diagnosis and Management of Dizziness” – William Hewitt, M.D. 
4:45 p.m. “Psychogenic Nonepileptic Events” – Dean Naritoku, M.D.
5:30 p.m. “Medication Induced Abnormal Involuntary Movements” – Daniel Dees, M.D.
6:15 p.m. “Movement Disorders Video Rounds” – Hanna Czarkowska, M.D., Daniel Dees, M.D., John C. Morgan, M.D., Ph.D.
All attendees are invited to submit cases for discussion at the Movement Disorders Video Rounds. This activity will be moderated by experts in the field and audience participation will be encouraged. We are happy to offer free registration to attendees whose videos are selected. Note that we have a submission deadline set for April 12, 2024. Please email Tommye Mangrum if interested. 
7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception – Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and cocktails


Saturday, April 27, 2024

7:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 
7:45 a.m. “Who Needs a Sleep Study and Why?” – John Hinton, M.D. 
8:30 a.m. “Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy” – Andrew Romeo, M.D. 
9:15 a.m. “Neuropsychiatric Disorders in Neurodegenerative Diseases” – Gregory Pontone, M.D., MHS
10:15 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. “Management of ICH: Recent Updates” – Kunal Bhatia, M.D. 
11:45 a.m. “Lunch and Clinical Cases” – Neurology Residents
12:45 p.m. “Improving Diagnostic Accuracy in Multiple Sclerosis” – William Kilgo, M.D.
1:30 p.m. “Workshop: Neuromodulation for Migraine Treatment”
2:30 p.m. Adjourn
7:00 p.m. Reception – Dinner, live music, refreshments, and cocktails 


Sunday, April 28, 2024

7:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 
7:45 a.m. “Physical Therapy for Fall Prevention” – Blaire Saale, PT, D.P.T.
8:30 a.m. “Emerging and Potential New Therapeutics in Parkinson’s Disease” – John C. Morgan, M.D., Ph.D. 
9:30 a.m. “Algorithmic Approach to Myopathy” – Bassam Bassam, M.D. 
10:15 a.m. Adjourn – End of Symposium   
▼   Contact Information

Tommye Mangrum
Department of Neurology
University of South Alabama
2451 University Hospital Drive
Mastin Building - Room 614
Mobile, AL 36617

Phone: 251-445-8262
Fax: 251-445-7249