Accredited Online Courses in Stroke Management

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In 2014, Canadian Stroke Network launched of a series of specially designed online professional development modules for stroke. The groundbreaking new resource consists of five accredited courses that have been designed specifically for health care professionals interested in stroke management, and they are available free of charge.

Two of the courses, developed with content contributed by some of Canada’s leading experts in stroke research and education, provide practicing physicians with the opportunity to gain up-to-date knowledge in the areas of Secondary Stroke Prevention and Stroke Rehabilitation. These courses meet the accreditation criteria of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada and have been accredited by Professional Development and Conferencing Services, Memorial University for learning credits.

Three of the most popular live sessions from the 4th Canadian Stroke Congress and Vascular 2013 have also been adapted for online learning, and are now offered as mini-courses that are eligible for RCPSC credit. The three modules include videos of expert presentations that have been enhanced reflection exercises, discussion boards and ask-an-expert features. Each presentation is broken up into convenient 30-minute modules, with each being eligible for individual credit.

 COURSE OVERVIEWS


SECONDARY STROKE PREVENTION

(2.0 Mainpro-M1 credits)

This course aims to build familiarity with both the structure and content of the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care by taking readers through the ‘prevention’ module. Using a question and answer format, it follows the journey of a man who presents to his primary health care provider after noticing some transient symptoms.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Outline the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care sections related to secondary prevention of stroke;
  • Describe how to identify and manage risk factors for secondary prevention of stroke;
  • Discuss key components of an individualized lifestyle and risk factor management plan for patients at risk for, or who have had, a TIA or stroke;
  • Describe appropriate pharmacotherapy for at risk patients and for patients with previous TIA or stroke.

Primary authors:

  • Dr. Gord Gubitz, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Dalhousie University
    Attending physician, CDHA Acute Stroke Unit, Halifax, NS
  • Dr. Patrice Lindsay, Director of Best Practices and Performance, Stroke
    Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canada

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STROKE REHABILITATION

(2.0 Mainpro-M1 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide a summarized organized approach to stroke rehabilitation care, including how to recognize and manage common medical complications arising from stroke. Available therapeutic interventions for stroke rehabilitation management will be discussed along with highlighting many of the issues faced by the caregivers and families of stroke patients on discharge from hospital.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Summarize an organized approach to stroke rehabilitation care;
  • Discuss therapeutic interventions available for rehabilitation management in stroke;
  • Describe how to recognize and manage common medical complications arising from stroke;
  • Recognize the importance of screening, assessment and treatment of post stroke depression; and
  • Discuss the issues faced by families and caregivers of stroke patients on discharge home.

Primary authors:

  • Dr. Robert Teasell, Professor and Chair-Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St. Joseph’s Health Care London

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MINI-COURSES FROM THE 4TH CANADIAN STROKE CONGRESS
REHABILITATION POST STROKE

(Up to 1.5 credit hours, or 0.5 credits per presentation)

Presentations by:

  • Dr. Carol Richards, (Chronic Stroke Re-entry to Rehabilitation 2-3 Years After);
  • Dr. Sandra Billinger, (Early Exercise – Based Interventions Post- Stroke);
  • Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie, (Reducing Language Barriers).

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to discuss the key factors in effective rehabilitation delivery in post stroke and post recurrent stroke; and summarize exercise interventions that improve outcome following a stroke.


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PREVENTION AND ACUTE TREATMENT OF STROKE

(Up to 1.5 credit hours, or 0.5 credits per presentation)

Presentations by:

  • Dr. Robert Côté (Assessing Risk in Asymptomatic Carotid Disease);
  • Dr. Sandra Black (Post-Stroke Cognitive Decline: Patterns and Predictors);
  • Dr. Mayank Goyal (Cerebral Reperfusion and How to Achieve it Fast).

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to describe factors that contribute to the likelihood that carotid disease will lead to a stroke; discuss how stroke influences cognitive ability; and explain how to restore blood flow to the brain region affected by stroke.


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VASCULAR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

(Up to 1.5 credit hours, or 0.5 credits per presentation)

Presentations by:

  • Dr. Serge Gauthier (Overview of Vascular Cognitive Impairment: What is it, Prevalence and Impact)
  • Dr. Sandra E. Black (Using Imaging to Detect and Diagnose Vascular Cognitive Impairment)
  • Dr. Eric Smith (Clinical Aspects of Vascular Cognitive Impairment)

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to apply the latest clinical knowledge related to detecting, diagnosing and treating vascular cognitive impairment.

To register for all of these courses, go to www.mdcme.ca/stroke and create an account for free. Once registered, click on the course that interests you and begin the course.