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Grand Rounds: Non-Epileptic Seizures


By Laura Strom, MD , Director, NES Clinic, UC Health Neurosciences Center – Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe and identify characteristics which are commonly associated with NES. 2. Identify emerging theories which describe the etiology of NES. 3. Describe key elements of group treatment approach in an NES treatment clinic, and understand the utility of this approach, with regard to sustainability.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses

Identified Gap:

New perspectives on the origins and treatment of NES.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.


Dr. Strom has indicated that she has no relevant financial interest in any pharmaceutical or medical device company and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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