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Neurology for the Non-Neurologist

Continuing Education Opportunity for Primary Care Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers and Nurses


UW Health, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Neurology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) cordially invite you to attend Neurology for the Non-Neurologist.


About the Event


Specialists from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Neurology will present clinical vignettes of common neurologic problems to educate non-neurologist providers in diagnosis, treatment and referral. Primary care physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses are encouraged to attend.

  • When: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
  • Time: 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Location: Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells
  • Cost: $55. Includes breakfast, lunch and an opportunity for discussion with our panel of experts. 
  • Symposium Director: Christopher Luzzio, MD
  • Registration: Register online

Topics will include: 

  • Neurological Exams
  • Seizures
  • Headache
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Dementia
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Stroke

If you have questions, please call Jenny Becker at (608) 265-4351.



Time Topic Speaker
7:30am Breakfast/networking  
8:30am Introduction  
8:35am Stroke: Acute Syndromes and Treatment Options Eric Tarula, MD, Assistant Professor
9:10am Vision: Anatomy of Acute Loss Natalie Wheeler, MD, JD, Assistant Professor
9:45am Neuromuscular: Introduction to Neuromuscular Disorders Stephanie Gardon, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor
10:20am Break  
10:45am Movement Disorders: Tremor vs. Parkson's; Acquired Dystonia Teresa Mangin, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor
11:20am Epilepsy: Pseudoseizures, Ordering EEGs Evelyn Tunnell, MD, Assistant Professor
Noon Lunch  
1pm Dementia: Dementia vs. Delirium Teresa Mangin, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor
1:35pm Demyelinaiton: Multiple Sclerosis Update Christopher Luzzio, MD, Associate Professor
2:10pm Pediatric Neurology: Spells Meghan Fursetnberg-Knauff, NP
2:45pm Break  
2:55pm Sleep: RLS and RBD Mihaela Bazalakova, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
3:30pm Exam: Case/Headache Natalie Wheeler, MD, JD, Assistant Professor
4pm Panel for Questions  
4:30pm Adjourn  


Program speakers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Neurology include:


Dr. Stephanie Gardon, UW Health neurologist

Dr. Stephanie Gardon, MD

Neurologist specializing in neuromuscular disorders, but not limited to, various forms of neuropathy, muscular dystrophy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis and motor neuron disease as well as performing and interpreting nerve conduction studies and electromyograms.

Meghan Furstenberg-Knauff, NP with UW Health Neurology

Meghan Furstenberg-Knauff, NP

Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatric neurology, she works with a variety of patients including children with epilepsy, headache/migraine, developmental delay, neuromuscular disorders, neurocutaneous disorders, and tic disorders.

Dr. Mihaela Bazalakova UW Health neurologist

Mihaela Bazalakova, MD, PhD

Neurologist specializing in the research and treatment of sleep disorders. She is especially interested in women’s sleep disorders, including sleep evolution during pregnancy and correlations between sleep disturbance and pregnancy outcomes.

Dr. Teresa Mangin, UW Health neurologist

Teresa Mangin, MD

Neurologist specializing in movement disorders with special interest in dementia. Her medical interests include Parkinson's disease, atypical Parkinsonian conditions, tremors, dystonia (including use of botulinum toxin injections in treatment), ataxia, Huntington's disease, variants of frontotemporal lobar degeneration, Alzheimer's disease and palliative care.

Dr. Natalie Wheeler, UW Health neurologist

Natalie Wheeler, MD

Neurologist specializing in the care of patients with ischemic stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions, with special interest in quality improvement and medicolegal and ethical issues in stroke care.

Dr. Erick Tarula, UW Health neurologist

Erik Tarula, MD

Neurologist specializing in neurocritical care with special interest in stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, status epilepticus and traumatic brain injury. His teaching interests include resident and medical student acute care neurology for the intensive care unit (ICU) and the emergency department (ED).

Dr. Christopher Luzzio, UW Health neurologist

Christopher C. Luzzio, MD

Neurologist specializing in multiple sclerosis. He develops mechanical assistive devices for disabled persons and teaches a mechanical engineering course in the school of engineering: Design for Rehabilitation. He is actively involved in clinical research trials related to multiple sclerosis and also research in hydrocephalus shunts.

Dr. Evelyn Tunnell, UW Health neurologist

Evelyn Tunnell, MD

Neurologist specializing in epilepsy, diagnosis and treatment of seizure disorders.

Intended Audience

This activity is intended for primary care physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses.


Elements of Competence

This activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care and procedural skills, and medical knowledge. This activity also focuses on the interprofessional competencies of roles and responsibilities, and communication, and teams/teamwork.

Policy on Faculty and Sponsor Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CE activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation. Detailed disclosures will be made available in the activity handout materials.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to better localize neurological diseases with a neurology exam
  • Use a neurology exam and when to refer to a specialist


Accreditation Statement

Jointly Accredited Provider: Interprofessional Continuing Education logo


In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) 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.


Credit Designation Statements


American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) & Iowa Board of Nursing
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 ANCC contact hours (7.5 Iowa contact hours).


Continuing Education Units
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for .625 continuing education units (CEUs) or 6.25 hours.