Andrew Grande, MD

This event has been cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns. Nationally and internationally recognized experts, such as Andrew Grande (pictured at left), MD, from the University of Minnesota Neurosurgery Department, will provide essential updates for primary care practitioners managing patients with neurological conditions during the Fourth Annual Updates in Neurosciences for Primary Care. The day-long event is scheduled for March 28, 2020, at the Radisson Blu Mall of American in Bloomington, MN, and is designed for primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and other interested healthcare professionals.

Thaddeus Walczak, MD

“This is an update about things that primary care providers face every day,” said Updates Medical Director Thaddeus Walczak (pictured at left), MD, Medical Director, MINCEP Epilepsy Care, and Clinical Vice-Chair, U of M Department of Neurology. “We’ll also be discussing things that people see on TV and then ask their providers about. For example, there have been several new migraine medications heavily promoted in the media. Some are very expensive; some are tricky to use. Primary care providers may not be comfortable with these topics but they will be facing them. Hearing from people who understand how to use these medications should increase their comfort when these conversations come up.”

Headache, in fact, will be emphasized during the session. “In addition, this is the first year that we’ll focus on neurological issues faced by women,” said Walczak. “We will also have two 15-minute case reports about how innovative research here at the U shows exciting progress in treating illnesses that were thought to be untreatable as recently as two years ago and are now eminently treatable.”

Jon Hallberg, MD

The keynote presentation will be given by Associate Professor Jon Hallberg (pictured at left), MD, of the U’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, who will discuss, “A Primary Care Provider’s Perspective on Neurological Disorders.” The day-long agenda will include breaks, exhibits and Q&A panels.

A hands-on session will focus on updating primary care providers about the neurologic exam. “It’s one of the more difficult parts of the physical exam to understand and master – and it’s important,” said Walczak. “There are subtle things that aren’t obvious and there are things you may forget about. It’s something that people in primary care may not be comfortable with, especially if they don’t do it very often.”

Most of the speakers will be around throughout the day for questions. “It’s a great opportunity, not only for the attendees but for us as speakers to help bridge the gap between specialty, subspecialty and primary care,” said Walczak.

The cost to register is $250 for physicians, $200 for other caregivers, and $75 for students. Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more information.


In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education 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 Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity (enduring material) for a maximum of 7.75 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)
This activity is awarded up to 7.75 ANCC contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.