J. Kiffin Penry Pediatric Epilepsy Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What Pediatric Education Programs are available in 2010?
A: Two Pediatric Epilepsy Programs are scheduled this year, May 25-29 and August 25-29. The May program is for child neurology residents in their final year of residency (PGY-5). The August program is open to practicing child neurologists and other health care professionals who treat epilepsy in children and adolescents, and offers CME credits.

Q: How do I apply for the programs? How are candidates selected?
A: The application and selection process varies for the two programs:

  • Residents Program, May 25-29: This program is open to child neurology residents, and invitations are extended to program directors each year at selected institutions. Program directors select the most eligible candidate based on aptitude and interest in epilepsy. Candidates should follow the application process provided in the invitation package.
  • Pediatric Epilepsy Program, August 25-29: Interested candidates should download and submit an application along with current curriculum vitae and complete contact information. This program is open to practicing child neurologists, and would also be an excellent choice for adult neurologists and other health care providers who see a significant number of pediatric epilepsy patients in their practice. Candidates will be accepted based on eligibility, incidence of pediatric epilepsy in their practice, and date of application, with priority given to child neurologists. This program offers CME credit.

Q: Who serves as faculty for the programs?
A: Our core faculty and guest lecturers are all respected in their fields and hail from universities throughout the country. This distinguished group of guest faculty also includes members of our Advisory Board.

Q: What is the schedule like once the programs begin?
A: The programs total five days. The resident's course (May) begins on Tuesday and ends with departures on Saturday, and the August program runs Wednesday through Sunday. Participants arrive on the first day of the program and check in. The course begins with an introduction that evening, followed by a reception that affords the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and faculty. Lectures on the following two days are from 8:00 am until approximately 5:00 pm, with small group break-out sessions and breaks in the morning, afternoon, and lunch. After dinner there are case sessions from approximately 8-10:00 pm. The following day begins with lectures at 8:00 am and the program finishes mid afternoon. Following the last night’s dinner there is a reception, with shuttle departures to the airport the following morning (Saturday or Sunday, depending on program).

Q: What does it cost to attend a program?
A: Tuition and meals for both programs are provided through unrestricted educational grants. For physicians in training (residents and fellows), the grants also cover the costs of lodging and airfare. Practicing physicians attending the CME course (August) are prohibited by CME guidelines from having transportation and lodging provided. Participants are eligible for a group package rate of $300.00 (4 nights, $75.00 per night). Payment is required to secure your reservation. Payment instructions and other details will be included in your confirmation letter upon acceptance to the program. All participants will be responsible for the cost of ground transportation from the airport to the conference center and back, provided by the center’s shuttle service for $25 each way.

Q: How do I arrange travel for the programs?
A: For the resident's (May) program, participants will be asked upon acceptance to provide a departure airport. Participants will then receive flight options from their point of departure to Piedmont Triad Intl Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC. Once flights are selected tickets are purchased and participants will receive electronic tickets and itinerary. A shuttle from Graylyn Conference Center will be scheduled according to arrival time. Participants attending the August program are responsible for airfare, but may contact our conference coordinator for assistance with booking flights.

Q: Can participants bring spouses?
A: Spouses/guests are allowed to attend, but, due to the intensity of the programs, they are not encouraged. The course runs from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. each day. Costs for the spouse/guest must be borne by the participant, including airfare and ground transportation. Graylyn Conference Center's charge for a spouse/guest in the same room is approximately $80 per night with tax & gratuity (includes three meals/day).

Q: Do the programs offer CME?
A: The August program offers CME credits: The Wake Forest University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Wake Forest University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 24.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All faculty participating in Continuing Medical Education Programs sponsored by The Wake Forest University School of Medicine are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation. Financial support for this unique educational activity is provided in part by an unrestricted educational grant from UCB.

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