CME Outfitters Announces New Continuing Education Format: neuroscienceCME Snacks

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New short-form webcasts emphasize one key learning point for clinicians to apply to practice that day with a minimum time requirement; inaugural series titled "Complex Presentations of Sleep-Wake Dysfunction: Case Challenges"

CME Outfitters, LLC, an independent accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing medical education (CME), is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new online learning format at neuroscienceCME Snacks. The first series of neuroscienceCME Snacks, titled "Complex Presentations of Sleep-Wake Dysfunction: Case Challenges" was launched on August 31, 2009.

neuroscienceCME Snacks are short webcasts designed to emphasize one key learning point for the clinician to apply to practice that day. This instructional format allows physicians to take advantage of educational information with a minimum time requirement. Several more CME Snacks will be made available later in 2009, in addition to the seven available now.

The inaugural series of neuroscienceCME Snacks is on the topic of management and treatment of sleep-wake disorders. Each of the seven available CME Snacks is a standalone CME activity offering between 0.25 and 0.50 credit hours.

There is no fee to participate or receive CME credit for this series; however, registration is required. For more information, or to participate in this series, please visit

(All parts)
Thomas Roth, PhD
Director, Sleep Disorders and Research Center
Henry Ford Hospital
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of Michigan School of Medicine
Detroit, MI

(Part 1 and Part 2)
Barbara Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP
Professor, Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Samaritan Hospital, Lexington
Lexington, KY

(Part 1, Part 3, and Part 5)
Paul P. Doghramji, MD
Family Physician
Collegeville Family Practice
Collegeville, PA

(Part 2, Part 4, Part 6, and Part 7)
Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH
Professor and Chairman, Department of Family Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Chief of Family Medicine
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

(Part 3, Part 4, and Part 7)
Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Associate Director, Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

(Part 5 and Part 6)
Daniel J. Buysse, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Statement of Need:
Sleep disorders and accompanying symptoms of excessive sleepiness not only negatively impact daily functioning, cognitive performance, personal relationships, quality of life, and mood, but also pose a danger to public safety when drowsy drivers get behind the wheel of an automobile. Sleep disorders have been associated with physiologic consequences such as increased insulin resistance, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The presentations of sleep-wake disorders can be complex and varied, requiring clinicians to conduct a thorough clinical interview, utilize validated screening tools such as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), recognize when a referral for a sleep study is appropriate, and develop a multimodal treatment plan to optimize outcomes. In this neuroscienceCME series, the faculty--who represent both the primary care and specialty perspective--will present real-world cases and provide insights and strategies to managing patients with sleep-wake disorders.

Series Goal: To translate new evidence in the literature into improved treatment of sleep-wake disorders.

Learning Objectives:
Part 1: Recognize the medical and sleep-related consequences of obstructive sleep apnea.
Part 2: Implement strategies differentiate and manage co-existing sleep-wake disturbances.
Part 3: Implement treatment strategies to address symptoms of excessive sleepiness related to jet lag disorder.
Part 4: Implement treatment strategies to address the impact of circadian rhythm misalignment due to shift work sleep disorder.
Part 5: Apply a validated screening tool to improve diagnosis of sleep disorders in patients with a history of depression.
Part 6: Recognize the bidirectional relationship between sleep disorders and psychiatric disorders and their treatment.
Part 7: Develop a multimodal management strategy to address excessive sleepiness due to shift work sleep disorder.

Target Audience:
Physicians, sleep specialists, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals interested in sleep-wake disorders.

Commercial Support:
CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an independent educational grant from Cephalon, Inc., in support of this CME series.

Credit Information:
This series offers CME credit for:
Physicians (ACCME/AMA PRA Category 1)
All other clinicians will receive a CME Attendance Certificate.

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Activities tab - requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate immediately.

About CME Outfitters:
CME Outfitters, LLC, develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete catalog of certified activities, please visit,, or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME: is the award-winning web portal serving clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, was custom designed to fill an identified gap in online resources for professionals around the world who are practicing in areas related to psychiatry, sleep disorders, addiction and substance abuse, ADHD, and other areas related to brain function. The site's primary mission is to be the professional's central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing, and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences.

Clinical Compass™, a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by CME Outfitters, is a convenient way to stay informed of all neuroscienceCME news and information. To subscribe, visit and click on the Subscribe to Clinical Compass™ link under the About tab.

Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
240.243.1308 direct
240.243.1033 fax


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