CME Outfitters Announces New neuroscienceCME Virtual Office Medical Simulation Series

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Two-part series titled "Clinical Decision-Making: Encounters with a Sleepy Patient" offers opportunity for clinicians to further develop their problem-solving skills, benefit from input and expertise of experienced faculty, and practice clinical skills to improve patient care

CME Outfitters, LLC, an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new continuing education Medical Simulation series at The two-part series, titled "Clinical Decision-Making: Encounters with a Sleepy Patient" was launched on July 1, 2010.

neuroscienceCME Virtual Office Medical Simulations are re-enacted using actors as patients in a three-dimensional “virtual” environment. Interaction with patients is achieved through discussion (branching questions and statements), ordering tests, and determining diagnosis, treatment options, and therapies. Participants will have access to additional training materials such as didactic presentations, PDFs of disease-specific guidelines and reference materials, as well as links to online resources. Participants begin in doctor’s office where they can interact and execute day-to-day tasks simulating a real-world setting. When participants enter the exam room, they will meet the patient who will present symptoms. The participant is prompted with a series of questions to help form a diagnosis and may conduct physical exams and decide to run laboratory tests from a menu of options. At any time the participant can move to the diagnosis and treatment of the patient. The participant also has access to a prescription pad to select medication options and dosing regimens. If the diagnosis and treatment does not meet the guidelines or appropriate standard of care, a faculty expert will provide the participant with the appropriate examination process.

This series of neuroscienceCME Medical Simulations is on the topic of excessive sleepiness. Each of the two simulations is a standalone CE activity offering 1.0 credit hours.

There is no fee to participate or receive CE credit for this series; however, registration is required. For more information, or to participate in either of these activities, please visit (Part 1) or (Part 2).

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

Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD (Part 2)
Professor of Neurology
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Associate Director, Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Statement of Need:
Excessive sleepiness, though highly prevalent, is under-detected, leading to pernicious effects on patients, the healthcare system, society, and public safety. While self-imposed sleep deprivation is a common cause, excessive sleepiness is also frequently the outward signal for underlying conditions of disturbed sleep or altered sleep-wake physiology. These include primary sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSD) such as shift work sleep disorder and jetlag disorder. This two-part neuroscienceCME Medical Simulation series offers interactive medical simulations that afford learners the opportunity to sharpen diagnostic and disease management skills related to the management of patients with sleep-wake disorders.

Series Goal:
Utilize problem-based learning simulations to demonstrate improved competence in the diagnosis and management of sleep-wake disorders.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of each CE activity, participants should be able to:
Part 1

  • Evaluate symptoms of fatigue and excessive sleepiness utilizing a structured interview and validated assessment tools.
  • Assess patients with a suspected sleep disorder for comorbid conditions that impair sleep.
  • Implement pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies to improve outcomes in patients with sleep disorders.

Part 2

  • Evaluate symptoms of excessive sleepiness utilizing a structured interview and validated assessment tools.
  • Identify patients with sleep complaints for whom referral for polysomnography is appropriate.
  • Implement pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies to improve wakefulness in patients with circadian rhythm disorders.

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals with an interest in sleep-wake disorders.

Financial Support:
Supported by an independent educational grant from Cephalon, Inc.

Credit Information:
This series offers CME credit for:

  • Physicians (ACCME/AMA PRA Category 1™)
  • Nurses (CNE)
  • Pharmacists (ACPE)

All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online at (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Activities tab–requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (80% pass rate required).

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
614.328.4508 direct
240.243.1033 fax


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