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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Course

The Department of Neurological Surgery and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Science present a Gamma Knife® training course, "Principles and Practice of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery," targeted at neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and medical physicists interested in Gamma Knife radiosurgery education.

Through attendance at this Gamma Knife training program, registrants should obtain knowledge about the practical aspects of stereotactic radiosurgery using the Leksell Gamma Knife. Principles of radiation physics and radiobiology, as they apply to single-session, focused, small volume irradiation will be covered. Registrants should be able to create radiosurgery dose plans for brain tumors, vascular malformations and trigeminal neuralgia. At the close of the Gamma Knife training program, participants should be able to discuss those issues relevant to dose selection in individual patients and discuss the spectrum of complications after radiosurgery and their management.

The next two courses, scheduled for March and May, are full and closed. The next available course is July 10-14. (All course dates for 2017 are listed below.) Please contact Charlene Baker for more information on enrollment. (See course application.)

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling (412) 881-0602.

This course is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences and the Department of Neurological Surgery’s Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery.

Topics
Course Faculty
Tuition and Registration
Accommodations
CME Credits
Future Course Dates

Topics

Historical View on Stereotaxy and Radiosurgery
Frame Overview: Stereotactic Applications
Stereotactic Targeting and MR Stereotactic Imaging
Functioning/Maintenance of the Different Gamma Knife Units 
Vascular Malformation Case Review
Dose Planning
Basic Radiobiology
Brain Metastases & Gliomas
Acoustic Neuromas
Basic Radiation Physics Related to Leksell Gamma Knife
Introduction to APS
Dose Planning: Metastases and Acoustic Tumors
AVM Radiosurgery - Results/Dose Planning
Informed Consent
Hands on Training: Gamma Knife
Radiation Safety & Acceptance Testing
Quality Assurance fro Radiosurgery
Pituitary Tumors and AVMs
Patient Preparation and Pre-op Video tape teaching
Requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Pediatric Anesthesia for Radiosurgery
Meningiomas - Results/Dose Planning
Pituitary Tumors and Skull Base Radiosurgery
Economics and Reimbursement (IRSA)
Dose Planning: Meningiomas/Other
Trigeminal Neuralgia, Functional Radiosurgery and Epilepsy
Cavernous Malformations

Course Faculty

L. Dade Lunsford, MD
Lars Leksell Professor of Neurological Surgery
DirectorCenter for Image-Guided Neurosurgery
University of Pittsburgh

Ajay Niranjan, MD, MBA
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director
UPMC MEG Brain Mapping Center
Associate Director, Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery
University of Pittsburgh

Edward A. Monaco, III, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh

John C. Flickinger, MD
Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Pittsburgh

• Guest Faculty

Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH
Peter E. Sheptak Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh

J. Greenberg, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
University of Pittsburgh

Rebecca L. Emerick, MS, MBA, CPA
Director, IRSA

• Medical Physics

Michael Sheetz, MS, CHP
Director, Radiation Safety

Kevin Fallon, MS

Jong Kim, PhD

• Nursing

Jonet Vacsulka, BSN

• Technical Support

Susan E. Lohman, RN, CNOR  (Elekta)

Andy Lunsford
Senior Field Service Engineer (Elekta)

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the time of the conference.

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for the five-day course is $6,500 for each participant. Tuition for the three-day (Tues-Wed-Thur) PFX or ICON upgrade course—for users who have taken either the 4C or PFX five-day course—is $4,500. As course enrollment is limited to 15 people, early registration is recommended. Please complete the Registration Form and return promptly to:

Charlene Baker
Department of Neurological Surgery
UPMC Presbyterian
Suite B-400
200 Lothrop Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
e-mail: bakerc@upmc.edu 
Phone: (412) 881-0602
Fax: (412) 881-2450

Registration will not be accepted without tuition payment. Please make tuition check payable to, “UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside,” including the name of participant and last five digits of the participant's social security number. For more information on tuition, please contact Charlene Baker at (412) 881-0602.

Please note: All cancellations must be received two weeks prior to start of course or tuition will be applied to a future training course.

.pdf version of the program/registration form is available for download.

Accommodations

We have negotiated a special rate of $139.00/night for course participants at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center Hotel. We will reserve a single room in your name upon receiving a registration form with arrival and departure dates. If you are bringing a companion or have a special rooming request, please let us know when registering. A single room will be reserved unless you specify that you are bringing a guest. An executive floor room can be arranged. The hotel is located within walking distance of the campus. Amenities include: an indoor pool, sauna, workout area and restaurant.

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center Hotel
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 682-6200

CME Credits

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 49.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other healthcare professionals are awarded 4.9 Continuing Education Unit (CEU’s) which are equal to 49.5 contact hours.

Perfexion course segment credit is 24 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits.

Application to CAMPEP has been made for 44.08 MPCEC hours

(Please note: The Center for Continuing Education and the Department of Neurological Surgery do not certify that, through participation in this program, participants are competent to perform certain procedures or skills.)

Future Course Dates

2017:
March 13-17
May 8-12
July 10-14
September 11-15
November 6-10