WMS Pre-Congress Teaching Course: 29th- 30th September 2020
The 18th WMS course will be held at the IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada
Please note only 45 places are available. Early booking is advised. Registration tickets are £225. This includes the course, refreshments during the day and lunch. Please indicate during the registration process if you will attend the course dinner (informal networking over dinner for the course attendees and faculty).
For all registration queries please contact Clare Beach, WMS Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching objectives: To improve the diagnostic competence of professionals dealing with patients with neuromuscular diseases.
Target audience: Medical specialists (paediatricians, neurologists, paediatric neurologists, geneticists, neuropathologists) and medical specialists in training, and other attendees of the WMS congress.
The emphasis of this course will be on the clinical approach of patients who present with symptoms of a neuromuscular disease. The course will be entirely practical and case reports will be presented to highlight key clinical concepts. There will be the opportunity to discuss the integrated diagnostic approach to patients shown on video, to look at muscle MRI imaging, neurophysiology, or muscle biopsies.
Generous time will be allowed for questions from the audience, and for discussion of difficult topics.
For this purpose, each participant will be asked to bring one neuromuscular case to be presented and discussed. For every case each participant should prepare 2 PowerPoint slides:
Slide 1 should contain a clinical picture/clinical video demonstrating major clinical characteristics (onset; clinical course; CK; NCV; heredity; other)
Slide 2 should contain one pertinent piece of information (e.g. muscle or brain imaging; a family tree; immunofluorescence or Western blot data)
Please bring a maximum of 5 Powerpoint slides on a memory stick showing the most salient muscle biopsy findings. Slides should be loaded onto the main course computer prior to the beginning of the course or during breaks.
The presentation should not take longer than 3 minutes.
Participants should be able to better recognise a number of important neuromuscular presentations; incorporate up-to-date diagnostic approaches to the patient suspected of a neuromuscular disease; consider the differential diagnosis; apply appropriate tests.