The goal of the MGH Child Neurology Course is to provide you an update on current best practice and research in child neurology.

Over the course of the 4.5 days, you will be able to engage with experts in the field and participate in discussions and presentations covering new developments in child neurology. In addition you will learn about controversies and latest developments in the field and hear from patients themselves on their experience with the healthcare system. There will be ample opportunity to network with fellow physicians, residents, and nurses.

Plenary sessions will present scientific and clinical topics of interest to all and will be taught by Harvard Medical School faculty from the Child Neurology Division of Massachusetts General Hospital, often followed by patient testimonials. Experts from subspecialty clinics will illustrate the breadth of the field of child neurology today. Wednesday evening there will be live case presentations at the historic MGH Ether Dome.

Our syllabus consists of the color handout files you will find on this site, linked under the days of the week at the top of this page.

We look forward to meeting you and engaging in an intense educational activity covering all aspects of child neurology. The content and ensuing discussions aim to positively impact your practice.

Course Directors

presented by:

course director:

Kevin Staley, MD

Chief, Pediatric Neurology,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School


David Dredge, MD

Director of Resident Education for Child Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Florian Eichler, MD

Director, Leukodystrophy Service,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Professor,
Harvard Medical School

course description

This activity is designed to provide the pediatrician, adult and child neurologist, clinical psychologist, and/or pediatric psychiatrist with an overview and update of important areas of child neurology in which recent scientific and clinical advances are changing the way we understand and treat disorders of the child’s brain development and function.

Topics addressed include neurogenetics, epilepsy and associated disorders, stroke, brain tumors, and neurobehavioral and metabolic disorders. Patient perspectives and practical shared decision making and management issues will be highlighted. Didactic lectures, case-based and interactive formats will be used to cover these topics and interactive workshops will include anticonvulsant use, and management of sleep, ADHD, neurobehavior, pain, headache, concussion and stroke.

One of the activity highlights is the presentation of patient cases for discussion and examination on Thursday evening in the Ether Dome at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Our aim is to provide practical and relevant education to improve the knowledge and practice of our target audience. To that end, this year we are offering a 4.5 day option covering all of the topics above, or a 1.5 day option focusing primarily on practical evaluation and management of the most common neurological disorders seen in the outpatient setting.

target audience

This course is targeted to Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Psychologists, Mental Health Professionals and Residents. This course may also be of interest to physicians who practice in pediatrics, adult & child neurologists, clinical psychologists, pediatric psychiatrists and family practitioners.

abms/acgme competencies

The course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/ Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical features and discuss current categorization of the wide scope of neurodevelopmental and pediatric neurologic disorders highlighted in this course.
  • Develop strategies for the diagnostic work-up of both common and more rare pediatric neurology cases seen in the clinic.
  • Summarize diagnostic tools available to the pediatric neurologist for patient evaluation and follow-up, including currently available molecular genetic screening resources.
  • Discuss management tools available to the pediatric neurologist for ongoing care including stabilization measures and direct treatment options.
  • Summarize current dilemmas and research advances for all topics and disorders presented in this course.


CME activities sponsored by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.


Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 35.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA), considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC®s) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC®), therefore up to 35.25 ECMEC®s are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMEC®s can be found at: www.eaccme.eu.

*Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

disclosure policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.