Intensive TMS Courses at Duke University

Course Description

The 3-day course offers intensive training on the FDA-cleared treatment for major depression, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).  Sponsored by the Duke University School of Medicine, it includes didactic sessions and hands-on administration of TMS.  The didactic sessions with the TMS faculty from Duke University cover all topics relevant to running a TMS clinical service and a TMS research lab, including: device principles and types; the neuroscience of TMS; motor threshold determination; treatment technique; stimulus dosing; risks, complications, and contraindications; safety screening; post TMS management and continuation treatment; clinical and non-clinical research applications; and emerging brain stimulation techniques. The course cost is $2,600.

This activity is designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, and researchers who wish to enhance their knowledge of TMS and related brain stimulation techniques. The course session is capped at 20 participants.

The 3-day course is held on Saturday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm, and Monday from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.  

Learning Objectives 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • State the rationale for the use of TMS in depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other off-label conditions
  • Explain regulatory issues and policies concerning TMS
  • Name the two main components of transcranial magnetic stimulation devices
  • Operate the TMS device and correctly use it to determine the optimal site and motor threshold
  • Describe the findings from TMS research in imaging and motor cortex excitability studies
  • Apply the indications for use of TMS in depression
  • Identify the risks and side effects of TMS and describe how to conduct a safety screening
  • Design a protocol for seizure management during TMS administration
  • Outline steps necessary to set up a TMS service/la

Upcoming Courses
April 28-30, 2018
July 14-16, 2018
October 20-22, 2018

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