Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Continuing Education Module
Course: WB 1774
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CE Original Date: October 1, 2010
CE Expiration Date: October 1, 2014
IntroductionThis site provides information about the online Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Continuing Education Module and how to register for 1.5 contact hours of free continuing education credits. This course was developed for physicians (primary care physicians and neurologists without ALS expertise) as well as other public health professionals. You may begin the course now by clicking this ALS Continuing Education Module link.
This course is provided as part of the National ALS Registry. For information regarding the National ALS Registry, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/als/.
What is this course about?ALS is a rapidly progressive neuro-degenerative disease. It belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons. These diseases cause loss of ability to trigger specific muscles, which results in the muscles becoming weak and ultimately leading to paralysis. This educational module provides
- A clinical overview on ALS
- Current clinical practice recommendations for diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with ALS, including communication strategies
- Information on the importance of standard diagnostic coding procedures for diagnosis of ALS patients in clinical practice
- Information on the new National ALS Registry and the importance of ALS patient self enrollment in the registry
Disclaimer and DisclosureThe medical information provided in this course is for educational use only. For more information on product limitation, please see the full disclaimer.
Who developed this continuing education course?ATSDR’s Division of Health Studies and Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine have collaboratively developed this online continuing education module.
Acknowledgement of external course contributors and reviewersATSDR acknowledges and gives special thanks to Eric Sorenson M.D. and David J. Thurman, MD, MPH, FAAN for their assistance in the development and review of the module. We also acknowledge those who provided formative review and testing of the educational module
- Richard D. Franco M.D. (Board certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology)
- Matthews Gwynn M.D. (Board certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology)
- Rebecca Heitkam RN, BSN, CCRN
- Lisa Johnson M.D. (Board certified in Neurology and Sleep Disorders)
- Barry McCasland M.D. (Board certified in Neurology)
- Alex Rikhter M.D. (Board certified in Internal Medicine)
- Keith Sanders M. D. (Board certified in Neurology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine)
How much time should I schedule to complete this course?The course and completion of the post-test will take approximately 90 minutes with additional time needed to explore information provided by other internet links. The post-test is required for continuing education credit.
Continuing EducationIn order for physicians, nurses and others to receive free continuing education credits (Category 1 CME, CNE, CHES, or CEU), participants must register for the course, complete each course section, and take an online post-test available at the end of the course material. However, users do have the option to review the course materials without registering and taking the post-test or receiving continuing education credits.
Continuing education is also available free of charge for all ATSDR environmental medicine educational course work.
For more information and access to all continuing education offerings, please visit the ATSDR Continuing Education Site at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/conteduc.html.
Continuing Education Module Navigation Guide
- Exit out of module at any time by using the button.
- Return to home page of the module anytime by using the button.
- View module in a linear process by using back and next arrows located in the top right hand corner of screen. Click on back arrow to go to previous screen, and on next arrow to go to next screen.
- Jump to any section in module by using menu buttons on left hand side of screen. For example, to go to the section on "Part II: Clinical Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of ALS Patient", select that button.
For access to the ALS Online Continuing Education Module, please visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/ALS/