2024 NRSP Neurology Residents Scholar Program

October 17-19, 2024  Bloomington, MN


The Neurology Residents Scholar Program (NRSP) is designed for second- and third year neurology residents and child neurology fellows as an additional opportunity in epilepsy education. The NRSP is an intensive multi-day course that addresses all clinical aspects of epilepsy, including the latest developments in diagnosis and treatment. Founded by the late Dr. John Gates of the Minnesota Epilepsy Group, PA®, the NRSP is in its 22nd year of educating residents and fellows about epilepsy to improve patient care. The curriculum is intended to augment general neurology residency programs. With epilepsy presenting in a third of adult neurological disorders and more than two-thirds of pediatric neurological cases, there is a definitive need to better inform general neurologists and child neurologists about this condition.

For questions, please contact Ashley Lilly, Account Director, at lillya@ceconcepts.com


Each participant will receive a $400 travel scholarship on-site at NRSP 2024.

  • Attendees will be responsible for their airfare to and from Minnesota.
  • CEC will reserve a hotel room for each attendee—at $139 + tax per night—that attendees will be responsible for paying on site.

The travel scholarship is provided by a donation from Al Marshall.

Who Should Attend

Neurology residents/fellows who are nominated to attend the NRSP are selected by their program directors. Ideal candidates for the program are in their second or third year of residency, and are committed to improving their diagnostic skills and furthering their knowledge of the treatment of epilepsy. During this multi-day meeting, residents/fellows attend interactive lectures and participate in breakout workshops in which they discuss clinical cases with colleagues from across the United States. Each resident/fellow is required to prepare and present one brief case study on an epilepsy-related topic of their choice. Participants who attend the 2024 NRSP will receive a detailed electronic handout and other resources related to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

Case Study

All registrants are required to present a seizure-related clinical case during their assigned case study breakout session. All case study presentations must be submitted in advance in PowerPoint format and include EEG tracings. The presentation should total no more than 6–8 slides, with the expectation of approximately 10 minutes for both presentation and discussion. Case study submission requirements will be emailed to residents/fellows following registration.

Learning Objectives

  1. Differentiate seizure and epilepsy types inclusive of International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) classifications that reflect underlying mechanisms
  2. Assess etiology of seizures, along with age of onset and risk factors, to anticipate risk of recurrence
  3. Integrate genetic testing in the diagnostic assessment for infants with recurrent seizures
  4. Evaluate novel treatments for epilepsy syndromes, comparing efficacy data, adverse events (AEs), pharmacokinetic parameters, and clinical practice pearls involved in their use in infants and children
  5. Evaluate evidence-based antiepileptic treatment options in children and adults with regard to mechanism of action (MOA), efficacy, pharmacokinetic profiles, drug interactions, and risk of AEs
  6. Categorize basic benign and abnormal waveforms to interpret EEGs with review of frequency, amplitude, location, characteristics, and clinical prognosis
  7. Identify when refractory patients are candidates for surgery, neurostimulation, or deep brain stimulation based on desired outcomes of these interventions
  8. Identify the impact of CT, MRI, fMRI, MRS, MSI, SPECT, and PET findings on epilepsy and other relevant neurological abnormalities as they relate to diagnosis, treatment, and presurgical planning
  9. Develop appropriate treatment plans for female patient with epilepsy that consider impact of hormones, pregnancy, and risk for long-term AEs such as osteoporosis
  10. Integrate appropriate guidance to a patient and family early in their disease course with regard to prognosis, safety concerns/driving, and treatment decision-making

Target Audience

PGY-2 and PGY-3 neurology residents and child neurology fellows completing training at an ACGME-accredited U.S. training program.



In support of improving patient care, Creative Educational Concepts, LLC (CEC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ACCME (Physician): CEC designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Upon completion of a CE request form, statements of credit for physicians will be issued within 30 business days via email.



12:00-2:00 PM


12:30-1:15 PM

Boxed Lunch

2:00-2:15 PM

Introductory Remarks

Dr. Patricia Penovich

2:15-2:25 PM

Epileptic Seizures, Classifications, and Syndromes*

Dr. Heidi Currier

2:25-3:45 PM

Neurobiology and Epileptogenesis*

Dr. Michael Smith

3:45-4:00 PM


4:00-5:10 PM

Who Gets Epilepsy? Etiologies and Risk Factors for Seizures*

Dr. David Spencer

5:30-6:30 PM

Welcome Dinner or Reception



7:30-8:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast

8:00-8:10 AM

Opening Remarks

Dr. David Spencer

8:10-9:20 AM

Evidence-Based Management of ASM Therapy in Adults*

Dr. David Spencer

9:20-10:30 AM

Genetics of Epilepsy*

Dr. Douglas Smith

10:30-11:00 AM


All Faculty

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

EEG Workshops

12:00-1:00 PM


1:00-2:10 PM

Approaches to Treatment of Epilepsy Syndromes*

Dr. Elizabeth Thiele

2:10-2:20 PM

Treatment of Refractory Epilepsy: Pre-surgical Evaluation, Surgical Options, and Neurostimulation*

Dr. Elizabeth Thiele

2:20-3:30 PM

Acute Seizure Emergencies*

Dr. Patricia Penovich

3:30-4:00 PM


4:00-5:10 PM

Psychiatric Comorbidities and Quality of Life: What All Neurologists Must Know…*

Dr. Andres Kanner

5:10-6:30 PM

Adult and Child Neurology Case Studies

All Faculty

6:30-7:30 PM

Dinner: Meet-the-Faculty - Paving a Path to Epilepsy Practice

All Faculty



7:30-8:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast

8:00-9:10 AM

Neuroradiology of Seizures and Epilepsy*

Dr. Jason Little

9:10-10:10 AM

Critical Care and Pediatric EEG Workshops

Drs. David Spencer and Doug Smith

10:10-10:30 AM


10:30-11:30 AM


Drs. Kanner, Thiele, and Penovich

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

The Female with Epilepsy: Treatment Considerations Across the Lifespan*

Dr. Patricia Penovich

12:30-1:00 PM

Closing Remarks/Q&A Session

1:00 PM

Grab-and-Go Lunch/Departures

*Session is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit



Patricia E. Penovich, MD
(Activity Co-Chair)
Minnesota Epilepsy Group
St. Paul, MN


David C. Spencer, MD, FAAN
(Activity Co-Chair)
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR

Invited Faculty


Heidi Currier, MD, FANA, FAES, FAAN
Minnesota Epilepsy Group
St. Paul, MN

Jason Little, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Andres M. Kanner, MD, FAAN
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL


Michael C. Smith, MD
Rush Epilepsy Center
Chicago, IL


Elizabeth A. Thiele, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA


Douglas Smith, MD
Minnesota Epilepsy Group
St. Paul, MN

Presented by Creative Educational Concepts, LLC.

2024 Educational Supporters
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, LivaNova, Neurelis, UCB, SK Life Science