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Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe six key components of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system.
  • Discriminate between ten common pathophysiologic conditions of the vestibular system.
  • Complete a thorough interview of a patient and hypothesize three potential diagnoses using five key questions outlined in the manual.
  • Hypothesize the differential diagnosis of a mock patient who presents with vertigo versus dizziness.
  • Complete a thorough examination of a patient, and compare three subjective complaints to the objective findings.
  • Identify eight standardized assessment tools for use with patients with a vestibular disorder.
  • Perform three specific tests of vestibular function (VNG, Rotary Chair, and Sensory Organization Testing).
  • Correctly demonstrate the bedside oculomotor exam and interpret the results.
  • Distinguish between canalithiasis and cupulolithiasis and accurately locate the involved canal.
  • Justify the use of a specific treatment theory (habituation, adaptation, and/or substitution), and design a treatment plan specific to that patient, given a patient's diagnosis and findings through an objective exam.
  • Describe two potential psychological manifestations that may occur with prolonged episodes of dizziness.

Course Outline

7:30am Continental Breakfast, Pre-Test

Lecture: Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System

9:45am Lecture: Diagnosis of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
10:15am Lab:  Diagnostic Maneuvers for BPPV
11:30pm Lunch (on your own)
12:30pm Lab: Treatment of BPPV
2:30pm Lecture: Pathophysiology of Common Vestibular Disorders
3:15pm Lecture: Taking a History
3:45pm Lab: Oculomotor Exam
4:45pm Questions and Review
5:30pm Adjourn
7:30am Continental Breakfast

Review of Day One

8:30am Lecture: Quantified Tests of Vestibular Function
10:00am Lab: Standardized Assessment Tools
10:45am Lecture: Treatment Theory
11:00am Lab: Psychological Manifestations of Dizziness
11:30am Lab: Speed Drills: Oculomotor Exam and BPPV
12:30pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm Lecture: Treatment Intervention
3:00pm Lab: Case Preparation and Presentations
4:30pm Questions and Review; Post-Test
5:00pm Adjourn

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