Module 1: Diagnosis and Progression Monitoring

Module 1: Diagnosis and Therapy Initiation

This module focuses on the timely and accurate diagnosis of MS through maximization of the latest technologies and strategies available. It will clarify the changes to the McDonald criteria and address the most common missteps in routine practice that currently pose risks to MS patients. 

Target Audience

This activity is intended for neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other providers involved in the care of patients with MS

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast your diagnostic and monitoring approaches for patients with diverse presentations of MS to physicians that specialize in the care of the disease and affirm or modify your planned decision-making accordingly.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the revised McDonald Criteria for the diagnosis of patients with relapsing and progressive forms of MS in an effort to enhance the proper and timely identification of these individuals in routine neurology practice.
 Robert Bermel, MD
 Staff Neurologist and
 Director, Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis
 Cleveland Clinic
 Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Bermel is a board certified neurologist and the director of the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Cleveland Clinic. He is widely recognized for his contributions to the field of neurology with a particular focus on multiple sclerosis research. He is actively involved at the forefront of pharmacological and technological advancement in MS and has been a frequent presenter of such advances at ACTRIMS and ECTRIMS meetings as well as a consulting authority throughout the field.
 James Stankiewicz, MD
 Assistant Professor of Neurology
 Harvard Medical School
 Clinical Director, Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center
 Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Stankiewicz is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and the clinical director for the Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center. He is involved in both medical and charitable endeavors among the MS community with current positions serving as topic co-chair at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting for MS and CNS Inflammatory Disease as well as on the medical advisory board of The Assistance Fund. He additionally co-edits the broadly utilized textbook, Multiple Sclerosis: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment, helping to guide practicing physicians across the field.

 Adnan Subei, DO
 Medical Director, Multiple Sclerosis Program
 Memorial Healthcare System Neuroscience Institute
 Hollywood, Florida 
Dr. Subei is a board certified neurologist and medical director for the multiple sclerosis program at Memorial Healthcare System Neuroscience Institute. Has been awarded multiple fellowship grants from the American Academy of Neurology and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and specialized in both neuro-visual and neuro-immunological disorders. He continues an active interest in research while at Memorial Healthcare where he has been since completing his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research.

Credit for this program has expired. The accreditation information below is based on the activity release date.

Estimated Credit Hours
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine will provide up to 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to learners for their participation in the web-based elements of the activity.




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