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Pituitary Disorders: Advances in Diagnosis and Management

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Department: Neurological Surgery
Course Number: MNS10002
Start: Friday, October 16, 2009
End: Friday, October 16, 2009
Location: San Francisco, California
Grand Hyatt San Francisco

$250 - Physicians
$195 - Allied Health Professionals
$195 - Physicians in Training

UCSF Association of Clinical Faculty Vouchers are accepted for this course. For more information please call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at 415-476-4251. 
Credit: 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The California Center for Pituitary Disorders within the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, invites you to attend its second annual course on Pituitary Disorders: Advances in Diagnosis and Management. This course will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco on Friday, October 16, 2009. The program endeavors to provide the latest updates and recent advances regarding pituitary tumors and related disorders. Endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, primary care providers, trainees in these fields, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and other allied health professionals can benefit from this program in diagnosis and management of pituitary tumors and disorders of pituitary function.

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An attendee completing this course should be able to:

  • Select appropriate neuro-radiological tests to evaluate patients with pituitary disorders
  • Understand the various surgical approaches to the sella and better select patients for surgical intervention
  • Recognize the factors that limit surgical success in Cushing’s Disease
  • Appropriately select patients for radiotherapy for pituitary tumors
  • Appropriately select patients for medical and surgical management of Prolactinomas
  • Understand the molecular and cellular events in the pathogenesis of pituitary tumors
  • Recognize different sellar pathologies based in clinical presentation and radiological findings
  • Understand the caveats in the evaluation and management of hypopituitarism

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants:
AAPA accepts category 1 credit from AOACCME, prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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Course Outline:
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8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 Introduction
Lewis S. Blevins, Jr., MD

8:45 Radiology of Pituitary Disorders
Christopher P. Hess, MD

9:30 Cushing’s Disease: Lessons Learned from 1000 Cases
Edward H. Oldfield, MD

10:15 Coffee Break

10:30 Radiotherapy in the Management of Pituitary Tumors
Penny K. Sneed, MD

11:15 Prolactinomas: Medical vs. Surgical Management
Sandeep Kunwar, MD

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 Cases from the California Center for Pituitary Disorders
Lewis S. Blevins, Jr., MD

1:45 Acromegaly: Therapy, Outcomes, and Mortality
Blake Tyrrell, MD

2:30 Coffee Break

2:45 Differential Diagnosis of Sellar Lesions
Manish K. Aghi, MD

3:30 Hypopituitarism: Diagnosis and Management
Lewis S. Blevins, Jr., MD

4:15 Pituitary Cases

5:00 Closing Remarks
Sandeep Kunwar, MD

5:15 pm Adjourn

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Lewis S. Blevins, Jr. MD
Professor of Medicine and
Neurological Surgery; Medical
Director, California Center for
Pituitary Disorders at UCSF

Sandeep Kunwar, MD
Associate Professor of
Neurological Surgery; Surgical
Director, California Center for
Pituitary Disorders at UCSF

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Edward H. Oldfield, MD
Professor, Department of
Neurosurgery, University of

(University of California, San Francisco unless indicated)

Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of
Neurological Surgery

Christopher P. Hess, MD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Radiology

Penny K. Sneed, MD
Professor, Department of
Radiation Oncology

Blake Tyrell, MD
Professor of Endocrinology
and Metabolism

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Travel & Lodging:
For your convenience, a courtesy block of rooms has been set up at the following hotels. These are not guaranteed rooms and are subject to availability.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Hotel Rates - $279.00 per night

To make hotel reservations, please call 888-591-1234 and identify yourself as a member of this UCSF conference to receive the special rate. Reservations can also be made on-line at www.grandsanfrancisco.hyatt.com and enter group code G-JPIT.

Larkspur Hotel San Francisco
524 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Hotel Rates - $139 per night

To make hotel reservations, please call 866-823-4669 and ask for the UCSF Preferred Rate. Reservations can also be made on-line at https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=16793&Chain=5175&promo=01048UCSF and enter Corporate/Promotion Code: 01048UCSF.

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Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received in writing before the first day of the course will be refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.

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