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Gamma Knife Training Courses:

2014 Course Dates

Introductory Courses

March 3-7
May 19-23
August 18-22
September 29- October 3
December 8-12

Upgrade Courses

March 5-7
May 21-23
August 20-22
October 1-3
December 10-12

Location

Cleveland Clinic Gamma Knife Center
9500 Euclid Ave., L16
Cleveland, OH 44195

Program Description

Five Day Course Description for new Gamma Knife® users:

This educational experience provides an opportunity to expand the practitioner's range of treatment options to include this precise form of stereotactic radiosurgery. The course will provide hands-on sessions with Leksell Gamma Plan® PFX™ with experienced experts in Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Upon completion of the course, participants will have completed training approval for Gamma Knife® usage.

Target Audience
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Medical Physicists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Neuro-otolaryngologists
Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the basic principles and biophysics of Gamma Knife radiosurgery and how they apply to day-to-day patient treatment.
  2. Review the clinical indications, parameters of treatment, and outcomes of Gamma Knife radiosurgery.
  3. Recognize radiation safety issues and principles, as well as become familiar with the emergency procedures as they pertain to the Gamma Knife Perfexion.
  4. Apply the principles of stereotactic frame application, imaging, and use of Gamma Knife Perfexion treatment hardware.
  5. Plan cases using Gamma Plan PFX software with 15 or more hours of case planning.
Agenda

This course will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Monday and end at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Return flights should not be scheduled before 3:30 p.m. on Friday. You MUST attend all lectures to receive a certificate of attendance.

Monday Highlights
  • Basic Principles of Radiosurgery
  • Evolution of Gamma Knife to Perfexion
  • Stereotactic Frame – Application and Use
  • Radiosurgery Physics
  • Hands-on Perfexion Technical Description
    • Radiation Unit
    • Patient Positioning System
    • Control System
  • Hands-on Perfexion Safety
    • Quality Assurance
    • Emergency Procedures
  • Introduction to Leksell Gamma Plan PFX - Basic Workflow & Features
  • Nursing Issues
Tuesday Highlights
  • Frame Application & Imaging Demonstration
  • Normal Radiation Tissue Tolerances and Radiosurgery for Benign Tumors
  • Basic Radiobiology
  • Planning Demonstration
  • Current Indications - Clinical Evidence and Utilization
  • Treatment Demonstration
  • Hands-on Leksell Gamma Plan PFX and Perfexion
    • Treatment Planning
    • Treatment Workflow
  • Perfexion Planning Strategy
  • Hands-on Perfexion - Clearance Procedures
  • Radiation Safety
Wednesday Highlights
  • Frame Application Demonstration
  • Lecture on Calibration and Practical Physics
  • NRC regulations for Perfexion
  • Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases
  • Radiosurgery for Gliomas
  • Tour of Radiation Oncology or Harvey Cushing's Grave
  • Hands-on Leksell Gamma Plan PFX and Perfexion
    • Treatment Planning
    • Treatment Workflow
  • Gamma Knife System Nuances
Thursday Highlights
  • Radiosurgery for Arteriovenous Malformations
  • AVM Planning Demonstration
  • Hands-on Leksell Gamma Plan PFX and Perfexion
    • Treatment Planning
    • Treatment Workflow
  • Functional Neurosurgery and the Gamma Knife
  • Stereotactic Image Distortion and Historical Errors
  • Dinner
Friday Highlights
  • Coding and Reimbursement –or- Commissioning of Gamma Knife
  • Hands-on Leksell Gamma Plan – TPSADMIN
  • Hands-on Leksell Gamma Plan PFX and Perfexion
    • Treatment Planning
    • Treatment Workflow
  • Course Review
  • Course Evaluation and Presentation of Certificates
  • Adjourn
Registration

A minimum of five registrants is required for this course. We recommend you do not make travel arrangements until your registration is confirmed.

Tuition:
  • $6,000 (Includes course syllabus, breakfast, lunch and break refreshments each day, and one dinner)
Special Meals:
  • Kosher meals, additional charge
  • Vegetarian meals, no additional charge
Payment:
  • $500 deposit is required at the time of registration.
  • Tuition must be paid in full prior to the start of the course.
  • Make checks payable to: The Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation.
Cancellation Policy:
  • Cancellation policy prior to the course commencement: Up to 21 days, $500.
  • From 21 – 14 days, 25% of the fee.
  • Up to 14 – 7 days, 50% refund prior to commencement of the course.
  • No refunds after 7 days, but registration is transferable.

Please open the form below, complete the information and forward with payment (checks made payable to: The Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation) to:

Cleveland Clinic
Martha Tobin
Neurological Institute
9500 Euclid Ave., S40
Cleveland, OH 44195

or fax credit card information to:
Martha Tobin at 216.636.5101.

2014 Course Brochure & Registration Form

Program Description

Three Day Upgrade Course Description for experienced Gamma Knife® users:

This educational experience provides an opportunity to extend the experienced Gamma Knife® practitioner's range of treatment options to include this more advanced form of stereotactic radiosurgery. Participants will become familiar with the new features of Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ when upgrading from previous models. Upon completion of the course, participants will have completed training approval for Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ usage.

Target Audience
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Medical Physicists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Neuro-otolaryngologists
Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the different design and physics principles between previous Gamma Knife radiosurgery systems and the new Perfexion system and how they apply to day-to-day patient treatment.
  2. Recognize radiation safety issues and principles, as well as become familiar with the emergency procedures as they pertain to the Gamma Knife Perfexion.
  3. Apply the principles of stereotactic frame application, imaging, and use of Gamma Knife Perfexion treatment hardware.
  4. Plan cases using Gamma Plan PFX with 8-10 hours of case planning, including composite treatment, multiple metastases, etc.
Agenda

This course will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Monday and end at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Return flights should not be scheduled before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. You MUST attend all lectures to receive a certificate of attendance.

Tuesday Highlights
  • Evolution of Gamma Knife to Perfexion – Features and benefits
  • Stereotactic Frame – Changes to Application and Use
  • Perfexion Technical Description & Physics
  • Radiation Safety
  • Hands-on Perfexion Technical Description
    • Radiation Unit
    • Patient Positioning System
    • Control System
  • Hands-on Perfexion Safety
    • Quality Assurance
    • Emergency Procedures
  • Introduction to Leksell Gamma Plan PFX – Basic Workflow & Features
  • Treatment According to Plan
Wednesday Highlights
  • Frame Application & Imaging Demonstration
  • Planning Demonstration
    • Current Indications
    • Clinical Evidence and Utilization
  • Treatment Demonstration
  • Hands-on Leksell Gamma Plan PFX and Perfexion
    • Treatment Planning
    • Treatment Workflow
  • Perfexion Planning Strategy
  • Hands-on Perfexion - Clearance Procedures
  • Dinner
Thursday Highlights
  • Frame Application Demonstration
  • Calibration and Practical Physics
  • NRC regulations for Perfexion
  • Hands-on Leksell Gamma Plan – TPSADMIN
  • Hands-on Leksell Gamma Plan PFX and Perfexion
    • Treatment Planning
    • Treatment Workflow
  • Course Review
  • Course Evaluation and Presentation of Certificates
  • Adjourn
Registration

A minimum of five registrants is required for this course. We recommend you do not make travel arrangements until your registration is confirmed.

Tuition:
  • $3,000 (Includes course syllabus, breakfast, lunch and break refreshments each day, and one dinner)
Special Meals:
  • Kosher meals, additional charge
  • Vegetarian meals, no additional charge
Payment:
  • $500 deposit is required at the time of registration.
  • Tuition must be paid in full prior to the start of the course.
  • Make checks payable to: The Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation.
Cancellation Policy:
  • Cancellation policy prior to the course commencement: Up to 21 days, $500.
  • From 21 – 14 days, 25% of the fee.
  • Up to 14 – 7 days, 50% refund prior to commencement of the course.
  • No refunds after 7 days, but registration is transferable.

Please open the form below, complete the information and forward with payment (checks made payable to: The Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation) to:

Cleveland Clinic
Martha Tobin
Neurological Institute
9500 Euclid Ave., S40
Cleveland, OH 44195

or fax credit card information to:
Martha Tobin at 216.636.5101.

2014 Course Brochure & Registration Form

Location

View a map of the Cleveland Clinic campus and obtain driving directions.

Ground Transportation

Taxi service is available from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Cleveland Clinic's campus. The distance is approximately 16 miles. Van transportation will be provided from the campus hotels for group dinners on Monday and Thursday.

Accreditation (Upgrade Course)

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participant claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Accreditation (Introductory Course)

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 36.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participant claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Faculty Disclosure

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education has implemented a policy to comply with the current Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial Support requiring resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest. Faculty declaring a relevant commercial interest will be identified in the activity syllabus.

Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by Cleveland Clinic. In no event will Cleveland Clinic be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education fully intends to comply with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need assistance, please notify Martha Tobin at 216.445.3449 or tobinm@ccf.org at least two weeks prior to the activity.

Information

For further information about the course, contact:
Martha Tobin
Phone: 216.445.3449
Toll-free: 800.223.2273 ext. 53449
Fax: 216.445.9999
Email: tobinm@ccf.org

If you have any special needs that require additional assistance or any dietary restrictions, please contact Martha Tobin at 216.445.3449. Requests must be received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course Faculty

Gene Barnett, MD, MBA, FACS*
Director, Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center
Director, Cleveland Clinic Gamma Knife Center®

Lilyana Angelov, MD, FRCS (C)*
Course Co-Director, Cleveland Clinic Gamma Knife Center
Department of Neurosurgery and Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center

John Suh, MD*
Chairman, Radiation Oncology
Associate Director, Cleveland Clinic Gamma Knife Center

Samuel Chao, MD
Department of Radiation Oncology

Betty Jamison, RN, BSN
Nurse, Cleveland Clinic Gamma Knife Center

Susan Lohman, RN, CNOR
Clinical Applications Manager
Elekta, Inc.

Gennady Neyman, PhD*
Lead Gamma Knife Physicist
Department of Radiation Oncology

Tom Pauer, MHP
Medical Health Physicist
Environmental Health & Safety

Peter Rasmussen, MD
Director, Cerebrovascular Center

Jay Forsythe
Clinical Applications Specialist
Elekta, Inc.

Martha Tobin
Program Coordinator
Gamma Knife Training Course

Michael Vogelbaum, MD, PhD, FACS
Associate Director, Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center

*Course Directors

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