Michael J. Bresnan Child Neurology Course

Date & Location
Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:00 AM - Friday, September 28, 2018, 5:00 PM, Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA


Research, innovations, and knowledge in child neurology are expanding at the fastest rate the field has ever known. The Michael J. Bresnan Child Neurology Course is an intensive, comprehensive review of new developments in child neurology that will provide the practitioner with clear guides and strategies to apply these advancements in practice. 

Presented by highly skilled practitioners in all domains of child neurology, course content will range from basic translational neuroscience, to the latest evidence from clinical trials and studies that should influence the practice of child neurology. Subject matter experts from the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital will serve as the core faculty for the course. 

Course Attendees

Approximately half of our attendees are child neurologists, and half come from related disciplines. To maximize participants’ learning potential, the course is designed to meet the learning needs of different practitioners and disciplines.

Not only specialists, but also primary care and general practitioners will greatly benefit from the course. Primary care pediatricians are in an essential place to identify early a variety of rare childhood neurologic disorders. Because timely identification can lead to outcome-altering improvements, this course is designed to help general practitioners be more effective in early identification, referral and management. 

Course Format 

Morning and afternoon plenary sessions will present scientific and clinical topics of interest to all parties. Afternoon parallel tracks will aim at clinical practice and translational neuroscience. Participants may attend all the talks in one track, or move from clinical practice to translational neuroscience as interests and needs dictate.

Several sessions will take advantage of the “flipped classroom” approach:  instead of receiving information through lecture, attendees will receive study materials ahead of time and engage in interactive discussion with the presenter.  We also offer discussion panels, multiple choice format, and opportunities for attendees to write in questions during presentations. 

Flipped Classrooms 

The “flipped classroom” model reverses the traditional order of learning (class lecture followed by homework) by placing lower levels of cognitive work (gaining knowledge and comprehension) ahead of higher forms (application, analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation). Our participants will review reading and/or media materials prior to the flipped classroom session. They will then use their time together to further absorb the new information via problem solving, discussion, and/or debate, supported by the faculty leading the session. This model promotes learning by allowing participants to correct misconceptions and organize new knowledge, making it more accessible for future use.

Live Stream - Cancelled
Due to many unforeseen technical issues, we unfortunately have to cancel the live stream for the 2018 Michael J. Bresnan Child Neurology Course. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. We are issuing full refunds and you will receive an email within the next 1-2 business days to confirm your refund has been processed.  The conference is being recorded and select presentations will be posted over the next year for viewing. We will send an email when they are available. If you have any questions, please email Stephanie.Hansbury@childrens.harvard.edu

Target Audience

The content of this course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, residents, fellows, and trainees who practice or have an interest in autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, perinatal disorders, infectious diseases afflicting the nervous system, diseases involving the neuromuscular system, and convulsive disorders.

Course Directors 

  • David K. Urion, MD, FAAN 
  • Miya Bernson-Leung, MD, EdM


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  1. Recognize the current state of neuroscience and the changing practice needs and demands of medical providers as they relate to child neurology.
  2. Apply critical developments in clinical practices and treatments to their care of patients with neurological conditions.
  3. Plan for the ongoing integration of knowledge gained into their practice environment.

Attendees have the option of attending the course for 5 days, or 2 days. See the table below for the pricing structure.

  • 5 Day Attendees: Registration includes in-person access to all 5 days of the course and an optional dinner reception on Thursday night.
  • 2 Day Attendees: Registration includes in-person access to any 2 days of the course and an optional dinner reception on Thursday night. Please select which 2 days you will be attending during checkout.
5 Day Course Pricing
Registration Type  Early Bird (ends 8/1/18)  Regular Rate (after 8/1/18) 
Physicians $1,500.00 $1,600.00
Allied Health Professionals -- $900.00
Students/Trainees -- $900.00
2 Day Course Pricing
Registration Type   Early Bird (ends 8/1/18)   Regular Rate (after 8/1/18) 
Physicians $705.00 $755.00
Allied Health Professionals -- $395.00
Students/Trainees -- $385.00

Registrations can be made by clicking the register button above. Upon receipt of your registration, an email confirmation from the Boston Children’s office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information, including registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate. Please direct all inquiries to cmedepartment@childrens.harvard.edu.

Refund Policy

Fifty-percent (50%) refunds will be issued for all cancellations received prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email or telephone. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee, and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.

In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.


Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 40.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. AAPA accepts AMA category 1 credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME

Disclosure policy
Boston Children's Hospital adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is Boston Children’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that Boston Children's may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.