2024 Stroke Symposium

August 9, 2024

This is a virtual educational activity. This conference will provide updates and education on the most up to date evidence-based practices, for the care of the ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke population.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for medical professionals including but not limited to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacist, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, emergency medical technicians and paramedics.  Other learner groups such as rehab medicine: physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist would also benefit from this education. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to: 

  • identify Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

  • review of current practice in caring for stroke patients

  • discuss the difference in level of care at each type of stroke center

Refund Policy

A full refund will be given for any cancellations received up to one week prior to the course. No refunds for no-shows.  

Course Cancellation Policy

In the unusual circumstance that this course is cancelled you will be called and/or emailed, and any tuition fees received would be refunded in full. Geisinger is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred.  


Your attendance will be recorded within three to four days of the conclusion of the activity. Credit will display on your continuing education transcript once the activity evaluation is completed.   

Virtual Information

All details pertaining to the links for this activity will be sent once you are registered for the activity. 
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 7.00 AAPA Category I CME
    • 7.00 ACPE
    • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 7.00 ANCC
    • 7.00 Participation Credit
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    08/09/2024 - 7:30am EDT
    Event ends: 
    08/09/2024 - 4:00pm EDT
    7:30 AM                              
    7:55 AM                              
    Welcome and Introductions                                               
    Amy Swarthout, BSN, SCRN
    8:00 AM                              
    Large Cores and Small Symptoms-Updated on Inclusion Criteria for Stroke Interventions
    Clemens Schirmer, MD PhD, FAANS, FACS, FAHA
    9:00 AM                              
    Alteplase versus Tenecteplase Before Stroke Thrombectomy - A Pennsylvania Multicenter Study
    Philipp Hendrix, MD, PhD
    9:45 AM                              
    Morning Break
    10:00 AM                           
    Don't Get Left Behind: Posterior Circulation Stroke
    David Ermak, DO
    10:45 AM                           
    Decision Making in Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms
    Matthew Kole, MD
    11:45 AM                            
    Lunch Break
    12:30 PM                            
    Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension - Update on Our Clinical and Research Experience
    Oded Goren, MD
    1:15 PM                              
    MythBusters: Stroke Update 
    Anthony Noto, MD
    2:15 PM                              
    Care in the OR/Intraoperative Stroke Nursing  
    Stephen Rittle, BSN
    3:15 PM                              
    Transitioning of Patient Care: Resources and Information for the Patient That Has Been Discharged from the Hospital
    Samantha Doucoure, BSN, RN, SCRN
    4:00 PM                              
    Closing Remarks/Evaluations/Adjournment
    Amy Swarthout, BSN, SCRN


    *Topics and Speakers are subject to change. 

    Virtual using Microsoft Teams
    PA 17822
    United States
    Geisinger Faculty
    Samantha Doucoure, BSN, RN, SCRN
    Registered Nurse Navigator, Neurology Clinical Quality Team
    Geisinger Medical Center
    David Ermak, DO
    Director, Acute Stroke
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Oded Goren, MD
    Associate, Neurological Surgery
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Philipp Hendrix, MD, PhD
    Associate, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Matthew Kole, MD
    Associate, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
    Assistant Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Anthony Noto, MD
    Vice-chair Acute Care Neurology
    Quality Director Neurology Department
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Stephen Rittle, BSN
    Inpatient Registered Nurse CEP, Neurosurgery Team
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Clemens Schirmer, MD PhD, FAANS, FACS, FAHA
    Vice Chair, Neurosurgery, System Director of Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Neurosurgery,
    Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program Geisinger Health System,
    Director Comprehensive Stroke Center
    Geisinger Wyoming Valley
    Amy Swarthout, BSN, SCRN
    Clinical Team Coordinator, Medical-Surgical Nursing Administration Department
    Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital
    Lisa Wasko, BSN, SCRN
    Activity Director
    Manager, Clinic Quality
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Content Disclosure
    The faculty have attested that their presentations and/or content is HIPAA compliant. 
    Individuals in a position to control educational content for this activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 
    CE Committee Members/Content Reviewer(s) have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. 
    *Any/All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.  


    In support of improving patient care, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




    Credit Designation 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for 7 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    This live activity is approved for 7 contact hours (0.7 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit JA0008072-0000-24-044-L99-P. 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 7 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 



    This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 7 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.


    Disclosure Policy 

    Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activity sponsored by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s). 

    Commercial Support 


    Available Credit

    • 7.00 AAPA Category I CME
    • 7.00 ACPE
    • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 7.00 ANCC
    • 7.00 Participation Credit


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