Autonomic Disorders Workshop for Generalists


Do some of your patients “drop out of life” with chronic nausea, abdominal pain or dizziness? Are they “heart-sink” patients (meaning that your heart sinks when their name appears on your schedule because nothing seems to work)? Over 30% of patients presenting to a primary practice harbor a functional disorder like chronic idiopathic nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, postural tachycardia syndrome or chronic migraine.
And yet all of us in medicine remain ill-equipped to diagnose or manage this population because most medical school and training programs do not address their issues. This live, patient-based workshop aims to fill this gap. You will hear from world-renowned experts on each topic, followed by your eliciting history from a live patient with the problems just covered. Only patient-based training (like resident and fellowship) changes how practitioners think.

We hope you may consider attending and invite those who would benefit from this training. Scientists may also consider attending as it would provide them with a window to better understand the clinical side of what they are investigating. Live patient cases will be included. Please see brochure for details.


The purpose of this workshop is to educate generalist health care practitioners about the practical diagnosis and management of functional and structural autonomic disorders. This workshop will review orthostatic disorders like orthostatic hypotension, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), syncope, and functional gastrointestinal and genetic disorders. Collectively, these disorders impact millions of Americans. Most PCPs, pediatricians, and even general neurologists and cardiologists have never received specific training. As a result, patients see multiple specialists for evaluation of each new symptom without appreciation that all symptoms reflect a single disorder. It is not unusual for patients to be referred to 10 physicians or more prior to receiving an accurate diagnosis. This workshop will highlight the protean manifestations of autonomic disorders in multiple end-organs and help practitioners to diagnose a root-cause etiology for the entire syndrome.

Learning Objectives:

• Differentiate symptoms indicative of structural and functional autonomic disorders
• Understand foundational principles of management of orthostatic disorders
• Recognize the meaning of both psychiatric and somatic co-morbidities
• Appreciate state-of-the-science recent advances on genetics and the vagal control of inflammation

Target Audience:

Primary Care Physicians (PCP), Pediatricians, Family Practice Physicians, Internists, General Neurologists, Cardiologists, PM & R Specialists Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Allied Health Care Professionals


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The Medical College of Wisconsin®. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 7.5 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

  • Fees: Before September 30, 2016 – $200.00 // After October 1, 2016 – $250.00

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