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Preliminary Results from CME Outfitters’ 9th Annual Chair Summit Show Large Improvements for Clinicians

CME Outfitters has recently released preliminary results from the 9th Annual Chair Summit: Master Class in Neuroscience Professional Development, held from September 15-17, 2016 in Miami, FL. An esteemed faculty lineup featured leaders in the neurosciences from across the nation, presenting in plenary, breakout, and chart review sessions. Last year’s agenda topics included bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder (MDD), migraine, multiple sclerosis (MS), schizophrenia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s psychosis (PDP), Alzheimer’s disease (AD), among a variety of others.

Chair Summit has earned a reputation as being one of the best meetings offered to busy clinicians in the neurosciences for its nationally-renowned presenters, cutting-edge information on some of the hottest current topics, state-of-the-art technology, and interactive meeting design. In addition to the plenary and small breakout sessions, each year CMEO includes a unique lunch session; this year it was a version of “The Dating Game,” where one faculty member played the “bachelor” in search of the ideal fishing partner, while three other faculty members were “contestants” who portrayed one of three conditions: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or anxiety. At multiple points during the session, the audience was asked to diagnose the contestants via audience response system (ARS), in addition to answering some pre- and post-activity questions. Aside from proving to be an engaging and entertaining presentation, participants improved their confidence by up to 69% for translating the latest options for treating bipolar depression and for incorporating DSM-5 diagnostic criteria as part of routine assessment. Prior Chair Summit lunch sessions included a mock courtroom trial and boxing match.

Overall, 88% of participants indicated they would change their practice based on information they learned at last year’s Chair Summit; 83% stated they improved their knowledge, and 70% stated that patient outcomes would improve as result of their participation. Through the iPad ARRAY system, participants were able to save slides, take notes, and ask questions during the plenary sessions. Over 9,800 slides were saved, 246 questions were asked, and 635 notes were taken.

Results from educational outcomes analyses for individual sessions indicated improvements in knowledge, confidence, and performance. Highlights of these preliminary pre-survey to post-survey comparisons include:

  • Epilepsy: 185% and 489% relative improvements in performance for documenting etiology, seizure type, and epilepsy syndrome at each visit and for screening for cognitive deficits at initial diagnosis and after starting treatment, respectively (actual pre-survey versus intended post-survey performance); 258% and 329% relative improvements in confidence for assessing risk versus benefits of antiepileptic drugs and for providing counseling for patients regarding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), respectively


  • Migraine: 420% and 229% relative improvements in performance for utilizing the latest evidence for current and emerging therapies and for initiating discussions about quality of life with patients with migraine, respectively; a 181% improvement in confidence for using diagnostic algorithms and evidence-based recommendations to accurately diagnose migraine


  • MDD: 111% relative improvement in performance for utilizing team-based care; 68% improvement in knowledge for healthcare spending in MDD; and a 62% improvement in confidence for developing treatment strategies


  • AD: 53% and 70% improvements in performance for discussing memory problems with adult patients and utilizing biomarkers/imaging, respectively; 79% increase in confidence for applying evolving science to personalizing care in patients with AD

In addition to qualitative data demonstrating success of Chair Summit, participants also provided positive feedback, with one returning Chair attendee stating, “I always enjoy the conference; surrounded with wealth of knowledge and clinical practice!” The unique design of Chair Summit is a key talking point for attendees: “Always informative and never boring. The small breakout groups are my favorite,” raved an attending physician, “Excellent lectures. I especially liked the small group discussions with more interactions,” wrote another.

The 10th Annual Chair Summit: Master Class in Neuroscience Professional Development will be held November 16-18, 2017 at the Hotel Monteleone, located in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. This year’s Chair Summit promises to be the most dynamic and engaging meeting yet as CME Outfitters celebrates ten years of Chair Summit success. Participants will have countless opportunities to interact one-on-one with some of the nation’s leading experts in neurology and psychiatry while networking with fellow attending clinicians. This year’s agenda topics include: the developing teenaged brain, risks & benefits of medical use cannabis, violence & aggression in psychiatric patients, early onset Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse, migraine treatment & prevention, Parkinson’s psychosis, and many more. A full agenda can be found here. Registration is now open with early bird rates available for a limited time. For more information or to register, visit

About CME Outfitters, LLC
CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded and web-based, outcomes- and evidence-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation and outcome services for non-accredited organizations. CME Outfitters focuses on delivering education to specialty audiences, with strong expertise in neuroscience, inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune diseases, and cardiovascular disease. For a complete list of certified activities and more information, visit or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

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