Collaboration with Medscape Education

As part of a collaborative project exploring how to enhance care for ischemic stroke, Medscape developed two continuing medical education (CME)-accredited programs.

  • Created based on input from UAB physicians and nurses
  • Available exclusively to UAB prior to national launch
  • Aimed at improving the quality of stroke care through the implementation of nation guideline-concordant recommendations.

Curbside Consult Program: Assessing the Guidelines for Acute Ischemic Stroke Management
Brett Kissela, MD, MS, chair of the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute
Joshua Goldstein, MD, PhD, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and an emergency physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Click here to sign in and take the course on the Medscape site.

Dr. Brett Kissela and Dr. Joshua Goldstein look at the mounting evidence from global studies showing clear benefits from the timely use of thrombolytic therapy. Clinicians who listen to the program will come away with a clear understanding that the risks of therapy are far outweighed by the potential benefits. As Dr. Kissela notes, "This was a controversial treatment when it first came out, but now there is no question. This is the standard of care and we need to make sure that there is no therapeutic nihilism out there."

Roundtable Panel Discussion: "Interprofessional Approaches to Fast-Tracking Thrombolytic Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke
Brett Kissela, MD, MS; Joshua Goldstein, MD, PhD;and India Alford, RN, BSN, ED Emergency Department Nurse Manager at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Click here to sign in and take the course on the Medscape site.

When it comes to treating stroke, timing is everything. A key directive in the AHA/ASA guidelines is to begin administering thrombolytic therapy 60 minutes or less after the patient enters the emergency department -- known as "door-to-needle time." In this Roundtable Panel Discussion, "Interprofessional Approaches to Fast-Tracking Thrombolytic Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke," Dr. Kissela and Dr. Goldstein are joined by Emergency Department Nurse manager India Alford to provide clinicians with practical strategies for streamlining the process of treating stroke patients with clot-dissolving drugs.