Noticia en la revista estadounidense AASM MONTAGE FALL sobre el curso de sueño de la SEN, donde ha sido profesor durante los últimos 7 años el doctor Hernando Pérez Díaz.
The 10th Annual National Didactic Course in Sleep Disorders for Neurology residents and consultants took place September 21-23, 2017, in Avellanes Monastery, Lleida, Cataluña region, Spain. This year, a select group of 24 residents and 7 consultants, from every corner of Spain, participated in two and a half days of didactic learning. The course included lectures, workshops, live streaming clinical and PSG reviews from Barcelona, as well as question and answer sessions with live patients.
This annual program is organized by the Sleep-Wake Disorders Study Group of the Spanish Neurological Society. Dr. Joan Santamaria Cano, from the Neurology Service and Multidisciplinary Sleep Disorders Unit of Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, and Dr. Montserrat Pujol Sabaté from the Multidisciplinary Sleep Unit, Hospital Santa Maria, Lleida, have been organizing the course since it began 10 years ago. Lectures and cases focus on the whole sleep disorders pathology, and internationally renowned lecturers participate each year.
The course began Thursday afternoon with an introduction to PSG, along with workshops involving electrode placement and scoring. It continued into the evening with clinical history from patients live-streaming from Barcelona. The next day opened with a review and discussion of the previous night’s recordings (some patients may have MSLT and MWT to follow). Lectures and a workshop regarding PAP treatment of sleep apnea followed. In the afternoon, lectures were then followed by review of MSLT- MWTs and the day overall. After dinner, there was another session with live-streaming patients from Barcelona. The course concluded Saturday with review of the PSGs from the night before. The last session included live patients on site, where they were interviewed by the whole group. Differential diagnosis and management discussion followed.
The Monastery provides an ideal setting for these intense sessions. A former 12th century Abbey adapted now as a hotel and conference center, it is located within spectacular settings of forest, natural gardens and vineyards, in Lleida, Cataluña, Spain (approximately 140 Km. west of Barcelona). Here, the students can relax and fully immerse themselves in the course. There was even time to explore the surroundings, including the nearby Astronomical Observatory and, this year, a magnificent honey tasting demonstration.
Dr. Alcibiades J. Rodriguez, FAASM, medical director of the NYU Sleep Disorders Center and vice chair of the Lifelong Learning Development Committee of the AASM, has been participating as a lecturer in the course for 5 years. “I have been really lucky and feel very proud to be part of this course. The quality of the speakers is very well known in Spain and all over the world. This course, led by Dr. Santamaria, who is a superb teacher, offers participants not only the opportunity to learn the basics of sleep, but also provides state-of- the art knowledge and resources to develop a solid grasp and understanding of the the specialty of sleep medicine,” said Dr. Rodriguez.