NEC and EPAP organizes Hands-on teaching course in Electroencephalography (EEG)


 NEC and EPAP organizes Hands-on teaching 
course in Electroencephalography (EEG)

Basic technical & clinical aspects of EEG reading
in adults 
and children covered in detail

By Prof. Hasan Aziz & Dr. Zarine Mogal

KARACHI:For the first time in Pakistan a methodological hands-on teaching course in Electroencephalography (EEG) was organized for neurologists and neurology trainees by National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) and Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP) on 18-19 November 2017 at a local Hotel in Karachi. This was conducted by a teaching faculty of eight international master tutors who were sponsored by the International League Against Epilepsy’s (ILAE) Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) and Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN).

EEG reading is a complex art. Formal hands-on courses on basics of EEG and its correct interpretation like the ASEPA-ANZAN EEG Teaching Course was unheard of  in the neurology community worldwide until 2000 when Dr. Andrew Bleasel along with Prof. Ernie Somerville both from Sydney, Australia formulated and initiated this very distinctive EEG Teaching Course for Australian Neurology trainees. Later the extended it to New Zealand. In 2010 they initiated this course in ILAE’s Asian and Oceanian Region Chapters in collaboration with ASEPA and later in United Kingdom in collaboration with ILAE by their Australian-trained counterparts working in UK. One would have expected UK, the most important seat of neurology training to have come up with such type of an EEG teaching course long time ago but it was never thought about by epileptologists there. USA the other seat of neurology training too has no such valuable EEG training program. 

The International Master Tutors who conducted a Hands-on teaching course in Electroencephalography 
photographed along with Prof. Hasan Aziz President National Epilepsy Centre, 
JPMC Karachi during the course.

Very few neurologists in Pakistan especially those trained in the country get the opportunity to learn EEG in a formal methodological manner. This unique hands-on EEG teaching course held for the first time in Pakistan introduced the participants with the basic technical & clinical aspects of EEG reading in adults and children in a methodological manner.  It is imprudent to claim or expect the attendees to have become experts in EEG reading by attending this two days teaching course. However it has provided them a very strong foundation with clear concepts with which they will master their skills over time only with experience. The trainees were thus encouraged to spend extra time in EEG labs, learn how to record EEG themselves, independently read EEGs committing the report on paper and then asking for a review by the experts. For those who are already reporting EEGs, it was a useful revision with some new gains.  Forty six neurologists and neurology trainees from all over Pakistan benefitted from this course.

Dr. Zarine Mogal, President EAP and member of ASEPA welcomed the guests and participants.  The ASEPA-ANZAN faculty consisted of  Dr. Andrew Bleasel, Director of the Epilepsy Unit and Director of Physician Training at Westmead Hospital, Sydney Australia, a national examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians,  Clinical Senior Lecturer at University of Sydney and Sub Dean Education, Sydney Medical Program at Westmead Clinical School; Prof. Chong-Tin Tan,  Professor of Neurology at University of Malaya, Malaysia, Co-Chair of ILAE’s Commission on Asian and Oceanian Affair’s Research Task Force and Member of ASEPA; Prof. Jing-Jane Tsai, Emeritus Professor of Neurology and distinguished specialist physician at National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan and President, Tainan Epilepsy Association; Prof. Lim Kheng Seang, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and Consultant Neurologist specialized in epilepsy in University of Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia; Dr. Yotin Chinvarun, Neurology division, Dept. Medicine, Pramongkutklao Royal Army Hospital and neurologist, epileptologist and sleep and memory specialist, Department of Medicine, Pramongkutklao Hospital, Neurology Center: Bangkok Hospital; Dr Choong Yi Fong, Associate Professor, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist and Head of the Paediatric Neurology division, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Dr. Chin-Wei William Huang, Head of Epileptology, Department of Neurology, National Cheng Kung University Hospital and Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan; Dr. Ahmad Rithauddin, Paediatric Neurologist, Paediatric Institute, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Dr. Zarine Mogal, Consultant Neurologist, National Epilepsy Centre, JPMC, Karachi, President Epilepsy Association of Pakistan and Member of ASEPA.

Group photograph taken during the Hands-on teaching course in Electroencephalography held at JPMC 
shows the participants photographed along with the International Master Tutors and 
Prof. Hasan Aziz who 
was the moving spirit behind this academic activity.

The EEG course had eight sessions each having an introductory lecture on the topic followed by a friendly intensive interactive hands-on teaching in small groups. The enthusiasm of the tutors to teach and the eagerness of the participants to learn kept them all engaged in intensive teaching and learning for eight long hours each day with the participants asking for more. This overwhelming response is indeed the measure of success of this EEG teaching course and a source of great satisfaction for the organizers. The ASEPA-ANZAN EEG Teaching course concluded by a vote of thanks by Prof. Hasan Aziz President National Epilepsy Centre, JPMC Karachi.(PR)

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