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Pediatric Headache: When to Worry

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    About This Course

    Welcome to the Boston Children’s Hospital online CME course “Pediatric Headache,” presented by Dr. Edward R. Smith, Co-Director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center at Boston Children's Hospital. This course provides an evidence-based review of headache in children, how to evaluate headaches that are more concerning, and the conditions that warrant neurosurgical consultation.

    This is a self-paced course that may be started and completed at any time.



    CME Credit



    Edward R. Smith, MD

    Dr. Smith, is a board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon, director of Pediatric Cerebrovascular Surgery and co-director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center and the Center for Head, Neck and Skull Base at Boston Children's Hospital.


    The objectives of this course are to enhance clinicians' ability to:

  • Identify worrisome headaches.
  • Evaluate symptoms of secondary headaches.
  • Determine when to refer to a specialist.

  • Pediatricians
  • Primary care and family physicians

    45 min.


    In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.

    Boston Children’s Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.


    This course is self-paced, using text and video with pre and post-test assessments. Speakers or headphones are required for audio, but video content can also be accessed without audio via downloadable transcripts.


    Boston Children’s Hospital adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is Boston Children’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that Boston Children’s may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

    Instructor Disclosures:

    Dr. Smith has disclosed that he has no disclosures to report.

    Content Developer Disclosures:

    Dan Schwartz has disclosed that he has no disclosures to report.

    Boston Children's Hospital CME Manager Disclosures:

    Lesley Niccolini has disclosed that she has no disclosures to report.

    Commercial Support:

    This program receives no commercial support.


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    2. Classes Start

      Jan 01, 2018