We’ve completed another exciting day of training at the Brain Stimulation Lab.
One of the day’s highlights was receiving a certificate from Dr. George attesting to having successfully passed written and clinical examinations in transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Everyone passed the written exam, but there were only two perfect scores. One was achieved by a doctor from Iran who is studying for a year at MUSC, and who has been doing TMS for six years. The other was by the representative of TMS Augusta.
Depression better be careful, because we plan to stamp it out, and plan to further improve our skills. The week still has two days to go. There are more questions to ask, and there’s more to learn.
Not everyone took the clinical side of the exam today. Some people elected to wait a couple more days, but several people completed the course requirements.
Molly Davis, M.D. will take her skills home to Seattle.
Dr. Rahsan Duren will return to her home certified in TMS by Dr. George. She only speaks five languages, but should be able to manage to help stamp out depression in her backyard of Istanbul, Turkey, thanks to what she’s learned in Charleston.
Ben Eubanks, M.D., and Alicia Davenport, RN, APRN, will return to Atlanta with their certificates and skills.
All of these people plan to stay all week, and learn more. It’s a very good group of folks, and we’re honored to hang out with them.
The practical (clinical) test was performed on a very old machine, one not suitable for treatment, but ideally suited to use as a training device. Dr. George says it’s perfect for teaching clinicians some of the fine points of magnetic stimulation therapy. It was also the machine on which Dr. George personally tested our practical skills, particularly those related to ensuring safety during the administration of magnetic stimulation therapy.
It was a hard test. One clinician, who has administered thousands of TMS treatments, was very nervous going into the test, but passed with flying colors. None of us took the test lightly.
Today began with a great lecture by Dr. Colleen Hanlon. She’s doing research into using TMS to treat addictions – including the cigarette habit – which seem to respond well to brain stimulation, and believes it’s time to begin taking the results of her research into the real world. The results are impressive.
In fact, TMS is beginning to look very promising for several problems other than depression. Chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and other problems can be treated with this remarkable therapy.
Because the Brain Stimulation Lab researches and uses therapies other than magnetic stimulation we’re getting up to date information on subjects other than TMS. Baron Short, M.D. spoke today on the most modern uses of ECT; it was actually quite useful, and meant to be, for those of us who may never again consider using shock treatment.