The Brain Stimulation Intensive Course is over, and most of us have returned home to use what we learned.
TMS Boot Camp is over.
We learned a lot. We’ll share what we learned as much as we can. We believe much of this new information will help us with our goal to stamp out depression worldwide beginning in our own backyard of Augusta, Georgia.
Our understanding of the entire field of magnetic brain stimulation has taken a big jump.
Perhaps the most important information anyone must know about TMS can be summed up.
- We reviewed proper patient selection for TMS
- We reviewed properly preparing patients for TMS
- We reviewed TMS technique
- We learned more about proper management of complications, and how to prevent most all of them
- We learned a great deal about TMS treatment planning and how to manage the therapy properly
- We learned and were tested on both theoretical and practical knowledge learned in the course
Safety was the key word throughout everything we did, and everything we learned.
There is going to be an explosion of information about how to better use magnetic stimulation to treat psychiatric brain diseases, and we’re ready for it.
We don’t know what’s coming, but we know what’s being considered. We know what the research is showing, and what projects are underway. All sorts of really cool stuff is in the pipelines. It all adds up to plenty of reasons to be excited about what we will be able to offer as this field develops.
TMS is already doing a lot of heavy lifting. The people at MUSC’s brain lab are true pioneers. One of them has probably done more TMS than anyone else in the world. Another invented the clinical application of TMS. We can’t convey how excited they seem to be as part of the emerging brain stimulation field. What we saw was doctors who are excited because of their research, but perhaps even more excited because of what they’re seeing every day in patients they can now treat successfully because of this new way of getting the job done.
We are, too.
At TMS Augusta we know our clinical skills have grown because of this course (and we were already fully trained and certified in TMS). We know we will be able to help more people in Augusta become depression free.
Safety First: Our TMS safety skills are world class.
Seizures are always extremely unlikely with TMS, but they are even less likely now that we’ve undergone the rigors of Dr. Mark George’s certificate course in transcranial magnetic stimulation, and passed the course examination.
The Brain Stimulation Lab and its course covered much more than TMS, as there are other brain stimulation tools, some of which we find very promising. We will share this information, too, as much of it is relevant to depression, psychiatric illness other than depression, and to people we want to help.