Day one of advanced TMS training at the Brain Stimulation Intensive Course is complete.
It was a very exciting day filled with pearls we can take home to Augusta.
TMS treats the brain directly, instead of indirectly like pills.
~Mark George, M.D.
Today began with a morning in the classroom.
A fascinating lecture on pain and its response to TMS was first on the list of subjects. The speaker was Jeffrey J. Borckardt, Ph.D. He’s Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, Anesthesia, and Perioperative Medicine at MUSC.
In the Brain Stimulation Lab & At TMS Augusta Safety Is Job Number One!
We then covered several other topics before discussing safety issues throughout lunch – with TMS there aren’t very many safety issues, but they’re important – so everyone could safely move to the afternoon’s clinical, hands-on labs.
In the afternoon we split up into small groups for hands on instruction.
Today we began by exploring a magnetic stimulation device made by Magstim. It was interesting to see how different it is from the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System we’re used to using. Those of us who have a NeuroStar in our practices were universally glad to have the NeuroStar. Others may be great for research, but the NeuroStar has its advantages.
All of us took turns using each other as subjects. Dr. Ben Eubanks of Atlanta is shown here performing TMS on one of the class guinea pigs.
Today’s instruction was excellent, but the best part was getting feedback from people who’ve been teaching TMS for a long time, and have a great deal of research, and clinical experience, and being able to ask questions of world class experts in transcranial magnetic stimulation.
There are about twenty people attending the course, and probably as many instructors. The main teacher is Dr. Mark George. He is a true TMS pioneer in all respects, and a delightful man. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and an infectious enthusiasm for this incredible new treatment.
In many ways, this course is an opportunity to ask questions, and discuss concerns with Dr. George. We got our money’s worth today when it comes to asking questions, and getting answers from the most experienced and knowledgeable man in the world of magnetic stimulation therapy.
At this course in Charleston there are psychiatrists and researchers from Atlanta, Georgia, Washington State, Palo Alto, California, and Istanbul, Turkey. It seems that most of the questions, so far, have been asked by psychiatrists in clinical practice.
My guess is we’re a curious bunch of people, and I know we all want to return to our practices better able to help the people we serve.
Just thinking about what we learned today it’s obvious that this course is going to improve our ability to treat depression in Augusta.