In Zurich I had the chance to speak to many people; I enjoyed my brief time speaking with Jason Mihalik – fellow athletic trainer. He reminded me of the previous Symposium in North Carolina and the upcoming second version. I asked him to send along an email and I would put it up on the blog. Here it is, and he is right, make sure you register NOW, it fills fast.
It is with great excitement that my colleagues and I will be hosting the Second Matthew Gfeller Neurotrauma Symposium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 8-9, 2013. We have lined up another great list of local, regional, and national speakers. For additional information regarding a schedule of topics, invited faculty, and links to negotiated hotel rates, please visit us at http://tbicenter.unc.edu, and click on “TBI Symposium” in the header. A direct link to register for the symposium is as follows: http://tinyurl.com/c576kdu.
Our first symposium sold out 2 months prior to the scheduled event, so register early! Current Early Bird rates in effect until January 8, 2013 are as follows:
Non-medical professionals: $250
Healthcare Providers & Researchers (PhD, MD, ATC, CAT(C), RN, etc): $175
Students (doctoral, graduate, undergraduate): $75
The meeting will be held in the new Blue Zone on the Concourse Level of the new Loudermilk Center for Excellence, located at Kenan Stadium in the heart of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The symposium will provide researchers, physicians, athletic trainers and therapists, and other allied health care professionals with a comprehensive overview of the management of brain and spine injuries in sports. We will accomplish this by providing current concepts in research by world-renowned clinicians and researchers, practical-based approaches to patient care, and open panel discussions to foster an interactive learning environment.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers and Certified Athletic Therapists, respectively. This symposium is eligible for 12.5 CEUs towards BOC requirements, and 4.8 CEUs toward CATA requirements. With very high costs and a low demand following our last meeting, we have decided not to offer CMEs for physicians.
If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. If you are a college basketball fan, UNC plays host to Duke the night of March 9. The campus will be abuzz with excitement! We hope to see you there, and appreciate you sharing this information with all of your colleagues.
Thank you on behalf of everyone in the Matthew Gfeller Center,
Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC
Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Co-Director, Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill