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Brain Stimulation Lab

TMS training course

Brain Stimulation Intensive Course 

Medical University of South Carolina, Institute of Psychiatry North --5th floor        

Charleston, SC

When: March 24 - 28, 2014

This course is full. The next course will be October 13, 2014 to October 17, 2014.

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Course Director: Mark S. George, MD, MUSC Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neuroscience

Where: MUSC Institute of Psychiatry, 5th floor Brain Stimulation Laboratory

Target Audience

This activity is designed for psychiatrists and researchers who wish to enhance their knowledge of TMS and the related brain stimulation techniques.

Course Description: This week-long training program offers a nice combination of pre-course readings and notes, in person lectures with web-based streaming, followed by observations of clinical and research uses. Most importantly, the course offers ample time for hands on technique learning and practice.

Two tracks are offered, one leading to a training certificate in Advanced ECT. The other would result in a training certificate in TMS. For those interested additional didactics can be arranged regarding VNS, DBS or tDCS.  The curriculum can also be modified and adapted for those interested in either clinical or research use.

The minimum attendance is Mon-Wed for core didactics and hands-on testing. A full week attendance is recommended.

Learning Objectives

-At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

-Review and apply knowledge of past and current brain stimulation research in order to provide optimal care.

-Describe the full range of current methods of brain stimulation, and be able to list and desscribe how they differ in their approach to stimulating the brain.

-Discuss the TMS ( or ECT if ECT tract) literature, the lastest techniquest, the appropriate clinical uses and guidelines and apply this to patient care. 

-Apply hands-on practice in device set-up and motor threshold determination.

-Identify current safety guidelines and be able to respond to a patient in crisis during TMS.

-Be able to select the appropriate patients who meet criteria or are good candiates for treatment.

-They will be able to complete a written test and accomplish a 70% passing grade/score and then discuss incorrect areas of test with Dr. George.

Cost: The course is open to physicians, nurses, researchers and other professionals and trainees, from the U.S. and abroad. This program is sponsored by MUSC. The course registration fee is $2,500. Fee may be waived for full-time MUSC  faculty and trainees, please inquire when registering. Full-time VA employees participating in CSP #556 have a different negotiated fee. Payment is due by one month before the course start date. A written notice of cancellation must be received 30 days prior to the start of this activity. A 10% cancellation fee will be assessed at that time; after that date, cancellation requests cannot be honored. Please contact

Minnie Dobbins at 843-792-5730 or by email at or Teresa Garner at  843 -876 -5142  or by email at for more information.

About the Brain Stimulation Laboratory and Faculty:

The BSL was started 17 years ago and is a national and international leader in developing and testing new brain stimulation methods as potential treatments. Dr. George, the course director, published the first study of daily prefrontal TMS as an antidepressant in 1993 and has been actively involved with the technology ever since. The BSL was the organizing site for the NIMH sponsored OPT-TMS study. The clinical and research environment is rich and fertile. Currently the BSL averages 10 ECT treatments each day, and around 20 TMS sessions, either clinical or research. The MUSC BSL was the first to demonstrate that one can safely perform TMS within an MRI scanner and there are active studies with this technology. The BSL currently has over 12 different TMS stimulators, representing most of the current manufacturers on the planet.  TMS is used actively as a research tool in knock-out cognitive studies, or in excitability. MUSC has one of the few fully automated paired-pulse systems as well as the only bihemispheric paired pulse system in the US.

Course Faculty:

Mark S. George, MD

Distinguished Professor Psychiatry, Radiology & Neurology, Director, Brain Stimulation Laboratory Editor-in-Chief

E. Baron Short, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Medical Director of Brain Stimulation

Xingbao Li, MD

Associate Professor

Jeffrey J. Borckardt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, Anestesia, and Perioperative Medicine

Colleen A. Hanlon Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

List of hotels

The Ashley Inn and The Cannonboro Inn (only one block away from training)

Charleston Marriot at 170 Lockwood Boulevard

The Courtyard Charleston Waterfront at 35 Lockwood Dr

The Mills House

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Address and phone numbers:

Medical University of South Carolina

Brain Stimulation Laboratory

67 President Street Room 502 North, MSC 861

Charleston SC 29425

Phone: 843-876-5142 (Teresa)

Phone: 843-792-5730 (Minnie)

Fax: 843-792-5702


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