About this Course

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance 

Release date: October 22, 2021

Expiration date: October 22, 2023

Estimated time to complete activity: 2.75 hours


 Target Audience

This course is for advanced practice professionals, neurologists, and other healthcare providers involved in the care of patients with a movement or related disorder.  

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Define Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (IPD), Parkinson’s plus syndromes / atypical parkinsonism and secondary parkinsonism
  • Describe overlapping features and distinct features of various types of parkinsonism
  • Distinguish atypical/plus syndromes from IPD through use of symptoms recognition, imaging and diagnostic pearls
  • Compare and differentiate forms of parkinsonism to determine appropriate diagnosis
  • Define neuro-palliative care
  • Demonstrate conversation techniques for evaluation of Goals of Care
  • Practice techniques for discussion of Advance Directives
  • Analyze importance of caregiver assessment and support
  • Appraise the importance of social work and spiritual care support of patient, family, and caregivers


Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C
Scripps Clinic Center for Neurorestoration Division of Neurology

Kelly Papesh, MSN, DNP
Cleveland Clinic
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Julie Berk, MS, PA-C University of Colorado Department of Neurology
Supportive Care and Palliative Medicine Division
Anschutz Medical Campus

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy.   PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities related to the educational content of this CE activity:

Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C – Speakers’ Bureau – Abbvie, Abbott, Amneal, Sunovion 

Kelly Papesh, MSN, DNP – Speakers Bureau: Amneal, Acorda Therapeutics, Abbvie

Julie Berk, MS, PA-C has nothing to disclose

The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The PMD Alliance planners and others have nothing to disclose.

Joint Accreditation Statement 


Jointly%20Accredited%20Provider%20TMIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and PMD Alliance.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

Physician Continuing Medical Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 2.75 contact hours.    

Computer System Requirements

A smartphone, tablet, or computer with access to the internet.

 Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA.  The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.  The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development.  The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.  Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient's conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


Method of Participation and Request for Credit

In order to obtain your CE certificate, please follow the steps below at the conclusion of the activity:

  1. Go to www.cmeuniversity.com
  2. Login or Create a New Account (will take less than 1 minute)
    1. If you receive a message when creating a new account that “the email you entered is already in use”, please click the Forgot my Username or Password link to have your Username and Password sent to you via email
    2. After logging in, you may be asked to verify/update your information; after doing so, click Save at the bottom of the page
  3. While logged in, go to https://www.cmeuniversity.com/course/take/122022 
  4. Choose the type of credit you desire
  5. Complete the online Evaluation
  6. Receive an immediate CE Certificate to download and/or print for your files

If you have questions regarding the certification of this activity, please contact PIM via email at inquiries@pimed.com or PMD Alliance at education@pmdalliance.org


Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C

Advanced Practice Provider in Movement Disorders

Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C is a board-certified nurse practitioner at Scripps Clinic Movement Disorders Center in La Jolla, CA. She holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is an expert DBS programmer and is a national speaker on Parkinson Disease. In 2010, she created a grassroots nonprofit organization which supports fundraising and education for research using patient specific non-embryonic stem cell therapy for a proposed long-term treatment for Parkinson disease.

Kelly Papesh, DNP

Advanced Practice Provider in Movement Disorders

Kelly Papesh, MSN, DNP is a board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in movement disorders. After completing her Bachelor of Science in nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she completed a Master of Science in nursing and a doctorate in Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University in Versailles, KY. She has extensive experience as a registered nurse in neurology and patient case management and over four years of experience specializing in movement disorders. Her clinical practice has focused on neurology assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with a variety of movement disorders including Parkinson disease, essential tremor and Huntington disease.

Julie J. Berk, MS, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider in Movement Disorders

Julie J. Berk, MS, PA-C is a Physician Assistant in Neuro-Palliative Care at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, CO, focusing on the treatment of persons with chronic neurologic illness and the quality of life for these patients and their families. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and was a PA Surgical Resident at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, board certified since 1997. She holds a Masters of Science from the University of Colorado Health Science Center and a Masters of Palliative Medicine from the University of Colorado Graduate School and has worked in the Palliative Medicine Program since 2016. As a Physician Assistant, Neurosurgery and Neurology at University of Colorado Hospital between 2006-2015, she was a programmer for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) including micro-electrode recording (MER) in DBS surgeries. She treated movement disorder, dementia, neuro-oncologic and neuro-immunologic patients. She also worked as a Surgical Coordinator for GAD-2 gene therapy trial for Parkinson Disease and was a coordinator for an acupuncture trial for fatigue in Parkinson’s.

Course curriculum

    1. Educational Objectives

    2. Available CME Credit

    1. Parkinson-Plus Syndromes & Secondary Parkinsonism

    2. Case study and interview with patient and care partner

    3. Atypical Parkinsonism Discussion

    1. Introduction to Neuro-Palliative Care

    2. Interview with a care partner

    3. Neuro-Palliative Care Discussion

About this course

  • Free
  • 8 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content

Course Reviews and Ratings

5 star rating

Important topics!

Kelly Papeah

Palliative care and it’s impact to our patients and families is often under recognized. This course shines light on its many features,and helps clinicians determine best practices when getting neuro palliative care involved.

Palliative care and it’s impact to our patients and families is often under recognized. This course shines light on its many features,and helps clinicians determine best practices when getting neuro palliative care involved.

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