About this Course

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

Release date: December 15, 2021

Expiration date: December 15, 2023

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour


 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:

  • Identify an appropriate DBS patient for remote programming 
  • Evaluate the remote programming capabilities of all three DBS systems
  • Explain the benefits of remote DBS programming
  • Recognize the potential limitations of remote DBS programming
  • Implement remote DBS programming into your clinical practice


Jessica Karl, PhD, PA-C
Assistant Professor in Neurological Sciences
Rush University Medical Center

Laura Sperry, MSN, RN, ANP-C
Program Director, DBS Program
UC Davis Health

Andrew Imbus, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center

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:

Jessica Karl, PhD, PA-C has nothing to disclose

Laura Sperry, MSN, RN, ANP-C – Consulting Fees and Speakers’ Bureau – Medtronic, Abbott

Andrew Imbus, PA-C – Consulting Fees and Speakers’ Bureau   Abbott

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 1 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 1 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.

Commercial Support

This activity is made possible through support provided by Abbott Laboratories.

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/122266
  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


Jessica Karl, PhD, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider in Movement Disorders

Jessica A. Karl, PhD, PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. After receiving her PhD and her physician assistant training at Rush University, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Movement Disorder Section of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. Her interests include Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and interventional therapies for Parkinson disease and other movement disorders.

Laura Sperry, MSN, RN, ANP-C

Advanced Practice Provider in Movement Disorders

Laura Sperry, MSN, RN, ANP-C is the DBS Program Director at U.C. Davis Department of Neurology in Northern California. After receiving a BS in genetics from U.C. Davis, a BS in nursing from Johns Hopkins University and an MSN-ANP from U.C. San Francisco, she began her career as an ANP with U.C. Davis Urogynecology and in 2012 joined the U.C. Davis Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program. As DBS Program Director, she coordinates the patient journey through the pre-surgical evaluation process and post-surgical stimulator programming utilizing all three DBS systems currently available. Laura is also one of the facilitators for the post-DBS Parkinson support group Staying Health with Deep Brain Stimulation.

Andrew Imbus, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider in Movement Disorders

Andrew Imbus, PA-C is a movement disorders physician assistant at Kaiser Permanente and is part of the clinical faculty of the Kaiser Permanente school of medicine in Los Angeles, CA. He is an EEG and sleep disorder technician and used these skills during college. After earning his Master of Physician Assistant practice from the University of Southern California he began his physician assistant career in pediatric and general neurology before joining the movement disorders team at Kaiser Permanente. Andrew provides neurology-based lectures at multiple schools in the Los Angeles area, and for fun he is a father of twins and seeing them learn new things fills up his free time.

Course curriculum

    1. Educational Objectives

    2. Available CME Credit

    1. Integrating Telemedicine into DBS Management

    2. Case Studies

About this course

  • Free
  • 4 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content