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Diagnostic Error and Dizziness (1 credit Video)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Physicians of all specialties in clinical practice.  Other interested healthcare providers are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: May 9, 2012
Review Date: July 20, 2016
Expiration Date: July 31, 2018

Description: Dizziness is a common presenting complaint in ambulatory care and the ED, accounting for 10 million visits a year. As a chief complaint, dizziness and vertigo have dozens of possible causes, ranging from benign and self-limiting to immediate and life-threatening. This topic is presented by the acknowledged expert David Newman-Toker who has researched, lectured and published extensively on the subject. He explains why it’s more important to discover the Timing & Triggers of dizziness than the Type. He shows how to reduce the likelihood of missing a serious diagnosis by distinguishing three main diagnostic categories for dizziness and what to do about them.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion, participants should be able to:
a. Explain why it’s more important to know Timing & Triggers than Type of dizziness.
b. Differentiate acute vestibular syndrome from benign positional vertigo.
c. Describe how to best distinguish the main 2 sub-types of vestibular syndrome: vestibular neuritis from stroke.
d. Identify the definitive treatment for BPPV and the symptomatic treatment of vestibular neuritis.
e. Explain why H.I.N.T.S. (3-step bedside oculomotor test) is superior to imaging studies in detecting stroke in the dizzy patient.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 5 out of 7 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology



State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety

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Disclosure:  The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Speaker: David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD  - Read full bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2012

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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