May 3, 2023 to May 5, 2023
  • The Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Practical Virtual Course in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine offers a virtual 3 day training experience four times a year. This Virtual Course provides clinicians with a practical ECT learning experience without the travel time and costs that would be necessary with an on-site course. This course follows in the footsteps of our former on-site Duke ECT course, which trained well over 1,000 psychiatrists from throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The present virtual 3 day course is focused on providing educational content directly relevant to administering ECT, including patient selection, pre-ECT evaluation and informed consent, ECT stimulus parameters and electrode placement, use of EEG monitoring, provision of ECT in patients with different diagnoses, ages, and medical comorbidities, anesthetic aspects, monitoring of treatment efficacy and side effects, management of both inpatients and outpatients during and following an acute ECT course, as well as potential future developments with this treatment modality. Considerable time during the course will be provided for answering questions from attendees, in addition to brief discussion of selected de-identified case material. Further information can be obtained from marisa.spurrell@duke.edu or psychectcourse@dm.duke.edu Four course dates: 10/26-10/28, 2022 12/7-12/9, 2022 2/22-2/24, 2023 5/3-5/5, 2023

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding the clinical indication for ECT, the evaluation of patients for this treatment modality, all aspects of ECT administration, and the management of patients during and following the treatment course, including maintenance ECT.
  • Delineate the potential risks and benefits of ECT.
  • Describe diagnostic and strategic indications for ECT and provide positive and negative prognostic factors; describe various risks of ECT, including those affecting memory function and provide a plan to assess for the presence and likelihood of potential risks.
  • Demonstrate ability to delineate aspects of how ECT should be administered including pre-ECT evaluation, management of medications prior to and during ECT, choice and application of stimulus electrodes, choice and delivery of the electrical stimulus, physiological monitoring, determinations of treatment outcomes and post-treatment management.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the administration of ECT, including familiarity with unilateral and bilateral electrode placement, contemporary ECT devices and seizure monitoring.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 20.00 ANCC
  • 20.00 Attendance
  • 2.00 IACET CEU
Registration Opens: 
Registration Expires: 
Activity Starts: 
05/03/2023 - 10:00am EDT
Activity Ends: 
05/05/2023 - 6:00pm EDT
Durham, NC 27705
United States
  • Jonathan Komisar


  • Shawn McClintock


  • Angel Peterchev


  • Aaron Feiger 


  • Tommy Fu


  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • ANCC
  • Attendance

Available Credit

  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 20.00 ANCC
  • 20.00 Attendance
  • 2.00 IACET CEU
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