Clinical Autonomic Quantiation Workshop
May 15-17, 2015 - Rochester, Minnesota
Course Directors: Paola Sandroni, MD, PhD, Robert Fealey, MD, David Sletten

Course Description
This course focuses primarily on the three autonomic function tests having CPT codes. The program integrates a series of lectures on the underlying physiology, patient preparation, indications for autonomic testing and factors affecting the results of these autonomic tests, and HCFA requirements.  The heart of the workshop will be a demonstration of specific autonomic function tests.  The tests demonstrated are the quantitative sudomotor axon reflect test (QSART); tests of cardiovagal function (heart rate response to deep breathing and to the Valsalva maneuver); and tests of the adrenergic function. Hands-on demonstrations are provided using commercially available equipment.

A series of sessions on the interpretation of common and uncommon examples of tests is provided.  Other lectures address a number of autonomic manifestations and disorders (such as POTS, syncope, autonomic neuropathies, multiple system atrophy, painful conditions associated with autonomic dysfunction).  The remaining time is devoted to handling questions and demonstrating typical examples of abnormal findings seen in tests of autonomic function.

Target Audience
This conference is designed for individuals interested in the performance of non-invasive clinical autonomic tests.  These individuals are typically neurologists, autonomic laboratory personnel, autonomic clinicians, or clinical neurophysiologists.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

• Recognize the underlying basis for the evaluation of autonomic function.

• Utilize autonomic testing in patients with autonomic disorders.

• Develop a plan for autonomic testing of patients with autonomic disorders.

• Assess commercially available autonomic equipment.

• Select new autonomic function tests using underlying autonomic principles.


• Perform autonomic testing proficiently and efficiently.

• Recognize technical errors/pitfalls.

• Troubleshoot and identify patients requiring additional studies.

• Identify most common autonomic abnormalities on testing.


• Interpret various autonomic study patterns and translate them into a meaningful interpretation.

• Identify and manage at least major autonomic disorders.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Core Competencies

  • Medical Knowledge

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