Step Two: Concussion and Mild TBI Live Course

November 14-15, 2023, in New Orleans, LA

STEP Concussion and Mild TBI Certificate Program

Course Agenda


Day 1 - November 14, 2023

 7-8 am

 Registration and Breakfast

 8-8:10 am
 Welcome and Course Overview

 8:10-8:20 am

 Concussions: Know Who You Are Treating

 8:20-9 am

 Case Discussion: Risk Factors of Special Populations

 9-9:10 am

 "I Think I Had a Concussion"

 9:10-9:25 am

 Concussion Assessment and Diagnosis: Tools and Tests

 9:25-9:45 am

 Panel Discussion: This Is What We Do in Practice and Why

 9:45-10 am


 10-10:30 am

 Performing an On the Field Assessment

 10:30-11 am

 Case Discussion: On the Field Assessments

 11-11:20 am

 Assessing Concussion in the Emergency Department

 11:20-11:30 am
 Case Discussion: Assessing Concussion in the Emergency Department 

 11:30 am-12 pm

 Initial Office Assessment for Acute Concussion

 12-1 pm


 1-1:30 pm

 Assessment: Persisting Symptoms After Concussion

 1:30-2:20 pm

 Case Discussion: When to Order Additional Tests Or Refer to a Specialist
 2:20-3 pm

 Concussion Diagnosis: Biomarkers and Emerging Technology

 3-3:15 pm


 3:15-4:15 pm

 Hands-On Skills Training: Faculty Demonstrations

 4:15-5:15 pm

 Hands-On Skills Training: Practice

 5:15-5:30 pm

 Review of the Day - Q&A


Day 2 - November 15, 2023

 7:30-8 am

 8-8:15 am

 Management and Treatment of Vertigo and Other Balance Disorders

 8:15-9 am

 Pharmacotherapy and Nutritional Supplement Use in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

 9-9:45 am

 Panel Discussion: Getting Back in the Game

 9:45-10:15 am

 Case Discussion - "Risky Business: Military, Pilots, First Responders, and Driving"

 10:15-10:30 am


 10:30-11:10 am

 Risk Factors for Delayed Recovery and Beyond

 11:10-11:30 am

 Meeting the Needs of Underserved Populations

 11:30 am-12:10 pm 
 Autonomic Dysfunction After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

 12:10-1 pm 


 1-2 pm

 Hands-On Skills Training: Faculty Demonstrations

 2-3 pm

 Hands-On Skills Training: Practice

 3-3:20 pm

 Overview of Skills Assessment and Q&A

 3:20-3:30 pm


 3:30-4:45 pm

 Hands-On Skills Training: Open Practice & Review

 4:45-5 pm

 Review of the Day - Q&A


Step 3 - In-Person Skills Assessment

Thursday, November 16, 2023

The in-person skills assessment takes one hour and will be administered in three sessions between 8-11 am following the Step 2: Live Course on Thursday, November 16, 2023, before the Annual Assembly. All participants will be through the assessment in one hour.

Hands-On Skills Training Sessions

During the live course, attendees will rotate through multiple stations covering the following topics:

In-Office Assessment Stations:

  • Headache and Neck Exam
  • Cranial Nerve and Ocular Exam
  • Balance
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Behavioral Observations




On-Field Assessment Stations:

  • Physical Exam Measures to Evaluate Severity of Injury
  • C-Spine Stabilization
  • Indications for Emergent Transport and Decisions for Returning to Play
  • SCAT6 Exam
  • Verbal Cognitive Questions on Equipment Removal, Counseling, Instructions for Discharge


The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit:

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This course has been approved by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) for a maximum of 15.75 Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Part II Self-Assessment credits. Attendees must actively participate and complete a self-evaluation at the conclusion of the course to earn MOC Part II credit.


This course is Step 2 of the STEP Concussion and Mild TBI Certificate Program. To attend the course, you must register for the full STEP program. A la carte registration for the course is not available. Click here to view program details and to register for the STEP program.


Light continental breakfast items and lunch will be served on both days of the course.


Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably.