About the ILAE Academy

The ILAE Academy provides a virtual campus where healthcare professionals obtain and increase essential and clinically relevant knowledge, skills, and competencies in the field of epilepsy.

Registered users can work on their competencies in epilepsy from a varied course portfolio according to different levels of proficiency.

Define the learning path, track progress and earn certificates. All in one place!

   

The ILAE Curriculum for Epileptology

The competency-based curriculum developed by the ILAE encompasses 7 domains of knowledge, 42 competencies, and 124 learning objectives that address different levels of professional expertise in epileptology: 

  • Level 1: Entry 
  • Level 2: Proficiency 
  • Level 3: Advanced proficiency 

For details on the curriculum design, read the Roadmap for a competency-based educational curriculum in epileptology” (Blümcke et al, Epileptic Disorders 2019)

Target Audience

The ILAE Academy is intended for health care professionals who see patients with epilepsy. These include neurologists, psychiatrists, family medicine physicians, internists and pediatricians, as well as trainees, residents and fellows. 

The self-directed e-learning portfolio

  • Highly interactive and self-directed patient cases on epilepsy diagnosis, treatment, and management
  • A variety of e-learning courses and short learning nuggets with interactive exercises and videos covering a broad spectrum of epilepsy-related topics
  • Self-paced neuroimaging reading and learning platform 
  • The recognized Virtual Epilepsy Academy (VIREPA) with intensive tutored courses on EEG and epilepsy and sleep 
  • Resources for supplemental reading and learning, including the interactive ILAE diagnostic manual, educational review papers, guidelines and other publications related to the course content.
  • Review article "e-learning comes of age: Web-based education provided by the International League Against Epilepsy" (Sándor Beniczky et al. Epileptic Disorders 2020)

Level 1

Addressing all healthcare professionals at the Entry Level for epileptology (Level 1 of the ILAE Curriculum) 

To receive the Level 1 Certificate, the following must be achieved: 

  • Certificate of completion for all 15 patient cases from the ‘Learn from Cases’  
  • Certificate of completion for 26 pre-determined ebrain sessions


ILAE Academy Level 1 Course and Package Pricing

ILAE Academy_Course Portfolio Level 1

Learn from Cases

Patient cases dealing with the most common epilepsies in children and adults. 

Each case progresses from clinical examination through diagnosis and treatment; common clinical errors are addressed.

  • Components: 
    • Clinical scenarios, interactive exercises, quizzes, feedback, and opportunities for reflection 
    • Bibliography and recommended further reading 
    • Final test - minimum score of 80% required for completion 
    • Feedback survey 
    • Certificate of completion 

  • Duration: about 2.5 hours per case, plus optional further reading

  • Topics include: 
    • Juvenile epilepsies 
    • Focal and generalized epilepsies in children and adults 
    • Emergencies
    • Infections 
    • Dissociative non-epileptic seizures 

    New cases will be added each month until a total of 15 patient cases are available. All cases are compulsory for the Level 1 certificate. 

    Ebrain sessions

    Developed by the Joint Neurosciences Council on epilepsy-related content.

    • Components: 
      • Interactive exercises, videos, and quizzes 
      • Bibliography 
      • Final test - minimum score of 80% required for completion 
      • Feedback survey 
      • Certificate of completion 

    • Duration: about 20 minutes per session 

    • Topics include: 
      • Clinical assessment 
      • Comorbidities
      • Treatment Management of epilepsy in children, women, and the elderly 
      • Neuropsychological aspects 
      • Seizure classification 
      • Transient loss of consciousness

    50 ebrain sessions are available, of which 26 are compulsory for the Level 1 certificate. See the Level 1 Course Portfolio for more details. 

    Epilepsy Imaging

    Provides self-paced reading and interactive learning on neuroimaging in epilepsy.

    • Components: 
      • Background information with examples, images and cases 
      • Anatomical landmarks exercises 
      • Cases with different epileptogenic lesions with self-learning question 
      • Final test - minimum score of 80% required for completion 
      • Certificate of completion

    • Duration: 1–3 hours for all components

    Histopathology in a nutshell

    Tutorials on common brain lesions in epilepsy.

    • Components: 

      • Cases presented using digital microscopy, with recorded guidance on cellular components of the lesion, anatomical landmarks, stainings used, and peri-surgical or other laboratory artefacts 
      • Final test - minimum score of 80% required for completion 
      • Certificate of completion 

    • Duration: 10 minutes per tutorial



    Level 2

    Addressing all healthcare professionals at the Proficiency Level for epileptology (Level 2 of the ILAE Curriculum) 

    Participants must have successfully accomplished Level 1 or must show evidence for equivalent knowledge (i.e. passed a corresponding online exam). The common body of knowledge in general epileptology will be taught through a comprehensive portfolio of case-oriented e-learning modules covering major epileptic conditions, syndromes, but also rare disorders. The e-learning program will be blended with tutor-guided, web-based teaching courses, advanced face-to-face workshops (see below), or special teaching courses offered at international congresses.1

    Educational activities that meet the Level 2 competencies are available. Full program requirements will be released in 2021.

    1. Blümcke, Ingmar, et al. “Roadmap for a competency_based educational curriculum in epileptology: report of the Epilepsy Education Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy.” Epileptic Disorders 21.2 (2019): 129-140.

     

    Virtual Epilepsy Academy (VIREPA)

    • Highly interactive, e-moderated online courses on EEG and epilepsy and sleep
    • Experts in their field provide guidance, practical experience and expertise
    • Theoretical knowledge gained transfers to clinical practice
    • Active collaboration, group work and discussion among all participants is guided by the experts  
    • Valuable downloadable educational material will be provided

    Duration: Six months 

    Entry criteria for courses:

    • 3 years of training in neurology, neuropediatrics, clinical neurophysiology, psychiatry or neurosurgery, or combinations of these
    • Specific entry criteria may apply for some courses

    Bursaries are available for participants living in low and lower middle income countries as categorized by the World Bank.

    For details about the courses offered below, and how to apply, visit VIREPA

    • EEG in the diagnosis & management of epilepsy – Basic
    • EEG in the diagnosis & management of epilepsy –Advanced
    • EEG in the diagnosis & management of epilepsy – Pediatric
    • Epilepsy & Sleep – Advanced

    For questions about VIREPA courses, contact courses@ilae.org.


    Coming Soon 

    Tutorial series for:

    • Histopathology
    • EEG

    Instructions: Registration, Course information and purchase

    Cooperating partners

    The ILAE is cooperating with other educational partners to share epilepsy-related content. 

    ebrain

    Ebrain is the world's largest, most comprehensive web-based training resource for continuous professional development in clinical neuroscience. ebrain is owned by the Joint Neurosciences Council (JNC)a registered charity. More than 500 clinicians form part of a multi-disciplinary team of expert authors and reviewers drawn from all areas of the neurosciences - from across the UK and Europe - contribute to the content. 
    In cooperation with the JNC, 
    50 ebrain sessions will be available on the ILAE Academy, covering all aspects of epileptology in diagnosis and treatment. Sessions use the recognized interactive ebrain format.  They have been reviewed by ILAE experts and were adapted by the JNC.

    EpiCARE

    In cooperation with EpiCARE (European Reference Network for Rare and Complex Epilepsies) self-paced case-based e-learning courses are currently under development. Please note already the monthly live webinars (attendance free, previous registration required).

    For questions and further information, please contact ilaeacademy@ilae.org
    Last modified: Thursday, September 24, 2020, 5:18 PM