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Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update (Registration Now Open!)

We are  offering a two-day video-conference on May 7-8, 2021. The video-conference will consist of pre-recorded presentations by faculty.  After the presentations, you will have the opportunity to ask questions as if you were in the same room. You can submit questions that can be answered by the expert faculty at a later time. Finally, we will conclude the course with a session to answer questions which you submit to us during the course. You will have access to handouts provided by the speakers.

In order to have the best experience, we highly recommend access to high-speed internet.

We reserve the right to cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances. If the course is cancelled, your registration fee will be refunded in full.

May 7-8, 2021

Date of First Course: 2007
Most Recent Review: June 2020


Live video conference

The Zoom link and other important information will be emailed to your address used to register for the course by May 1. If you do not receive anything by May 3, first check your spam filter and then contact Patrick Sparto (

Level of Learner:



Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update is geared for clinicians (physical therapists, physicians, nurses, and physician assistants) who have a basic knowledge of vestibular disorders. The program content will be at an advanced level and is designed to provide an update regarding the treatment of persons with balance/vestibular disorders and the underlying science.  Some of the topics include central causes of dizziness (e.g. anxiety and migraine related dizziness), BPPV, concussion management, vestibular function testing, alternative therapies, pharmacotherapy, cervical dizziness, back to work and driving decisions and innovative therapies for person with vestibular disorders. Each of the speakers is an expert from one of several disciplines including physical therapy, neurology, otology, gerontology, psychology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, bioengineering, and neuroscience. There are scheduled question and answer periods following each session at which participants can ask the entire faculty questions.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Joseph Furman and Dr. Susan L. Whitney.  Dr. Furman is co-director of the course and has numerous Medline references to his credit.  He is co-author of the book entitled "Vestibular Disorders:  A Case Oriented Approach" published by Oxford University Press.  He has recently published the 3rd edition with Dr. Stephen Cass and Dr. Susan Whitney.  Dr. Furman has been an NIH supported clinician-scientist his entire career and is a board certified neurologist.

Dr. Whitney is a physical therapist who has presented about vestibular rehabilitation to national and international conferences.  She is the Program Director of the Centers for Rehab Services at the Eye and Ear Institute and has treated persons with vestibular disorders for over 25 years. She is an active clinical researcher who has published extensively. Drs. Furman and Whitney will conduct the lab/cases together to provide a unique physician/physical therapist team perspective.

Registration Information: 

If three or more attendees work at the same facility, please click here and submit the requested information to receive a coupon code for $100 discount: 

If you are a member of the APTA, please click here and submit the requested information to receive a coupon code for a $50 discount.

Only one type of discount may be applied.

Registration will close at 23:59 Eastern time (UTC – 4) on April 29, 2021. 



  • $450 for Physical Therapists, Audiologists, Occupational Therapists
  • $450 for Physician Assistants, Nurses and Residents
  • $500 for Physicians
  • $200 for Neurologic Physical Therapy Residents

Continuing Education Credit is pending for 2021. In 2020, the course was approved for the following CEUs:

  • The American Physical Therapy Association awarded 14 total CEUs (direct access CEUs to be determined.)
  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designated this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 
  • Other health care professionals were awarded 1.4 continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to 14.5 contact hours.
  • Audiologists and occupational therapists are welcome to attend but CEU certification will not be submitted through ASHA, AAA or AOTA.


Learning Objectives

 Faculty Disclosure:

In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the time of the conference.

Acknowledgements of in-kind contribution and support:

The Course directors kindly thank all of the presenters who have devoted much time and interest toward this course. In addition, we thank all of the students and staff who do much of the hard work in making the Course a success. Finally, we are thankful for the generous support of the Departments of Physical Therapy and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, Centers for Rehab Services of the UPMC, and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Sponsored by UPMC, University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cosponsor: American Physical Therapy Association

Supported By:

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services 

The Americans with Disabilities Act information:

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least one week in advance of the program by calling 412-383-6942.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.


Contact Patrick Sparto at with any questions related to course. 

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.