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Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update

May 1-3, 2020

Date of First Course: 2007
Most Recent Review: June 2019


Victoria Hall, Room 125
University of Pittsburgh
3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Level of Learner:



Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update is geared for clinicians (physical therapists, occupational 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, innovative therapies for person with vestibular disorders, clinical and functional neuroimaging, and bedside evaluation of the person with dizziness with a lab component. 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.

Criteria for Successful Completion:  

  • Evidence of attendance by signing in and out each day
  • Completion of Post-test with a score of 70%  

Registration Information:  



  • $675 for Physical Therapists, Audiologists, Occupational Therapists
  • $675 for Physicans Assistants, Nurses and Residents
  • $800 for Physicians
  • $300 for Neurologic Physical Therapy Residents

All cancellations must be in writing and sent to us via U.S. mail, email or fax (see contact information below).  Tuition for cancellations postmarked or date stamped before April 13, 2020, will be refunded in full. After April 20, 2020, a $50 administrative fee will be assessed, the remaining amount refunded, and no refunds will be made after April 27, 2020. 

Cancellations received 10 or fewer working days before the class will not be refunded. However, clinicians are eligible to attend the same type of class at a later date at no additional charge.

Continuing Education Credit is pending for 2020

  • In 2019, the course was approved for the following credits. These may change for 2020.
  • The course was approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 9 direct access hours and 8 general CEUs.
  • The American Physical Therapy Association awarded 18 CEUs to PTs and PTAs.
  • 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 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 
  • Other health care professionals were awarded 1.7 continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to 17.75 contact hours.
  • Audiologists and occupational therapists are welcome to attend but CEU certification will not be submitted through ASHA, AAA or AOTA.

 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.

Questions and registration? 

Contact Debra Utterback at or phone 412-383-6942.

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