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Arizona Telemedicine Program CME webinar series | Using telehealth to treat PANS/PANDAS: Health and behavioral considerations (Part 1)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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The practice and delivery of health care is changing with an emphasis on improving quality, safety, efficiency and access to care. Telemedicine can help you achieve these goals! The Arizona Telemedicine Program and Southwest Telehealth Resource Center invite you to a free one-hour CME webinar on the implementation and practice of telemedicine.

Using telehealth to treat PANS/PANDAS: Health and behavioral considerations (Part 1)

An estimated 1 in 200 children may have Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome/Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection but diagnosis and treatment is often missed or delayed. This workshop is designed to help clinicians learn how to recognize PANS/PANDAS symptoms and bio-behavioral presentations, do a workup to inform a possible diagnosis, create a treatment plan, and effectively refer patients to the appropriate specialist for care.

PANS and PANDAS are infection-induced autoimmune conditions that disrupt a patient’s normal neurologic functioning, resulting in a sudden onset of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and/or motor tics. PANS/PANDAS are severe but highly treatable postinfectious inflammatory brain conditions that can include a variety of other symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, hyperactivity, sleep disturbances, mood swings, eating disorders and urinary problems. Because PANS/PANDAS often mimic various mental illnesses and behavioral disorders, including OCD, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD and ASD, it can be challenging to diagnose. Identifying PANS/PANDAS via telehealth is important, as studies indicate that with proper anti-infective and/or immunomodulatory treatment, symptoms can resolve or be dramatically reduced. This lecture will provide learners with a practical approach to the recognition and management of PANS/ PANDAS while using a telehealth platform.


This webinar is made possible through funding provided by Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (U1U42527).

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Sydney Rice, MD, MSc
Developmental Pediatrician; Professor, Pediatrics
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Rice is a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in health evaluation sciences from the University of Virginia and a doctoral degree in medicine from the University of Arizona. She completed a developmental-behavioral fellowship at the University of Virginia. She is an active clinician caring for children with disabilities, including seeing children with autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, brain injury, preterm birth, early drug exposure and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome/Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection. She participates in multiple research teams investigating each of these conditions. She is the co-director of the Childhood Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona. 

To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
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Outcome Objectives

  • Recognize PANS/PANDAS as a diagnostic possibility when a young patient presents with sudden-onset OCD or other related symptoms in a telehealth session
  • Incorporate into practice the current policies and trends in telehealth, while administering the appropriate first-line treatments to PANS/PANDAS patients
  • Increase number of patient interactions via telehealth and effectively refer PANS/PANDAS patients to specialist care and coordinate care with these health care providers

Accreditation Statement
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement
All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies that could constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

This session is additionally sponsored by the Western Arizona Health Education Center. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 14594, for 1.0 contact hours.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 - 12:00pm


Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Community
College of Medicine – Tucson




Melanie Esher, MAdm
University of Arizona Health Sciences
Arizona Telemedicine Program/Southwest Telehealth Resource Center