15 April 2019

Clinical Course at a Specialized Headache Center

Scanning of headache patient

The course will present you for real life patients and teach you how to obtain the correct diagnosis, how to interview and inform patients, how to make an optimal management plan and how to follow up on these patients.

All aspects including the role of physiotherapists, nurses, secretaries and psychologists will be covered and you will get hands on experience with injections of botulinum toxin and greater occipital nerve blockades.

The course is organized as a combination of hands on management of patients and lectures, which will be mainly cased based. The course will include homework, where you will have to prepare clinically oriented presentations. At the end you will have learned how a multidisciplinary tertiary headache centre managing complex headache patients is organized and how to put previously acquired theory into practice.


The course covers the following topics:

  • Participation in patient interviews, examinations, follow up-visits and prevention strategies
  • Interdisciplinary treatments as well as patient communication
  • Instructions and strategic discussions with patients and relatives
  • Case demonstrations, lectures and clinical training in a pediatric headache center
  • Hands-on demonstration and practise of injections of botulinum toxin, and hands-on demonstration and practise of greater occipital nerve blockades

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods will include a combination of interactive lectures, patient interviews and presentations, hands-on-classes, group exercises, case studies, journal clubs, essay and computer-based (electronic) learning exercises (WIKIs). Using the Absalon platform or similar for upload of learning materials will allow team work for reading, interpreting and discussing selected scientific articles and cases.

What will you gain?

The course will give insight into work at an internationally recognized headache centre, and will strengthen your knowledge about rare types of headache and patients with severe symptoms accompanied by marked comorbidity or treatment resistance.

You will acquire data, knowledge about invasive treatment strategies, and knowledge about communicating and teaching about headache disorders. You will be able to evaluate treatment strategies and make the optimal diagnoses of patients with rare and difficult to treat headache disorders.

During the course, you will learn to initiate follow up programs, suggest treatment adjustment over time and assess and critically present cases and scientific articles about treatment and multidisciplinary intervention. You will be able to initiate and administer GON-blocks and treatment with Botulinum toxin in relevant patients.

On completion of the course, you should be able to optimize the diagnostic and therapeutic process of rare headache disorders and patients with severe symptoms, and contribute to future teaching, communication and research in interdisciplinary treatment. Lastly, you should be able to initiate new organizational measures and to develop national and international treatment guidelines on scientific basis.


    Course details
    Duration: 5 days of e-learning + 15 days clinical stay

    Group 1: 11-15 October 2021 (E-learning) and 18 October - 5 November 2021 (Clinical)
    Group 2: 3-7 January 2022 (E-learning) and 10-28 January 2022 (Clinical)

    Course fee:

    EU/EEA citizens: 15,000 DKK
    Non-EU/EEA citizens: 22,000 DKK

    Credit: 10 ECTS
    Examination: 5 November 2021 (group 1) or 28 January 2022 (group 2)
    Application deadline:

    Master of Headache Disorders: 1 May 2020
    Course: 8 weeks prior to course start

    Important: Admission criteria 

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