Ketamine Infusion Training Programs for Physicians

Ketamine Infusion Training Programs

"Our program represents the first standardized ketamine infusion training course for physicians, promoting an effective, safe and uniform infusion protocol for the treatment of mood disorders"....

Gerald W. Grass MD, Director, Ketamine Institute

Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Physicians 


As Director of the Ketamine Institute, and speaking from the perspective of fifteen years of academic and clinical practice with ketamine therapy, I would like to tell you why my colleagues and I think that this program is the finest learning opportunity for physicians to acquire the knowledge and skill necessary for this new and exciting therapy.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Physicians is the only coordinated and comprehensive training program in the use of ketamine therapy for physicians in North America. The program meets or exceeds the American Psychiatric Association consensus recommendation for ketamine therapy and the American Society of Anesthesiology guidelines for monitoring and airway management requirements, based on the Yale-National Institute of Mental Health protocol.

The Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Physicians program is comprehensive in that its teaching content is not restricted to theory or academic interest but grounded in over 15 years of active clinical ketamine infusion practice. All major aspects of ketamine therapy that have practical clinical value are represented in the program. The teaching approach stresses contemporary medicine and bioscience, yet addresses the full translational medicine and transpersonal aspects of ketamine therapy as derived from clinical and basic science research.

Over the years, I have had the privilege and pleasure to constantly revise and refine this program after presenting it in many venues including academic centers, hospitals, and government organizations to physicians, residents, and fellows. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student completing the course is competent in this new discipline and ready to incorporate it into practice. There is no other course in the country that invests as much attention and energy in each student. We are satisfied that we have created the gold standard in physician ketamine infusion therapy training.

Gerald W. Grass, MD
Medical Director, Ketamine Institute


Available Courses

We offer two levels of training, course content and support. The courses we offer are the Fundamentals Course and the Comprehensive Course.

Fundamentals Course

The Fundamentals Course is offered 3 time per year and is directed to physicians who wish to quickly obtain the basic training necessary to safety and effectively provide ketamine infusion therapy to their patients in their practice environment. It is held over an intensive two-day period and covers all principles and practices necessary to begin ketamine infusion therapy.

Comprehensive Course

The Comprehensive Course presents all the material covered in the Fundamental Course but expands into more depth, provides additional detailed information and templates pertaining office and regulatory documentation, monitoring and optimization protocols. The course in limited to 6 physicians to provide for a small group learning environment and hands-on experience.  In addition, a 3-day practicum is included to allow for actual clinical patient experience providing  ketamine infusions. This allows the physician to gain valuable skills in IV placement, infusion techniques, monitoring and patients subjective experience during infusions. We also review various options related to 2R,6R HNK pharmacokinetics to optimized the treatment efficacy and duration of benefit of the standard ketamine infusion. Physicians who complete the Comprehensive Course are also provided with mentoring to during the initial phases of integrating ketamine infusion therapy into their practices.  This course is only conducted once per year.

Each course meets and exceeds consensus recommendations published by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  Physician who complete either of these courses are well versed in all the matters related to ketamine administration including, practice integration, indications/contraindications, and medico-legal issues.  Physician who complete the courses are provided with certification by the Ketamine Research Institute.


Current course offerings


Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Mood Disorders

Fundamentals Course

Offered three times per year in a classroom/seminar setting.  This course covers all of the practical aspects required to rapidly integrate ketamine therapy into your clinical practice.

Comprehensive Course and Practical

Only offered on an annual basis in a small group and clinical ketamine infusion treatment setting. The comprehensive course not only covers all of the practical aspects ketamine therapy, but expands into scientific principles allowing optimization of the basic protocol and includes actual  "hands on" experience in administering ketamine in a practice environment.

How to effectively integrate ketamine therapy into your current practice

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June 1-3, 2018
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Future Courses

To Be Announced



Fundamental Course Description

The course content is comprehensive and integrated. It systematically embraces all major aspects of ketamine therapy and emphasizes the incorporation of ketamine therapy into contemporary professional practice.

Course Content

Day 1

Module 1 - A New Way of Looking at The Treatment of Mood Disorders
                    Are Conventional Antidepressants Obsolete?
                    Ketamine - A New Path to Depression Relief
                    Ketamine as Molecular Neuromodulation Therapy
                    Why You Should Perform Ketamine Infusions

Module 2 - The Current Scientific Evidence Supporting Ketamine Therapy - Part I
                    Overview of the Current Scientific Evidence for Ketamine Therapy
                    Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic Aspects of Ketamine Therapy
                    Ketamine Interactions at the NMDA and AMPA Receptors 

                    The Ketamine Infusion Protocol

Day 2

Module 3 - Practical Clinical Aspects of Ketamine Therapy I
                     Intravenous vs. Intramuscular or Other Routes of Administration
                     Patient Selection and Evaluation for Ketamine Therapy
                     Medicolegal Concerns About "Off-Label" Use of Ketamin

Module 4 - Practical Clinical Aspects of Ketamine Therapy II
                     How to Employ The "Standard" Protocol for Maximal Benefit
                     Equipment Requirements Necessary for Providing Ketamine Safely
                     Adverse Effects Associated with Ketamine Therapy - How to Manage Them
                     The Future of Ketamine Therapy



Comprehensive Course Description

On behalf of the Ketamine Institute, it is our privilege and pleasure to invite you to attend this Comprehensive Course and Workshop for Physicians - Ketamine Infusion Therapy for the treatment of Mood Disorders.

This course is offered once per year and attendance is limited to 6 physicians. The course is conducted in small group format  to insure an active and engaged learning environment. It provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning of the basic principles, standards of use, and potential applications of ketamine infusion therapy.

It is based upon input and requests from practicing physicians and represents a cutting edge educational program in a breakthrough treatment modality for the rapid and effective treatment of common mood disorders.

Course Content

Day 1

Module 1 - A New Way of Looking at The Treatment of Mood Disorders
                     Are Conventional Antidepressants Obsolete?
                     Ketamine - A New Path to Depression Relief
                     The Human Connectome Project and How It Impacts Depression
                     Ketamine as Molecular Neuromodulation Therapy

                                Clinical Ketamine Infusion Session 1

Module 2 - The Current Scientific Evidence Supporting Ketamine Therapy - Part I
                    Why You Should Perform Ketamine Infusions
                    What is Ketamine - The Strange History of CI-581
                    Repurposing an Old Drug - 50+ Years of Clinical Use
                    Overview of the Current Scientific Evidence for Ketamine Therapy
                    Comparison of Ketamine Therapy vs. Standard Treatment, ECT and rTMS                    

Day 2

Module 3 - The Current Scientific Evidence Supporting Ketamine Therapy - Part II
                    Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic Aspects of Ketamine Therapy
                    Ketamine Interactions at the NMDA and AMPA Receptors
                    Research into other Ketamine Like Compounds - Will They Be Effective?
                    Beyond the Pharmacological Effects of Ketamine - Transpersonal Aspects

                                Clinical Ketamine Infusion Session 2

Module 4 - Practical Clinical Aspects of Ketamine Therapy
                    Patient Selection and Evaluation for Ketamine Therapy
                    Reviewing Medical Records, Pre-Procedure Labs and EKG
                    Contraindications to Ketamine Therapy - What are They?
                    Intravenous vs. Intramuscular or Other Routes of Administration
                    Is Ketamine Abuse and Substance Dependence an Issue?
                    Medicolegal Concerns About "Off-Label" Use of Ketamine

Day 3

Module 5 - The Ketamine Infusion Protocol
                    Pre-Procedure Assessments and Documentation Requirements
                    Equipment Requirements Necessary for Providing Ketamine Safely
                    The Ketamine Infusion Protocol - Pitfalls and Pearls
                    Adverse Effects Associated with Ketamine Therapy - How to Manage Them
                    Post Procedure Observation and Interview

                                Clinical Ketamine Infusion Session 3

Module 6 - Optimizing Outcomes and Expanding Indications for Ketamine Therapy
                    How To Optimize The "Standard" Protocol  for Maximal Benefit
                    Treating Complicated Patients with Co-Morbid Conditions
                    The Expanding Indications for Ketamine Therapy
                    The Ketamine Institute Mentoring Program

The course content is comprehensive and integrated. It systematically embraces all major aspects of ketamine therapy and emphasizes the incorporation of ketamine therapy into contemporary professional practice. Each step in learning is anchored to pragmatic applications and realistic clinical situations seen in daily practices.

For additional information regarding upcoming course dates, please contact us at:

restore@ketamineinstitute.com

Or download the program brochure and fax all required documents to:

850.602.9013


 


What Our Graduates Are Saying

"I am an Austrian psychiatrist. One year ago, I started using ketamine for the treatment of my depressive patients without formal training using the standard protocol published in the literature.  I decided to attend the Ketamine Institute’s training program to enhance my skills.

The Ketamine infusion therapy for mood disorders” training course for physicians went above and beyond my expectations. Dr. Grass' brilliance and profound professional expertise made this course an unforgettable and truly eye-opening experience. I can now understand Ketamine from a pharmacological, anesthesiology, psychiatric, medico-legal and therapeutic perspective. I could put the contents I learned immediately into practice and my patients are already profiting from the knowledge I gained."

Since completing the course, Dr. Landauro writes…

"I arrived safely to Salzburg yesterday. Today we are performing our first optimized ketamine infusion. My patients and I are excited about this.

I treated the first wave of my ketamine eligible patients. Last Friday I talked to Ingrid. She couldn’t stop thanking me. To be sincere, I would have never thought any kind of improvement to be possible in her case. Ingrid’s depression is cracked - not in remission - but really cracked. 40 years of treatment from some of the greatest minds in the country couldn’t do the trick; the brilliant new protocol I learnt from you did. She had her first “not very painful 2 weeks” she can remember. She still complains, she still feels bad - but not so bad. I will come back to Ingrid later…

The sheer fact that I have the option to apply the optimized protocol gives my clients strength. It’s a whole new experience for them when I tell them “you don’t have to suffer longer than you want to.” I make them aware that we can “eradicate” 80% of depressions in a week. It gives them confidence and a reason to hope.

I went to Florida to learn how to give infusions properly, I came back with a huge arsenal of psychiatric-psychotherapeutic power-tools.

I wish you would have heard Ingrid saying…
…thank you!"

-Dr. Med R Febres Landauro – Saltsburg, Austria


Upcoming 2018 Training Dates

June 1-3, 2018

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Future Courses To Be Announced

                          



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