DBS for Intractable OCD: Lessons for Integrating Clinical Practice of Psychiatrists, Neurosurgeons, and Psychologists

Houston, TX US
October 14, 2022


Physicians and Psychologists: $200
Residents, Fellows, Psychology Trainees, and Other Healthcare Professionals: Free

Needs Statement

Patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who have failed to respond to a range of conventional therapies may benefit from deep brain stimulation (DBS), which is available under a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) from the FDA. Obstacles to employing this treatment option, however, include lack of knowledge about patient selection, surgical techniques, and DBS programming. Attendees will learn about patient selection for DBS, assessment, surgical planning, and programming -- all information needed for enhancing clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Apply the inclusion and exclusion criteria for eligibility of patients with OCD to undergo DBS
  • Define the role of cognitive behavioral therapy, specifically ERP, in the assessment of candidates for DBS
  • List the benefits of re-introducing cognitive behavioral therapy, specifically ERP, after DBS
  • Desribing the techniques and challenges in conducting DBS programming for OCD

Target Audience

This activity is for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients with severe and treatment-resistant OCD and functional Neurosurgeons interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in performing DBS for OCD.

Educational Methods

Lecture and Small Group Breakout Sessions

Activity Evaluation

Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.


For questions, please contact Vicki.Powers@bcm.edu

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/14/2022 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/14/2022 - 5:00pm CDT
Hotel Intercontinental Medical Center
6750 Main St.
Houston, TX 77030
United States


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Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.50 Attendance


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