Course 182 – Research-based Advanced Certification Course at Medstar NRH Washington, DC


advanced COURSE:

A four-day seminar.


Stanley G. ROCKSON, M.D. Chief of Consultative Cardiology
Allan and Tina Neill Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.


Anne-Marie VAILLANT-NEWMAN, P.T., M.A. Member of the International Society of Lymphology
Member of the European Society of Lymphology
Master of Arts, Teacher College – Columbia University, New York, NY
Former student of Professor A. Leduc – 27 years of expertise in Lymphedema Management Leduc method 17 years of experience in teaching Lymphedema Management Leduc method in the United States of America. Temecula, California.

Maria-Josette MULLINS, P.T. Director of Rehab Services at Memorial Hospital Miramar, Florida Member of the International Society of Lymphology.
17 years of expertise in Lymphedema Management Leduc method.


MAY 22,  23, 24, 25, 26, 2013
Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital
102 Irving Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

Instructional Level:

The instructional level of the program is advanced. According to the definition of the APTA: This level assumes thorough familiarity with the topic and focuses on advanced techniques, recent advances, and future directions.

Educational Credit:

This program was approved for 33 contact hours, 3.3 CEUs by the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA # 13-63  )


Certification is received upon successful completion of post-course test.  The attendees will receive their certification at the end of the course.
Completion of the advanced course and the basic course will enable the attendees to take the International Certification in Lymphedema Management Examination.(ICLM Examination).
Participants who pass the ICLM Examination and submit a case study will be ICLM Certified.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will demonstrate the:

  1. Understanding of the anatomical and physiological concepts underlying lymphedema management.
  2. Understanding of the psychological issues raised by cancer & lymphedema.
  3. Ability to perform manual lymph drainage (mld) and multi-layered bandaging as described by the Leduc School.
  4. Understanding of the use of compression devices.
  5. Understanding of patients education (precautions, skin care etc.)
  6. Ability to evaluate patients suffering from lymphedema or edema, and to design a a comprehensive plan of care.
  7. Ability to treat various pathologies showing symptoms of edema or lymphedema using the techniques of lymphedema management.
  8. Ability to answer most of the questions raised by patients.
  9. Ability to recognize when the intervention of the physician is necessary.
  10. Understanding of the most recent research performed in the field of treatment of lymphedema.

Hotel Accommodations:

A group of rooms is held at the Windsor Inn 1842 16th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20009 at the rate of: $159.00 + tax per night continental breakfast included. Cut-off date: 03/21/2013. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. To make a reservation, please cal:l 202 667 0300 or send a fax to: 202 667 4503 and refer to:” VAILLANT-NEWMAN” Group.

Call 951 347 0362 if you want to share a hotel room.


Every day, the schedule will include:

  • 8:00am Start.
  • 10:30-10:45am  Break
  • 12:00 noon-1:00pm Lunch on your own.
  • 3:00-3:15pm Break


  • 5:00-6:30pm Advances in Lymphatic Research.  Staney G. Rockson, M.D

Thursday, May 23, 2013
  • 9:30am-11:00amReview of anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system: Topographic stucture of lymph vessels.  Anatomy of the lymphatic systems of the limbs and trunk.  Video.  Lymph formation, lymph propulsion.
  • 11:00-12:00noon – 1:00-3:15pm Lymphedema: Definition, differential diagnostic.  Lymphatic system imaging.  Primary and secondary lymphedema.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lab: Manual lymph drainage of the lower extremity.
  • 3:15 – 600 pm:  Recent research results.  Ongoing research performed by the Leduc team  at the University of Brussels – Belgium.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lab:Manual lymph drainage of the upper extremity
friday, May 24
  • 8:00am-10:15am:Lab: Treatment of U.E. lymphedema post-mastectomy.  Manual lymph drainage, multi-layered bandaging.  Theory: Drainage of the breast.
  • 10:30 – 12:00 noon: Treatment of L.E. lymphedema post prostate cancer surgery. Manual lymph drainage.  Multi-layered bandaging.
  • 1:00 – 4:00pm: Lab: Manual lymph drainage U.E. and L.E. Theory: manual lymph drainage and bandaging of genital area lymphedema.
  • 4:00 – 5:00pm: Questions.  Case studies.
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm Compression devices.  Presentation by specialist.
Saturday, May 25 
  • 8:00am- 9:30am: Lab: Manual lymph drainage and multi-layered bandaging of the U.E.
  • 9:30 – 10:30am:   Cancer risk factors. Cancer treatment: radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy Physical treatment of the consequences of radiotherapy  treatment.  Cancer rehabilitation.  Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1.
  • 10:45 – 12:00noon: lymphedema in pediatrics.  Case studies.  Treatment. Education of caregivers.  Supportive documentation.
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm:  Documentation.  Measurements. Data analysis.  Case studies.
  • 2:00 – 4:00: Lab: Manual lymph drainage of the L.E.
  • 4:00 – 5:30pm: International Certification in Lymphedema Management Examination.  
 sunday, MAY 26
  •  8:00 am-9:15 am: Concomitant Venous Obstruction in Patients with Secondary Lymphedema.  Venous edema.: pathology, physical treatment.
  • 9:15 am- 10:15 am: Skin care. Wound treatment.
  • 10:30 am – 12:00-noon: Documentation.  Measurements.  Data analysis.  Case studies.
  • 1:00 pm-4:00 pm: Review of practice.  Lab: Multi-layered bandaging of upper and lower extremity. Prevention of lymphedema. Q & A.

Note:  For lab practice, participants should bring appropriate clothing, such as shorts, tank top or bathing suit.

 Registration Information:

Conference Fees:

  • Early Registration: $850.00 (Until 03/31/2013)
  • Regular Registration: $900.00 (Until 05/01/2013)
  • Late Registration: $950.00 (After 05/15/2013)

Fee includes: tuition, pre-course material, and course handout. Register prior to 02/01/2013 and benefit from a $100.00 discount.

Note: Cancellation & Refund policy.

Cancellations and requests for refund will be accepted until May 23, 2013 minus a $300.00 administrative fee.

Any notification of withdrawal or cancellation and any request for refund must be done in writing.

Payment of refunds is to be made within 30 days of determination of student withdrawal.