Ambassador Program

Ambassador Program Overview

MDS-PAS Ambassador Program took place in El Salvador in 2011. The Ambassador Program supports the travel of 1-2 international experts, who are MDS Members, to an underserved area for the purposes of education and intellectual exchange.

The applicant country must be considered to be disadvantaged based on the need for movement disorders education and lack of opportunities for continuing medical education in movement disorders.

Sponsored speakers should deliver a keynote lecture during the meeting. An honorarium is provided.

Program Criteria, Roles & Responsibilities, and Application
Program Eligibility Criteria

This program is intended to provide an excellent educational opportunity in Movement Disorders to regions of the world not adequately served by resources within that region. In order to be eligible for the MDS Ambassador Program, the applicant country must be considered to be disadvantaged based on the need for Movement Disorder education, perceived lack of opportunity for continuing education in Movement Disorders, and economic factors.

For a list of countries that are considered underserved, please visit the MDS Waived Dues Membership website and view the List of Waived Dues Eligible Countries. The Ambassador Program applicant is to describe the country's need for the speaker. A statement regarding the economic and educational needs, and the manner in which these needs will be met by means of the ambassadorship, is requested on the program application.

When more than one faculty is sponsored, not more than one half of sponsored faculty may come from beyond the region in which the event takes place (e.g., if two faculty are sponsored by MDS, only one may come from outside the region). MDS Regional Sections are: the Asian and Oceanian Section (AOS); the European Section (ES), and the Pan American Section (PAS). For a list of which countries are included in each MDS Regional Section, please visit the MDS Outreach Education website. For the purposes of education, Members residing in Sub-Saharan Africa may consider their region to include the ES.

Faculty must represent different institutions. In an effort to maintain academic diversity in MDS educational programming, it is preferred that no academic or financial relationship exist between the suggested faculty and the host institution. However, it is understood that some exceptions may apply. Applications will initially be considered by the Education Committee of the appropriate MDS Regional Section.

U.S. State Department Travel Warnings

Unfortunately, we are unable to host educational activities in countries for which there is a U.S. Travel Warning. An updated list of U.S. Travel Warnings may be found on the U.S. State Department travel website.

MDS Support

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society accepts no responsibility for any debt incurred by the planning and implementation of the Ambassadorship, and bears no liability for any event.

Travel Costs

MDS will support the cost of business class airfare for faculty to and from the host country if these flights equal or exceed six hours. If the flights are under six hours, faculty will receive economy class flights. MDS payment of airfare costs will be made directly to the faculty upon completion of the course. If an MDS-designated travel agent is used, payment will be made directly to that agent.


MDS will recognize the efforts of the Ambassador(s) with an honorarium of $1,000 USD each.

Host Support

Lodging, daily meals, and transportation of the Ambassador(s) while in the host country should be provided and funded by the host organization.

Registration Fees

The registration fees should be only those for the Neurological Society meeting. No additional fees should be applied to attend the Ambassador Program presentation.


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