Developing World Education Program (DWEP)

MDS recognizes that some countries do not have access to trained Movement Disorder Specialists and are restricted by size and/or resources from establishing a training program.

These programs are designed to address the needs of those countries and build rapport with local area societies that have no existing relationship with MDS. The programs are intended to support three course formats: a stand-alone course, courses conjoined with other local/regional meetings, and consecutive courses.

To better meet the educational needs of our Members this Program may be applied for in two ways:

1. Application - Faculty Airfare Only (Short Form)

This application is intended for those applicants seeking to invite MDS faculty and receive support for airfare only. Applicants completing this form will be required to provide some meeting details, which are outlined in the application, and suggested MDS faculty.

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2. Application (Long Form)

This application is intended for those applicants seeking to invite MDS faculty and receive support for additional aspects of a meeting beyond faculty airfare including, but not limited to, faculty accommodations, marketing costs, space rental fees, audiovisual equipment rental, and catering.  If applying for use of the Parkinson and Movement Disorders course materials, the long form application must be used. Applicants completing this form will be required to provide a detailed description of the meeting, suggested faculty, a proposed program, and a proposed budget.

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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 Developing World Education 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 webpage to view the List of Waived Dues Eligible Countries.

A one-day meeting may choose to nominate up to three MDS faculty; meetings longer than one day may choose to nominate up to five MDS faculty. 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; if five are sponsored, only two 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 three MDS Regional Sections. 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 at travel.state.gov.

MDS Support

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society accepts no responsibility for any debt incurred by the planning and implementation of the Developing World Education Program and bears no liability for any event.

Travel Costs

MDS will support the cost of business class airfare for approved MDS 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.

Honoraria

MDS will not provide an honorarium for approved MDS faculty unless this is specifically included in the approved course budget.

Host Support

All costs associated with the course that are not specifically included in the approved course budget are the responsibility of the host organization.

Registration Fees

The registration fees should be only those normally associated with the event and approved in the submitted budget. No additional fees should be applied to attend MDS faculty presentations.

MDS is committed to assisting physicians and healthcare professionals in countries where Movement Disorders specialists are under-represented. In accordance with its mission, MDS supports Movement Disorder-focused educational opportunities in regions of the world that may not have adequate available resources. By supporting the educational needs of physicians and healthcare professionals in these countries, MDS hopes to enhance the quality of treatment and care provided to movement disorders patients in these countries.

Through the MDS Regional Sections, funds are administered in a flexible support program tailored to the needs of each region which can be used to sponsor faculty travel and accommodation, logistics costs, or other course expenses approved at the time of application.

Policies, Roles and Responsibilities, and Application Materials

The following information outlines the roles and responsibilities of each party involved in the planning and implementation of Developing World Education Program activities.

HOST

The applicant(s) will be the Local Organizer/Host.

The responsibilities of the Local Organizer/Host are as follows:

  • Complete and submit: The Developing World Education Program Long Form Application including the proposed course program with suggested MDS faculty, and course budget or the Developing World Education Program Short Form Application including the proposed program and suggested MDS faculty.
  • Provide comfortable lodging, meals, local transportation, and ensure safety for the MDS faculty while in the host country.
  • Provide the venue and facilities, program materials, translation/interpretation (where necessary) and any other logistical needs of the program.
  • Publicize the program to the local medical and healthcare community.
  • Facilitate in publicizing MDS by encouraging membership applications and, as appropriate, establishing MDS affiliate societies. At the program this may include display, projection and distribution of MDS materials and other actions as recommended by MDS.
  • Ensure that the program evaluation forms and Regional Educational Needs Assessment Surveys (where applicable) are completed by attendees for submission to the MDS International Secretariat within 60 days of the course date. Evaluation forms may be translated if necessary.
  • Submit a final summary report of the program outcome to the MDS Education Committee. If the Long Form Application was used, include a final budget with the summary report. This must be submitted within 60 days from the course date.
  • Write a short informational article about the program for publication in the MDS newsletter, Moving Along.
     
FACILITATOR

For some programs a facilitator from the MDS Education Committee may be appointed to assist the Host in planning the program, outlining the educational objectives, and implementing the program. The Host may also choose to request a facilitator be appointed from the MDS Education Committee.

MDS FACULTY MEMBERS

MDS Faculty members are selected based on their level of expertise in their relative fields. The responsibilities of the Faculty are as follows:

  • Discuss the presentation content and format with the Host to ensure that all educational objectives are appropriate and achievable.
  • Prepare and present talks and materials in a manner that is relevant to, and comprehensible by, participants from the host country/region.
  • Meet all timelines provided by the Host; particularly those related to the submission of course materials for printing and distribution to attendees.
  • Facilitate in publicizing MDS by encouraging membership applications and, as appropriate, establishing MDS affiliate societies. At the program this may include display, projection and distribution of MDS materials and other actions as recommended by MDS.
  • Assist in ensuring that evaluation forms and Regional Educational Needs Assessment Surveys (where applicable) are completed by course attendees.
  • Submit a final summary report of the program to the MDS Education Committee, via the MDS International Secretariat which should include an overview of the program, including its strengths and areas for improvement. This report will not be published.
     
MDS INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT

The MDS International Secretariat, in connection with the MDS Education Committee, will provide support for program development and implementation.

The responsibilities of the MDS International Secretariat are to:

  • Process incoming Developing World Education Program applications according to internal procedure, while keeping applicants informed of their application status.
  • Coordinate with the MDS Education Committee and Regional Section Education Committee by facilitating the application process prior to approval and by providing reporting on the outcomes of the event and the final summary reports by both Host and Faculty.
  • Coordinate the participation of MDS faculty by

        1. Issuing formal invitations
        2. Facilitating communication between the MDS faculty and Host.
        3. Arranging MDS faculty transportation to the host country.
        4. Providing the MDS Faculty and Host the most recent summary of Educational Needs Assessment Survey data (where applicable) to assist in preparing lectures.
        5. Providing the faculty with the MDS logo to create a slide "Sponsored by MDS" to be included with their lecture slides.
        6. Alternatively providing the faculty with a short slide set of information on MDS Membership/Waived Dues Membership and appropriate Regional Section activities.

  • Coordinate with Host to:

        1. Facilitate communication with MDS faculty.
        2. Manage approved program finances (if applicable).
        3. Provide the appropriate MDS Regional Section logo for use in local marketing.
        4. Sending a shipment of handouts on Membership/Waived Dues Membership, MDS educational activities, and Regional  Section activities.
        5. Provide Host with program evaluation forms and Regional Educational Needs Assessment Surveys (where applicable).
        6. Assist in marketing the program to MDS members living in the MDS Regional Section where the program is taking place.
        7. Tabulate and summarize the results of the completed program evaluations and Regional Educational Needs Assessment
            Surveys (where applicable). A summary of the results should be provided to the Host upon request.


DWEP Long Form Application
DWEP Short Form Application
Download DWEP Long Form Application 
Download DWEP Short Form Application

Download Budget Template 
(Mandatory for DWEP Long Form Application)

 

Submit applications by email to MDS Education

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