Course Report: MDS-ES Winter School for Young Neurologists
The 5th annual MDS-ES Winter School for Young Neurologists took place in Aarhus, Denmark, February 26-28, 2016. The course received 70 applications for 48 available spaces and was attended by 47 participants from 27 countries across the European Section.
The course was held at the Department of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital, NBG in Aarhus directed by Karen Østergaard. Ten additional faculty members participated in the school: Kailash Bhatia (London, UK), Vincenzo Bonifati (Rotterdam, Netherlands), David Brooks (Aarhus, Denmark), Carlo Colosimo (Rome, Italy), Erik Hvid Danielsen (Aarhus, Denmark), Nicola Pavese (London, UK and Aarhus, Denmark), Matej Skorvanek (Kosice, Slovakia), Miguel Soares (Oeiras, Portugal), Evžen Růžička (Prague, Czech Republic) and Marie Vidailhet (Paris, France).
Day 1 of the course focused on Parkinsonism and included lectures on phenomenology, diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and atypical Parkinsonism, medical and surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease. During the afternoon, half of the students were divided into six small groups participating in clinical rounds under the tutelage of the course faculty to perform hands on examination of movement disorders patients. The other half first attended a lecture on “Imaging of Movement Disorders” and were then divided into three groups to learn how to examine Parkinson’s disease patients with MDS-UPDRS (MDS-Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale) supervised by faculty members.
Day 2 focused on Hyperkinetic Disorders and included lectures on tremor, dystonia, myoclonus, chorea, ataxia and drug-induced movement disorders. Students were later divided into smaller groups and presented patient videos to the faculty members in the “Bring your own case” session and the best videos were chosen for presentation in plenum Day 3. During the afternoon, the two student groups switched parallel sessions as Day 1, attending the skills workshops that were not attended the day before.
Day 3 addressed complex patient management issues and included lectures on Tics and Tourette syndrome, treatment with botulinum toxin and psychogenic movement disorders as well as genetics in Parkinson´s disease. Ten student video cases from the previous day and selected by the faculty were presented to all students and faculty. Three cases selected by the students by vote were awarded complimentary registration to the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Berlin, Germany, June 2016.
In addition to the lectures, video cases, expert guided patient examinations and skills workshops, the school hosted two dinners. The Video Dinner was held at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel where the faculty presented video cases for discussion. The social dinner in city centre took place at Centralvaerkstedet “Früd Smedien,” an old railway garage in a very nice atmosphere with excellent food served.
The Summer School received lots of positive feedback from the onsite evaluations concerning logistics, teaching and interesting cases and appreciation of the small group dynamic of the skills workshops and clinical examinations.