Contributed by Dr. Raymond L. Rosales, Workshop Director
August 24-25, 2012
On August 24-25, the first ever MDS-sponsored course in the Philippines took place at the Philippine International Convention Centre. The course was attended by 126 neurologists from the Philippines and several other countries of Asia.
This two-day workshop was intended to address the practice gap for Botulinum Toxin (BoNT) training through didactic lecture from international experts, interactive case discussions, and a patient practicum. The targeted audience for this course were medical practitioners in relevant fields with a working knowledge of the diagnosis and general management of various movement disorders, be the individual a first-time injector, or a newly experienced injector.
The BoNT course had Platinum Sponsorship from Ipsen and Gold Sponsorship from Allergan. The practicum vials were kindly provided by Ipsen, while the support nursing personnel and utilities were provided by the CNS (Center for Neurodiagnostic and Therapeutic Services) of Metropolitan Medical Center. The three assistant faculties also belong to the same hospital. There were a total of 25 Filipino cases with various dystonias, spasticity and hemifacial spasm, who gave informed consents for the injection demonstration.
The goal of the BoNT Training course was to provide medical practitioners relevant training in BoNT treatments in their clinical practice. Fifty-three percent of the attendees strongly agreed and 47% agreed that the program was relevant to their practice. Effective marketing efforts targeting this group, as well as overwhelming positive evaluative results in learning during the course, indicate that the BoNT Training in Neurological Practice was a highly successful educational effort.
Provided by an unrestricted educational grant from:
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