MDS EDUCATIONAL MISSION & PROGRAM GOALS
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 available adequate 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 the movement disorders patients in these countries.
The goal of the Ambassador Program is to facilitate the participation of 1or 2 renowned movement disorders experts, who are members of MDS, as speakers for a keynote/plenary lecture during a major regional/local neurological or movement disorders meeting by providing airfare and honoraria according to the policies outlined below.
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 at travel.state.gov.
The 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.
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.
Lodging, daily meals, and transportation of the Ambassador(s) while in the host country should be provided and funded by the host organization.
The registration fees should be only those for the Neurological Society meeting. No additional fees should be applied to attend the Ambassador Program presentation.