Developing World Education Program

Program Overview


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.

The goal of the Developing World Education Program is to support a local movement disorders education meeting/ course taking place in an underserved area by funding MDS faculty participation and/or other meetings costs approved by MDS. To better meet the educational needs of our Members this Program may be applied for in two ways:

1. Short Form Application - Faculty Airfare Only
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.

2. Long Form Application
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.


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 website and view the List of Waived Dues Eligible Countries.

A meeting that is one day may choose to nominate up to three MDS faculty and 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 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


The 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.

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


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


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.