European Section
2010 summer school

3rd Annual European Summer School for Young Neurologists

Nijmegen

Course Summary

The third annual MDS European Summer School for Young Neurologists was held Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11, 2010 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Course Directors Bastiaan Bloem and Alfredo Berardelli led 16 additional local and international faculty and 48 participants from 24 countries in three days of interactive lectures, hands-on patient examinations, and collegial discussion.

This year the patient examinations were conducted over the first two days of the Summer School. Even the patients enjoyed participating in the Summer School. One patient remarked that they were, "grateful to have been able to contribute to this European Education initiative."

Prior to Friday's patient examination sessions, two faculty members led participants through an interactive and spirited session explaining their methods for a neurological examination of a patient with a complex movement disorder.

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I found this to be by far the most beneficial and practice-changing educational course I have attended in my career to date . . . since returning home I have applied what I have learned in the clinical setting in the shape of formulating more focused differential diagnoses and thus ordering more appropriate investigations.Seán O'Dowd, Dublin, Ireland

This year organizers planned a very special event to close the first day of the program. Participants had the opportunity to enjoy an evening of tango, led by two tango experts. The evening served as an opportunity for faculty and participants to socialize away from academics. The dancing certainly led to much laughing and perhaps a few bruised feet.

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"Utile et dulci" could be the motto of your course: you succeeded in combining the useful and so necessary information you have offered to the students with a splendid entertaining program that I will never forget. – Raluca Ilea, Braşov, Romania

On Saturday, participants had the opportunity to present their own cases to their colleagues in small groups. Top video cases were then submitted for presentation on Sunday. Saturday evening participants enjoyed a video supper at the historical de Waagh Restaurant in one of Nijmegen's iconic structures.

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Since I've returned to the hospital where I work I feel more confident when I'm dealing with such patients [those with movement disorders]. – Charalampos Karakasis, Thessaloniki, Greece

On Sunday, the group investigated therapeutic issues in movement disorders including viewing a live botulinum toxin demonstration. Then, the top case presentations from Saturday were presented by the participants in front of their colleagues and the audience voted for their favorites.

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It is the best course I ever attended – Rafael González Redondo, Pamplona, Spain

Overall, this three-day course was an exciting opportunity for neurologists from throughout Europe to come together and learn about the field of Movement Disorders. Prof. Bloem and his staff created a weekend of education and camaraderie that will not soon be forgotten.

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Putting in practice what I have learned at the MDS workshop…from examination to diagnosis and treatment plan…I intend to make some changes in my bedside teaching and I hope that my students will be as enthusiastic as me regarding this area of neurology. – Elena Cecilia Rosca, Timişoara, Romania

The Course Directors would like to thank Roche, Novartis Pharma, Orion Pharma, Abbott Neuroscience, Ipsen Farmaceutica, UCB Pharma, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, and Teva Nederland for their support of this course.