Pan American School for Young Neurologists
October 28-30, 2011
The first Pan American School for Young Neurologists was held in São Paulo, Brazil from October 28-30, 2011. Thirty student delegates from Brazil and 9 others from across South America participated in the program which was modeled on the MDS-European Section's Summer School for Young Neurologists. The program was directed by Francisco Cardoso (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Carlos Rieder (Porto Alegre, Brazil). Another 10 faculty members agreed to deliver lectures (in Portuguese, English and Spanish) and run patient examination sessions throughout the program; Egberto Barbosa (São Paulo University), Orlando Barsottini (Federal University of São Paulo), Vanderci Borges (Federal University of São Paulo), William Fernandez (National University of Colombia), Henrique Ferraz (Federal University of São Paulo), Emilia Gatto (Sanatorio Trinidad Mitre), Monica Santoro Haddad (University of São Paulo), Jorge L. Juncos (Emory University), João Carlos Papaterra Limongi (University of São Paulo) and Helio Teive (Federal University of Parana).
Pictured (left to right), Dr. Carlos Rieder, Dr. Vanderci Borges, Helio Teive, Dr. Henrique Ferraz, Dr. João Carlos Papaterra Limongi, Prof. Francisco Cardoso, Dr. Orlando Barsottini, Dr. Monica Haddad, Dr. William Fernandez, Dr. Jorge Juncos
The first day of the program focused on hypokinetic disturbances and the second day, on hyperkinetic disturbances, both in the morning plenary lecture sessions and in the afternoon patient examination sessions. The patients for the afternoon case studies were selected from São Paulo University and the Federal University of São Paulo, where the examinations were held. Fellows from these two facilities aided the patients throughout the examinations and provided clinical case-study information for the students each day. Students prepared PowerPoint presentations of case studies and videos which they presented in small groups during the second day of the program. These presentations were meant to encourage discussion of various movement disorders the participants encounter in their own clinics and to receive an expert opinion of their case from the course faculty.
The second day ended with a dinner sponsored by Roche, during which participants were encouraged to network with the faculty and their fellow colleagues. The Pan American School for Young Neurologists concluded the following day with lectures on patient investigation and management issues and a panel discussion.
Overwhelmingly positive feedback was given by students and faculty alike. Thank you to all for making the first Pan American School for Young Neurologists such a success!
Prof. Francisco Cardoso and students from the Pan American School for Young Neurologists
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