Regional Sections Course Reports

The Basic Movement Disorders Course - Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Basic Movement Disorders Course - Chiang Mai, Thailand

February 8, 2013

Although the Planning Committee for the Basic Movement Disorder Course expected about 100 participants, 230 health professionals registered for the one-day course at the Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital on 8 February 2013. The day was structured around the core syllabus of MDS to cover the basic issues faced by medical doctors as they respond to the needs of their patients with unusual and pathological patterns of movement disorders.

Fortunately, the Planning Committee was prepared for success and 200 registration packetswere available for distribution. The registration packets included: The Program; The MDS Basic Movement Disorders Syllabus; The Post Meeting Evaluation Form; The  Educational Needs Survey of the Movement Disorder Society – Asian and Oceanian Section; the Thai PD MDS membership registration form, The MDS brochure; The AOS Ed Needs Assessment Survey Template; A compact disk, “Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Parkinson’s Disease”; the Program-at-a-glance of the 17th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement disorders in Sydney, Australia, 16-20 June, 2013; a Knowledge of PD Survey and a pen and notebook.

The Opening Session included words of welcome from Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri as the president of the Thai PD MDS, Dr. Nima Asgari-Jirhandeh of the World Health Organization, a co-sponsor, Dr. Ruey-Meei Wu as the chair of the AOS-MDS executive committee, and Dr. Siwaporn Chankrachang on behalf of the local host. In addition to presentations by experts in their respective areas of specialty from Thailand, those attending heard presentations by Dr. Ruey-Meei Wu of Taiwan on the Etiology and Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease and by Dr. Louis C.S. Tan from Singapore on Tremor. Each of the eight presentations was followed by a question-and-answer period which proved to be lively features of the day and demonstrated the high level of interest in the topics.

The highlight of the day for many was the VDO Movement Disorder Quiz which presented a video of a typical patient with a specific movement disorder and a range of options from which to select the correct diagnosis. The responses indicated a high level of awareness of the diagnostic criteria and the complexity of achieving an accurate differential diagnosis.

This was a significant event for several reasons: It was the first regional training event that focused exclusively on movement disorders. The 215 participants from Thailand were joined by 6 doctors from Myanmar and 9 from Lao P.D.R., making this a truly regional event. The level of interest demonstrated by the unexpectedly high attendance and active participation in the meeting encouraged planning for the development of a regional network of medical staff interested in additional training resources on movement disorders. So this meeting has the potential to become the beginning of an on-going regional effort to improve the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders. As part of this strategy, copies of Movement Disorders: A Video Atlas were distributed as a resource for continuing education and a survey was conducted to assess areas of particular interest for future training initiatives.

At the conclusion of the course, Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri, President of the Thai Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society noted that this one-day course was the beginning of a regional network of movement disorder clinicians and helped prepare for the Asia and Oceania Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) to be held in Thailand in 2014.

Prepared by: Roongroj Bhidayasiri, MD, FRCP.
President, Thai Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Society