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MDS-ES Continuing Medical Education Course

April 19-20, 2013

Fès, Morocco

Host: Ouafae Messouak, MD, PhD, Fès University

The first teaching course on Movement disorders approved and supported by the MDS was held at the Royal Mirage Hotel on April 19-20, 2013, in Fès, Morocco.  It is an honor to have hosted this course.  The course was a success, with 90 participants in attendance.

The teaching program had a panel of renowned international and national faculty members who shared their expertise. International faculty members included Prof. Pierre Burbaud (Bordeaux), Prof. Olivier Rascol (Toulouse), Prof. Wassilios Meissner (Bordeaux), and Prof. Philip Azulay (Marseille).

The main topics that were spotlighted in this course were dystonia (physiopathology, clinical aspects and treatment) and Parkinson’s disease (epidemiology aspects, motor signs, treatment and non motor signs).   There were also interesting clinical cases and video sessions.

Ultimately, the program was designed to benefit young trainees from different North African countries (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) who aspire to specialize in movement disorders and to update practicing neurologists in this perpetually changing field.

Each participant received valuable teaching materials from the MDS as well.  They included DVDs of the following:

  • The 4th Annual VO Games (June 8, 2011, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Teaching Courses of the 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (Dublin, Ireland, June 17-21, 2012)
  • Themed Sessions of the 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (Dublin, Ireland, June 17-21, 2012)
  • New Therapies for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease workshop (Durham, North Carolina, October 29, 2010)
  • 2 books on botulinum toxin and spasmodic torticollis

Given the success of this course, we hope to see more educational events of this nature in our region of the world.  We also wish to thank all who were involved in bringing this course to fruition.