The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in countless ways. In response to these unprecedented times the MDS leaders are working together on education continuity plans so we can continue supporting you with relevant and timely resources. We are currently working with course directors to explore opportunities for virtual education in the upcoming weeks and months.
During this time we continue to work on other strategic initiatives. At the beginning of the year, regional strategic action plans were developed. The MDS Officers found three opportunities to harmonize between the Regional Sections and other related groups in creating web-based learning for Allied Health Professionals (focusing on non-English education), increase collaboration with Basic Scientists (creating an MDS Special Interest Group) and collaborating with strategic societies at the MDS International Congress and Regional Congresses. MDS leaders will work together in accomplishing these goals while MDS-AOS continues its efforts on additional strategic action plans.
- Develop thoughtful movement disorders education that will lead to increased knowledge, skills and management, leading to better patient care and an increased understanding of the mechanisms of movement disorders
- Analyze the MDS-AOS Educational Needs Assessment Survey to design educational programs to meet your needs
- Retain, strengthen and increase membership in the region
- Collaborate with other Societies – targeting regional and local movement disorder /neurological /medical groups with overlapping goals to build strategic partnerships;
- Leverage the MDS Roadmap as a unique educational resource that could be accessed by other societies in need of such education.
If there is anything we can do to support you during this time please do not hesitate to reach out to the MDS Secretariat to share your thoughts and provide feedback.
Roongroj Bhidayasiri, MD, FRCP, FRCPI
Chair, MDS Asian and Oceanian Section