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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

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Serve the Society by helping manage education, scientific advancement, communications and other key functions. 

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2023-2025 term applications are closed

Are you interested in serving on an MDS Committee?

Volunteer to serve on one of 19 committees with open positions for the 2023-2025 term. Apply to serve the Society by helping oversee education, scientific advancement, communications and other key functions within the organization.

Application Process

1. Review the open committees to determine which position(s) you would like to apply for
2. Complete the committee interest form
3. Your application will be reviewed based on the number of available spaces on the committee, your previous participation with the Society, and member diversity (age, gender, location).

MDS will contact all applicants about committee selections in July.

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To preserve and log important documents and materials pertaining to the history and activities of the Society.

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To review and administer awards and grants sponsored by the Society, to develop and implement clear selection criteria for these, and to propose future awards and grants.

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To draft changes to the MDS Bylaws and to review bylaws of Movement Disorder sections in national neurological societies to ensure compliance with that of MDS.

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  Clinical Outcomes Assessments

To support the Society’s efforts and management of MDS-owned clinical outcomes assessments (COAs). All COA activities are managed under the MDS Clinical Outcomes Assessments Program (previously known as the MDS Rating Scales Program) including assessment licensing, translation, marketing, education and training, and new assessment development. The MDS COA Program is accepting interest forms for the following committees:

  • Clinical Outcomes Assessment Education and Training Committee: Identifies the need for education and training for MDS-owned assessments. Provides recommendations for the development of new educational and training programs. 
  • Clinical Outcomes Assessment Electronic Development Committee: provides guidance on electronic assessment tools and electronic implementation of rating scales. Establishes standards and guidelines for electronic scale development and electronic assessment tools.
  • Clinical Outcomes Assessment Scientific Evaluation Committee: Serves as a resource and evaluation committee for clinical assessment tool development proposals. Tasked with setting standards and guidelines for the development and validation/methodology of assessment tools across multiple modalities. Conducts systematic reviews of rating scales used within the Movement Disorders community.

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  Continuing Medical Education (CME)

To review and as appropriate, assign AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to individual educational activities in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support and Accreditation Criteria; develop and monitor educational outcome measures for overall CME program; regularly evaluate the level to which the CME program is achieving the CME mission; monitor and as appropriate respond to changes in the CME industry; and, review and revise the self-study document as part of the reaccreditation process.

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  Communications Oversight (COC)

The Communications Oversight Committee oversees MDS communication channels and editorial boards (Website Editors, Podcast Editors, Moving Along Editors, Social Media Editors), makes recommendations on social media and communication policies, monitors analytics and establishes a content calendar to provide focus and alignment for MDS communications.

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To build a continuous, free-standing, education program to support physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world in their treatment of patients living with Movement Disorders; guide the International Executive Committee (IEC) in activities related to educating the professional and lay public on various aspects of Movement Disorders; and develop educational programs and enduring materials on Movement Disorders.

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  Evidence-Based Medicine

To develop and publish Evidence Based Medicine reviews on treatments for movement disorders.

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  Regional Education

(Open positions for all four regions: African, Asian & Oceanian, European, Pan American): To develop and deliver innovative education specifically targeted for the Regional Sections.

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  Middle East Working Group (MEWG)

The MEWG serves as a forum for discussion of movement disorder topics of interest for Middle East members and to direct education efforts when assigned by the AOS Leadership. Its membership is appointed by the MDS President and MDS-AOS Chair.

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  Publications Oversight

The purpose and primary responsibility of the Publications Oversight Committee is to oversee the activities of the journals, the newsletter and website.

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  Scientific Issues

To prepare statements on scientific and ethical issues related to Movement Disorders, as well as review those prepared by others on behalf of the Society, and analyze new and existing treatments and make recommendations regarding their role in the treatment of patients with Movement Disorders.

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  Website Editorial Board

To oversee the efficient dissemination of information about the initiatives and activities of MDS that will encourage people to browse and utilize the website.

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  Young Members Group Steering Committee

To support and expand the network of outstanding young neurologists, basic scientists and other allied health care providers who have an interest in the field of Movement Disorders. The focus will be on advancing collaborations amongst young members and focus on educational activities and training.

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