How to Become a Successful Movement Disorder Specialist
Organized and Presented by Prof. Claudia Trenkwalder
2017 MDS Congress – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Individuals interested in pursuing a career in Movement Disorders are encouraged to review the presentation given during the 2017 MDS Congress in Vancouver, BC, Canada by Prof. Claudia Trenkwalder, MDS President-Elect and Professor of Neurology at Paracelsus Elena Klinik (Kassel Area, Germany).
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Impact of MDS Schools for Young Neurologist Careers, MDS-YMG Paper
Authors: Thiago Cardoso Vale, MD, Msc; Santiago Perez-Lloret, MD, PhD; Margherita Fabbri, MD; Tiago Teodoro, MD, PhD; Tomás de la Riesta, MD; Sergio A. Rodriguez-Quiroga, MD; Miryam Carecchio, MD; Joaquim J Ferreira, MD, PhD; Wassilos Meissner, MD, PhD; Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD.
Background: The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) Schools for Young Neurologists have been held since 2008 for young clinicians with a special interest in the field of movement disorders (MD).
Objective: To evaluate the participants’ perception of the impact of these courses on their careers.
Methods: A web-based survey was performed. All participants from previous MDS Schools for Young Neurologists (2008-2014) were invited to participate in a webbased questionnaire.
Results: A total of 283 out of 650 (43.5%) participants completed the survey.
Almost 80% considered that the course had a direct impact on their involvement in the MD field. Of the 75 participants who had completed residency at the time of the survey, the number of those who are working as MD specialists increased from 34 (43.3%) at the time of the school to 72 (96%) at the moment of the survey. Accordingly, the proportion with at least 25% of their weekly time spent practicing MD increased from 48.7% to 70% and MD was the main area of interest for 77.2%. Involvement in academic and teaching activities in MD increased from 48.6% up to 92.7%. Finally, 39.6% of participants were members of the MDS at the time of the course and that number increased to 87.4% at the time of the survey.
Conclusions: Clinicians with a special interest in MD reported a significant impact of attending a MDS School for Young Neurologists. Following completion of the schools, they have continued to be involved in the field by joining MDS, becoming MD specialists and engaging in specialized academic and teaching activities.
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