MDS LEAP Program

MDS Leap

Applications for the 2020 LEAP Program are now closed

LEAP Program Purpose:
MDS LEAP was established to provide a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.

New for 2020 – Multiple Program Options
This year, MDS will be offering multiple different programs for leadership education:

  • A new one-day Regional LEAP program to precede the PAS Congress and the ES Summit. A similar program will be announced for AOS later in 2020.
  • The traditional MDS LEAP Program.


About the 2020 LEAP Programs

Program Descriptions


The MDS LEAP Program is an 18-month program encompassing the development of leadership skills through a mentored development and a didactic skills format. The two-day training workshop takes place immediately prior to the MDS International Congress.

MDS provides support to participants for travel and accommodations for the two-day didactic program.

MDS Regional LEAP

The regional LEAP programs (MDS-PAS LEAP and MDS-ES LEAP) are a 1 day programs that provide an introduction to the principles of leadership as outlined in The Leadership Challenge®. These overviews are intended to provide an introduction to principles that increase self-awareness, self-discipline, and confidence and providing a broader perspective on professional development and interaction. A similar regional program will be held in the MDS-AOS region in late 2020.

A limited amount of travel grants will be distributed to accepted participants of the regional LEAP programs.

Program Objectives
  • Facilitate the personal leadership growth and effectiveness of early career movement disorders specialists
  • Enhance the leadership skills of early career movement disorders specialists through education of group leadership principles
  • Promote engagement of early career movement disorders specialists in the leadership in MDS as well as in their own professional environment
  • Integrate early career leaders into appropriate leadership positions within MDS 
Program Eligibility

Eligible candidates must be current members of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS); be in the early stages of career development (ages 30-40), and hold an interest in developing leadership skills and applying these leadership skills to MDS service. 


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