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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

MDS Leap

LEAP Leadership Program

Prestigious mentorship and training for up-and-coming leaders in the field of movement disorders.

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2024 LEAP Basics applications have closed

  New 2024 format  
MDS LEAP is a prestigious opportunity to develop your skills to prepare for leadership both within the Society and across the field. 

This popular program is now piloting a new, expanded 2-part structure to reach more emerging leaders. Candiates must complete the virtual LEAP Basics in order to apply for the in-person LEAP Advanced.

Space is limited; applying early for both sections is highly recommended. 


Candidates must be:

  • An MDS member
  • In good member standing
  • Between the ages of 30-45


LEAP Basics (Virtual)

March 8-9, 2024  |  06:00-08:30 CT
Live online

100 participants will learn the foundational theories behind the behaviors that build different leadership practices, interact with a panel of MDS leaders, and complete a course on the history and organization of MDS. 

Applications have closed.

LEAP Advanced (In Person) 

September 26, 2024 - Prior to International Congress 
Philadelphia, PA, USA

For graduates of LEAP Basics only
If you complete the LEAP Basics course, you will be invited to apply for LEAP Advanced, which will be a one-day, in-person course immediately prior to the International Congress in Philadelphia. 20 participants will learn how to apply the leadership theories they learned during LEAP Basics into their professional lives and everyday practice. 

A limited number of travel grants will be available to accepted candidates.


— Elie Matar

“This year-long program teaches you vital leadership skills, introduces you to a community of practice and teaches you lifelong skills that I will use for the rest of my career.” 


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