MDS LEAP Program


MDS Staff Liaison: Annette Schott

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.


Applications for the LEAP Class of 2019 Are Now Closed

Application submission closed December 31, 2018.

Decision letters will be provided to applicants in early March 2019.

Applications received for the Class of 2019 will be evaluated by the criteria outlined here.  

About the MDS LEAP Program

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 the 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.  


Questions regarding the MDS LEAP Program can be directed to


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