Virtual Professor Program


The Virtual Professor Program supports the virtual attendance of one or two international experts to an area of need that does not allow for the physical attendance of such experts.

Welcome to the MDS Virtual Professor Program webpage.

The Virtual Professor Program supports the virtual attendance of one or two international experts at an MDS outreach program, MDS live course or other program not sponsored by MDS in alignment with the MDS mission to provide quality educational programming in movement disorders internationally.

A list of qualified MDS designated speakers has been compiled by the MDS Education Committee on the following topics: Parkinson's disease, Atypical Parkinsonism, Dystonia, Botulinum Toxin, Surgical Treatment of MD, Ataxia, Myoclonus, Tics, Drug-induced MD, Psychogenic MD, Genetics and MD, Pediatrics and MD, Metabolic MD, and Basic Science.

Applicants may opt to utilize an MDS designated speaker or select a speaker of their choice.  Sponsored speakers will then, with the support of the program organizer, develop materials relevant and comprehensible to participants and deliver these materials virtually using webinar software. The MDS Secretariat will coordinate the use of the webinar software with the speaker and host, and also provide training to ensure program success.

Applicants from Waived Dues Countries  

If you are applying to host a Virtual Professor Program in a Waived Dues country you qualify for additional benefits. MDS will provide up to $500 USD of support towards technology needed to successfully complete the program in a Waived Dues country only. MDS will also provide Professors that present virtually in a Waived Dues country with an honorarium of $500 USD.

Virtual Professor Program Uses

The Virtual Professor Program can be utilized in conjunction with any outreach or live program or as a standalone program. Uses for the virtual program include but are not limited to:

  • Grand Rounds
  • Single or multiple lectures in locations that are difficult to travel to or have travel warnings
  • Single or multiple lectures as a part of a larger international conference or course
  • Programs or events where a speaker’s schedule or other time restraints may prevent physical attendance
  • Single or multiple lectures in an underserved area without easy access to movement disorder educators
  • Single or multiple lectures at a hospital, university or other location where specialized education on movement disorders is needed
To Apply:

For those interested in utilizing the Virtual Professor Program as part of an outreach or live program, please fill out the Virtual Professor Program sections of the appropriate outreach or live application form (Developing World Education Program, Ambassador Program, and Visiting Professor Program). If you wish to utilize the Virtual Professor Program independently of another live or outreach program, please click the “Download Virtual Professor Program Application” link below.

When you have completed your application, please e-mail as an attachment to Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed by the regional section education committee, Regional Section Executive Committee and MDS Education Committee. The MDS Secretariat will inform you of the results of this review, and provide instructions on how to proceed if it is approved.

MDS Designated Speakers

The MDS Education Committee has compiled a list of qualified speakers available to present on the below topics for the purpose of the Virtual Professor Program.

If you would like an MDS designated speaker to serve as faculty for your event, please specify the appropriate topic in your program application and the MDS secretariat will work to arrange the speaker with you.

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Atypical Parkinsonism
  • Tremor
  • Dystonia
  • Botulinum Toxin
  • Surgical Treatment of MD
  • Ataxia
  • Chorea
  • Myoclonus
  • Tics
  • Drug-induced MD
  • Psychogenic MD
  • Genetics and MD
  • Pediatrics and MD
  • Metabolic MD
  • Basic Science

For more information:

Contact Education