1st Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Course for Nurses

1st Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Course for Nurses
1st Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Course for Nurses
São Paulo, Brazil – July 24-26, 2019|

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Course Directors

Henrique Ferraz, MD, PhD, Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP, São Paulo-SP, Brazil
and  Michelle H. S. Tosin, RN, MSN, PhD student, Fluminense Federal University – UFF, Niterói-RJ, Brazil

The 1st Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Course for Nurses takes place July 24-26, 2019, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Course Description

The 1st Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Course for Nurses aims to increase the nurse’s knowledge and to build capacity for comprehensive, interprofessional care in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders (MD). Attendees will experience didactics, small group clinical patient rounds with experts and an opportunity to submit and present a patient case.

The course will also provide:

  • An overview of PD and other MD from medical to social approaches related to the Latin American perspective
  • An update on PD and other MD, including evaluation and management of MD
  • A session on the importance of interdisciplinary management and inter-professional team care
  • Introduce the idea of self-determination of everyday life with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
  • Advocacy for patients living with PD and other MD
  • The different aspects that limit self-determination: eating, communication, sleep, cognitive issues and how different technologies used to improve a better way of living can actually limit daily functions
  • Non-motor manifestations, gait disorders and deep brain stimulation, and a Latin America perspective will also be presented
  • Interdisciplinary management of patients with different levels of severity of PD and other MD utilizing clinical case with discussion
Bring Your Own Patient Video Competition

All participants of the 1st Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Course for Nurses are encouraged to bring a brief presentation and video of an interesting Movement Disorders patient, with a known diagnosis. It will be the participant’s responsibility to bring the case(s) on their personal laptop or tablet to the course.

Instructions for Video Case Presentation

Presentations should be no longer than eight (8) minutes in length, with a maximum five (5) total slides, with the possibility to include a video up to three (3) minutes long.

Please find the required specifications for your presentation below:

  • Patient History – two slides maximum
  • Video (optional) – Three minutes maximum duration
  • Physical examination (phenomenology and clinical problems) – one slide maximum
  • Workup and differential diagnosis - one slide maximum
  • Management - one slide maximum

Selection Process

The faculty members from each small group will select the best presentations. The top five presenters from each small group will present to the entire group on the last day of the course.


All course participants and faculty will vote for their favorite presentation. The best presentation will be announced on the final day of the course.

Although the main goal of this exercise is educational, the case study that best represents the clinical reasoning of nurses in the interprofessional care of persons with Parkinson’s Disease or other Movement Disorders will win a complimentary registration to attend the 3rd Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress; Miami, FL, USA; February 14-16, 2020.

Patient Consent

The author(s) of the Work hereby represents and confirms that he/she has obtained the written consent of any and all patient(s) featured or who are otherwise identifiable or used in the Work to such feature, identification or other use therein and that said consent fully complies with all applicable legal requirements relating to the use of said such patient identifiable material, including, without limitation, if applicable, the specific requirements of the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA")

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the clinical presentation, management and progression of Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders;
  • Identify and explain the role of the nurses in the management of both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders;
  • Identify and differentiate between pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments in Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders for the four stages of the disease trajectory emphasizing the role of the nurses in these different contexts of palliative care;
  • Describe the unique and complementary role of each discipline in a multidisciplinary care for Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders;
  • Define and discuss caregiver burden and strategies to alleviate caregiver stress
Recommended Audience

The course is intended for nurses, with or without experience with the management of Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders and who are interested in further education, collaboration and specialization.

Course Language

The course will be presented in Portuguese with some lectures in Spanish and English, as noted in the program (*). Translation services will be provided from Portuguese to Spanish. English translation will not be provided.


Conselho Regional de Enfermagem de São Paulo – COREN-SP (Regional Council of Nurses of
São Paulo – COREN-SP)

Alameda Ribeirão Preto, 82
Bela Vista – São Paulo – SP, 01331-000


MDS is able to provide participants with a Letter of Support and any course-related documentation needed to assist in obtaining a visa. Please note that MDS is unable to contact the Embassy on your behalf. It is the responsibility of each participant to make the necessary arrangements related to this process. However, if the official handling your application needs further clarification, please email education@movementdisorders.org.


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