Course Report: 4th Annual MDS-PAS Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents

2019 Dallas 4th school for residents

Course Summary

The 4th MDS-PAS Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents, attended by 88 students from North and South America, is an opportunity to learn about movement disorders and to consider specializing in the field. The two-day immersion program includes in-depth instruction from internationally recognized movement disorder experts through lectures, live patient examinations, panel discussions and video case study reviews.  
An interactive learning experience during patient clinical rounds
During the live patient examinations, small groups of attendees talk with and examine six people living with different movement disorders. Course faculty lead conversations between the students and the patient and discuss the patient’s condition.

Prior to the course, residents were encouraged to submit their own video patient case for presentation, review and friendly competition. George Kannarkat (left) with Steven Frucht, MD, course co-directorOut of ten presentations, the winner was George Kannarkat, MD, PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. George presented a case titled “Blowing out a Candle,” showing a patient with cocaine-induced dyskinesia.

As the winner, George receives complimentary registration to either the 3rd Pan American Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress, February 14-16, 2020 in Miami, FL, or the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, September 22-26, 2019 in Nice, France.

Target Audience
  • This course is intended for first, second and third year neurology residents who are undecided on a subspecialty and open to learning about movement disorders
  • Neurology residents in their fourth year who are undecided on a subspecialty may apply, with the understanding that first to third year residents have priority
  • Only those residing in the Pan American Section of MDS, with an emphasis on the United States and Canada, may apply
  • Previous participants of this course are ineligible to attend
Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, residents should be able to:Participants listen to a lecture on movement disorders

  • Examine a patient with a movement disorder
  • Present a movement disorder case history
  • Design, review and modify a patient treatment plan
  • Make a diagnosis on straightforward movement disorder cases
  • Propose a differential diagnosis on complex movement disorder cases
Participant Feedback

At the conclusion of the course, attendees were asked to describe what they will change in their professional or clinical practice and how patients will benefit as a result of their participation in this activity.

A few responses:

“I now have an organized approach to different movement disorders, classifying movements and managing patients who have functional movement disorders.”

“Following this course I feel more confident identifying common movement disorders phenomenology and feel more likely to be able to pick up on red flags and atypical features.”

“My level of knowledge on clinical presentations and management of various movement disorders has improved tremendously. I will now be more prepared to treat movement disorder patients when I see them as a PGY-2 neuro resident.”

“The course solidified my decision to pursue movement disorders.”

After completion of the course, participants were asked to share their thoughts on the panel discussion, “Developing a Career in Movement Disorders.” Select responses:

“It was nice to have the attendings give career advice in such a candid way.”

“Helpful practical information. It was nice to hear about the various facets of movement disorders.”

“Excellent opportunity to have our questions answered from a group of faculty outside our home institutions.”

Course Directors & Faculty

Course Directors

Richard B. Dewey, Jr., MD

Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, Director, Clinical Center for Movement Disorders; University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA

Steven J. Frucht, MD

Director of Movement Disorders; NYU Langone, New York, NY, USA

Course Faculty

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA

  • Shilpa Chitnis, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics 
  • Laura Lacritz, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics
  • Padraig O'Suilleabhain, MD, Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics 
  • Jeff Waugh, MD, PhD, Director, Pediatric Movement Disorders Program, Children’s Health

UT Health, McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX, USA

  • Mya C. Schiess, MD, Professor, Division Chief and Director of Movement Disorders & Neurodegenerative Diseases Clinic and Fellowship Program UT MOVE 
  • Shivika Chandra, MD, Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

  • Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Associate Director, Neurology Residency Program; Director, DBS Program

Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Seattle, WA, USA

  • Pravin Khemani, MD, Movement Disorders Specialist

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

  • Alberto J. Espay, MD, MSc, Professor of Neurology

UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Birmingham, AL, USA

  • Marissa Dean, MD, Assistant Professor

Course Sponsorship

This course was made possible with support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Additional support was provided by Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Lundbeck, Sunovion and Sanofi Genzyme.

While our generous sponsors make our educational offering possible, their support does not influence content, perspective or panelist selection.


We use cookies to give you the best possible experience with our website. These cookies are also used to ensure we show you content that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies to improve your user experience. You can click the cookie settings link on our website to change your cookie settings at any time. Note: The MDS site uses related multiple domains, including and This cookie policy only covers the primary and domain. Please refer to the MDS Privacy Policy for information on how to configure cookies for all other domains on the MDS site.
Cookie PolicyPrivacy Notice