MDS-PAS Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents

The MDS-PAS Movement Disorder School for Neurology Residents was supported by a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).

With a goal of inspiring neurology residents to consider specializing in the field of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders, the MDS-PAS Movement Disorder School for Neurology Residents was developed. With a generous grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation, 72 pre-selected neurology residents from around the country attended the school, gratis. The unwavering dedication of the course co-directors, Dr. Stewart Factor, Dr. David Standaert, and Dr. Kapil Sethi, and an astute course faculty led to a very successful educational experience for the participants.

(At left) Rachel M. Dolhun, MD, Vice President, Medical Communications with the MJFF, spoke to the students about the importance of having more specialists in the field of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders.

Educational Format

The school offered a variety of educational formats to accommodate multiple learning styles and to complement the content being presented. Large lectures were punctuated with designated question and answer periods to ensure the delivery of the content was effective and learners were able to acquire the intended knowledge. Lecture topics focused on Parkinson disease, ataxia, hyperkinetic disorders, sleep in movement disorders, pediatric movement disorders, and surgical approaches to movement disorders.


"The lectures were extremely relevant to resident education. Very well covered."
"The enthusiasm of all the faculty demonstrated their passion towards movement disorders!"

Patient Rounds

Students received in-depth instruction from internationally-recognized Movement Disorders experts and were able to participant in patient rounds with the opportunity to experience live consultations in the areas of Parkinson’s disease-LLRK2, Parkinson’s disease-DBS, atypical parkinsonism, Huntington’s disease, and dystonia.

"The patient rounds was my favorite part of the course. Especially appreciated having family members' opinions. This was a great part of the course to reinforce what has been taught. Very useful to observe a movement disorder exam by experts in the field. Excellent, essential part of the course!"

Video Session Competition

Students were encouraged to submit their own case-study videos to present to the entire group for discussion, critique and selection of the best case presentation. The winner of the case-study video presentation was Dr. Ka Loong (Kelvin) Au, from the University of Calgary. Dr. Au was awarded a complimentary registration to attend the 2017 MDS International Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In addition, a panel of experts provided and discussed some of their interesting/rare case-study videos.





"The video session was my favorite part of the conference. It was very helpful to see the panel discuss the videos. I liked how they always started by discussing phenomenology."

Developing a Career in Movement Disorders - A Panel Discussion

The course co-directors presented a panel discussion on their personal experience in choosing the field of Movement Disorders and what that has meant to them in their careers.

"Speakers were open and generous in showing their experience and expertise. I did not know we can make our own fellowship design. It was very helpful for career planning."


Thank you to the MJFF for funding this course and providing a wonderful opportunity for neurology residents to consider Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders as their field of specialty. 

A special thank you to the patients and their caregivers who participated in the course. Your willingness and openness in providing your personal experience can only lead to increase understanding in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders and ultimately improved patient care. We wish you the best!  

To the course faculty: Your dedication and commitment to the field of movement disorders and teaching the next generation permeated the open minds of each student. For that, we thank you.   

Emory University:
Mahlon DeLong, MD, Marian Evatt, MD, Stewart Factor, DO, Alan Freeman, MD, Robert Gross, MD, PhD, Jaime Hatcher-Martin, MD, PhD, Hyder Jinnah, MD, PhD, Jorge Juncos, MD, Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc and Thomas Wichmann, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham:
David Geldmacher, MD, FACP, David Standaert, MD, PhD, Victor Sung, MD, Harrison Walker, MD and Talene Yacoubian, MD, PhD

Georgia Regents University:
Julie Kurek, MD, John Morgan, MD, PhD and Kapil Sethi, MD