MDS-PAS School for Young Neurologists - Mexico City: Course Report

MDS-PAS School for Young Neurologists

November 26-28, 2015 – Mexico, City, Mexico

The atmosphere of the course was highly dedicated to education with a cultural warmth that led to networking opportunities and creation of friendships that will last into the future.

Contributed by: Mayela Rodríguez, MD, MSc Professor of Neurology and Movement Disorders
Minerva López, MD President of the Mexican Academy of Neurology
Mexico City, Mexico

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The 5th MDS - Pan American Section School for Young Neurologists was held at the Instituto Nacional de Neurología y Neurocirugía in Mexico City, Mexico, under the direction of course Co-Directors, Dra. Mayela Rodriguez and Dra. Minerva Lopez.

The course was attended by 44 selected participants from: Argentina (1), Chile (1), Colombia (4), the Dominican Republic (5), Guatemala (1), Mexico (28), Peru (3) and USA (1). The participants were selected from a pool of 57 competitive applicants.

The participants were enthusiastic young neurologists interested in training in the field of Movement Disorders, as well as those who already have some experience in Movement Disorders. The course was taught by an exceptional MDS-PAS international faculty of senior Movement Disorders specialists.

The course format included several interactive educational experiences in large and small groups, large lectures with panel discussions including time for questions and answers, small group student presentations and case discussions, and small group “patient rounds” with movement disorders patients led by course faculty. The course topics focused on hypo- and hyperkinetic disorders as well as simple and complex patient management issues.

The afternoon of day two consisted of “Bring your Own Case” small group presentations where each participant presented their own video case of a patient with a known diagnosis. The case presentations were analyzed by faculty advisors that led to group discussion. The faculty advisors of each group selected their best case presentation. On day three, the selected participants of each group presented their case to the entire group where the top three presentations were selected by the entire group, participants and faculty alike.

Although the main aim of the of “Bring your Own Case” exercise is educational, MDS provided a grant to enable the author of the top presentation to receive a complimentary registration to the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, to be held June 19 - 23, 2016, in Berlin, Germany. The second and third place winners received complimentary basic membership to the Academia Mexicana de Neurología, A.C.

Congratulations/Felicidades a:
  • 1st place was awarded to Christian Perez Lohman, MD from Mexico
  • 2nd place was awarded to Natalia Ospina, MD from Colombia
  • 3rd place was awarded to Carlos Eduardo Martínez Cortés from Mexico

A few weeks after the course, the MDS Secretariat was contacted by one of the participants who requested the contact information of Dr. Perez Lohman. Dr. Lohman had presented an unusual video case which was similar to that of ther person who contacted MDS. A moment like this offers confirmation that our educational activities are providing networking opportunities that lead to better patient care.

Thank you, muchas gracias, to everyone’s dedication and support in making this course a success!

Course Co-Directors

Minerva López Ruíz, MD and Mayela Rodríguez-Violante MD, MSc
International Faculty

Tomoko Arakaki, MD, Francisco Cardoso, MD, PhD, FAAN, Pedro Chaná, MD, Irene Litvan, MD, Marcos Serrano-Dueñas, MD, MSc, Roberto J. Weiser, MD

Local Faculty

Hector A. González-Usigli, MD, Roberto Leal Ortega, MD, Hector Rubén Martínez Hernández, MD, Elisa Otero, MD, Ulises Rodríguez Ortíz, MD, Carlos Zuñiga Ramírez, MD, MSc

A special thank you to the fellows and administrative coordinators at the Instituto Nacional de Neurología y Neurocirugía and the Academia Mexicana de Neurología, A.C. for their unwavering support of this educational activity: Karina Cruz Santillán, Esmeralda Flores, Connie Murguía, Viviana Robles, Ana Lisette Bazán, Alonso Alvarado and Adib Jorge de Saráchag.