5th Annual MDS-PAS Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents

Newark SNR 2020

Due to the global effects of COVID-19, the 5th Annual MDS-PAS Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents has been postponed to October 10-11, 2020. Additional information regarding the rescheduled program will be available in the coming weeks.
Thank you to The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation for their continued support of this program.

Support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and
The Michael J. Fox Foundation makes this program possible.

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


Course Co-Directors

Steven J. Frucht, MD; Director of Movement Disorders; NYU Langone, New York, NY, USA
Tatyana Simuni, MD, FAAN; Division Head, Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders Center;
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Chicago, IL, USA


Course Description

The 5th MDS-PAS Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents takes place in Newark, NJ, USA March 7-8, 2020.The 5th Annual International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society's Pan American Section (MDS-PAS) Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents offers broad education on movement disorders, the latest research and potential career paths in the field.

Led by internationally recognized movement disorder experts, the program provides lectures, panel discussions, patient examinations and video case studies.

Course topics include Parkinson's disease, tremor, ataxia, functional movement disorders, deep brain stimulation and other treatments, as well as many other topics in movement disorders. See the program for full details.

Bring Your Own Patient Video Presentation Competition

Submission for this competition is optional; however, attendance at the Video Dinner is mandatory and part of the course.   

The goal of this session is for participants to learn from a series of unusual, interesting patient cases and to see how a panel of experts approaches these types of challenging cases. Cases submitted must have a known diagnosis or they will not be considered.

Although the main aim of this exercise is educational, the top presenter will receive a complimentary registration to attend the MDS International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, to be held September 13-17, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.  

Format requirements/guidelines for video case submission:

1. Using the provided template for the PowerPoint presentation is required.

2. Presentations should be no more than 10 minutes in length and must have a known diagnosis, which is explained at the end of the presentation. The goal is to not share the diagnosis with the audience until the end of the presentation.

3. Introduction slide, for reviewer only: Statement of why the case is unique or of interest and what the known diagnosis is.

4. One title slide: title of case (do not use the diagnosis in the title), your full name, name of institution, city, state and country.

5. History/brief summary of case: two slides maximum.

6. Video clip: up to three minutes in duration.

7. Audience discussion of:
     - Phenomenology
     - Differential diagnosis
     - Investigations

8. Presentation of the known diagnosis, and relevant review of the condition. Three slides maximum.

9. Submit your presentation to wetransfer.com (email to Nilda Toro, ntoro@movementdisorders.org).

Review Process

The course director(s) will review and select cases to be presented at the video dinner.  


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

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")…

Important Dates to Note:

February 17, 2020: Deadline to submit a patient video case for consideration

February 24, 2020 - week of: Notification status emailed

March 7, 2020: Meet with course director(s) to review your case (before dinner)

March 7, 2020: Pre-selected cases presented to all attendees and a panel of experts who will compete to make a correct diagnosis

No late or incomplete submissions will be accepted.

Learning Objectives
  • Examine a patient with a movement disorder
  • Reach a diagnosis on straightforward movement disorders cases
  • Propose a differential diagnosis on more complex movement disorders patients
  • Present a movement disorders case history
  • Design, review and modify a patient treatment plan
Recommended Audience
  • This course is intended for first, second and third-year general neurology residents who are undecided on a sub-specialty and interested in learning about movement disorders.
  • Residents in their fourth year may apply, with the awareness that first- to third-year residents will have priority.
  • Only those residing in the MDS Pan American Section, with an emphasis on the United States and Canada, may apply.*

*Accepted participants residing in the United States and Canada will receive complimentary registration, course materials, airfare and venue/hotel accommodations. Accepted participants outside of  the USA or Canada are responsible for a $200 USD registration fee as well as their accommodations and travel expenses.

Grants for Participants from Latin America

There are a limited number of grants for neurology residents residing in Latin America (Central America, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean) to assist with travel expenses to attend the school. Please note that the grant is a reimbursable grant and no funds can be provided before the event.

If your grant request is not approved, we encourage you to attend the school, but you are responsible for course expenses (registration fee $200 USD, airfare/accommodation, and other travel expenses, etc.).

Ineligibility criteria - Do not apply if you:

  • Attended the Movement Disorders Residents School in 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019
  • Have not started a general neurology training program
  • Are matched in a movement disorders fellowship or other type of fellowship program
  • Reside outside of the MDS-Pan American region, which includes USA, Canada, Mexico, Central/South American or the Caribbean
CME Accreditation

This course will not provide Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME).

Course Venue

Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel
1000 Spring St.
Elizabeth, NJ 07201


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 of your application needs further clarification, please contact Allie Oakley, Education Coordinator, at education@movementdisorders.org

Applications are now closed.

  • Notifications Emailed: The week of February 10, 2020
  • Registration Closes: February 21, 2019

Member/Non-Member/Junior/Waived Dues Member:
$200 USD (outside of US/Canada within MDS-PAS, Latin America)

Note: Registration may be cancelled up until 2 weeks before the course, minus a $25 USD cancellation fee.  After this time, the registration fee is nonrefundable.


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*Please note you must also apply in addition to joining the event. 

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