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MDS-PAS Pearls and Pitfalls of Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders

MDS-Africa Mouvements Anormaux (Abnormal Movements) – Presented in French

Lectures and associated resources available August 26, 2021
Live Interactive Components on August 26, 2021 at 11:30-16:40 US CDT



Course Director

Stephen G. Reich, MD - Professor of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA


Melissa Armstrong, MD - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Francisco Cardoso, MD, PhD, FAAN - The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Mark Hallett, MD – NINDS, Bethesda, MD, USA
Rachel Saunders-Pullman, MD, MPH, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY, USA

Course Description

The MDS-PAS Pearls and Pitfalls of Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders course is a half-day virtual course that will be presented live, in real-time, by five internationally renowned movement disorders experts that will share a series of “pithy” pearls and pitfalls on the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, chorea and functional movement disorders. The lectures will also emphasize diagnostic pitfalls leading to a missed or wrongful diagnosis.

The goal of the course is to improve the attendee’s ability to diagnose movement disorders by offering specific pointers that are not easily gleaned from reviewing published diagnostic criteria.

Interactive Components

All lectures will hold a live Q&A session with the experts. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions during the live Q&A session.

Target Audience

This course is intended for residents, fellows, general neurologists, physician extenders, and early career specialists in movement disorders.

Learning Objectives 
  1. Recognize diagnostic features (pearls) as well as potential diagnostic (pitfalls) of the following disorders:
    1. Parkinson’s disease
    2. Dystonia
    3. Dementia with Lewy bodies
    4. Chorea
    5. Functional movement disorders