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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
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MDS-PAS 6th Annual Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents

Lectures and associated resources available Wednesday October 20, 2021
Live Virtual Interactive Sessions November 6, 2021



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


Course Directors

Tanya Simuni, MD, FAAN; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Chicago, IL, USA
Oscar S. Gershanik, MD; Institute of Neuroscience; Buenos Aires, Argentina


Jennifer Adrissi, MD; Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center; Chicago, IL, USA
Danny Bega, MD; Northwestern University; Chicago, IL, USA
Jennifer R. L. Friedman, MD; University of California San Diego; San Diego, CA, USA
Steven J. Frucht, MD; NYU Langone; New York, NY, USA
Jennifer G. Goldman, MD, MS; Shirley Ryan Abilitylab; Chicago, IL, USA
Kathrin LaFaver, MD; Northwestern University; Chicago, IL, USA
Tiago A. Mestre, MD, MSc; University of Ottawa; Ottawa, ON , Canada
Maria Cecilia Peralta, MD; CEMIC University Hospital; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nicolás M. Phielipp, MD; University of California Irvine; Irvine, CA, USA
Helio A. G. Teive, MD, PhD; Federal University of Parana; Curitiba, Brazil
Natalie Witek, MD, MS; Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, IL, USA 

Course Description

Led by internationally recognized movement disorder experts, the sixth annual International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society's Pan American Section (MDS-PAS) Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents will be held virtually and offer broad education on movement disorders, the latest research, and potential career paths in the field.

Course topics include Parkinson's disease, Function and Structure of Basal Ganglia, Motor features in early and advanced Parkinson’s disease, Non-motor features in Parkinson’s disease, Botulinum toxin: Science and practical application, Deep brain stimulation: Science and practical application, health care disparities and more.

The program includes examination and discussion with patients who have different types of movement disorders. This is an interactive experience so questions are welcomed.

Students are encouraged to submit their own patient case presentation, prior to the course, to be considered for the video case competition. This session will provide an opportunity for students to hear how the panel of experts evaluate cases.

Recommended Audience

This course is intended for:

  • First to fourth=year general neurology residents who are undecided on a sub-specialty
  • Fourth year medical students
  • Nurse practitioners and other health care professional trainees interested in learning about movement disorders
  • Those who reside within the MDS-Pan American Section that includes USA, Canada, Mexico, Central/South America and the Caribbean
Learning Objectives 
  1. Identify a patient with a movement disorder

  2. Recognize a diagnosis on straightforward movement disorders case

  3. Propose a differential diagnosis on more complex movement disorders patients

  4. Summarize a movement disorders case history

  5. Design, review and modify a patient treatment plan

Application Based Course

Those who qualify are required to submit the online application.

Ineligibility criteria - Do not apply if you:

  • 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 and the Caribbean

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  Submit Patient Video Case for the Presentation Competition (Residents School 2021)

Submission for this competition is optional.    

SESSION GOAL: Allow participants to observe how a panel of experts approach challenging or complex patient cases.  

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 or the PAS Congress, when we return to in-person meetings. 

Cases submitted must have a known diagnosis or they will not be considered. 


  1. Use of the provided PowerPoint template is required 
  2. Presentations cannot exceed 10 minutes in length  
  3. Cases must have a known diagnosis. This diagnosis is not shared with the audience until the end of the presentation. 
  4. Please submit presentations via AND email to Nilda Toro, 


SLIDE 1:  Introduction statement of why the case is unique or of interest and what is the known diagnosis. This slide is for review purposes only. 

SLIDE 2:  Title of the case (do not use the diagnosis in the title of the case), your full name and name of institution, city, state and country 

SLIDE 3:  Patient history/brief summary of case 

SLIDE 4: Imbedded video cannot exceed 1 minute, 30 seconds in duration  

SLIDE 5: Audience discussion: Phenomenology, Differential diagnosis, Investigations 

SLIDE 6:  Known diagnosis and relevant review of the condition  

SLIDE 7:  Take home lessons 


October 1, 2021  Case Submission Deadline  

October 13, 2021  Submission Acceptances and Declinations emailed 

October 14-31, 2021 Accepted presenters attend a test session with course directors 

November 6, 2021  Case presentations  

Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted 

Patient Identifiable Material and Consent 

The author(s) of the Work agrees and acknowledges that the use of patient information in the Work may impose certain legal requirements and that the author(s) has consulted with a legal advisor regarding such use. The author(s) hereby warrants and represents that the Release contemplated in this Agreement fully complies with all applicable national, state and federal laws, rules or regulations relating to patient information, including, without limitation, if applicable, the specific requirements of the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) [1].