A Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner

The Aspen Course 2021

"The Aspen Course"
A Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner Aspen Course
July 25-29, 2021

The Aspen Course 2021

The tradition of the Aspen Course “As a rite of passage every movement disorder fellow must pass through the Aspen course”

The legend of the Aspen course “Anyone serious about movement disorders has taken the Aspen course at least once.”


Course Directors
Michael S. Okun, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Cynthia Comella, MD, Professor Emeritus, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA

Jennifer Goldman, MD, MS, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
Mark Hallett, MD, International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, Bethesda, MD, USA
Joseph Jankovic, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Course Description
The 2021 “Aspen Course” is the highly successful program originally accredited for CME by Columbia University until transferred to MDS in 2016. The program provides a robust scientific content and interaction with the leaders and innovators of the movement disorders field. 

These opportunities and content makes the Aspen Course a unique opportunity for those early career movement disorders specialists, in particular Movement Disorders Fellows, to advance their knowledge and evaluate their careers through advice from advanced professionals in the field.

The course program will discuss the classification of these disorders, their differential diagnosis, and their treatment. The course curriculum also covers the phenomenology, pathophysiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, genetics, and other aspects of the entire field of Movement Disorders. This material will be presented utilizing didactic lectures and clinical discussion; along with case presentations, video demonstrations and panel discussions.

Recommended Audience
This course is designed for general neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroscientists, neurology residents, Movement Disorders fellows, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians as well as other health professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge of Movement Disorders. 

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and classify parkinsonism, tremor, and other movement disorders
  • Differentiate atypical parkinsonism from Parkinson’s disease
  • Appraise treatment approaches for parkinsonism, dystonia, tremor, chorea, and other movement disorders
  • Evaluate the phenomenology and classification of functional (psychogenic) disorders
  • Formulate and classify gait disorders in parkinsonism, ataxia, and other hypokinetic or hyperkinetic movement disorders

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