Course Report: MDS-PAS Summer School for Young Neurologists

Contributed by Dr. Pedro Chaná
Director of CETRAM
Santiago, Chile

May 2013

ClassroomThe 2nd MDS Pan American Section School for Young Neurologists took place April 5-7, 2013 in Santiago, Chile. The course was organized by MDS with the strong support of the Chilean organization Centro de Trastornos del Movimiento (CETRAM), a non-government organization that works in conjunction with associations of Chilean patients.

This successful event was attended by 40 young neurologists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. The participants were selected from over 70 applicants to the course.

The activities were carried out in an atmosphere of camaraderie and hard work, with a format that included lectures held in the morning and practical demonstrations with patients in the afternoon, including practical sessions on a psychosocial rehabilitation approach focused on improving the quality of life of patients.

Participants and FacultyThe first day of the conference focused on Parkinson's disease and Parkinsonism with theoretical aspects during the morning and afternoon workshops. The second day it turned towards hyperkinetic disorders with the same schema, adding in the evening a discussion of videos. The third day the students brought their own cases to discuss together. It was organized as a competition in which six groups were formed to discuss the cases of each of its members with the guidance of a faculty member.

Subsequently, the professors selected four cases to be presented to the entire group and a winner was chosen by students and faculty in a secret ballot. The winner of the best case presentation, Dr. Gabriel Persi from Buenos, Aires, Argentina, was awarded free registration for the 18th Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in 2014 in Stockholm.

The faculty consisted of a select group of movement disorders specialists in the Pan American Region:

  • Dr. Rafael Aranguiz,  Santiago, Chile
  • Dr. Francisca Canals, Santiago, Chile
  • Prof. Francisco Cardoso, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Dr. Andres de la Cerda, Santiago, Chile
  • Dr. Jorge Juncos, Atlanta, USA
  • Dr. Carlos Juri, Santiago, Chile
  • Dr. Carolina Kunstmann, Santiago, Chile
  • Dr. Irene Litvan, San Diego, USA
  • Dr. Federico Micheli, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dr. Marcelo Miranda, Santiago, Chile

Practical activities were supported throughout the CETRAM professional management team and coordinated by its director, Ms. Daniela Albuquerque, occupational therapist. This successful event was led by co-directors Dr. Olga Benavides and Dr. Pedro Chaná.

This course was sponsored by an unrestricted grant from the following:

 Ipsen    Allergan   Medtronic