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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Training Materials for Clinical Outcome Assessments

Learn about the use of each scale, see examples of a rater administering the test to patients, and view examples of the rating items. 

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MDS Members receive special rates on trainings, including free certification for educational and personal use.  

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Access to this material is provided to individuals for personal educational purposes only. Clinical trials and investigator-initiated studies must obtain prior written permission from MDS to use this material. If you are a clinical trial representative or a rater in a clinical trial or study, please reach out to for access.

Certificate Programs

The Training & Certificate Programs for MDS scales include an examination, which will grant you a Certificate of Completion once you earn a passing score. Case exercises are also included to test your ability to administer the scales.


MDS-UPDRS: MDS-Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale Certificate Program

Certificate program or video-only training

Covers the four parts of the scale with visual and verbal instructions for uniform application, and a full patient examination for Part III (motor examination).

The scoring portion of the MDS-UPDRS exam is available in multiple languages.

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UDysRS: Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale Certificate Program

Certificate program or video-only training

Learn to administer this scale that captures the essential features of dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease. 

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MDS-NMS: MDS Non-Motor Rating Scale Certificate Program 

Certificate program

Learn to use of the MDS-NMS at the scale, subscale, domain, and symptom level, including case exercises to test your ability to administer the scale.

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Non-Certificate Video Trainings

These on-demand video modules are available for personal educational purposes. Special reduced rates are available to MDS members.


MDS-Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale Training

You can view the teaching materials for the MDS-UPDRS without registering for the full certification program.  The non-certification version includes the full patient examination for Part III (motor examination).

Duration: approximately 2 hours

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(Non-certificate version) 

There is also a separate certificate program for this scale. 

Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale Training

This teaching program provides guidelines and rating examples of the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale, a new scale used for evaluating Parkinson's disease. 

Duration: approximately 1 hour

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(Non-certificate version) 

There is also a separate certificate program for this scale. 

UPDRS (Original Scale):
Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale Training

Motor Section (Part III)

This video demonstrates the different categories of the motor section of the UPDRS, with verbal and visual examples of scoring in each category.

Duration: approximately 1 hour

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Activities of Daily Living Scale (UPDRS Part II)

This video provides suggestions on the application and interview techniques for Part II of the UPDRS with patient examples and guidelines for raters.

Duration: approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes

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Rush Dyskinesia Rating Scale Training

Guidelines and rating examples of the RDRS, a scale widely used for evaluating dyskinesias in Parkinson's disease.

Duration: approximately 30 minutes

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Toronto-Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale Training

This training video demonstrates the 10 categories in the TWSTRS scale, with verbal and visual examples of scoring in each category.

Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes

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Training on Motor Fluctuation Diaries in Parkinson's Disease

This instructional video demonstrates the 3 states of Parkinson's disease — off, on, and on with dyskinesia — with the intent to assist patients in the completion of their motor fluctuation diaries.  

Duration: Approximately 15 minutes

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