Nominations sought for MDS Website Co-Editor

August 2019

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society’s (MDS) Editorial Search Committee is soliciting nominations for one position of Website Co-Editor. The Co-Editor will serve a 3-year term (renewable once).

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society’s Website was designed to serve as a resource for health-professional audiences to disseminate information on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of movement disorders. The site was last reformatted in 2019 and currently attracts an average of 66,416 visits each month and 167,237 page views.  The Society’s social media communities are growing as well, which is a strong indicator of the interest MDS has generated among young neurologists worldwide.

As the Internet is increasingly being utilized as a source of medical information by patients, providers, and industry partners, the Society plans to continue the development of its award-winning Website. Three website co-editors will be instrumental in helping the Society continue its collaborative effort to educate medical professionals and increase the Society’s membership.

Duties and Responsibilities of Website Editor

The Website Editor will work together with the existing MDS Website Co-Editors (Brandon Barton, MD, MS and Santiago Perez Lloret, MD, PhD) and is responsible for development of existing website content, new initiatives, and oversight of the Web Editorial Board.  Editors will work with the following editors: Movement Disorders, Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, and the Moving Along newsletter, to ensure consistency of the content available on the MDS Website and other official sources of MDS-related source information.

Candidates for the position of Website editor should have innovative ideas, be computer literate, have an interest in new technologies and social media, and have an ability to develop with others a vision for the website and implement that vision. Candidates should have adequate time available to commit to the duties as Website Editor, including weekly teleconferences (30-60 minutes) and emails, quarterly Web Editorial Board teleconferences and the annual Web Editorial Board meeting at the International Congress.  

The activities of the editor vary according to new objectives and maintenance of previous online materials.  Editors will review and approve new materials containing general and scientific content for placement online. “New” materials are defined as materials that have not been otherwise published by the Society in other formats or venues. The Society’s Website Manager will coordinate with other committees and sources to generate drafts of new content and the website co-editor will review and approve or amend the drafts.  Editors play an integral role in the development and launch of general and scientific content for the Society’s website, such as suggesting and solicit “Feature Articles” from the medical community i.e., a topic about movement disorders that has recent prominence in the news media and that would be of interest to MDS members.  They may guide content updates which could be developed by executive office staff or other Society committees.  The Editors will interface with the social media staff to disseminate information through social media more effectively.  Ideas for new initiatives and development are welcome.

Candidates should not hold positions that conflict or compete with those of the editorship. The Website Editor also will be required to sign and adhere to the MDS Code of Conduct agreement.  Each website co-editor will receive an annual stipend and the Society holds liability insurance to provide coverage to volunteers of the organization.

Submission of Nominations

Nominations for MDS Website Co-Editor should include a statement of the nominee’s qualifications, relevant experience, a CV, and a list of references. Nominations must be submitted by September 13, 2019 in order to receive full consideration. Nominations will be carefully reviewed by the MDS Editorial Search Committee and Officers. After this review, only those individuals who are felt to be strong potential candidates for the positions will be contacted and asked to submit their plans and strategic vision for the website for further consideration.

Nominations should be submitted to:

MDS International Secretariat
555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823 USA
TEL: +1 414-276-2145
FAX: +1 414-276-3349
E-mail: info@movementdisorders.org

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