Basic Movement Disorders Course
Ho Chi Minh City

Drs Le Minh, Roongroj Bhidayasiri and Ruey-Meei Wu. The University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City and its Teaching Hospital, University Medical Center, would like to thank the International Parkinson and  Movement Disorder Society (MDS) for their support of The Basic Movement Disorders Course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 21, 2013.

This event was the first held in Vietnam of the MDS-AOS Developing World Education Program and it helped to train the local physicians on the current issues of movement disorders. This course was co-sponsored and hosted by the University Medical Center-University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City.

One hundred and seventy-one physicians, including neurologist, neurosurgeons, neuropediatricians, geriatricians, psychiatrists and family medicine physicians from Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, and many provinces of the Mekong Delta registered for this full-day course. The main topics included the current issues in movement disorders that physicians commonly face in their daily clinical practice.

The faculty included two well-known specialists on movement disorders of Asia, Prof. Ruey-Meei (Robin) Wu from Taiwan and Prof. Roongroj Bhidayasiri from Thailand, as well as three lecturers from Vietnam including Dr. Le Minh, Dr. Nguyen Thi Hung and Dr. Nguyen Huu Cong.

The registration packets included the Course Program, the MDS Movement Disorders Syllabus in English with Vietnamese translation, the Participant Evaluation Form, the MDS-AOS Educational Needs Survey, the MDS Rating Scale brochure, the MDS-AOS Regional Section Brochure, the 4th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) announcement, and the 2013 Waived dues membership interest form.

The opening session included words of welcome from Dr. Le Minh, as head of the neurology department at the University Medical Center, and from Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri as Secretary of the MDS-AOS. In his welcome speech, Dr. Bhidayasiri emphasized MDS support for the improvement of movement disorders training in the region and highlighted the 4th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC) in Bangkok.

Most participants were highly interested in the course program which included:

  • Etiology and diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (Prof. Ruey-Meei Wu)
  • Phenomenology of movement disorders (Dr. Roongroj Bhidayasiri)
  • Management of Parkinson's disease (Dr. Le Minh)
  • Dystonia (Dr. Nguyen Thi Hung)
  • Tremor (Dr. Nguyen Huu Cong)
  • Choreo-athetosis and ballism (Dr. Le Minh).

Dr. Bhidayasiri’s lecture included many amazing video-clips of different types of movement disorders and was particularly greatly appreciated by the audience.

At the closing session, Dr. Le Minh underlined the necessity to continue holding similar Basic Movement Disorders courses in other regions of Vietnam in order to address the need of the Vietnamese physicians in the field of movement disorders as well as to improve the quality of care of patients.