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        VOLUME 28, ISSUE 2 • JUNE 2024.  Full issue »

“Accreditation with Commendation”:  A distinguished achievement for MDS education 

It is with great pleasure we announce that on March 25, 2024, MDS received “Accreditation with Commendation” through March of 2030 after its recent survey with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  

The efforts the CME committee — previously chaired by Dr. Veronica Santini (currently chaired by Dr. Harini Sarva), and aided by Assistant Director of Education Kate Rudolph, Director of Education Annette Schott, and Program Manager Eric Johnson — have been exemplary in ensuring that the main Interntional Congress along with all courses provided by the Society were not only diverse in terms of reach, formatting, and content, but most importantly, free of commercial bias.   

This designation has placed the Society at the highest tier of all CME providers, as it has demonstrated compliance with core ACCME criteria including identifying educational needs, designing activities to change competence, performance or patient outcomes, and establishing appropriate formats to ensure learning objectives have been met. In addition, MDS demonstrated compliance with eight additional criteria. These additional criteria include promoting teams-based education, addressing public health priorities, and enhancing practical skills. In collaboration with the central and regional Education Committees and the Congress Scientific Programming Committee, MDS has succeeded in establishing interprofessional collaborative practice, creating behavioral change, leveraging technology to enhance learning, and demonstrating the positive effects of its educational activities for both providers and patients.   

Over the past four years, MDS accredited 118 activities, offering diverse learning experiences to trainees, advanced practice professionals, and movement disorders faculty. By offering programs like Train the Trainer and the Schools for Young Neurologists, MDS has not only engaged residents interested in movement disorders, but has also demonstrated its goal of mentoring faculty and allied health professionals in areas with a dearth of movement disorders specialists, but in great need of care.   

As we look forward to this six-year term, the CME Committee will continue to work with Society leaders including the MDS Education Committee, Regional Education Committees, and the Congress Scientific Program Committee to provide varied and easily accessible educational resources to all of its members.   


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