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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Earn the Career Development Badge

Advance your career with field-specific skills in 5 key domains. 

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How do I balance clinical and research ambitions? Get my abstract accepted? Help my patient understand a functional diagnosis? 

Learn the skills top experts in the field wish they had when they were starting out.

Gain and demonstrate mastery in key skills to earn the MDS Career Development badge, which you can display on digital profiles or your resume/CV. 

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Level up through 5 key domains with practical approaches to:


Gain a next-level understanding of the building blocks of the field. 

Master the foundational skills in movement disorders that will be most impactful on your day-to-day practice. You'll cover both the principles and practical applications for a comprehensive understanding of more than a dozen vital skills, including: 

  • Selecting, implementing, and interpreting statistical tests
  • Editing case videos
  • Navigating ethical issues in case video recording
  • History taking
  • Applying rating scales
  • How to conduct a systematic clinical examination on a variety of patients
  • & more
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How to Examine a Patient 

How to Examine Patients with Hypokinetic Movement Disorders
Eduardo Tolosa

How to Examine Patients with Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders
Sanjay Pandey

How to Examine Pediatric Patients with Movement Disorders
Jennifer Friedman

How to examine: Complex movement disorders (dystonia, chorea, stereotypies, tics)
Robert Jech

How to examine: Paroxysmal movement disorders (including episodic ataxias)
Matej Skorvanek

History Taking and Assessment Tools in Rehabilitation in Parkinson’s Disease
Mariella Graziano

How to Use the MDS-UPDRS and the MDS-NMS
Cristian Falup-Pecurariu, Veronica Santini

How to Create a Video Case

Equipment Needed for Recording, Storage, Review, and Editing of Videos
Brandon Barton

Informed Consent and Ethical Issues with Videotaping
Deborah Hall

Statistics and Data Interpretation

How do I choose the appropriate statistical tests?
Alastair Noyce

How do I interpret statistical tests?
Qiqi Zhang

Principles of systematic review and meta-analysis
Santiago Perez Lloret

Study designs in clinical research
Roy Alcalay

The Role of Wellness and Work Life Balance

Leadership Spotlight Video Series: Interview with Dr. Njideka Okubadejo

Leadership Spotlight Video Series: Interview with Dr. Carolyn Sue

Leadership Spotlight Video Series: Interview with Dr. Claudia Trenkwalder

Leadership Spotlight Video Series: Interview with Dr. Cynthia Comella

Master key skills »

Roopa Rajan

“The course is particularly designed for clinicians and researchers in movement disorders. These are things that have a direct impact on the research that we do.” 


Develop practical methods to interact more effectively.

Refine the skills that will help you convey complex ideas in a concise, understandable way.

Key takeaways include: 

  • Communicate complex diagnoses to patients
  • Initiate a clinical study
  • Write for grants and publications
  • Develop an effective presentation
  • Chair a session at a conference
  • Speak to the media and general public
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Effective Communication Skills 

The Family Perspective: Communication, Support and Information
Jeff Carroll

Effective Writing Skills

How to Initiate a Clinical Study and Prepare Proposals from a Clinician
Yih-Ru Wu

How to Develop an Effective Presentation

The Basis of Effective Communication and Dialogue Among Health Care Professionals
Tomás de la Riestra, Michelle Tosin

How to Chair or Moderate a Session or Meeting

How to Chair a Session
K. Ray Chaudhuri

How to Communicate

How to Communicate a FND Diagnosis
Jon Stone

How to Communicate End of Life Care
Benzi Kluger

How to Communicate Genetic Testing
Christine Klein

How to Communicate the Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease
Nicola Modugno

How to Communicate with Patients About Invasive Therapies
Alfonso Fasano

How to Communicate with the General Public
Kailash Bhatia

Rejection of a Publication: Why and What Comes Next
Jon Stoessl

Improve my communication »


Learn to bring more value to your relationships. 

Mentorship can be of the most important aspects of developing your movement disorder career — if you know how to harness it. 

Challenge your own perceptions about mentorship by examining the theories behind the mentor-mentee relationship more closely. 

You'll even get tools to one day become a successful mentor yourself. 

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How to be a Good Mentor

What Have I Learned From My Career
Christopher Goetz

Mentorship and Advice for Career Development
Augustina Charway-Felli

Experience of MDS Members in Terms of Mentorship
Jennifer Goldmann

How to Choose a Mentor

How Do I Choose a Good Mentor?
Carolyn Sue

Tips and Recommendations on How to Choose a Mentor
Michael Okun

How to be a Good Mentee

Practical Tips Learned From My Mentors
Svjetlana Miocinovic

Rethink mentorship »

Veronica Bruno 

“Mentorship is one of those relationships we assume we know, but it was not until I received training that I learned about the relationship itself. From that day on, I would say that everything changed.” 

  Engagement, Collaboration, and Outreach

Build partnerships that can help you achieve your goals.

Understand how to collaborate amongst peers in ways that can advance both your work and your career. Hear from leading experts about the practical approaches they have used to develop and activate their own networks. You will learn to: 

  • Establish a movement disorders clinic
  • Use telemedicine more efficiently
  • Work more effectively across diverse care teams
  • Balance research and clinical endeavors
  • Develop stronger networks both locally and globally
  • Submit a successful abstract
  • Connect with new opportunities across MDS 
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How to Develop a Movement Disorders Clinic

An integrated telemedicine approach in Parkinson’s disease
Mark Guttman

Setting up your telemedicine clinic
Meredith Spindler, Piu Chan, Njideka Okubadejo

The role of the Parkinson’s Disease Nurse 
Jane Price, Peter Mombasa

Setting up a private practice movement disorders clinic
Mitra Afshari, Victor Fung

Setting up an academic movement disorders clinic
Michael Okun

How to Develop Collaboration and Networks

Comprehensive care delivery model in movement disorders
Jennifer Goldman

How Do I Combine Research and Clinical Activity?
Jose Obeso

Interdisciplinary team models of care in Parkinson’s disease
Jennifer Goldman

The basis of effective communication and dialogue among health care professionals
Tomás de la Riestra, Michelle Tosin

Case-based illustrations with interviews of how to develop collaborations and networks
Wael Mohamed

How Do I Develop Collaborations or Networks Locally / Regionally / Globally?
Yared Zewde, Marina de Koning-Tijssen, Mitra Afshari, Ai Huey Tan

How to Get Involved with MDS

Becoming Congress Faculty: How Congress Sessions are Developed and How to Get Involved
David Burn, Hyder Jinnah

How to Get Involved with MDS
K. Ray Chaudhuri, Terence Sanger

How to Submit a Successful MDS Congress Abstract
Christine Klein, A. Jon Stoessl

Shaping the Future of MDS: How to Get Involved as a Young Neurologist
Matthew Stern, Susan Fox

Welcome to the International Congress First-Time Attendees!
A. Jon Stoessl

Young Members Group: Guide to Getting Active with The Society
Thiago Cardoso Vale, Santiago Perez Lloret

Shaping the Future of MDS: How to Get Involved as an Older Neurologist / Nurse/ Allied Health / Scientist
Oluwadamilola Ojo, Evzen Ruzicka, Tomás de la Riestra, Raymond Rosales

Strengthen partnerships »


Prepare to take on more meaningful responsibilities.

Start developing the tools to take on leadership roles now — then learn how to acquire those opportunities.

Gain a global perspective on inequities and challenges in the field, how to manage a team, and steps you can take now within the Society to set yourself up to become an emerging leader in the field. 

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Overview of Leadership Skills

How to Become a Successful Movement Disorders Specialist
Beomseok Jeon, Pille Taba

Young Members Group: Guide to Getting Active with The Society
Thiago Cardoso Vale, Santiago Perez Lloret

A Brief History of a Young Leader
Shilpa Chitnis

5 Leadership Practices
LEAP Class of 2018

Role of Diversity and Inclusion

The Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease in Low and Middle-Income Countries
Gabriel Arango, Augustina Charway-Felli

How to Incorporate Diversity and Inclusion in Your Team
Anhar Hassan

Inequality in Movement Disorders
K. Ray Chaudhuri, Tomoko Arakaki, Raymond Rosales

How to Build an Effective Team

How to Succeed with Allied Health Professionals
Pramod Pal

Become a leader »

Cynthia Comella 

“When I first realized leadership is a skill you can acquire, it was a revelation to me. It has made a huge difference in how I approach what I do, what I say, and how I lead.” 


Master practical approaches, led by leaders in the field

Earn the MDS Career Development badge.

Enroll now »
✪ MDS members only



Why this course? 

This course covers the skills the foremost leaders in the field wish they had known sooner. 

Learn how these skills helped them in their own careers — and how learning them early can shape yours.  

Playlist: What I wish I had known sooner in my career. 

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