The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Sponsors Virtual Educational Course to Cultivate Additional Parkinson's Clinicians
NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to the urgent need for additional specialists to treat the growing prevalence of people with Parkinson's disease (PD), the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society hosted the fifth annual "Pan American Section (MDS-PAS) Movement Disorders School for Neurology Residents" on October 10, 2020. Sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and The The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), the one-day virtual course had 344 registered participants — including neurology residents, medical students, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals from across the Americas — who were provided educational lectures, panel discussions, live patient examinations and video case studies on Parkinson's and other movement disorders. The online programming allowed for the largest and most diverse course attendance since inception.
An Immediate and Growing Global Need for Parkinson's Specialists
"The need for specialists with a solid understanding of Parkinson's has never been greater," said Rachel Dolhun, MD, MDS-PAS Movement Disorder School for Neurology Residents course organizer, fellowship-trained MDS, and MJFF's vice president of medical communications. "The Foundation is focused on creating opportunities like the Movement Disorders School to provide education and foster professional curiosity, and to ultimately inspire the next generation to pursue career paths caring for the growing Parkinson's population."
Led by internationally recognized experts, the annual Movement Disorders School provides coursework on care, research and drug development in PD and other movement disorders and encourages consideration of careers in this field. With leadership from nine distinguished faculty clinicians from academic institutions across the United States, the 2020 course was co-directed by Steven J. Frucht, MD, director of movement disorders at NYU Langone and Tanya Simuni, MD, professor of neurology and head of the division of movement disorders at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. This year's program included an inaugural lecture on health care disparities provided by Nabila Dahodwala, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2016, the course has attracted 678 neurology residents and other interested health care providers from North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.
Past course attendees shared reflections on what the event has meant to their education:
Additional support for the MDS-PAS Movement Disorders School is provided by sponsors in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry including Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Biogen, Boston Scientific, Lundbeck, Sanofi-Genzyme, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. This corporate philanthropy supports the Foundation's commitment to creating high-quality educational resources while preserving a track record of efficiency in stewarding donor-raised contributions for maximum impact on Parkinson's drug development.
The Foundation's Continued Commitment to Supporting the Next Generation of Parkinson's Clinicians
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