Interviews with the directors of the 6 most popular Clinical Fellowship host departments
Prof. K Ray Chaudhuri
Thank you for hosting applicants of the EAN Clinical Fellowship. How would you evaluate this EAN educational opportunity?
This is a super opportunity for trainees in underserved areas and countries to gain practical and valuable experience of management of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorder in a pragmatic and systematic manner. The experience can often be translated down to the clinical practice of the Fellows upon return to their own practice. In addition it is also an opportunity for some Fellows to get involved in potential research opportunities.
From among the long list of possible candidates you chose Dr. Senkevich Konstantin (Russia) and Dr. Tóth Adrián András (Hungary) who worked under your supervision. What has been the tipping factor for your choice?
They were both extremely motivated, knowledgeable, accommodating and hungry for learning new ideas and strategies for management of advanced PD.
The resident of your choice had specific objectives and gains in mind for the training period in your department. Do you retain these were met? If not, what would you suggest that could improve obtaining these goals?
Their objectives were largely met. They received a well rounded opportunity to see clinical service delivery for modern management of Parkinson’s disease specifically a nonmotor programme, the concept of clinical research underpinning service, nurse led initiatives, advanced therapies (apomorphine and levodopa infusion therapies), botulinum toxin services, experience with wearable sensors, palliative care and training in other movement disorders and DBS. They also experienced teamwork and multidisciplinary working as we undertake in our centre.
Do you have suggestions in order to improve the programme?
Possibly a slightly more level of funding to support expensive love in programmes as in London and also clear stipulation that this is a clinical fellowship to learn clinical experiences.