MDS-ES 8th Winter School for Young Neurologists at King’s College in London
by Valentina Leta and Daniel van Wamelen
Almost 50 young neurologists and neurology residents from all over the world gathered in London from 7-9 February for the 8th Movement Disorder Society (MDS) Winter School for young neurologists. This well-attended and lively event featured two-and-half days of presentations, focused clinical examination rounds, video sessions and debate, driven by plenary sessions and two parallel workshops.
The MDS-European Section Winter School for Young Neurologists this year was organised by Prof Ray Chaudhuri and Dr Mike Samuel, both from King’s College London. The event enabled young neurologists, interested in specialising in Movement Disorders, to receive in-depth instruction from several internationally-recognised Movement Disorders experts. Topics focused on parkinsonism, hyperkinetic disorders and complex issues in movement disorders. Students were the main actors of this event and had the opportunity to examine patients with a wide range of movement disorders from King’s College Hospital and engaged in working towards a differential diagnosis together with the international experts. Students also presented their own case-study videos to small groups for discussion and critique. The presenter of the best video, as determined by the audience, was awarded with a free registration for the International Congress of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorder-MDS 2019 in Nice. Moreover, this year’s winner, along with the second and third place winners, was presented with books on Movement Disorders written by international experts, including two volumes of ‘Nonmotor Parkinson’s: The Hidden Face’ and ‘Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders’.
The sessions on Thursday and Friday were followed by a dinner. On Thursday the dinner included a video session with many informative patient videos on a wide range of movement disorders, in the atmospheric surroundings of King’s Bush House on the Strand. The Friday dinner was a networking dinner held in the Royal Society of Medicine in Wimpole street. During the three days and the two dinners the participants had the opportunity to engage with each other and the movement disorder experts to exchange experiences and lay the foundation for future collaborations.
Valentina Leta and
Daniel van Wamelen