Movement disorders are a defined sub-specialty of neurology and include Parkinson’s disease and other forms of parkinsonism, essential tremor and other tremor disorders, Tourette syndrome, tardive disorders, chorea and tic disorders, dystonic disorders, Huntington disease and other hyperkinetic disorders. Recent investigations have increased our knowledge of the pathophysiology of these disorders and recent advances have led to new treatment options. These treatments include the use of older medications, new formulations and new oral medications, on demand/as needed therapies, botulinum toxins, infusion therapy and surgical procedures. Greater attention has been directed toward the treatment of non-motor symptoms including psychosis, dementia, depression, anxiety, and impulse control disorders. In Parkinson’s disease, the approach to the treatment of motor complications (OFF and dyskinesia) continues to expand as well as the recognition and treatment of associated symptoms such as drooling, orthostatic hypotension, sleep disorders and constipation. In addition, the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders have increased the need for multi-disciplinary care such that patients are treated by not only neurologists but often also by psychiatrists, speech, occupational and physical therapists, physical medicine and rehab, and geriatricians. In addition, the most common movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, restless legs syndrome, and drug-induced movement disorders are often treated by primary care physicians, internists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders is often complex and remains a challenge.
The Movement Disorder Course has been ongoing for over 30 years. Prior to 2020 and the COVID pandemic, there were 8-10 courses per year in unique locations throughout the United States. Locations were selected each year to try to provide courses throughout the country with a focus on underserved areas with limited access to CME programs or Movement Disorder Specialists. Attendees include healthcare professionals of all disciplines working with persons with movement disorders. Our attendees include neurologists, psychiatrists, PMRs, internists, family physicians, geriatricians, general practitioners, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and therapists.
The virtual series is comprised of 20 courses. These include quarterly 4-hour Saturday programs which are comprised of lectures covering the diagnosis and treatment of motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, Huntington disease, tardive disorders and other movement disorders. The remaining 16 courses are 2-hour panels that break down very specific topics from the lectures and include a short presentation followed by questions and answers from the attendees and case presentations and video with discussion between the 3 senior movement disorder specialists to target specific details of the topic and demonstrate multiple approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of various movement disorders. The full series is accredited for 48 hours of AMA PRA Category I Credits through the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society. There is no charge to attend our courses.