Advice from Delegates

Thiago Cardoso Vale

Q: How many International Congresses have you attended?

A: I have attended 6 previous Congresses: Buenos Aires (2010), Dublin (2012), Stockholm (2014) and Berlin (2016), Vancouver (2017) and Hong Kong (2018).

Q: What made you decide to attend your first MDS Congress and where was it located?

A: In 2010, I was a resident of neurology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. I had decided to attend my first MDS Congress in Buenos Aires in order to get more knowledge about the field, to meet the experts on Movement Disorders and to do networking. 

Q: What is an event or session that you would tell a First Time Attendee to make sure to take part in?

A: In my opinion, one of the many highlights of all International Congresses are the video sessions in which much time is devoted to phenomenological analysis of different movement disorders. 

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to a First Time Attendee?

A: Be prepared to receive loads of relevant information from very experienced lecturers and do not forget to take notes of the slides and articles that they recommend. 

Q: What is your favorite part about the International Congress?

A: My favorite part of the Congress is the MDS Video Challenge. 

Q: What is one thing you highly recommend a First Time Attendee pack in their suitcase?

A: Given that the Congress centers are usually distant from the city center, it is not quite easy to find a suitable place to breakfast or lunch during the meeting. If available, they are usually busy. So, be prepared to have a snack ready in your suitcase and an online map to search for lunch spots nearby.

Q: How do you plan ahead for your International Congress trip?

A: Most of the hotels near the Convention Centers are quite expensive and the locations are rather distant from the city center. So, I plan ahead and rent a room near the city center with easy access to trams and subway and with all the attractions that the city offers. 

Brandon Barton

Q: How many International Congresses have you attended?

A: I have attended 11 Congresses in a row and this will be my 12th.

Q: What made you decide to attend your first MDS Congress and where was it located?

A: The first Congress occurred in my hometown of Chicago, during the first year of my movement disorders fellowship, so it was very convenient to attend my first meeting!  I was very impressed with the quality of the teaching and organization and it reflects the thoughtful and effective leadership of our Society.  

Q: What is an event or session that you would tell a First Time Attendee to make sure to take part in?

A: For a first time member, I suggest focusing on the general review topic plenary sessions, they are designed to have broad overview of the field and are given by the top experts in the field.  In addition, I highly encourage choosing a favorite sub-topic or two and browsing the posters in that area, to get an idea of the breadth of international research at the meeting. 

Q: What is your favorite part about the International Congress?

A: My favorite part of the Congress is the people; we belong to a dynamic, intelligent, patient-centered specialty.  The more time I spend around the leaders and practitioners in our field the better person, doctor, teacher, and researcher I become.  There is no substitute for being in the same place at the same time and learning from one another.   

Q: What is one thing you highly recommend a First Time Attendee pack in their suitcase?

A: I would recommend that that attendees leave some extra room in their luggage!   We have our conferences in globally rich cities and you need room to carry home some memories of the experience.

Q: How do you plan ahead for your International Congress trip?

A: I prepare for the meetings by reviewing the program to highlight the must-see sessions and posters that I want to observe, contact my friends and colleagues that are going in order to make time for meeting and networking with them, and planning some time to enjoy the host city culture as well.  There is so much to do that you have to make a priority list and make sure that you can come away with the best of what you need for your current stage of practice.

Mark Stacy

Q: What made you decide to attend your first MDS Congress and where was it located?

A: I attended the first congress in Washington, DC. I had just accepted a fellowship with Dr. Jankovic, and made the trip from Philadelphia. I was thrilled to be a part of this, and felt like I was out of my league the whole time.

Q: What is an event or session that you would tell a First Time Attendee to make sure to take part in?

A: The MDS Video Challenge.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to a First Time Attendee?

A: Don’t be afraid to meet people.

Q: What is your favorite part about the International Congress?

A: Seeing my old friends at the opening ceremony.

Q: What is one thing you highly recommend a First Time Attendee pack in their suitcase?

A: Optimism.

Q: How do you plan ahead for your International Congress trip?

A: I clear my calendar for the week, and then make sure I have someone to cover my phone calls. I also ask my partner to attend, because the meetings are always in great places.

Praween Lolekha

Q: How many International Congresses have you attended?

A: I have attended approximately 15 international Congresses, including 9 MDS Congresses and 2 AOPMCs.

Q: What made you decide to attend your first MDS Congress and where was it located?

A: The first MDS Congress that I attended was in 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey. My advisor suggested that I submit our work for a poster presentation and encouraged me to apply for the MDS travel grant.

Q: What is an event or session that you would tell a First Time Attendee to make sure to take part in?

A: The MDS Grand Rounds! It is a good opportunity to learn how to approach movement disorder cases from the experts around the world with a different style.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to a First Time Attendee?

A: Don’t panic if you don’t understand what they are talking about! You will absorb the content as much as the time that you attend the Congress.

Q: What is your favorite part about the International Congress?

A: My favorite part about the International Congress is meeting other people with the same interests from all over the world, making friends and connections.

Q: What is one thing you highly recommend a First Time Attendee pack in their suitcase?

A: Comfortable shoes!

Q: How do you plan ahead for your International Congress trip?

A: I always book hotels and flights as early as possible, frequently check the Congress website for updated information, time schedule, and also check the weather in advance.


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