Lack of Accredited Clinical Training in Movement Disorders in Europe, Egypt, and Tunisia

Gertrúd Tamás, Margherita Fabbri, Cristian Falup-Pecurariu, Tiago Teodoro, Mónica M. Kurtis, Rahim Aliyev, Michael Bonello, Hana Brozova, Miguel Soares Coelho, Maria Fiorella Contarino, Jean Christophe Corvol, Espen DIetrichs, Mouna Ben Djebara, Søren Bruno Elmgreen, Sergiu Groppa, Liis Kadastik-Eerme, Irine Khatiashvili, Vladimir Kostić, Florian Krismer, Alia Hassan MansourPer Odin, Olga Gavriliuc, DIana Angelika Olszewska, Maja Relja, Filip Scheperjans, Matej Skorvanek, Katarzyna Smilowska, Pille Taba, Zaruhi Tavadyan, Ramona Valante, Balsa Vujovic, Daniel Waldvogel, Gul Yalcin-Cakmakli, Shilpa Chitnis, Joaquim J. Ferreira

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Background: Little information is available on the official postgraduate and subspecialty training programs in movement disorders (MD) in Europe and North Africa. Objective: To survey the accessible MD clinical training in these regions. Methods: We designed a survey on clinical training in MD in different medical fields, at postgraduate and specialized levels. We assessed the characteristics of the participants and the facilities for MD care in their respective countries. We examined whether there are structured, or even accredited postgraduate, or subspecialty MD training programs in neurology, neurosurgery, internal medicine, geriatrics, neuroradiology, neuropediatrics, and general practice. Participants also shared their suggestions and needs. Results: The survey was completed in 31/49 countries. Structured postgraduate MD programs in neurology exist in 20 countries; structured neurology subspecialty training exists in 14 countries and is being developed in two additional countries. Certified neurology subspecialty training was reported to exist in 7 countries. Recommended reading lists, printed books, and other materials are the most popular educational tools, while courses, lectures, webinars, and case presentations are the most popular learning formats. Mandatory activities and skills to be certified were not defined in 15/31 countries. Most participants expressed their need for a mandatory postgraduate MD program and for certified MD sub-specialization programs in neurology. Conclusion: Certified postgraduate and subspecialty training exists only in a minority of European countries and was not found in the surveyed Egypt and Tunisia. MD training should be improved in many countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1833-1843
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Parkinson's Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Movement disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
  • curriculum
  • education
  • neurology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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