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MDS Training and Dr. Okun's New Book


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#1 Golden01

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:25 AM

Think about this: Neurologists complete, on average, at least 10–13 years of college education and clinical training. This training includes obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree, a medical degree (D.O. or M.D.), which comprises an additional 4 years of study, and then completing a 3 or 4-year residency in neurology. The four-year residency consists of one year of internal medicine training followed by three years of training in neurology. Some neurologists complete a one or two-year fellowship after completing a neurology residency in a sub-specialty such as movement disorders. So the next time you see your Movement Disorder Specialist, you may want to give them your utmost appreciation for spending at least 13 years in study to help you. Awesome!

I spotted this info on the NPF home page about Dr. Okun's new book published this month:
Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life


Dr. Michael S. Okun, NPF’s National Medical Director, has written a new book that focuses on the secrets that help people with Parkinson’s live with hope and happiness. Based on his experience as a Movement Disorders Specialist, the book addresses issues surrounding Parkinson’s disease and the secrets that have changed people’s lives

Read more here: http://parkinson.org...87b7cc4/default Has anybody read it yet? My copy from Amazon is on the way!

Husband diagnosed in 2005-Medicines: Azilect, Artane, and Amantadine; Sister and Best Friend from Childhood also have PD


#2 christie

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:08 AM

So the next time you see your Movement Disorder Specialist, you may want to give them your utmost appreciation for spending at least 13 years in study to help you. Awesome!


Good point, golden01 ! Our doctors sure deserve our appreciation.

Still, it's almost amazingly difficult to believe how all this experience and knowledge goes to waste when the specialist fails to perform the simplest task: listen to his patient.

I was misdiagnosed with ALS by a TOP and VERY experienced movement disorder specialist, simply because the professor's ears were closed when i described him my symptoms !

-English is not my first language !

-Aged 39. Diagnosed at 35. On levodopa monotherapy (500mg daily).


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:16 PM

You are right, even with lots of training, it is hard to find the right doctor who will listen and that you know will be in your corner through thick and thin. It took us five or six tries before we decided to follow a MDS to her new practice further from where we live. The others had the training but weren't as good.

Husband diagnosed in 2005-Medicines: Azilect, Artane, and Amantadine; Sister and Best Friend from Childhood also have PD





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