Cultivating the multiple sclerosis workforce of the future

Gabriele C. DeLuca, Guy Buckle, Irene Cortese, Jennifer S. Graves, June Halper, Scott D. Newsome, Nancy Sicotte, Corey C. Ford, Sudhir Aggarwal, Thandar Aung, Scott Belliston, Idanis Berrios-Morales, Miguel Mielo Bicchi, Alison Daigle, Jaclyn Rosencutter Duval, Evdokia Eleftheriou, Carla Marina Francisco, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Tirisham Gyang, Michelle Hadden-YoungYasir Jassam, Demetrio Konstas, Marisa McGinley, Nik Haliza NikHassan, Maryam Nabavi Nouri, Viviana Ivonne Orozco-Leon, Veronica Penyak, Fahed Saada, Meagan Seay, Luka Vlahovic, Vitaliy Zhivotenko, on behalf of the FCMSC MS Mentorship Forum Participants

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Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurologic disorder that affects people with ever-changing needs. The MS health-care field has entered an era of exponential knowledge growth in which better understanding of the immunologic dysregulation of the disease has translated into an expanding array of treatment options. It is estimated that, if it has not already, within the next decade the demands of a growing MS patient population will outstrip the number of professionals dedicated to the management of this chronic, lifelong disease. Therefore, there is a pressing need to attract and retain clinicians in this dynamic field. In response to this need, the Foundation of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers organized a 2-day colloquium, a Mentorship Forum, on January 23-24, 2015, bringing together talented internal medicine and neurology trainees from across North America with an interest in MS and neuroimmunology. This article highlights the rationale for the MS Mentorship Forum, its structure and content, and its outcomes. We believe that the stage has been set to interest young, promising clinicians in learning more about MS and to encourage them to consider a career in this field. In so doing, we hope to contribute to the development of the next generation of MS experts to make a palpable difference in the lives of those affected by MS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of MS Care
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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© 2017 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.

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