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Vision: To provide concise information on history taking, neurological exam, treatment options, and prognosis for med students, residents, fellows, and junior attendings, hoping to make their workflow more efficient. Additional references will help those audiences who would like to read more on the topic. Tip: If you share the same vision, please read the guideline below to help you orient before you start working on the chapter. Before outlining the chapter, imagine you are a medical student on an outpatient neurology elective rotation. The attending wants you to see a new neurological disorder patient, let's say a parkinsonian patient. You only have 10 mins to prepare before the patient is ready for your assessment. Make a list of essential history questions to help with the diagnosis and differential diagnosis, neurological exam, workup (labs/imaging), and treatment options. Before you close the encounter, the patient would want to know what to expect in the coming years . Please close your chapter by providing this information. If you do not share the same vision and the chapter does not follow this format, please feel free to choose another mentor to review the chapter. Few guiding points: ● Keep everything simple. Use short sentences. ● Small bullet points ● Be specific. Just stating nystagmus would not help—elaborate on which type of nystagmus. ● Add Phenomenology in the introduction for movement disorder chapters—for example, voluntary, involuntary, rhythmic oscillatory movement at the wrist joint. ● All facts should be referenced with references in superscript. This helps me cross-check if I don't agree or am not sure of a point. ● Create history and physical exam templates for all movement disorder chapters. Start with the motor symptoms. For example, for a tremor evaluation, write down, whether at rest, action, or posture. What body parts does it involve? Onset and progression. How much does it affect the quality of life? Any precipitating factors or anything that makes it better. If possible, provide the answer to these questions to make a case for the movement disorder you are working on in the chapter. Then write about the associated symptoms. And pertinent negatives to rule out a disease. This helps set up the differential diagnosis section. ● Each image added should be from an open-source article (mention source below the image). I would appreciate it if you could come up with your original one. For CT scans or MRIs, it is okay to use them from open-source articles. ● Create a table using different sources; otherwise, it should be from an open-source article (mention reference below). If you end up using various sources, then when reviewing, please allow me to look at all the tables to make sure no plagiarism has been done. ● Divide treatment into Pharmacological, Non-Pharmacological, and Surgical therapies. Provide whether a specific treatment suggestion is based on a clinical trial or something else. This will immensely help the readers. Also mention first-line, second-line treatment, and dosage, duration, and side effects if important. ● Better to include the natural progression of disease under prognosis, along with the treatment associated projection. Also, mention whether this movement disorder can be phenoconverted to another movement disorder. ● In the further reading heading, mention 2-3 recently published articles or book chapters that anyone can use to read further. ● The bibliography should include references in APA format. You can reference any original, review research paper or book but keep in mind not to copy them. ● Make a separate word doc for every movement disorder chapter so that it can be checked for Plagiarism. This is what international movement disorders society does, even for abstracts. Plagiarism is a crime in academics. NO COPY PASTING, please! ● If you want to replicate a diagram, you can make it yourself with changes in the content or even hand-draw them. I hope you guys find these guidelines helpful.
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