Candidate Statement for Elected WFN Trustee

Morris Freedman MD, FRCPC

Dr. Morris Freedman, MD, FRCPCBackground

I am honoured to have served as WFN Chair of the Membership Committee, Canadian delegate, Education Committee member, Co-chair of the eLearning Task Force of the Education Committee together with Professor Riadh Gouider, and Trustee. I have also served as President of the Canadian Neurological Society, Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences, and Federation of National Specialty Societies of Canada. My clinical, research, and education foci are on dementia. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been actively involved in providing virtual care to patients in longterm care facilities and acute care hospitals who are suffering from severe agitation and aggression associated with dementia. In many cases, this has prevented transfers to acute care hospitals. Thus, COVID-19 has taught us the power of virtual care for patients in need, including those who cannot attend an in-person visit. As a result, I have become a strong advocate for physician education and training in virtual assessment and management, especially as applied to dementia.

I am pleased that the Canadian Neurological Society has nominated me for election as a WFN Trustee. I am proud that Canada developed a WFN Department Visit program for young neurologists from Central and South America through the efforts of Professor Guy Rouleau, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Canadian Delegate to the WFN, and that the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, which has its base at the Montreal Neurological Institute, is well-positioned to serve as an integrator and facilitator of education worldwide.

Achievements

I have taken an active international leadership role in neurological education. I have advanced international eLearning with a focus on dementia through weekly videoconferencing of behavioural neurology rounds that bring together health care professionals from across the globe within a virtual classroom. The goal is to develop greater international communication and knowledge transfer in dementia. I was awarded the prestigious Colin Wolf Award from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, for this initiative. The international rounds are now recorded and can be accessed through a link on the WFN website. More recently, I have facilitated expansion of international rounds to include general neurology.

An important development modeled on the international behavioural neurology videoconference rounds was the Neurology International Residents Videoconference and Exchange (NIRVE) that promotes international collaboration among neurology trainees.

Goals

My major goal in education through eLearning is directly related to the mission of the WFN to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide. I will work hard to achieve this goal through innovative virtual programs. This will involve both developing and developed countries with a view to transferring knowledge in both directions with all participants as equal partners.

I have a vision, a clear sense of direction and the focus to facilitate knowledge transfer for enhancing brain health globally. This will require extensive collaboration involving many people with diverse needs, and across many countries. Those who know me say that I am an excellent team player and organizer, qualities that are essential for success in promoting education in neurology worldwide.  

 

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