First off, let me shout it at you, I am glad I was part of the 3rd PDSS. It is a brilliant place to learn about Parkinson’s disease with team of dedicated students, and under the guidance of experienced and professional trainers (who later become your friends as well).
I traveled all the way from India to be a part of 3rd PDSS and today I am glad I didn’t have a second thought before registering. The format of PDSS is tailored in such a way that not only it contributes professionally but also towards leadership and personal development.
Working with a team of dedicated students from different healthcare professions and countries towards problem solving and presentations in front of professional experts is an opportunity one cannot afford to miss. All this happens under the guidance of professional trainers who will be around all the time. Who knows, at the end of the Summer School you might find a topic for your PhD or even get a sponsor for your research proposal. And if not, you will be sure in a position to come up with another research topic of your own about Parkinson’s disease or related disorder. But then, it’s not only about the “Work Hard” thing, but on top of this “Play Hard” is equally exciting . Hang out’s till late midnight around the beautiful city of Warsaw will become your routine 🙂
Next to this , I can’t forget to mention about the dorm. We were staying close to metro station in the heart of Warsaw, right on the 16th floor with a magnificent view of the city but more important it was about the typical Polish food we had. Make sure you’re a foodie before you join.
When I took the decision to sign up for the PDSS for sure I was not expecting to:
To have a mixture of academic and creative thinking at the same time. Knowledge was not simply given but it was discovered by us day per day! Being evaluated and corrected by the end of the night.
To be able to solve problems I’ve never even heard of. From simple time management and team building issues till some of the most difficult riddles in neuroscience and Parkinson’s Disease.
To have a mentor, a trainer and a coach at the same time. People who knew exactly when we needed a break or training and boost us up with the best possible way.
To have such an intensive and exhausting time schedule. Those 11 hours or even some times 12 and 13 hours of daily work were filling our time with searching, typing, brainstorming, proposing, wondering and finally defending and exchanging knowledge and ideas.
To have our work done every day while afterwards we had to go to parties, sightseeing and socializing events; and whereas the day after we had to be there at 8 sharp all fresh and ready for work.
To have our work being broadcasted online and being presented at the same time in the front of some of the most well recognized experts in neuroscience. It was an honour for us to have them travelled from so far away just for a day or two and assess us while we were defending our research proposal.
To pass through all kind of feelings and emotions; anxiety, stress, fear, upset, despair, tenacity but finally get awarded with happiness, relief, pride and fluffiness.
To meet some of the most inspiring and smart people I have met till now in my short life… I have to admit that my life has been changed since that moment in 180° degrees.
And for sure when I got registered to this Summer University… I thought I was going on vacation!!!
I had no idea that those 10 and the most intensive days of my life were about to change it for all.
Just a great thank you to my team and to all those people who contributed, organized and also participated to this PDSS 2012
Zoi-Maria Glarou; Faculty of Pharmacy, ”Ovidius” University; Constanta, Romania
“I participated at 1st PDSS in Adana, Turkey and it was one of the most unforgettable events during my study. Spending time with students of different healthcare professions from different countries was a great experience. The Summer School gives an opportunity to analyze Parkinson’s disease from different points of view, to discuss all problems with professionals, to carry on personal and professional development with a help of trainers and is a good opportunity to start new friendships. I enjoyed it so much!” Ewa Gromadko, graduated pharmacist at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland