Do you want first-hand access to the leaders in Parkinson's research and care? View PDF's PD ExpertBriefings. Our educational online seminars are designed for people living with Parkinson’s, family members and health care professionals.
Browse our frequently asked questions below to learn more about how PDF online seminars work – including how to view them, how to troubleshoot technical issues and, if you're a professional, how to apply for CEUs.
[+] About PD ExpertBriefings
Q. What is a PD ExpertBriefing?
A. PD ExpertBriefings are free, hour-long online seminars that offer practical tips for managing Parkinson’s from experts in the field. Each seminar is broken into two components: first a 30-minute presentation (audio and a PowerPoint presentation) and second, a 30-minute Q&A session in which experts answer questions from online participants.
Q. When are PD ExpertBriefings?
A. PDF hosts six PD ExpertBriefings each year. They are typically held on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM ET. Browse future online seminars by visiting www.pdf.org/en/online_education_upcoming.
Q. What topics do PD ExpertBriefings cover? How does PDF select topics?
A. They cover a wide range of issues including: tips for coping with motor and nonmotor symptoms, strategies for caregiving, ways of living well with PD, medical therapies and updates on the PD pipeline. PDF surveys the Parkinson’s community and utilizes its feedback to help determine important issues and unmet needs that should be covered.
[+] Viewing PD ExpertBriefings
Q. How do I register to view a live PD ExpertBriefing?
A. You can register for each individual seminar beginning approximately one month before it is scheduled to take place by visiting www.pdf.org/en/online_education_upcoming.
Q. How do I participate in a live PD ExpertBriefing?
A. Participants can view through PDF’s website or on their mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). Online participants will have the opportunity to submit questions about respective seminar topics to speakers through the message box at the bottom of their screens. Participants who do not have a computer may listen to the live presentation by phone using a unique toll-free number provided at registration. For phone participants, PDF will send a printout of the presentation slides by mail.
Q. What if I miss a PD ExpertBriefing?
A. A recording of the presentation is posted on PDF’s website one week after the live event. There are more than 40 PD ExpertBriefings available to view at anytime. To browse PDF's library of past PD ExpertBriefings for topics that interest you, visit www.pdf.org/en/online_education_past. Recorded seminars are only accessible by computer or (in limited quantities) by DVD.
Q. What if I do not have access to a computer?
A. Yes, participants without computers may access both live and recorded PD ExpertBriefings. To access a live PD ExpertBriefing, on the day of the live event, dial (888) 272-8710 and input passcode 6323567# when prompted (this phone number is separate from the PDF HelpLine). If you join a live PD ExpertBriefing by phone, you may request a printout of the presentation slides by contacting PDF. To access a previously recorded PD ExpertBriefing, contact the PDF HelpLine at (800) 457-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to request a free DVD of the seminar(s) in which you are interested. We reserve a limited supply of each one.
[+] Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Professionals
Q. How can health care professionals receive continuing education units for PD ExpertBriefings?
A. Continuing education units are provided for qualifying professionals via PDF’s sponsorship of the American Society on Aging (ASA). Browse the list of approved Boards here. Please note that there is a limit of one Board selection per person per event.
Q. How do I apply for CEUs?
A. Online participants who have indicated an interest in CEUs will receive a link to the CEU application and a recording of the seminar within several days of the live PD ExpertBriefing. Health care professionals have up until 30 days to view the seminar and complete the CEU application, which will cover topics from the seminar. Please note that it may take an additional 30 days to process applications.
Q. When will I receive the CEU credit?
A. Your CEU certificate will be emailed to you at the address you provide within 30 days of your completion the survey application.
Q. Who should I contact if I don’t receive my CEUs?
A. Contact the American Society on Aging at (415) 974-9628.
[+] Technical Support
Q. What is the best way to view a PD ExpertBriefing?
A. PD ExpertBriefings can be viewed on PCs, Macs and other mobile devices using high-speed internet access. We find that the best viewing experience is usually on a PC using browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. Mac users may be asked to download the free Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. On Macs, for best viewing, we recommend viewing Safari over other browsers.
Q. How do I view the live PD ExpertBriefings?
A. Sign up on your computer by visiting PDF’s website. To view on a mobile device (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch), first download the free Proclaim application in the iTunes App Store. On the day of the live seminar, you will receive a reminder email, which includes a direct link to view in your device.
Q. What do I do if the PD ExpertBriefing does not play after opening the confirmation email?
A. Be sure to click the direct link and icon, “View This Presentation on Your Computer or Mobile Device.” It is best to join a few minutes early to ensure everything is working properly. Note that you will hear music and see a welcome slide until the presentation begins.
Q. Why am I unable to complete my registration and advance to the next screen?
A. Ensure that you have completed all of the required fields on the registration form. If you keep returning to the registration page, you may need to update settings in your Internet browser. Ensure cookies and pop-ups are enabled and check our browser compatibility test page by visiting www.netbriefings.com/support/syscheck-windows.shtml. You must complete a separate registration form for each PD ExpertBriefing.
Q. What should I do if I cannot hear the presentation?
A. First ensure that your device is equipped to play sound and check your settings on the device and in your Internet browser. You may need to update your browser to a more recent version. You may also contact us to listen by phone.
[+] Who to Contact
Q. Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
A. Please refer your question to the correct organization below, depending on the nature of you question: