Workforce of the Future

It is currently estimated that nearly 1 million Americans and over 2.8 million people worldwide are living with MS. In order for MS patients to continue receiving the best care for generations to come, it is imperative that the workforce of MS healthcare professionals be large enough to meet the growing demands.

The CMSC has focused on aggressively recruiting and training the community of dedicated specialists in the field. Our goal is to encourage medical students and other healthcare professionals to choose MS as an initial focus of study or to pursue more advanced and specialized training as part of their studies. Recipients are able to apply new skills and share knowledge with colleagues within their academic institution and practice settings.

2023 Medical Student Research Presenters

By increasing the number of well-trained healthcare professionals in MS, and ensuring that they are well-trained and well-prepared, we can continue to deliver the finest care, improve the quality of life for patients and families living with MS, and ultimately find a cure.  For the CMSC to continue providing comprehensive care and specialized services to MS patients, it is paramount that the community of MS professionals has access to specialized training.

The Foundation of the CMSC funds scholarships for:

  • Neurology residents;
  • Research Scholarships for medical students.

Recipients of Neurology Resident annual meeting scientific scholarships are able to apply new skills and share knowledge with colleagues within their academic institutions and practice settings. 

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2017-2022 Medical Student Research Scholars and Mentors

One of the most promising ways to build a committed and competent MS Workforce of the Future is to expose students to new challenges under the mentorship of top-tier experts. The MS Summer Research Scholar program pairs medical students with an impressive group of leading MS research and clinical experts for two-month projects covering a wide spectrum of MS research.
Click here to read personal feedback from FCMSC Research Scholars and their mentors.

These students are invited to present the results of their work at the following year’s CMSC annual scientific meeting, encouraging a new pool of passionate MS professionals.

Results of the work of 2022 Research Scholars were invited for presentation at the annual CMSC meeting in May, 2023.  The following scholars’ work was presented in poster form.

FCMSC Medical Student Research Scholarship Presenters Annual Meeting 2023
Foundation of the CMSC
Research Scholar Presenters
Scholar Research Project Research Institution Mentor
Jakob Alden Patient and Provider Perspectives on the Ethics of Screening for Multiple Sclerosis The Medical College of Wisconsin Dr. Ahmed Obeidat
Elisa Bello Increased Intrathecal Interferon-Gamma Is Associated with Paramagnetic Rim Lesions UMass Chan Medical School Dr. Carolina Ionete
Jacob Cuevas Transcriptomic Analysis Reveals That RGC-32 Regulates the Expression of Axonal Guidance Molecules in Reactive Astrocytes University of Maryland School of Medicine Dr. Horea Rus
Tori Fricker Aerobic Cycling Improves Gait Velocity and Reduces Physical Fatigue in Persons with MS Neurorestorative Rehabilitation Lab, Cleveland Clinic Dr. Francois Bethoux
Jordan Glassman A retrospective study on the effects of de-escalation of disease modifying therapy in patients with multiple sclerosis Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health- Las Vegas Dr. Le Hua
Samantha Hao Integration of MS Risk Genes With Single Cell Transcriptomics Johns Hopkins University Dr. Kate Fitzgerald
Nahid Iseyas Longitudinal Associations Between Physical Activity and Structural Visual Metrics in Pediatric Acquired Demyelinating Syndromes The Hospital for Sick Children Dr. E. Ann Yeh
Emilie Liu Analysis of Evusheld Efficacy and Safety in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis University of California-San Diego Dr. Jennifer Graves
Alexia Richie Longitudinal Walking Capacity in Pediatric-Onset Multiple Sclerosis Patients Pediatric MS & Related Disorders Clinic, University of Virginia Health System Dr. J. Nicholas Brenton
Rishi Sharma Analysis of plasticity by functional MRI in multiple sclerosis patients with high vs. low risk for cognitive impairment: a proposal University of Minnesota Dr. Adam Carpenter
Zachary Weinstock MRI and Cognitive Reserve Not Linked to Relapse-Associated Cognitive Decline Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center/ Jacobs MS Center Dr. Michael G. Dwyer, III
Inserra Family
Research Scholar
Scholar Research Project Research Institution Mentor
Alexandra Altamura Effects of Social Engagement on level of Adjustment in Multiple Sclerosis Patients at Time of Diagnosis Hackensack Meridian University Medical Center Dr. Krupa Pandey
Foundation of the CMSC
Guest Scholars
Scholar Research Project Research Institution Mentor
John DegraftHanson and
Minnie Mitchell
Assessment of Medical Student Interest in Neurology as a Specialty Morehouse School of Medicine  
Kie Fuji Implementing a Community-Based Virtual Tool to Characterize Sidewalk Accessibility in a Northern New Jersey (NJ) Town Hackensack University Medical Center  

The Foundation of the CMSC salutes the supporters of MS Workforce of the Future initiatives:

  • Basic Home Infusion (BHI)
  • Biogen
  • Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)
  • Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
  • EMD Serono, Inc.
  • Inserra Family
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals

With your help and support of the Foundation of the CMSC, we can ensure that future generations of people with MS will receive the quality healthcare they need and deserve.