Posted by vanessa on September 11, 2017
From June 28th- July 6th, Rick D’Andrea and Anuja Chandrana (both CUDPT 2017) attended the Summer Overseas Exchange Subsidy Scheme (SOESS), hosted by the Department of Rehabilitation Services at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). PT faculty member Dr. Wing Fu, PT, PhD, MA is an alumna of the University. Participants included physical and occupational therapy students from the United States, Australia, Canada, and England. The main goal of the program was to facilitate internationalization, focusing on integrating Eastern and Western rehabilitation practices.
The participants learned about Eastern and Western techniques in neurological, orthopaedic and sports, and geriatric rehabilitation sciences and had a chance to try them out in hands-on laboratory sessions. Visits to local hospitals and specialty centers helped them gain a better understanding of physical therapy and occupational therapy practices in Hong Kong.
But it wasn’t all about sitting in a classroom; the SOESS organized time for participants to explore Hong Kong and spend time with PolyU students.
The program culminated in a research proposal competition. Rick and Anuja’s group presented a proposal to research the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong on balance, functional mobility, and quality of life for dysvascular lower limb amputees. They won second place!
The best part of the trip, according to Anuja, included, “networking with therapists from all over the world, learning about integrating Eastern and Western rehabilitation practices, and exploring the amazing city of Hong Kong!”
Rick concurred, “Collaborating with therapists from different cultures on our research proposal was invaluable. It was a phenomenal experience for my first trip out of the country!”
Rick and Anuja exploring Hong Kong
In Class learning new techniques