Giving Effect to BUC & VCU Cooperation Protocol,
BUC Holds Workshop for Egyptian & Arab Physical Therapy Graduates on Improving SCI Medical Care
In cooperation with the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the USA; the School of Physical Therapy, Badr University in Cairo (BUC) held a training workshop for physical therapy graduates in Egypt and the Arab world. The workshop was run by specialized professors, and covered improving treatment services for SCI patients, methods of evaluation and physical therapy. Under a cooperation protocol between BUC and VCU, this workshop was hosted from June 9th to 13th, 2019 at the School of Physical Therapy, BUC.
The workshop speakers were Prof. Dr. Ashraf Georgy, the VCU Assistant Professor, distinguished researcher, winner of multiple awards, SCI rehabilitation specialist and head of the research team developing the smart chip designed to rehabilitate SCI quadriplegic patients; and Prof. Dr. Benjamin Darter, the VCU Assistant Professor and Director of the Applied Movement Performance lab. The workshop covered the following:
Evaluation of SCI cases according to the latest International Standards for the Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) (2019), issued by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA). Evaluation and treatment of obesity cases associated with SCI and quadriplegia patients, adopting the newest methods of physical therapy. Training on amputation motion mechanism and kinetic analysis applications and usages aimed to rehabilitate quadriplegic and paraplegic patients. Implementing the most advanced techniques of Functional Electrical stimulation (FES) for quadriplegic patients, which brings them hope for rehabilitation and engagement in public life.
The workshop was hosted under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Hussein El Qala, the Chairman of BUC Board of Trustees, and supervised by Dr. Mustafa Kamal, BUC President; Dr. Ashraf Hiadar, BUC Vice President; Dr. Mohamed Soliman, BUC General Secretary; Dr. Adly Sabour, Dean of BUC School of Physical Therapy; Dr. Hanan Mekawy, the international cooperation coordinator and Vice Dean of BUC School of Physical Therapy. Over the course of the workshop, theoretical lectures and practical training on patients were provided. The attendants were 40 Egyptian PT trainees along with a group of BUC faculty members and students. Eventually, each trainee received a certificate accredited by VCU for the first time in Egypt.