Monday, September 28, 2009

“From Creighton to Cairo”

By: Angela Schroeder

Although six weeks have managed to disappear from my student planner since
my arrival in Egypt, and my Arabic is still deficient (if not nonexistent
altogether), everyday I am obtaining the occupational therapy skills never
available in my numerous textbooks; and that is exactly why I am here.
However, I do hope to broaden my language skills, at least beyond *'shokrun'

Who: My name is Angela Schroeder and I am currently enrolled at
Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, completing my final course
requirements for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree. Creighton
's OTD curriculum involves an Entry-Level Professional Rotation

course which offers students the opportunity to combine didactic coursework
with a personal concentration, my own being an interest in international OT
delivery and curriculum development.

What: The purpose of my professional mission statement is to express
knowledge, creativity and clinical skills while continually evolve
academically and apply innovative techniques at an international site, in
order to achieve my highest potential as a future occupational therapy
practitioner. The learning objectives constructed for this rotation are
specific to my site and areas of interest, and evidenced through designated
learning activities. My learning activities focus on the implementation of
OT services

In addition to my clinical experience, I am also involved in a research
course aimed to highlight the gaps in the body of OT knowledge. The
critically appraised topic I have selected focuses on the preparedness of
students in the health field to administer care to a diverse caseload. By
broadening the scope beyond OT, I hope to illuminate the necessity of
cultural awareness in all practices of health. My question is as follows:
What is the effectiveness of inclusion of a culture course in health
professions education in preparing graduates to treat patients from a
variety of nationalities and/or cultures?

Where: I am completing my professional rotation at the Learning Resource
under the direction of Dr. Safy Zein, PT and Dr. Eman El-Sayed,

Paediatric Psychiatrist. I work with Farah Sabra, an OT from Lebanon, and am
awaiting the return of my intended supervisor, Moffat Makomo from Zimbabwe,
who should be my direct OT supervisor but was stalled coming back because of
issues with his work visa.

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a diagnostic and therapeutic center
that caters services to children and adolescents who may have learning
difficulties and/or behavior problems. LRC started operation in 1996 and
since fall 1997, they have maintained an OT program. The program was started
by a British OT, Susannah Barnes, and when she repatriated to England, it
was headed by Laura Efinger, OT from the USA, from 2003 to 2009. Since
then, LRC have merged the Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Vision
Therapy Departments into one Sensory & Motor Department headed by Dr. Safy
Zein, PT, and with coordinators for each section. Actually, in 1997, LRC
hosted 2 OTs from Connecticut, USA for 6 weeks to train staff on recognizing
OT needs for children referred for diagnosis and therapy.

Why: Why Egypt? Many of you readers know better than I that Egypt needs
OT(s)! As OT continues to advance in countries around the world, so also
should the profession be developed in Egypt- which I chose for the reality
that Egypt occupies only a handful of registered OT(s) and does not
currently offer an accredited OT education. To be able to progress in areas
of occupation, professional practice and leadership, Egypt must also keep
pace by providing both the occasion for learning opportunities and OT
employment. Permeating the boundaries to allow access for both practicing
therapists and students can create a future of global resources to protect
our profession while also addressing the need for therapy in this country.

When: The required sixteen week rotation that I am currently fulfilling
started August 16, 2009 and will conclude on December 5, 2009. Upon
returning to the states, the details of my rotation and research will be
presented in a plenary session, under the direction of occupational therapy
faculty, prior to graduation on December 18 and 19, 2009.

And if the following ten weeks prove to vanish as quickly as the first, and
even if I never have the chance to drink from the Nile, I certainly hope to
return someday.

Angela M Schroeder
Creighton University School
of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Doctor of Occupational Therapy 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

OT International Day

WFOT Occupational Therapy International Day
October 27, 2009

The aim of OT International Day is to promote the mission and goals of occupational therapy.

Read more about it on the WFOT website:

Share your ideas for events to be held in Egypt and the region.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Saudi Arabia OT Conference in April, 2010

Best of luck to the OT's in Saudi Arabia in organizing this conference. Time flies by, as it has been almost 2 1/2 years since we had the First Regional OT Conference in the M.E. in Cairo! I can recall how much hard work was put into organizing this event...

As we all would like to see OT develop in the whole region, I am posting an announcement from the head of the scientific committee for the first OT conference in Saudi Arabia.


"Dear Colleague,

It is a great pleasure to inform you that King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will organize the 1st Regional Occupational Therapy Conference "A New Horizon in Occupational Therapy".

The conference will be held on 06 – 07 April 2010 at Marriot Hotel in Riyadh.

The themes of the symposium are:
1. Advance assistive technologies in Occupational Therapy
2. The latest Occupational Therapy treatment approaches in neurology.
3. The latest Occupational Therapy treatment approaches in pediatrics.
4. Evidence base practice in Occupational Therapy.
5. The effective ways in promoting Occupational Therapy to medical professionals.

You are hereby invited to participate in the scientific program of this symposium.

Please send details/abstracts of the subjects you would like to present along with a CV to the email address below.

Please acknowledge your desire to participate as soon as possible.

Deadline of abstract submission is 30/9/09

For any additional information related to the presentation, please contact:

Rebecca Pegg
Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapy
Rehabilitation Department
1st Occupational Therapy Conference 2010
Tel: (01) 252-0088 ext. 11063
Fax: (01) 252-0088 ext. 11269

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Chairman, Scientific Committee

Dr. Fayz Al Shahry"