The purpose of this blog is to provide:
(1). Explanation of Occupational Therapy (OT)
(2). Updates on development of Occupational Therapy educational programs in Egypt
(3). Updates on Occupational Therapy related events
(4). Postings for job opportunities
(5). Resources for people interested in Occupational Therapy related topics
(6). Listings of local facilities providing Occupational Therapy services in Egypt
(7). A network of Occupational Therapists living and working in Egypt
For the past few years, Khalid Mohamed and I have corresponded through the OT blog, but have never met until last month. He wrote me even before he started in the OT program at Downstate Medical Center in New York and now he will soon be graduating.
He had an interest in the OT in Egypt blog as his parents are Egyptian and he, as well as his sister, was pursuing a career as an OT. This past month we finally met up as he organized for me to come to the Occupational therapy department at SUNY Downstate Medical Centerand speak with the students about my experiences working as an OT in Egypt.
I was happy to do so, as I think it is important that people become aware of how other countries develop OT services and educational programs and to learn about how OT services are similar and different in other cultures. In fact, there are more similarities than differences in most cases!
Great timing, as April was OT Awareness month!
Some OT students and staff were also kind enough to donate some OT textbooks for the OT students in Egypt. Many thanks to those who made these donations!
Many thanks to Khalid for organizing this event, he has a bright future ahead of him as an OT. His future patients will be happy to have him as a therapist!