The department faculty and student class officers during the event at the University of South Alabama, with Dr Kyoung Kim, speaking from South Korea, in the background.
The department faculty and student class officers during the event at the University of South Alabama, with Dr Kyoung Kim, speaking from South Korea, in the background.

International video conference marks World PT Day in America

An innovative experiment in video conferencing marked World Physical Therapy Day in the United States, where the Physical Therapy Department at the University of South Alabama celebrated World Physical Therapy Day with two international lectures transmitted from overseas.

Dennis Fell, Chair of the Physical Therapy Department at the university, invited two physical therapy colleagues from Africa and Asia to give presentations to the Doctor of Physical Therapy students in his programme. Their lectures were transmitted from their own countries via live Skype video conferencing.

Esther Munalula Nkandu, Chair of Physical Therapy at the University of Zambia, presented a noon lecture on “Physical Therapy for HIV/AIDS in Africa”. She captured the attention of the faculty and students with striking statistics about HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and information about what physical therapists there are doing to address the problem.

Kyoung Kim, Director of Physical Therapy at Daegu University, South Korea, presented the evening lecture on “Cardiovascular Physical Therapy in South Korea”, including a case study covering examination, intervention and outcomes. “It was a fabulous experience with great opportunities for international collaboration and collegial development,” said Dennis Fell.