By Monica Slanik

On the Montreal mornings and Manipal evenings of October 22 and 29, a two-day joint symposium on COVID-19 and Rehabilitation took place. The virtual presentations and active discussion sessions created rich opportunities for exchange of ideas, experiences and research activities between the Manipal College of Health Professions and McGill’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy.

Over 140 students and faculty took part. Participants listened to faculty members from both universities present on a range of topics, including: the alignment of country-level COVID-19 policies with the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, authentic learning for clinical trainees within the context of COVID-19, the rapid expansion of tele-rehab and related considerations of accessibility and adaptability, attitudes towards mask-wearing during exercise, supporting child participation, hand rehabilitation, physical activity of stroke survivors during COVID-19, language accessibility and community participation and the important role of rehabilitation for patients with COVID-19.

Following the presentations, Manipal and McGill faculty members alternated in moderating engaging discussion sessions among attendees and presenters.

This event was convened as part of the Manipal-McGill Rehabilitation Collaboration, a partnership which was formalized in Manipal earlier this year and is supported by the McGill Global Health Programs. Read more here.

November 18, 2020