China Initiative Visits Shanghai | April 2019
April 30, 2019
In April 2019, members of the USC Chan China Initiative team traveled to Shanghai to attend the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (CARM) 2nd Annual Occupational Therapy Subcommittee Meeting. Prior to conference activities, the team had the opportunity to visit Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SUTCM), which is one of China’s first four TCM universities and, as of 2006, one of six universities in Shanghai to offer a rehabilitation degree.
The CARM OT Subcommittee 2nd Annual Meeting events began the afternoon of the 26th, with design competitions that revolved around OT Promotion, OT Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and OT Papers. An opening ceremony and main forum followed the next morning, in which the conference theme was made clear: “Occupation Inspires Life, Rehabilitation Instills Hope.” Main and sub forums covered topics such as neuroscience, psychosocial component of OT, and vocational rehabilitation.
USC Chan faculty members and students had the opportunity to deliver presentations to the audience. China Initiative director Dr. Julie McLaughlin Gray presented on ‘“Occupations as Ends, Occupations as Means”: Relevance After 20 Years.’ Global Initiatives director Dr. Daniel Park addressed the audience on “Global Initiatives at the USC Chan Division: Investing in Partnerships for the Future of the OT Profession.” USC OTD ’19 student Yijun (Jane) Liu presented on ‘Reflections on Studying in the Occupational Therapy Master’s Program at USC,’ detailing how USC’s education shaped and expanded her understanding of occupational therapy.