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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-21

International society of physical and rehabilitation medicine webinar series - An effective global educational initiative during COVID-19 pandemic


1 Chief Coordinator, ISPRM World Youth Forum; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Miami/Jackson Health, System, FL, USA
2 Chair, ISPRM Education Committee, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, TX, USA
3 Chair, ISPRM Online Education Subcommittee, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Montefiore Health System, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA
4 President Elect, ISPRM, Department of Mental and Physical Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Napoli, Italy
5 Chair, ISPRM-WHO Liaison Committee, Spinal Unit, Montecatone Rehabilitation Institute, Imola, Bologna, Italy
6 President, ISPRM, Neurological Rehabilitation Center, Virtus Medical Group, Hong Kong, China
7 Immediate Past President, ISPRM, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, PR, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manoj K Poudel
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Miami/Jackson Health System, 1611 NW 12th Ave, Miami, FL 33136
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jisprm.jisprm_31_20

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The International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) has recently started an educational initiative named “ISPRM Webinar Series,” broadcasting a series of live interactive online webinar sessions over 3 months. The objectives of the webinars were to connect rehabilitation professionals worldwide, share experiences/expertise, and create teaching-learning activities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic has been adversely affecting the lives of people including being a big challenge to the medical community. The specialty of physical and rehabilitation medicine is facing challenges and simultaneously having unique opportunities to contribute to the care of COVID-19 survivors. This article describes the purpose, educational structure, and overall experiences during the ISPRM Webinar Series. Distinguished speakers/panelists from around the world delivered their message, expertise, and experience in several topics with a special emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic. A historical moment for ISPRM was when the Honorable Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, sent a special message to ISPRM and its global audience. The audience for the various webinars has included colleagues from 101 countries and territories, with an average number of 365 participants per live session and a high prevalence of youth. In conclusion, based on the feedback of the participants, the ISPRM Webinar Series proved to be a timely and effective educational initiative with wide-spread global reach during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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