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The Maralynne D. Mitcham Inaugural Lecture

The inaugural Maralynne D. Mitcham Lecture and Alumni Luncheon, hosted by The Division of Occupational Therapy and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, was held Friday, July 19, 2013 at MUSC.  The day-long festivities attracted a standing room only crowd of nearly 125 faculty, staff, students and OT Alumni.

Internationally renowned lecturer, Dr. Michael Iwama

Internationally renowned lecturer, Dr. Michael Iwama, delivered the inaugural address entitled, “East & West: Cross Cultural Implications on the Construction of Theory and knowledge in Occupational Therapy.”   Dr. Iwama, an innovative thinker and internationally known champion of culturally relevant occupational therapy, created the conceptual Kawa Model, which has been incorporated into occupational therapy curricula and clinical settings worldwide.  He previously held academic appointments at the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia in Canada and at Kibi International University in Japan, and holds honorary appointments in Australia, the United Kingdom and Malaysia. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journals as well as five books on rehabilitation sciences. Dr. Iwama has doctoral degrees in medical and cultural anthropology and in sociology, a master’s degree in rehabilitation sciences and bachelor’s degrees in occupational therapy and human performance.

The Lecture was preceded by a tour of CHP’s Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions and followed by an Alumni Luncheon with remarks from Dr. Mitcham.  The afternoon featured both adult and pediatric continuing education workshops on splinting and therapeutic taping. 

Dr. Maralynne D. Mitcham

In 2005, The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund was established to create, in perpetuity, an annual lectureship program for the Division of Occupational Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina.  The fund’s purpose is to honor the collegial spirit, leadership skills, and mentorship of Maralynne D. Mitcham and promote a day of sharing and fellowship for the profession of occupational therapy.  More specifically, the lectureship will be awarded each year to a scholar in the field who has a broad perspective on occupation, an international reputation, and one who has made significant contributions to education, practice, and/or research in the field of occupational therapy. Such a scholar will enhance the education of health professionals within the college and community, and provide an opportunity for presentation and dialogue around key intellectual issues of the time, thereby fostering the vision and mission of the University. 


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