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September 8 marks World Physical Therapy Day, which was started in 1951 The World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT), of which Ukraine has been a member since 2010. This day is held to raise public awareness of the key role of rehabilitation in maintaining health and restoring independence of people who have lost motor functions due to injuries or illnesses. The main theme of the events is “Movement for health”. National Medical University named after O.O. Bogomoletsa is directly involved in this day, because since 2017, the medical and psychological faculty, together with the graduate department of physical rehabilitation and sports medicine, have been training specialists in physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Due to the war in Ukraine, the public demand for specialists in physical therapy and occupational therapy is extremely high. So, in the Department of Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy of the University Clinic, at the educational base of the Department of Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, headed by Professor Olena Dorofeeva, the first practical class of third-year students took place – “Sports trauma”.

Maria Ovdiy, associate professor of the department, explained that the specialty “Physical Therapy” is on the border of medical and pedagogical sciences, so it requires thorough medical knowledge and experience. Under the guidance of the teacher, the students examined the mechanism of the injury, conducted a rehabilitation examination of a patient who is being treated as an outpatient at the University Clinic, and determined the directions of an individual rehabilitation program. At the University, students learn the latest technologies for the restoration of the musculoskeletal system of a person, and the study of medical sciences helps them learn more deeply about the patient’s anatomical, physiological and pathological conditions. Among our students, there are many who have their own experience in massage and physical therapy. In particular, third-year student Nadiya Ulvis entered NMU after medical school. She has experience working in a physiotherapy office.

“Since 2017, the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of the National Medical University named after O.O. Bogomoletsa trains specialists in specialty 227 “Physical therapy, occupational therapy” (bachelor’s degree 4 years of study; master’s degree – 2 years of study). The training of specialists takes place on a modern innovative base with the involvement of highly qualified teachers in medicine, medical psychology, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and rehabilitation. The popularity of this profession is growing every year. This year’s recruitment of students for the specialty continues, but the level of training of applicants, their desire to master the profession of a physiotherapist, convinces that the student family of the University will have a good addition”, concluded the dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Professor Myroslava Filonenko.

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