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The Maralynne D. Mitcham Inaugural Lectureship


July 19
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
MUSC's Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium (67 President Street)
Nancy Carson, Interium Director, OT Division 843-792- 2239

Join us for The Maralynne D. Mitcham Inaugural Lectureship titled, "East & West: Cross Cultural Implications on the Construction of Theory and Knowledge in Occupational Therapy" by Dr. Michael Iwama, PhD, OT (C), Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Georgia Regents University.

Dr. Iwama is an innovative thinker and internationally known champion of culturally relevant occupational therapy. He 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, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and at Kibi International University in Japan. He holds honorary appointments in Australia, the United Kingdom and Malaysia. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as five books about rehabilitation sciences. Dr. Iwama has doctoral degrees in medical and cultural anthropology and in sociology. He also holds a master's degree in rehabilitation sciences and bachelor's degrees in occupational therapy and human performance.

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 Dr. 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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