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Fedorczyk Invited to Speak at International Congress in India

May 15, 2013

Dr. Jane Fedorczyk in IndiaJane Fedorczyk, PhD, a full professor and Director of Post-Professional Clinical Programs in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, traveled to India with Terri Skirven and Evelyn Mackin in early March. Skirven is the Director of Therapy at the Philadelphia Hand Center and an adjunct clinical instructor in the Certificate of Hand Therapy and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation Program at Drexel. Evelyn Mackin has long been considered the “mother” of hand therapy, contributing to the profession by authoring the leading textbook and founding several professional organizations. The Evelyn J. Mackin Endowed Scholarship was established at the College of Nursing and Health Professions in her name.

Fedorczyk, along with Skirven and Mackin, were members of a large American contingent that attended the combined 12th Triennial Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and 9th Triennial Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT), which was held between March 4-8 at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida, New Delhi. Dr. Fedorczyk was invited to speak at the Congress on elbow evaluation. Her talk in the plenary session was titled “Elbow Instability: Are we managing these correctly?” Fedorczyk was selected to receive an International Travel Award from Drexel University’s Office of International Programs, which helped fund her trip.

During their trip to India, Fedorczyk, Terri Skirven, and Evelyn Mackin visited the Taj Mahal and Lotus Temple, went shopping, and took photographs of the many cows that roamed the streets. Fedorczk reflected on the trip, saying “I was surprised to realize how many therapists I knew from other countries, from South Africa, the Netherlands, Australia, England, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland and beyond.”