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China PT trip 8-2011-2Bickel works with Chinese health care workersUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) alumni Tom and Janet Hicks began working in China as physicians in 1996. They have seen steady progress in the quality of care provided during the past 15 years, but there is much more that needs to be done — especially in physical therapy.

So the Hickses invited a team of physicians, nurses and other health-care providers to China. As a result, an interdisciplinary team of eight people — six with UAB ties — spent a week in Lanzhou, China, this past summer. Part of their mission was to teach physical therapy techniques to health-care providers at a hospital and nursing home. They also lectured on the state of practice in trauma/burns ICU, pediatric critical care and laparoscopic surgery.

“The Chinese government realizes its rehab programs are not doing as well as they could,” says Scott Bickel, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Physical Therapy and one of the team members. “In some aspects, it’s like going back in time 40 years. People stay in the hospital longer than they do here. Their rehab options are very limited. They see they can be doing better in that area, and they want to improve.”

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McCarthy teaches exam prep course in China

McCarthy China ExamMcCarthy, front row middle, with class in ChinaUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Physical Therapy professor John McCarthy, Ph.D., PT, had less than a two weeks’ notice to renew his passport before heading to China.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – Shanghai asked McCarthy, who just rolled off the NSCA Board of Directors, to come teach a five-day exam preparation class for 31 sports scientists from various universities and professional sports coaches. These candidates were recently registered as new members of NSCA-Shanghai and were being prepped to take the international exam to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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