Global Rehabilitation Symposium in Zamość
“This is a historic moment for Polish rehabilitation. For the first time Poland has been visited by such a fine group. I think Zamość has also hosted such prestigious scientific meeting of international extent for the first time in its long history” – said MD, PhD Rafał Sapuła, the chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 16th International Scientific Symposium of the Polish Rehabilitation Society (PTReh). It took place from 11th till 13th September in Zamość. PhD Sapuła is the head of the Rehabilitation Clinic of the University of Management and Administration (WSZiA) in Zamość, which co-organised this esteemed event.
Over 600 scientists and practising medicine doctors gathered at the symposium. Amongst them were over 80 distinguished European scientists coming from France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Serbia, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. They were delegates of the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Section & Board of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Besides them and scientists from the PTReh, members of the Rehabilitation, Physical Culture and Social Integration Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) also took part the event, as well as two guests from Canada. Professor Jolanta Kujawa, the chairperson of the PTReh headed the Scientific Committee.
The sessions focused on problems of rehabilitation relating osteoporosis, the elderly, internal diseases, oncology and paediatrics, amongst others. A session on challenges for rehabilitation resulting from ICF and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was a very important part of the conference. This session was co-organised with the Krok za Krokiem (literally: Step by Step) Association and co-financed by PFRON (National Disabled People Rehabilitation Fund). Physiotherapy students from WSZiA volunteered their services for this session.
Additionally, the organizing parties obtained research grants for other sessions from PAN and ZUS (Social Insurance Institution). The LHS Broad Guage Line Ltd. was the main sponsor of the event.
According to the scientists’ opinion our patients may feel secure, the level of rehabilitation in Poland is comparable to European standards.
On the more important events of the first day was the opening lecture by Professor Jan Haftek – a living legend of Polish neurosurgery and rehabilitation and a lecturer of the Physiotherapy Department of WSZiA. During the opening ceremony the rector of WSZiA, PhD Eng. Krzysztof Pancerz honoured professors connected with Zamość with merits for the development of physiotherapy degree course – Prof. Jan Haftek, Prof. Andrzej Kwolek, Prof. Andrzej Lesiak and Prof. Krzysztof Marczewski.
The symposium was accompanied by cultural events. The guests especially fondly recollect such ones as a concert of the Symphonic Orchestra in Zamość, greeting by the Brotherhood of Knights of Zamość, performance of the “Utopia” Fire Theatre and a joint banquet in the Roztoczański National Park Centre. They were also delighted by the beauty of the Old Town in Zamość. The organising parties are receiving numerous emails with thanks.