A person looking at a computer screen.Virtual learning has enabled the TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy to expand its reach to rehabilitation professionals practicing across the United States and around the world.

“Sharing knowledge about evidence-based rehabilitation practice is especially important now, when in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re still required to stay current in our management of our patients. As a community, we’re also learning more about rehabilitation of survivors of the virus – information that is important to share,” says Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and director of education at TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network. “When the pandemic hit in March, we ramped up quickly, flipping all our classes to a virtual format.”

In August 2020, TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy was invited to host a COVID-19 webinar for the international rehabilitation community in the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. “The webinar was well attended, and participants were highly engaged and seeking more, which prompted us to begin work on another webinar for clinicians in the Persian Gulf Coast states,” de Joya says.

She expects virtual learning to continue beyond the pandemic and further extend the reach of TIRR Memorial Hermann. “I’m not sure anything will replace in-person learning but on the flip side, the number of people who can connect from all parts of the world makes virtual education a win-win,” she says. “We’re finding that our discussions are much more enriched when they include people from across the country and around the world.”

Courses available through the TIRR Education Academy are either prerecorded and web based for on-demand viewing, or live streamed, or a hybrid of both. Upcoming courses and conferences include:

For more information and to register, visit our Continuing Education page.

Winter 2021 Edition
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