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Fourth Annual Anne Cronin Mosey Lecture is a Big Success

Nearly 90 people filled the conference room at NYU’s Kimmel Center for the lecture and panel discussion for “Volunteering Overseas: The Pearls and Pitfalls.” In attendance for the 4th Annual Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship, the crowd was enthusiastic and animated about the gathering. This year’s event focused on occupational therapists' and other health professionals’ increasing interests in helping those in need in less fortunate areas of the world. Organizers hope the lecture will be a springboard to action for those considering volunteering outside of the United States.

Before the lecture, the recipients of the 2007 Frieda J. Behlan Occupational Therapy Scholarship, Rebecca Berg and Lauren Selsky, were presented with certificates in honor of their awards. Lynn Bassini, founder of Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation (GHHF), then gave the keynote address. Following a luncheon, Bassini moderated a lively panel discussion that followed. Drawing from her extensive experience working abroad, Bassini discussed a wide range of topics including how to select a medical mission, networking, ethical and legal concerns, and cross-cultural differences and sensitivities.

The distinguished panel featured occupational therapy professionals with significant experience working in less developed countries: Signian McGeary (Bangladesh, China, India, Central America, Singapore, Australia), Izel Obermeyer (Kenya, Brazil, Namibia, South Africa), Diane Tewfik (Muldova), and Debra Tupé (Cuba, Nicaragua). After the discussion, attendees enjoyed the opportunity to mix and mingle with old friends and colleagues. Large groups gathered around the information table after the event, and many were eager to learn more about how to help. Additionally, representatives from GHHF and the Peace Corps were also present at the table to answer questions.

The Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship addresses timely and controversial issues facing the occupational therapy profession. It is sponsored annually by the Department of Occupational Therapy and the Occupational Therapy Alumni Board, bringing together current students, alumni, OT professionals, and others from the NYU and occupational therapy community. The lectureship honors Dr. Anne Cronin Mosey, former professor and chair of the Department, for her many achievements and contributions to NYU and the occupational therapy profession.