MGM University of Health Sciences department of physiotherapy and WSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2016. Professor and Director Rajani Mullerpartan PT, PhD has been instrumental in the development of the collaboration to improve spine care for underserved communities in Mumbai and Maharashtra. MGM Institute (www.mgmuhs.com) is one of the premier educational institutions in India, offering Medicine, Physiotherapy, Orthopedic and Neuro Surgery and several other medical and allied health specialties with a vision of improving people’s quality of life, both at individual and community levels by imparting quality medical education to tomorrow’s health care professionals. Located at the brink of urban and rural India, MGMIHS is in the best position to evaluate and address healthcare needs of both sectors of people.
The collaboration between WSC and MGM is a great opportunity to develop models for this part of India to help prevent spine disability and manage evidence based spine care in under-served communities in collaboration with the villages while respecting the traditions and cultures of the region. The collaboration provides many unique opportunities including:
- To provide urban and rural clinical services for the management of spinal disorders.
- To train future spine care providers by creating a curriculum for teaching evidence-based approaches to the assessment and management of spinal disorders.
- To collaborate on research relating to spine pain. MGMUHS has a state of the art movement laboratory able to collect kinematic, kinetic, EMG, and metabolic data.
This initiative is in tune with the focus of MGMIHS on finding better, safer and affordable ways of diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.