DPT Goes Global: Israel and Trinidad

During the January break, two groups of second and third year students joined faculty for their Physical Therapy Global Master Clinician Observation in both Trinidad and Israel. The groundwork for this program was laid in 2015 when 3 students became the pioneers of the first global experience in Trinidad. This experience, which was part of the University’s mission, offered appropriate global experiences for those students who wished to further broaden their overall physical therapy education. At both sites, students observed clinical practices of expert clinicians outside the U.S. in order to gain an understanding of of different physical therapy delivery models, health delivery systems, and cultures.

Trinidad:

In Trinidad, the students spent their time at two sites and were accompanied by Dr. Marilyn Moffat. The first was Petrotrin, the largest oil/petroleum refinery at Point-a-Pierre, which houses its own health services complex and their own physical therapy unit that provided services for adults affiliated with the petroleum plant.

The second site was the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mount Hope, a large teaching institution tied with the University of the West Indies, providing generalist and specialist medical and surgical services, nuclear medicine, research areas, and physical therapy that provided in- and out-patient services from pediatrics to geriatrics, and from ICU to oncological to neuromusculoskeletal populations. Students also had the opportunity to be part of the clinic at the Princess Elizabeth Center that provides expert orthopaedic care to patients in Trinidad and Tobago, performing surgical procedures on an average of 50 spinal deformities every year.

At both sites, the students were able to explore the rich culture and cuisine of the countries, and take excursion trips to botanical gar- dens, deserts, mountains, museums, lakes, and cultural festivals. The department looks forward to continuing global experiences for PT students in the coming years!

Israel:

In Israel, the students split their time between four sites, and were accompanied by Dr. Elaine Becker. The first site was with the Israel Defense Forces where they learned of the innovative research to identify and prevent training and combat injuries. At this site, students were able to experience some of the activities designed for basic training first hand. They visited three different army bases and observed injured soldiers being treated.

The second site was Physio & More, a private practice specializing in physical therapy management of sports injuries, post-surgical patients, and musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder.

The third facility was the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, a 52 acre full-service health- care treatment and research institution in Israel with five main large divisions including its Rehabilitation Center. Here, they had the opportunity to observe expert physical therapists interventions in the areas of neurology, pediatrics, cardiology, and oncology, and they participated in their gait laboratory.

The fourth site was Tel Hashomer, the most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East, where students observed in multiple clinical environments, in the areas of: pain management, traumatic brain injuries, and neurological and geriatric conditions. They also experienced a state of the art virtual reality assessment and treatment facility

At both sites, the students were able to explore the rich culture and cuisine of the countries, and take excursion trips to botanical gar- dens, deserts, mountains, museums, lakes, and cultural festivals. The department looks forward to continuing global experiences for PT students in the coming years!

 

 

Posted: December 13th, 2016