Ten students and one faculty member from the Institute of Physiotherapy, NITTE University, in Mangalore, India participated in the Global Internship Experience (GIE) Program of the University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) Department of Physical Therapy.
The ten Physical Therapy (PT) students, namely, Sayunktha Suresh Anchanc, Amulya Jaya Poojary, Shruthi R, Deekshitha Salian, Anunshka Suresh Shetty, Diana Miranda, Sgar Raman Shetty, Pratiksha hedge, Maithili Milindi Bijoor and Hritika Milindi Bijoor, accompanied by Prof. Subash Chadra Rai, were at the University from January 6 to 30, 2019.
The Indian students were grouped into two and were assigned from three to four days in different UST-CRS affiliated rehabilitation centers Quality Life Discoveries (QLD), REACH, and UAAP sports center. Under the supervision of a licensed physical therapy staff of the three affiliation centers, the Indian students were given an opportunity to observe the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal, sports injury and pediatric cases in the Philippines.
Prof. Subash Chandra Rai, for his part, delivered a special lecture titled ‘Post rehabilitation of shoulder surgery’ attended by students in their 4th year under the Physical Therapy program.
Aside from the clinical observation, the students from NITTE also received special lectures from different CRS faculty members on the topics of musculoskeletal ultrasound, biomechanical taping, shock wave therapy, and sports injury. The Indian students also had the opportunity to experience Filipino culture through sight- seeing activities in Manila, engaging in Filipino classes and by trying the different modes of transportation in the country facilitated by the different UST-CRS student organizations.
This clinical observation program was spearheaded by the chair of the Internationalization Committee Ms. Arlene Chiong Maya, GIE faculty Mr. Lyle Patrick Tangcuangco, Internship Supervisor of the Physical Therapy Department Ms. Fe Therese Chavez, and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy Ms. Jocel M. Regino.