Seven Physical Therapy (PT) students namely, Lisa Ann Edwin, Saylee Jadhav, Athira Elizabeth Sebastian, Madhura, Suhas Jamsandekar, Serrao
Vaneesa, Aravind Srikumar and Solomon George Raju accompanied by Prof. Ajay Thakur from the Institute of Physiotherapy NITTE University, Mangalore, India participated in the Global Internship Experience (GIE) of the University of Santo Tomas – College of Rehabilitation Sciences (UST-CRS) Department of Physical Therapy from November 22 to December 12, 2017.
The Indian students were grouped into two and were assigned for three to four days in two UST-CRS affiliated rehabilitation centers, namely, Quality Life Discoveries (QLD) and UAAP Sports Center. Under the supervision of staff physical therapists of QLD and UAAP Sports Center, the Indian students observed the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal cases,
sports – related injuries and pediatric cases in the Philippines.
Aside from clinical observations, there was also an exchange of current practices and knowledge between UST – CRS and NITTE University. While in UST, NITTE University students attended regular classes at the Department of Physical Therapy where they participated in case discussions and return demonstrations, and interacted with other UST PT students.
Center for Health Research and Movement
Science (CHRMS) Chair Assoc. Prof. Valentin Dones III, Ph.D., taught the students Biomechanical Taping, a technique that he himself developed. For his part, Prof. Thakur delivered a special lecture on the assessment of
patients with amputee among 4th year PT students on November 29, 2017 as part of their Clinical Education I class.
The Global International Experience program was spearheaded by CRS Internationalization Committee Chair Ms. Paulin Grace Morato-Espino, Asst. Prof. Christian Rey Rimando, committee member, Internship Supervisor Ms. Fe Therese Chavez, and Department of Physical Therapy Chair Ms. Jocel M. Regino.