Six students from the College of Rehabilitation Sciences went on internship at the Niigata University of Health and Welfare (NUHW) from August 30 to September 30, 2018 as part of their Global Internship Experience (GIE). The interns included: Ms. Anizamara S. Hilario (Sports Science), Ms. Wingmay Yves S. Alegado (Speech-Language Pathology), Ms. Ira Gabrielli delos Reyes (Occupational Therapy), Mr. Justin Rapay (Occupational Therapy), Ms. Erica Marie C. Leonor (Physical Therapy), Mr. Seth Isaac C. Damasco (Physical Therapy). They were accompanied by OT faculty member Mr. Ivan Neil B. Gomez.
During their month-long stay at NUHW, the students were exposed to various training, and research and clinical experiences. On their first week, the students participated in NUHW’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) training along with other students from Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines. At the end of the IPE training, NUHW President Prof. Masaharu Yamamoto, M.D., Ph.D., conferred upon them the title of IPE Masters.
The succeeding weeks provided the UST-CRS interns with research exposures in the fields of kinesiology, neuroscience and elderly exercise groups, among others. They also had the opportunity for clinical observations in various rehabilitation and health-related settings.
The UST-CRS and NUHW partnership which has been on-going for several years now, has produced fruitful collaborations in the fields of research, and both inbound and outbound student and faculty exchange.