International Service Learning
CHSP students study innovative program curricula, engaging in extensive hands-on learning in clinical and simulated settings. CHSP also provides global educational opportunities with select partners from around the world; developing skill, while also enhancing the college experience by enriching students’ connection with their discipline and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Travel Opportunities Include:
In spring 2015, nursing and pre-med students embarked on a health mission trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia under the direction of Dr. Carolynn DeSandre. Over the next ten days, students delivered much needed healthcare services to over 500 men, women, and children in a variety of vulnerable settings, including: family prisons, orphanages, a government funded clinic for the poor, mountain communities, and on the city square in Cochabamba for homeless youth and families. Students facilitated care for many needs including abdominal and musculoskeletal pain, diabetes, hypertension, malnutrition, acute wounds, and family planning. Students worked in interprofessional teams to deliver necessary medical care and health education to Bolivians in need. The healthcare team was honored by the Governor of Cochabamba for their exemplary work and encouraged to return again soon.
For the past two years, physical therapy faculty and students spent their spring break time providing PT services in the Dominican Republic. Students, under the supervision of the faculty members and Dominican therapists, demonstrated their patient management skills, treating individuals at El Buen Samaritano Hospital and two private physical therapy clinics. Groups of students treated Haitian workers in batayes in the sugar cane fields. Although students received no academic credit for their efforts, they were willing to raise the funds necessary to take advantage of this opportunity. Plans are to continue these trips on an annual basis and to study the possibility of expanding cross-cultural experiences to other locations.
As part of a Healthcare Cultural Immersion Study Abroad course, twenty-one nursing and pre-med students, along with nursing faculty, traveled to the Dominican Republic in May 2015 to offer healthcare services to residents in the bateyes. This trip was in partnership with Rivers of the World (ROW) and El Buen Samaritano Hospital in LaRomana. The groups treated 569 patients with conditions ranging from high blood pressure to skin infections. Students overwhelmingly enjoyed this international experience. Dates for next year’s trip have already been set for May 14-22, 2016.
Nursing faculty provide detailed accounts of patient interactions and care in "Making a difference in the Dominican Republic".
Michael "We had clinic in Palo Bonito where we met Michel, a 12 year old boy who loved baseball. He was in respiratory distress during clinic triage. He struggled for air, using accessory muscles in his chest resulting in retractions." Read More