The Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center actively seeks to establish international initiatives in other under-resourced countries. NUPOC International Service (NUPOC-IS) is our existing collaboration with the Range of Motion Project-Chicago (ROMP) that enables prosthetists and orthotists who are in training at NUPOC to volunteer their expertise at ROMP’s The Kevin O’Halloran Rehabilitation Clinic, in Zacapa, Guatemala. Launched in 2009, this collaborative service project formally operates with ROMP under a Northwestern University Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The trip is an opportunity for NUPOC students to enhance their clinical proficiency while working in an international setting under the supervision of NUPOC faculty and with on-site technicians. Clients are low income Guatemalan adults and children, many of whom travel great distances to receive their first P&O intervention at the ROMP clinic. NUPOC volunteer participants see immediate results as they empower the lives of under-resourced people who live with physical impairments.
NUPOC-IS trips for 2017 through 2019 are scheduled as follows:
- 2017: February 4 through February 12
- 2018: February 3 through February 11
- 2019: February 2 through February 10
NUPOC students assist in a prosthetics fitting in Guatemala.