The Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center actively seeks to establish international initiatives in other under-resourced countries. Launched in 2009, NUPOC International Service (NUPOC-IS) collaborates with the Range of Motion Project-Chicago (ROMP). This annual, week-long program enables prosthetists and orthotists who are in training at NUPOC to volunteer their expertise at The Kevin O’Halloran Rehabilitation Clinic, the ROMP facility in Zacapa, Guatemala.
The service 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.
International Service trips to Guatemala are usually planned to occur during the first full week of February. NUPOC-IS trips for 2019 are scheduled:
- 2019: Guatemala, February 2 through February 10
- 2019: Canada, January 28 through February 8
NUPOC instructors and ROMP staff supervise student work.