Overview of International Opportunities
Since 2012, the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University has offered clinical education experiences for DPT students outside of the United States. These opportunities are consistent with the department’s mission of producing global leaders and one of the pillars of the university’s strategic plan, which is to engage locally, nationally, and internationally to heighten our global impact for the greater good. The relationships with our international host partners are intended to be sustainable and to mutually beneficial to the students and host sites. We currently have two international partners and are continually seeking new global health opportunities for students and faculty members.
Clinical Education in Belize and Chile
Hillside Health Care International, Punta Gorda, Belize
For this learning experience, for 4-week rotations, students are based in a rural multidisciplinary health clinic where they provide rehabilitation services for pediatric and adult outpatients who have a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Students also educate children in elementary schools about the value of accepting people with disabilities into their communities. The Rehabilitation (PT) Director for HHCI, NU PT faculty members, or PTs affiliated with NU provide direct supervision for the NU DPT students.
University of San Sebastian (USS), Concepcion, Chile
Students who participate in this opportunity are involved in a total immersion experience of the Chilean culture and language as they practice in intensive care units and comprehensive rehabilitation units under the supervision of local therapists and USS faculty members for 6-8 weeks. Students also participate in formal coursework with kinesiotherapist (local physical therapist) students.