"Characteristics of Successful International Clinical Education Interns"
February 6, 2014 - Eduglobal President Mike Arnall participated in a panel discussion of Proposed Global Health Competencies at the APTA's Combined Section Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The handout of the talk's slides is available here:
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DPT Student Alyssa Walz recently completed a 10-week internship at Istituto Prosperius Tiberino in Umbertide, Italy. Here are some of her thoughts on her experience.
"If joy allows you to walk a yard above the ground, nothing will cause you to trip." - Baci Chocolate. That's how I feel about this internship. It has brought so much joy to my life that for the last 10 weeks that I really feel as though I have been living this amazing dream where I listened to music I have never listened to before, attempted to learn another language and culture, treated patients through our main method of communication - gestures, and learned more about myself and the person I want to be. This internship has allowed me to grow as a culturally competent therapist and as a person. It provides the opportunity to work in a distinctive setting that combines acute, inpatient, and outpatient therapies in one place. The constant translations, questions, advice/suggestions for treatments, dinner or new places to visit, and the formation of relationships that led to a unique clinical experience that you would not be able to experience anywhere else. Not only did I learn a different healthcare system and way to practice physical therapy but I also learned a lot of lessons that can't be taught in a classroom or at any clinical in the states. In addition, you have the opportunity to travel and see the world without the constant stresses at home (jobs, friends, family, etc.) to get in your way. My clinic IV was an experience I'll never forget and allowed me to open my mind to the world of opportunity in our great profession. I am the most thankful for the Italian culture/language, patients that allow students to treat them, daily lessons at work, laughter and batti cinque (high fives) between the staff, new friendships, wonderful CIs/mentors, seeing a new place every weekend and unforgettable memories that I will hold in my heart forever.
--- Alyssa Walz, 2014 Intern, Georgia State University