Wheeling Jesuit's physical therapy department travels to Mexico for service trip

  WJU News
  Thursday, January 17, 2019 2:15 PM
  Service, Academics, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

Thirty students and faculty members from Wheeling Jesuit's physical therapy department recently returned to campus after spending the last week, Jan. 4-12, abroad in Yucatan, Mexico for a service trip. In addition to Yucatan, the students and faculty also traveled to several cities including Merida and Izamal. 

The physical therapy department travels to Yucatan every January and has been serving Merida for 18 years and Izamal for 12 years. Throughout the week, the group provided physical and occupational therapy, consultations with a physician and nurse and hands-on care for several rehabilitation, pediatric and institutional sites that serve underprivileged patients. While in Izamal, they serviced more than 350 patients. 

Several physical therapy faculty members accompanied the students on the trip including Noelle Adams, Mark Drnach, Allen Marangoni and Craig Ruby.

The service trips provide the students with opportunities to develop and enhance their clinical skills, interpersonal skills and health-care advocacy skills. The international travel experience allows them to immerse themselves in an area outside of the United States and reflect on a global aspect of health care. The main goal of these service trips is to help people and communities who do not have access to basic health care or rehabilitation services. 

"When we travel to Yucatan, the Doctor of Physical Therapy students are exposed to the culture and language of the people as well as helping to provide hands-on care. The experience is gratifying beyond words and appreciated by our partners in Mexico with whom we have worked for many years," said Allen Marangoni, professor and director of the physical therapy program.  

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.    

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