Every year, students in the allied medical professions reach out to their communities to lend a helping hand. A recent issue of Allied Med Today, a School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP) alumni magazine publication, features some of the community outreach services these students provided last year to those in need, both abroad and in their own backyards.
Among last year’s class projects was an international service learning program in which students enrolled in Ohio State’s physical and occupational therapy programs traveled to Merida, Mexico, to administer treatments in local nursing homes, rehab centers, shelters, schools and daycare centers. Other students, including DPT students Marcy Coonce and Elise Kaufman took their knowledge and skills to outlying regions in India and Uganda to deliver much-needed care to the disadvantaged and impoverished living in those rural communities.
Some volunteered their time outside of their programs to help those in need around the nation. Last summer, SAMP students Sachin Sharma and Kevin Doyle spent part of their vacation time helping to rebuild homes in post-Katrina New Orleans, while Caroline Marra returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh to establish a shelter for homeless men through her church.
Closer to home, respiratory therapy student Melissa Frasure, along with seven other SAMP students and six alumni, volunteered her time to serve as a counselor at Champ Camp, a week-long summer camp for children and adolescents with tracheostomies and those who require respiratory assistance to give these kids a “traditional” summer camp experience.
These and other stories about SAMP student community service activities may be read in Allied Med Today