Occupational Therapy students return from Merida program in Mexico

Thirteen Dominican Occupational Therapy students spent this summer in Mexico participating in a four-week program that combined intensive Spanish language instruction with community fieldwork.

The partnership was facilitated through Dominican’s Global Education Office (GEO).

The Merida program offered Dominican students opportunities to visit and study Mexican health care clinics in the mornings then attend afternoon lectures on topics such as public health, infectious disease,  geriatrics, and physiotherapy practices in Mexico.


The students in Dominican’s Department of Occupational Therapy spent three weeks at the Centro de rehabilitación en Mérida (CRIT), a children's outpatient facility with full rehab service, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Speech Therapy.  They also visited Renaciemento, a general rehabilitation facility, for a week and made two afternoon visits to the IMSS Unidad Medica De Alta Especialidad, a full-service hospital funded by employers and subsidized by the government servicing employees and their families. At the IMSS Unidad Medica De Alta Especialidad, the OT students observed outpatient Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy clinics.

The cultural immersion trip included a day visit to Chichen Itza and Jarana cultural dance, and was capped in the final week when Dominican students interviewed locals in the town square, all in Spanish.

Dominican graduate OT students participating in the Merida course were Emilio Villavicencio, Sara Laughter, Jan Conducto, Vanessa Mitchell, Maria Carranza, Amy Tam, Natalie Barrales, Nhu Nguyen, Huilim Jeong, Erin Camarena, Christine Jacob, and Yareli Vargas. They are all second year Entry Level Master's (ELM) students.  Ivy Torres-Flores ‘19, who will return to campus this fall to pursue her MS and begin a six-month internship, also took part in the course.


July 9, 2018