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Physical Therapy Faculty Visits the Dominican Republic

The College of Health Sciences is in the process of planning an interdisciplinary study abroad in partnership with Physicians for Peace. ODU faculty and Physicians for Peace staff members traveledto Dominican Republic recently to begin planning the trip: Gail Grisetti, PT, EdD, Janice Hawkins, RN, MSN, and Martha Walker, PT, represented the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk; Beth Parker attended on behalf of ODU's officeof Study Abroad; and Mary Kwasniewski and Mary Westbrook attended as part of PFP staff.

The purpose of the trip was to evaluate plans and next steps for a proposed study abroad trip to PFP sites in the Dominican Republic for ODU undergraduate and graduate nursing students and graduate physical therapy students in Spring 2012 (March 4-10). ODUand PFP already have a long history of working together. Last fall, for instance, Gail led three PT students to the Dominican Republic for a weeklong mission, the seventh educational exchange of its kind. While the study abroad trip is still in the early planningstage, the Dominican Republic offers many options, and lots of potential, thanks to PFP established programming in country - Burn Care, Dental Care, Maternal and Child Health, Specialized Surgery, Walking Free and more.

We've posted photos from the mission on the PFP facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/PhysiciansforPeace.