Program Overview – ROMP Practitioner Field Education

Purpose:

To facilitate a knowledge exchange between Guatemalan and US clinicians and students, equip practitioners with clinical experience in a global health setting, and to expose future generations of O&P professionals to the realities of living with disability in resource poor communities.

Cost:

$1500 per practitioner. This includes all in-country transportation, food, and lodging during the student’s time in Guatemala. 50% of this amount is due as a deposit one month prior to departure. The remaining 50% is due before leaving the USA for Guatemala. Individuals will be responsible for purchasing their own flights. Individuals have the option to fundraise the cost of their trip- ROMP staff will provide each person with a fundraising page and resources for best fundraising practices. Click here for more info.

Program Overview:

Practitioners will receive a tour of the regional hospital and the ROMP clinical facility to begin the week. After meeting ROMP Guatemala clinical and administrative staff, individuals will begin providing patient care with ROMP Global clinical staff, and ROMP Guatemala clinical staff.

A sample itinerary is below.

Lunchtime lectures are held everyday by ROMP Global and ROMP Guatemala staff. Topics include:

  • grand rounds and case studies
  • clinical techniques
  • global health and epidemiology
  • 3D scanning, printing, and design
  • ROMP documentary films

Program Goals

The goals of the clinical portion of the trip are:

  • Equip individuals with a working knowledge of ROMP’s clinical operations
  • Provide hands-on experience working with patients from Guatemala
  • Understand the local context in which patients live
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration with ROMP Guatemala staff
  • Leave with a better understanding of the challenges of delivering O&P care in resource poor settings

Location:

Loren J Mallon Centro de Rehabilitación, ROMP’s flagship prosthetic clinic on the campus of the Hospital Regional de Zacapa in Zacapa, Guatemala.

Sample Itinerary:

Individuals will arrive in Guatemala and be shuttled directly to the hotel in Santa Cruz, Guatemala in private transport. Each morning, practitioners, students, faculty, and ROMP staff will travel to and from the clinic in private transportation. A typical clinical agenda looks like this:

Day 1 – Arrival and travel to Zacapa, Guatemala
Day 2 – Casting / Modification
Day 3 – Casting / Modification / Fabrication
Day 4 – Modification / Fabrication
Day 5 – Fitting / Delivery
Day 6 – Fitting / Delivery
Day 7 – Fitting / Delivery
Day 8 – Travel to Antigua, Guatemala
Day 9 – Personal day in Antigua, Guatemala
Day 10 – Departure

Accommodations and Ground Transportation

Zacapa Accommodation

Hotel El Atlántico
Address: Carretera Atlantico, Santa Cruz, Guatemala
Phone: +502 7942 0000
Type of room: Double or Triple Cabaña

Antigua Accommodation

Posada La Merced
Address: 7a. Avenida Norte #43
Antigua Guatemala, 03001
Phone: +502 7832 3197
Type of room: Double

All in-country transportation will be in private vehicles arranged and managed by ROMP staff.