Claudia Medeiros, PT, DPT, GCS, AP – Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Keiser University, Miami Campus
Dr. Medeiros has been with KU at the Miami campus since November of 2013. This is her story, which she shared with Dr. Markowitz and Dr. Sibila about her recent trip to Haiti; it is the second time she has been invited to teach in Haiti since being at KU.
“I would like to thank you for supporting me in my experience as a volunteer physical therapy faculty at the Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne in Haiti.
The Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne (FSRL) was established in 2016 as the first professional 4-year physical therapy program at a Bachelors level in Haiti. Cohort 1 students are currently attending their second year and cohort 1 students are well under way on their first year course of studies. The program curriculum has been written to comply with minimum requirements set by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy and volunteer physical therapy and occupational therapy faculty are involved in course development and teaching in Haiti. American universities that are represented by their faculty include the Medical University of South Carolina, the Quinnipiac University, the University of North Carolina and the Belmont University. I have represented Keiser University Miami by teaching in Haiti in June 2016 and during the first week in May 2017.
The program has been structured in a somewhat similar model to the one followed at Keiser University. Students at FSRL have classes five days a week, from 8:00am to 3:00pm and the course duration is of 4 weeks. I was one of the instructors in charge of delivering the content for the course on Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders by covering the hip and knee joints. Classes had a lecture and a lab component and during the lab activities, I had two doctorate of physical therapy students from the Medical University of South Carolina as assistants.
Being involved in this program has been a truly rewarding experience in many levels. It has been very humbling to see first-hand how the vision and hard work of a handful of people do indeed propel a movement that transforms the lives of many through education. I am very grateful to realize how much my teaching at Keiser University has allowed me to develop skills that positively impact lives of people at a local and at a global level!”