THE PHILIPPINE SCHOOL OF PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS: PSPO
School: The Philippine School of Prosthetics & Orthotics (PSPO) continues to grow. The five-year BSc programme is now in full swing and with all five levels of classes enrolled. A sustainable stream of new clinicians are graduating from the programme and the discipline of Prosthetics and Orthotics has a bright future in the Philippines.
Teaching Clinic: The teaching clinic at the school continues to deliver highly sought after services. Persons with disabilities travel from across the Philippines to receive treatment. A multidisciplinary approach to care has resulted in improved outcomes for patients and ever increasing demand for quality services.
Community Screening: Community screening by Level 5 internship students and their clinical mentors continues to provide important exposure for students to the conditions and challenges of persons with disabilities, who are living in some of the most challenging conditions and under-served areas in the target communities of Tondo and Caloocan. Students visit the communities weekly and help to identify persons in need of services.
Post-Graduate Programme: For the first time graduates of PSPO have entered the workforce. The post-graduate programme is designed to ensure a smooth transition from education to clinical service. Aimed at ensuring graduates evolve beyond theory and faculty-led learning opportunities, into self-directed learners. Graduates work hard to continue the process of professional development that began during their education. Rooted in clinical experience the first batch of graduates have been delivering clinical services, participating in training for other allied health professionals and persons with disabilities with the guidance of experienced mentors to support their transition.
Partnerships are essential to the local delivery of the work of Exceed. In the Philippines, key partnerships for PSPO continue to be the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc and The Nippon Foundation. It is essential that we value and nurture these partnerships so that, together, we can ensure the future of the profession and much needed P&O services.
Later this year PSPO will have its second ISPO inspection, preparations are underway for the assessment and we are confident that we have maintained the high standards required to satisfy the inspectors. We will report on the outcomes of the inspection in the next annual report.
The School will also host the first ISPO PH Member Society certification exam for its first batch of graduates. The function of the Member Society is to encourage ISPO members, in the same geographic region, to join together to facilitate local ISPO activities, to promote the profession, deliver courses and training, and to participate in ISPO governance through International Committee representation.
Project Director: Carmen O. Garcia firstname.lastname@example.org
The Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics
University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences
#7 Kapiligan St.