A contingent from USciences’ occupational therapy program landed in South Korea over the weekend to begin a learning and cultural exchange at Far East University. The trip was a central component of a memorandum of understanding that was signed in May with FEU to increase “educational, scientific, and cultural experience” of students and faculty from both countries.
“We hope to gain an understanding of OT in Korea, how it is similar and how it is different from the US, and how culture affects intervention,” e-mailed Dr. Paula Kramer, chair of the USciences Occupational Therapy Department, from South Korea. “We are also interested in studying the healthcare system here. We want our students to get a greater understanding of global health. For me, it is a way of exposing the students to the greater world and the similarities and challenges of healthcare in other countries. It’s a way not to be so USA-centric.
As noted at the time of the MOU signing, USciences students will be earning three credit hours. Students will explore healthcare and occupational therapy in Korea, observe treatment options, understand how culture affects practice, and compare the country’s healthcare system to that of the U.S. Coursework will incorporate various learning activities, including: lecture series, discussions, review of case studies, and touring clinical and cultural sites.
OT students on the exchange with Dr. Kramer are Alyssa Reiter DrOt’14, Danielle Centi DrOt’14, Lindsay Chiarello DrOt’14, and Amanda Scull DrOt’15 and the group will be joined by Assistant OT Professor Dr. Rochelle Mendonca later in the week. The group returns on August 4.
Hanna Hyon MOT’12 who will be working and studying in South Korea during the 2012-13 academic year on a U.S. Student Fulbright will arrive next week just before the group departs for the U.S. Once they return, the OT students and faculty will begin preparations for the Korean students who will be visiting USciences in August.