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Medical Needs-Finding and User-Centered Design for Low-Resource Settings

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Quito, Cabanas Armonia, Mindo, Ecuador
Course # SA 10517
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2018 03/10/18 to 03/18/18

Program Leader

Name Jacqueline Linnes

Program Description

This course over spring break will involve students working directly with upper and lower-limb amputees alongside ROMP (Range of Motion Project) personnel and clinicians working to provide prostheses, orthotics, and other adaptive technologies to patients.

Trip Details:
Students attending this study-abroad program will learn about prosthetic design and fabrication, function, and delivery to difficult-to-reach populations. Students will split into smaller groups of 3 to 4 and shadow one ROMP clinician during the first two patient evaluation days. They will have the opportunity to ask questions, observe patient-clinician interactions, and gain hands-on experience fabricating a prosthesis during the following two days. At the end of the fourth day, students will take part in presenting the newly fabricated prostheses to patients and their families.

In order for students to gain an understanding of the resource setting that ROMP operates in Ecuador, students will spend one morning visiting a ROMP patient, asking questions and learning about the life and opportunities of an amputee with a prosthetic in Quito, Ecuador. In the afternoon, we will shift perspectives from learning about non-profit healthcare operations to the operations and resources of ROMP, including a tour of the facilities and prosthetics fabrication. On their last day in the clinic, students can have access to all ROMP tools and capabilities in the clinic to design project ideas, prototype and test their ideas, and/or interview patients about future or ongoing engineering solutions to improve their quality of life with a prosthetic.

The final in-country day will be spent in the historic village of Mindo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site within the Andes Mountains. Tours and hikes will be available for those interested.

Among all the planned engagements and working hours in the clinic, students can expect Lunch'n Learn discussions each day with local caregivers. Additional, pre- and post-departure meetings will be held during the spring semester to prepare for, and debrief following the trip. Grading will be based on course participation, assigned readings, daily journals, and a written team project due after return to the US.

Spanish is spoken in Ecuador, although no language prerequisites are required for this trip. **Open to all engineering sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing**

Academic Credit

Earn 1 credit for BME 395. Contact your academic advisor to see how it can be used in your plan of study.


Open to all sophomore, junior, and senior engineering students in good academic standing. Has passport valid through September 2018.

Program Cost

Estimated cost is $2967 ($2467 with the $500 Purdue Moves Scholarship). This cost includes group flight, ground transportation, lodging and meals for 8 days.
All eligible undergraduates who apply will receive the Purdue Moves scholarship.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the program reaches capacity.
Students should submit their $500 Study Abroad Program deposit to hold their spot in the course.

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