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OT Service, Local to Global

Did you know OT students and faculty at Misericordia are among the most active providers of service on campus? We take seriously the four charisms of the Sisters of Mercy - mercy, service, justice, and hospitality, and try to make them come alive, each in our own way, locally, regionally, internationally, and globally. Here are a few of many examples: MU OT students and other majors regularly travel the globe to provide service in locations such as Jamaica, Peru, Guyana, and Honduras. Each of these longer trips carry course credit. For example, the trip to Honduras is an OT course:

HP 630: Childhood Development in an International Setting
Instructors:
Joan Surfus, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, SWC, Kimberly Weigle, OTD, OTR/L

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide an opportunity to expand clinical knowledge in the areas of early childhood development, psycho-emotional development, and program development, including community needs assessments. The course content and learning will occur in a service learning format, in which students will travel with faculty to Honduras for the primary portion of the course. The most relevant issues in promoting development for institutionalized and post institutionalized children as well as family training for foster care providers are presented with reflection upon existing evidence within the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, psychology, and neurodevelopment. The students will apply the course content to their clinical and professional practice settings through course assignments. This course is offered with an online launch, a 10-14 day intensive in country experience, and closes with online course activities.


MU students at St. John Bosco Boys' Home in Jamaica, Mandeville, West Indies

City Mission, Schenectady, New York.
A remarkable large shelter for the homeless.

Misericordia University students Mary Hawes, Bangor, Pa., left, and Bethany Empfield, Shavertown, Pa., right, assist with one of the indoor events at the Hazleton Area School District’s 4th Annual Winter Olympics at Eagle Rock Resort. The two were among 40 sophomore occupational therapy majors who volunteered their time for the outing for special needs children.

There were plenty of smiles as Misericordia University students Katie Kelly, Honesdale, PA, and Emily Iseminger, Wyalusing, Pa., and Maria Weidemoyer helped out on the sledding run during the Hazleton Area School District’s 4th Annual Winter Olympics for special needs children at Eagle Rock Resort. They were among 40 sophomore occupational therapy majors who volunteered their time for the event.