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Gannon Physical Therapy Students Bring Medical Services to Mexico

Published: 07/27/2021

Gannon DPT students on a service trip in Mexico.

Gannon DPT students on a service trip in Mexico.

Gannon University doctor of physical therapy students collaborated with CHOSEN International Medical Assistance Inc. to develop a durable medical equipment exchange program during a service trip to Valladolid, Mexico from July 17 to 23.

CHOSEN is an Erie-based organization with offices, distribution center and warehouse on West 26th St. where it refurbishes and distributes top-quality medical equipment to local homes as well as clinics and hospitals across the world to improve quality of life. 

Under the leadership of Gannon’s Constance Lewis, PT, DPT, assistant teaching professor of physical therapy, students traveled to Mexico where they extended CHOSEN services, learning social responsibility and positively impacting the health of the community around them.

As part of the trip, students repaired, cleaned and properly fitted medical equipment including walkers, wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and medical braces for community members who otherwise would not have access to this necessary equipment. Students also provided physical therapy services to patients in a community clinic including pain management, wound care, wellness checks and more.

Click here to view a video compilation of their experiences by Randy King, international relations director for CHOSEN.

Click here to learn more about Gannon’s partnership with CHOSEN International Medical Assistance Inc.