Palmer Clinic Abroad: ‘A wonderful experience everyone should have’
For Kaitlin Overman, a 13th quarter student on Palmer’s San Jose, Calif., campus, traveling to Fiji to provide chiropractic care was eye-opening and challenging and worth every minute.
“I thought it was a wonderful experience that everyone should have,” she said. “I got to see a lot of really interesting conditions that I wouldn’t have seen in the San Jose campus clinic. It was a good challenge to be out of my element.”
She also appreciated that many of her patients were younger than the typical San Jose clinic patient. “I was pleased to get more experience in pediatric examinations and adjustments,” she added.
But what really struck home was interacting with people from a completely different culture, especially in impoverished areas of the country. “I was surprised to see how poverty-stricken many of the communities were. One of the schools we went to was almost completely burned down. Less than half of the school was left and they managed to pack all 800 students into two small rooms.”
The experience left her feeling in debt to the people she helped. “The people were so thankful for even the simplest things. At every location we visited they were so gracious and helpful. I felt like we were the ones benefiting.”
Palmer’s Clinic Abroad Program has been assisting residents in medically underserved locations around the globe since 1996 and is the only one of its kind in chiropractic education.