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Clinic Abroad

Care for those in need
Schoolchildren at Dawn High School, in Hyderabad, India, stand in line to pick up roses which they will present to members of the Clinic Abroad Program during a welcoming ceremony.
Students in lines outside of school
Palmer student Milissa Ovitt adjusting a student during the recent Clinic Abroad Program trip to India.
Palmer student Milissa Ovitt adjusting

During the October 2006 Clinic Abroad Program (CAP) trips, 75 students from all three campuses, plus eight faculty and three staff members from the Davenport Campus, a faculty member from the West Campus and two Davenport Campus alumni—Helena Lackner, D.C., ’02, and Theresa Pigott, D.C., ’93—traveled to clinic locations in Bahia and Florianopolis, Brazil, as well as Bolivia and India.

Davenport Campus faculty member Moin Ansari, Ph.D., participated in his 25th CAP trip when he went to India in October as a lead faculty member. Dr. Ansari has traveled to Fiji, Brazil, Morocco and Nepal with CAP, but most of his trips have been to India.

Julie Johnson, D.C., Davenport ’00, was one of several Palmer clinicians who supervised Palmer students as they adjusted elementary, middle and high school students at Dawn High School in late October 2006.
Julie Johnson, D.C., Davenport ’00

“Clinic Abroad offers a good opportunity to serve the poor and needy in this world,” he said. “It provides endless opportunities for our students to examine unusual and difficult cases overseas, which they may not see in the United States. Also, these trips promote cultural interactions between us and people living in these countries.”

Students at Dawn High School go outside to get their water from a single fountain.
two Indian students reaching for water

Program administrators select CAP trip locations by performing a critical review of the advantages and the challenges of locations based on reports from past participants. New trip locations may also be proposed, with set criteria required of the person submitting a proposal. A review of many factors is required, including travel-related safety issues. Potential patients are notified about the temporary clinics through on-site contacts, who also arrange for interpreters.

The CAP has been in place for more than 10 years. Current CAP sites include Bequia, India, Bolivia, Madagascar, Brazil (Manaus, Bahia and Florianopolis), Morocco, Fiji and Vietnam. During the October 2006 trips, 3,400 patients were seen in Brazil, 1,200 in Bolivia, and 1,250 in India.

Clinician Jim Countryman, D.C., Davenport ’85, seated, processes patient paperwork with the assistance of several translators.
Dr. Jim Countryman seated at table with translators
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