Educational Tour to The Schieffelin Institute of Health Research & Training Centre, Karigiri, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 2018

Posted on June 2nd, 2021 @ 09:21am

School of Physiotherapy, RK University believes that for students to become successful professionals, better provision needs to be made for learning through experience in the world outside the classroom.

With an objective to enhance students’ learning and providing them dozens of opportunities to make learning concepts, real and relevant by putting them into a more realistic context an educational tour to “The Schieffelin Institute of Health Research & Training Centre, Karigiri, Vellore, Tamil Nadu” was planned for 2nd semester masters of physiotherapy students.

Total 16 students accompanied by 1 faculty (Dr. Viral Dhamecha) visited the Karigiri Training Centre for 4 days (6th to 9th September 2018) Training on Community Based Rehabilitation for Leprosy Patients who are free from the infection but still needs Rehabilitation.Thorough training was given on Leprosy Disease, its causes, clinical manifestations, investigatory methods, medical & surgical management. Hands on training for patients’ assessment procedures & rehabilitation including plastering of patient’s claw hands, prescribing of appropriate orthosis/splints & physiotherapy to maintain good quality of life of the patient.

The learning in the orthosis & prosthesis department regarding the making of the pro thesis for the amputees, manufacturing of the MCR (Microcellular Rubber) a cushion material from which they make foot wares for various patients aided in students’ practical learning.

Students had an opportunity to visit homes in the community where the institute has provided various employment modes to the disabled or rather “DIFFERENTLY ABLED” people through which their can earn their living.

At the end of 3rd day, Valedictory function was arranged in which students were awarded certificates. It was a magnificent & inspiring learning experience for the Master of Physiotherapy (MPT) students that improved student’s understanding, skills, values and personal development, significantly enhancing their learning and achievement