Goals

In order to make the best out of my time with ROMP, I’m going to establish some goals to get what I want out of the experience.

Here we go:

  • Contribute to ROMP in meaningful ways by:
    • Always being willing to do whatever work needs to be done and completing it to the best of my ability with passion
    • Completing the tasks that ROMP has identified for me to work on
    • Using my problem solving skills and creativity to bring new ideas to the table
    • Collaborate with others when problem solving
    • Prioritizing my work first
  • Learn from my experience by:
    • Absorbing the environment, I’ll be a part of
    • Reflecting on my experiences daily through a blog post or journal article
    • Listening to the stories of people I meet
    • Speaking Spanish when it makes sense to do so
  • Immerse myself in Ecuadorian culture by:
    • Developing relationships with those around me
    • Trying new foods, activities, and lifestyles
    • Respecting the culture, customs, and beliefs of those around me
      • Upholding the Duke Engage Ethical Engagement pledge
    • Exploring various geographical areas of Quito and Ecuador
  • Be a positive influence on the people and community around me by:
    • Having a constructive attitude
    • Advancing mobility
    • Holding firmly to beliefs that are important to me, while learning from others’
    • Being a good representative of the communities I come from

 

 

Mobility

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog. Throughout my Duke Engage project, I’ll use this to post my thoughts about exciting news, mundane updates, challenges I’m overcoming, and reflective lessons. My goal is to write every day of my project, but I know I’ll be busy so we’ll see if that actually happens. Alrighty, here we go!

So, for those of you who don’t know, this summer I will be working for the Range of Motion Project in Quito, Ecuador during June and July. The Range of Motion Project, or ROMP for short, “is a non-profit, for-impact healthcare organization dedicated to providing prosthetic and orthotic care to those without access to these services.”  I’m going with one other Duke student, and we’ll be working on a variety of projects like strength testing fabricated parts and designing new prosthetic components. As a student fascinated by the complexities of biomedical engineering, and global health, I can’t be more excited to work, learn, and contribute with ROMP over the next several weeks.

As I prepare to leave next Wednesday, I’ve been thinking lots about ROMP’s mission:

ROMP’s mission is to eliminate ambulatory disability by providing a preferential option in orthotic and prosthetic care. By supplying prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces to those who do not have access to these services, we aim to return patients to their families and communities as productive, healthy individuals.

ROMP believes in mobility. I’ve never really though before about how much mobility means to human life. As I pondered this nebulous idea, I tried to imagine a life in which I lacked mobility. Think about it for yourself. Imagine what your life would look like if you couldn’t walk, couldn’t ride a bike, or couldn’t drive. For me, it’s terrifying! So much of my life requires mobility. If I was immobile, I couldn’t go to my school which is 938 miles away. I couldn’t travel or explore. I couldn’t head over to a friend’s house. Mobility is vital to us as humans because it allows us to learn, explore, and connect with others.

So, when I saw statistics on ROMP’s website that 80% of amputees live in developing countries and only 2% of these have access to care, the mission clicked for me. The mobility of amputees is not disabled by a missing limb, but by a missing prosthesis, ROMP points out. Prosthetic care can break the poverty, vulnerability, disability cycle.

 

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I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to help to enable others’ mobility this summer. For some incredible stories about ROMP’s patients, mission, and work, watch the video below: