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Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Summer Program in Ecuador

Summer 2014
(2 weeks)

Directed by
Stevan A. Walkowski, D.O.
 June 28 – July 13, 2014

(approximate dates, subject to change and cancellation)
Non-credit option available
Last updated on 01/12/2015 01:02 PM

Applications Open
Application Deadline
February 28, 2014


Summer, 2014


This program is designed for medical students who are interested in gaining practical experience in Osteopathic diagnosis and treatment of patients. The program is open to all OU-HCOM students, as well as students in Osteopathic Medical Schools across the U.S. Activities may involve assisting OU-HCOM Faculty, and Catholic University (PUCE) Faculty in manipulation treatments, participatory discussions with patients, faculty and students, and visiting interesting areas in Ecuador.

Students who participate in this experience will:
  • Benefit from an opportunity to learn from hands on experiences with Faculty from both OU-HCOM and the medical school of Catholic University in Quito.
  • Gain practical experience working with other medical students from Catholic University
  • Observe domestic and international health professionals and their techniques
  • Observe patients with local ailments
  • Learn about Ecuadorian culture, customs and traditional medicinal practices

Watch Video about TDI Programs in Ecuador 

The OMM summer program in Ecuador represents an opportunity to gain experience in Osteopathic diagnosis and treatment with a population in need, while sharing your Osteopathic training with Ecuadorian faculty and students. You will be supervised by experienced OU-HCOM faculty and have the opportunity to interact with faculty and students from the medical school of Catholic University from Quito. Catholic University has an interest in adding Osteopathic training for their students and want to learn more about what we do. This is an opportunity to both learn about the Ecuadorian people and culture and share your perspective as students and residents.


Arrive in Quito June 28, departure from Quito July 13)

Open to  OU-HCOM students at and other Osteopathic Medical students nation-wide.  Residents and practicing physicians are also welcome to apply as preceptors.  

Please check the Policy on Judicial Standing  for Study Abroad Participants here:


Excursions will include visits to
cultural sites in Ecuador


Living Arrangements
Lodging will be in economy hostels.  Meals will take place at local restaurants.   


Program Fees

All fees may vary +/-$100 based on the size of the team.

Student budget worksheet

Preceptor budget worksheet

Courses and Credit
Non-Credit option (HCOM Years 1 & 2)

OCOM 8911 – Global Health Rotation (HCOM Years 3 & 4)

Application Process (Deadline February 2, 2014)

1.  Complete the online application in EAIS (http://eais.admsrv.ohio.edu/eais/student/).
2.  Follow the program checklist:

  • Year 3 & 4 OU HCOM Students must also obtain and send a letter  from your CORE office confirming you have permission to include the program in your schedule and that you are in good academic standing.

  • If you are NOT an Ohio University Student, you will need to complete additional paperwork as well as sign up for an OHIO E-mail account prior to submitting an application. Please consult the checklist for more information.

3.  Students will be notified of their nomination to the program 2 weeks after the application deadline (February 2, 2014).  Once you have been accepted to a program you will receive a letter indicating additional requirements for participation in the program.  These requirements include an application fee, program deposit and submission of a digital photo, your passport information, travel itinerary and documentation of immunizations. You must also register with the U.S. Department of State, and confirm your registration in EAIS. You will also apply for International Health Insurance through EAIS.


4.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required within 2 weeks of acceptance into the program.  The deposit will be applied to the program  costs and deducted from your bill:

  • OU-Participants will be sent a deposit slip with their e-mailed nomination letter and will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 to the Bursar's office (Chubb Hall). Cash or check payments accepted.

  • Non-OU Participants will be sent a deposit slip by mail and will return payment by check to the Ohio University Bursar's Office, P.O. Box 960, Athens, OH 45701. Please include the deposit slip with the mailing.


5.  All fees (including the $150 administrative fee) will be posted to your Ohio University Student Account (You WILL NOT receive an invoice by mail) and be due prior to departure in Mid-May to Early June. Non-OU students must activate an OHIO email address at https://www.ohio.edu/myid after completing the Non-Degree Application and receiving a PID number from Ohio University Admissions to complete the application as as access and pay their account.






Funding opportunities:

1)   OU-HCOM STUDENTS can apply to Global Health Travel Awards

2)   All participants can apply to the TDI Student Travel Award

3)   OU Students can apply to the Office of Education Abroad Summer Travel Grants

Contact Information

Stevan A. Walkowski, D.O.




David Eland, D.O.




Office of Global Health Programs
Ohio University
E118 Grover Center

Athens, OH  45701
Phone:  740-593-2359; Fax 740-593-1730.


Preceptor Information
Preceptor Application Packet (includes application checklist and Preceptor Agreement)
Faculty Profile Form

Useful Information
Podcast series about the TDI project
A series of 10 podcasts showcasing the different activities within the program.

What to bring
A list of suggested supplies, clothing and other items.

Travelers Health Information
Vaccinations required, anti-malaria prophylaxis, etc.

Logistics and Safety
TDI programs have an excellent safety record. See details about the logistical arrangements, email access, etc.

Guidelines for Ethical Practice
The OHIO-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has adopted the AAMC’s “Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad”.

Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1106.html.

Other resources

Ecuador Links
Information about Ecuador: News and Media, Tourism, Cities, Culture, etc.

Infectious Disease Links
Information about protozoan, bacterial, Viral diseases and relevant organizations


Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now:

It is each student’s individual responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements specific to their personal situation. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. The following information will hold true for most US passport holders. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html. US citizens do not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates, if you have recently visited the country, or if you plan to travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program in order to determine your appropriate course of action.

For more specific visa related information please visit OEA’s Visa Information Page. http://www.ohio.edu/educationabroad/Resources/Visa.html

Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.



For more information contact Dr. Basta at basta@ohio.edu
Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
351 Grosvenor Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701

Last updated: 01/12/2015