For the students of the physical therapy program at the Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo, the end is in sight when they start their clinical training but when that finishes, there remains the thesis. They work together in groups for this and the final part is the presentation to a jury of 3 professors. Paula, Santiago and Diosa recently presented their thesis and are now awaiting the formal day of graduation in December. I met Paula and Santiago in 2008 during the series of workshops and came to know the three of them much better last year when working with them in the capital during their clinical training. Paula lives in San Francisco de Macoris and started her studies in 2004 with Ana and Raquel (from my clinic.), the first class of students from the interior of the country. Santiago lives in Salcedo, though spent a couple of years in the capital to facilitate his studies which he began in 2005. Being young, single and with family in the capital it was easy for him to do this. Diosa started her studies in 2006 as a second career and lives in the capital. When this program for students in the interior began, all of the students were non-traditional, meaning they already have families to support and care for in addition to work responsibilities and studies. Ana should be presenting her thesis soon with two students from La Romana who also started in 2004. The dedication which these students have shown to reach this point with a system that impeded their journey on many occasions is truly remarkable. They are excited to complete this aspect of their life’s journey and to use their education for the glory of God to help their patients improve their mobility. Please join me in thanking God for their efforts and success! May God bless and guide you in all you do!
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