The University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc (UERMMMCI) recently inaugurated the Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PSPO) at its campus in Quezon City.

The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was headlined by the Guest of honor Ms. Viel Aquino-Dee , Tan Yan Kee Trustee Ms. Shirley Tan Chua, UERMMMCI President Dr. Romeo Divinagracia and UERMMMCI- CAReS Dean Dr. Raquel Cabazor.

PSPO is part of an international network with Cambodia Trust and Nippon Foundation as partners. These institutions’ main goal is to empower PWDs in every aspect of their lives—especially those who are poor, unemployed or those who do not have any access to mobility devices. Cambodia Trust and Nippon Foundation found UERM’s physical therapy and rehabilitation program to be of perfect fit and best matched their vision and philosophy. A $7 million grant for UERM’s PSPO curriculum, spread over 10 years through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), was signed in October 2010.

PSPO, which is under the UERMMMCI College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences, is currently accepting applications for the Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics degree.

The degree program includes rigid and intensive practice and hands-on training on Prosthetics and Orthotics with subjects including Anatomy and Physiology, Technical Engineering, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Prosthetics and Orthotics, to name a few. Students will be mentored by an international faculty composed of experts in prosthetics/orthotics education from Canada, Japan, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Some of PSPO’s future local faculties are now abroad for hands-on training and skills acquisition specific to this transfer of technology.