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Bryce Dahl – IIOP student, International Clinical Rotation (Quito, Ecuador) 9/2/2020

No Wifi, No Tools, No Problem – Wednesday, September 2nd

Alright well, I should have realized that wifi in a third world country would be challenging but I have to say it has been pretty cool leaving the good ol’ iPhone on airplane mode for a few days. I just wrapped up day two in the new clinic and I’m exhausted. This is where I show my support to all the nurses out there because I didn’t realize how tough 12 hours of working on your feet can be… mad respect.

The clinic is very new and we are still gathering components, tools, and improvising a lot. Tools like calipers, rivet head rounding tools, heel wedges, and pipe holders are all things you probably aren’t familiar with if not in the field of O&P; however, these are small tools that serve large purposes in any O&P clinic. What makes these tools unique is that they can all be fabricated from minimal material. In my previous semester at IIOP, we had to fabricate our own tools to have them handy when their purpose was called. As a result of my education at IIOP, I have been fortunate enough to supply the clinic here in Quito by applying the fabrication techniques I have learned.

So far I’ve seen my first pediatric patient ever with my preceptor (Master Yoda) teaching me his careful art of prosthetic alignment and patient evaluation. It’s been exciting to apply more of my education through ankle-foot-orthotic modifications; however, this week I’ve been instructed to keep preparing the clinic as the next week is going to be an all-out fabrication war according to Dave. Meaning, we will see a lot of patients next week and really get to test the limitations of this small but fearless clinic. Stay tuned, this is gonna be fun.



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Bryce Dahl – IIOP student, International Clinical Rotation (Quito, Ecuador) 8/31/2020

7 hours in Miami – Monday, August 31st

As I sit here in the Miami airport, getting ready for my departure to Quito, it’s tough to visualize what this rotation is going to look like. All I’ve been able to foresee is the overwhelming wall of Spanish that I know is going to cripple me and there’s probably nothing my 29-day Duolingo streak is going to do about it. But hey, I’ve always been attracted to a little chaos followed by personal growth. I’m excited about the opportunity to improvise with minimal materials and absorb as much as I can from the brilliant mind of Mr. Dave Krupa. Dave is a good friend of mine and to much credit of his own, he is a huge reason why I got into O&P, but that’s a story for another day. I’m looking forward to representing a great school (IIOP)and an amazing faculty as one might say I will be “putting on for this city.” Now back to watching Money Heist in Spanish…


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Bryce Dahl – IIOP student, International Clinical Rotation (Quito, Ecuador)

As this crazy world and pandemics change our structure here at IIOP, our students still have to pursue clinical rotations to fulfill their requirements for graduation. One of our students, Bryce Dahl, will be traveling to Quito, Ecuador to complete his first clinical rotation.
Stay tuned with updates from Bryce as he writes this blog about his journey.

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