Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Ekbom, Greg


In developing countries, complications from traumatic injuries account for a significantly higher number of deaths annually compared to developed countries. Not only are traumatic injuries more likely to occur in developing countries, but limited access to quality healthcare and adequate funds to pay for services make it much more likely for individuals to be left with lifelong disabilities. With that, this community service project worked with Scalpel at the Cross (SATC), an orthopedic medical ministry based in Pucallpa, Peru to expand their ability to provide free orthopedic surgeries and physical therapy following traumatic injuries. The community service project will help SATC accomplish their goal of building a new physical therapy clinic by providing them with a resource that demonstrates the need for physical therapy following traumatic injuries and amputations. A literature review regarding the challenges of living in Pucallpa, consequences of traumatic amputations, and the benefits of physical therapy was done in order to create an informational packet. The informational packet highlights the key components of the literature review as well as presents patient testimonies and logistics of the physical therapy clinic. The packet will be used at future SATC fundraising events to raise the necessary funds for the construction of a new physical therapy clinic. The informational packet login information was given to the SATC Board of Directors for feedback and future implementation. The project implementation is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

Included in

Primary Care Commons