Marquette Global Outreach to Manila, Philippines
Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Engineering Center [OREC] / Department of Biomedical Engineering / Opus College of Engineering and Marquette Office of International Education (OIE)
This June four Marquette seniors visited the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) in Manila to assist physicians and surgeons as they acquired data to improve the treatment of children and young adults with orthopaedic disabilities. The four students were Matthew Coughlin, Daniel Edwards, James Markvart and Jashive Quintas. Two Biomedical Engineering faculty accompanied the students, Drs. Gerald Harris and Jacob Rammer.
Team at the Motion Analysis Lab in Manila, Philippine General Hospital. L to R: Dr. Jacob Rammer, Katherine Bersola, Alec Bukuhan, Katrina Bolanos, Jashive Quintas, Dr. Dalo Sumpaico, Dr. Christopher Constantino, Matthew Coughlin, Dr. Gerald Harris, James Markvart, Daniel Edwards.
Preparation for the trip was provided through a new course, BIEN 4931, Introduction to Applied Gait Analysis for Surgical and Rehabilitative Planning (Jr. Standing, 1 cr. hr.). Through the course, students learned to collect and process data from children and young adults with mobility challenges. An introduction to data interpretation was also provided to demonstrate how the data is used to improve surgical decisions, rehabilitation and follow-up care.
Upon arrival in Manila students were introduced to our hosts, Dr. Dalo Sumpaico (Orthopaedic Surgery) and Dr. Joycie Abiera (PM&R). New software was installed by the student team to provide postural stability assessment using existing lab equipment. The students calibrated the system, tested several patients, and provided instruction to the lab staff. Staff assistance was then provided as the clinicians in the lab exercised the new system and evaluated patients. Activities during the week in Manila included:
- Orientation and welcome to PGH, Manila from Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
- Visit to the Home of Joy orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity
Home of Joy, Sisters of Charity in Manila. L to R: Dr. Christopher Constantino, Daniel Edwards, Dr. Lawrence Manalili, Dr. Jacob Rammer, Dr. Marc Perez, James Markvart, Jashive Quintas, Sr. Lou, Dr. Gerald Harris, Sr. Miracolo, Dr. Joycie Abiera, Mother Superior.
- Gait Lab set up and installation of new postural stability software
Student Team Installs Postural Stability Software. L to R: Jashive Quintas, Matthew Coughlin, James Marvin Garcia, PT, Dr. Dalo Sumpaico, Daniel Edwards, James Markvart.
Jashive Quintas signs the force plate. Walker Assisted and Unassisted Gait Analysis.
Postural Stability Assessment. Gait Assessment.
- Club Foot clinic in gait lab for student team assessment
Clubfoot Clinic and Gait Assessment.
- Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone) Clinic with student team rotations for:
- Gait Analysis
- Postural Stability Assessment
- Community Mobility Assessment with FitBit Sensors
- Orthopaedic Assessment Clinic
- Rehabilitation Medicine Assessment Clinic
- Genetic Assessment Clinic
- Functional Assessment Clinic – Outcomes Tools
- Timed Up and Go Assessment
James Markvart acquires gait data in the motion analysis lab.
- Rehabilitation outpatient clinic for student team
- Student Presentation on Postural Stability Assessment
Daniel Edwards presents work performed on postural stability.
- Student Awards
UP-PGH Certificates of Appreciation for Postural Stability Installation. L to R: Matthew Coughlin, James Markvart, Daniel Edwards, Jashive Quintas.
Lab History: While the cost of traditional multi-camera motion analysis systems is quite high, the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center (OREC: MU/MCW) in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University has validated a lower cost alternative to the standard system. The alternative system utilizes 18 video cameras, high level software, a 6-axis ground reaction force plate and 8 channel EMG system capable of acquiring data of similar quality to higher cost systems. These systems have been installed in several clinics at locations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cali, Colombia, Manila, Philippines and Mexico City and are now being used for clinical data processing and clinical research. Data gathered through motion analysis has proven useful over the past several decades for a variety of clinical applications including orthopaedic care, prosthetics (artificial limbs), orthotics (braces), assistive devices (walkers, crutches, canes, wheelchairs), rehabilitation, exercise wellness, and sports.