Islands of Interest: Clinicians in U.S. Territories Face Unique Challenges, Opportunities At any time in a 24-hour period, an ASHA member in a U.S. territory is working with a student, client, or patient. On one side of the globe, for example, Patricia Meyer in the Virgin Islands and Albert Villanueva-Reyes in Puerto Rico are finishing their workdays in a private practice ... Features
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Islands of Interest: Clinicians in U.S. Territories Face Unique Challenges, Opportunities
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Features   |   November 01, 2008
Islands of Interest: Clinicians in U.S. Territories Face Unique Challenges, Opportunities
The ASHA Leader, November 2008, Vol. 13, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR4.13152008.38
The ASHA Leader, November 2008, Vol. 13, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR4.13152008.38
At any time in a 24-hour period, an ASHA member in a U.S. territory is working with a student, client, or patient. On one side of the globe, for example, Patricia Meyer in the Virgin Islands and Albert Villanueva-Reyes in Puerto Rico are finishing their workdays in a private practice and at the University of Puerto Rico. On the other side, Marybeth Torres, whose Guam time zone is 15 hours ahead, is in the morning of the next day providing services to middle school students in her public school practice.
ASHA recently surveyed members in Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The survey revealed that members’ concerns varied from one island to another, but they faced common constraints related to professional development (PD)—the time differences and distance from the United States mainland made it difficult to attend the ASHA Convention and limited their participation in other PD activities. Other challenges included personnel shortages, recruitment, and retention; lack of training programs on the island; limited representation in ASHA’s governance structure; and, perhaps most importantly, a sense of professional isolation.
For members in the United States, opportunities are available on the islands, including research collaboration opportunities, Clinical Fellowships, Puerto Rico’s electronic mailing list for professionals, and employment with rehabilitation companies that offer travel as part of the job package. The articles in this series may entice you to take advantage of these opportunities.
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