Paramedic student Kyle Fediuk was one of nine students in Canada to be awarded the 2018 Canada-Brazil Outbound Student Mobility program’s bursary of $5,000, funded by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan).
The bursary enabled Fediuk to engage in an eight-week international cultural experience. Under the Be World Ready program, the Thunder Bay native left to embark on this global educational experience in Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil, on May 3, and will return to Canada in June.
Fediuk said he believes that being immersed in a different culture with a rich learning environment will help him gain an appreciation for the various complexities and challenges faced by people from different backgrounds when it comes to their healthcare.
“The personal growth and increased cultural awareness I will gain from being educated in Brazil will allow me to provide higher quality patient care throughout my career,” he said. “I believe I will be more prepared to meet the needs of my community and be more empathetic to their perspectives and desires.
“Learning from other healthcare providers’ approach to patient care will benefit my skill development and allow me to implement these approaches in my own community.”
CiCan’s senior officer, Brazil, Rachel St-Jean, shared that the 2018 Canada-Brazil Outbound Mobility program was created to encourage Canadian students to travel abroad as internationalization better prepares students to succeed and to contribute to a global economy.
Fediuk is currently enrolled at the local federal college called Instituto Federal Fluminense at their Guarus Campus, studying in the Technical Nursing program. As part of his studies, he will be attending lectures regarding the Brazilian healthcare system as well as nursing, focusing on topics such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, childbirth and wound care. In addition, there are also practical laboratory sessions where he will have the opportunity to learn hands-on skills to implement in the field and hospital.
Through the nursing program, Fediuk also has the opportunity to work in local health and vaccine clinics, as well as in a local hospital. He explained how he has been assisting with documenting patients, doing physical examinations, taking their vitals, giving vaccines, assisting with patient bathing and wound care, as well as with the preparation and administration of medications.
“Paramedics have to respond to the healthcare needs of anyone and everyone who initiates the 911 call for help within the community,” explained Cheryl Taylor, professor School of Allied Health Studies. “Any opportunity for a Paramedic student to learn first-hand about becoming culturally aware is an overarching skill and necessity that will only enhance Kyle’s approach to paramedicine and the community he will one day serve.”