My name is Sarah Clement. I have spent several incredible weeks working as an Osteopath and supervising Osteopathy students in Mumbai, India at Sports Med Mumbai for the Salt Health Solutions. I’m from Melbourne but don’t stay put for long. I love to travel. Having the opportunity to both travel to a place as amazing as India and gain unparalleled professional experience is fantastic.

This placement gives you, as a student, a point of difference. Not many other grads applying for jobs are going to have experience in a state of the art, world class, sports medicine hospital working with a world renowned surgeon on their CV.

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  • Being exposed to and learning from Osteopaths with years of experience (Mark and Jeff) who are incredibly talented and passionate about the profession
  • Co-treating and working with and learning from a variety of Osteopaths
  • Working with and supporting a great group of student Osteopaths
  • The opportunity to work side by side with orthopedic surgeons
  • Observing and learning from orthopedic surgeries
  • Observing and learning from the very knowledgeable musculoskeletal radiologist
  • Being able to use my Osteo (and sport) skill set on a completely different population group, the challenges and ‘thinking outside the box’ requirement that came with this and the subsequent development as an Osteopath.
  • The lovely staff and patients who really appreciate SHS being available.
  • Cycling with the head surgeon/director of Sportsmed!

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Cycling with students and lead surgeon/director of Sportsmed Mumbai, Dr Joshi

It’s crazy (in a great way) but it just works. 2

A stunning mumbai sunset

Big tip is just to go with the flow and embrace everything and anything that you’re exposed to, both in and outside of Sportsmed.

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Shopping with students in Colaba, Mumbai (the tourist area)

Don’t compare it to Australia and what you know of how clinics and Osteopaths work here. It’s very different and that needs to recognised (for ease of transition on going home, also).

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This role and my career path

My time in Mumbai and at Sportsmed, with SHS has opened my eyes to the breadth of Osteopathy. In doing so it has inspired a desire to use my Osteopathy skills ‘outside of the box’ and seek opportunities that allow me to do this.

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  Presenting to and treating a running group. Osteopathy without borders 1

This opportunity and your future career outcome

So many Osteopaths are graduating. This placement gives you, as a student, a point of difference. Not many other grads applying for jobs are going to have experience in a state of the art, world class, sports medicine hospital working with a world renowned surgeon on their CV. It’s actually the chance to maximise your employability. It’s like a warm up before the real thing so that when you start your first graduate job, you are ready to go.

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Presenting to and treating a running group. Osteopathy without borders 2

Do it. The amount and breadth of what you’ll be exposed to and learn from won’t be paralleled anywhere else. Having this happen somewhere as amazing and exciting as Mumbai India is just a (very awesome) bonus. What an amazing way to set your foundations for your career in Osteopathy!

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My educational background is Sport Science followed by Osteopathy. I have post grad qualifications in sport science and I have done the necessary undergrad and masters of Osteo.  I have completed:

  • BAppSci (Exercise and Sport Science)
  • BAppSci(Complementary Medicine) — Osteopathy, MOsteopathy.
  • Grad Dip (Exercise Rehabilitation)
  • MSc (Exercise Science) — Strength and Conditioning

My work experience includes 10 years in the sports industry with a variety of elite through to general and disease population work. I was with the Osteopath Bodies in Motion Osteopathic Services for two years and was the Player Welfare Manager for Basketball Victoria U16 Men’s Team for four years. Additionally, I was the Osteopath for two years in a private practice and of course, Sportsmed Mumbai, India. Apart from that, I was the lecturer in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation at two Melbourne universities.

Currently, I’m the Osteopath and Sports Injury and Rehabilitation practitioner at the Body Logic Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic in Victoria, BC, Canada.