Friday, March 27, 2020

UofA MScOT Fieldwork Update re: COVID-19 Pandemic

The UofA Department of OT respects and greatly appreciates the commitment and effort being demonstrated by individuals and agencies in order to provide healthcare and social services, including occupational therapy, during these unprecedented circumstances.

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MScOT program is cancelling the spring fieldwork session (OCCTH 525 - May/Jun 2020) for Year 1 OT students.

Since the summer placement period is still ~3 months away and the healthcare and societal response to the pandemic is emerging daily/weekly, our department is deferring decision-making regarding the summer fieldwork session (OCCTH 527 - Jul/Aug 2020) for Year 2 OT students until the end of April.

We will continue to actively monitor the emerging situation, including the impact(s) on various fieldwork contexts/sites and inter-provincial/territorial mobility within our fieldwork catchment area re: Alberta, Saskatchewan and the NWT. We will consult and collaborate with the AHS Provincial Student Placement Team, Covenant Health and other major fieldwork stakeholders in Alberta and Saskatchewan before any further recruitment of placements is undertaken for the summer session (OCCTH 527). The safety of therapists and students and the safety of clients served by occupational therapy in our AB, SK and NWT communities continues to be our top priority.

We will provide another update to our fieldwork stakeholders and OT practice communities at the end of April.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of our MScOT fieldwork program!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

OT Students Host Walker Clinic for Edmonton's Inner City Community

On February 13, as part of their fieldwork placement, and in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Healthcare Solutions, two UofA MScOT students provided walker and mobility assessments at Boyle Street Community Centre.

Watch or read the media coverage!

Global News (video coverage begins at 2:40)

City News (video)

CTV News

UofA FRM Rehab News

Very exciting to see this amount of coverage re: one of our impactful role-emerging UofA OT fieldwork initiatives!

Monday, February 10, 2020

More than just books: Bringing occupational therapy into the library

In spring 2019, two first year OT students completed a role-emerging Independent Community Placement (ICP) at the Abbottsfield - Penny McKee branch of the Edmonton Public Library (EPL).

Read the full story here.

Currently, two more second year OT students are completing an ICP at the EPL Jasper Place branch.

Our MScOT students and fieldwork team are bringing occupational therapy into the library!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Downtown Resource Tour for OT Students Completing Independent Community Placements (ICPs)

11 occupational therapy students participated in the 'Downtown Resource Tour' that Rehab Med's Loriane Kolber, Clinical Education Coordinator for Independent Community Placements (ICPs) organizes for each fieldwork session.

This tour enables students completing ICPs to be introduced to the various agencies/sites/resources available to individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, addictions and poverty in the Edmonton area.

Despite the extreme weather warning, the tour proceeded last week in order to normalize the reality that these vulnerable individuals deal with everyday, whether the elements cooperate or not.

The students are currently completing placements focused on mental health, addictions and/or serving vulnerable populations at the following locations:

  • Boyle Street Community Services & Cooperative - Stepping Stones
  • Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton - Safe House & Clinic
  • Bissell Centre - Hope Terrace
  • NiGiNan Housing Ventures - Ambrose Place
  • Edmonton Public Library - Jasper Place Branch
  • UofA Accessibility Resources

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Spring & Summer 2020 Placement Recruitment

Happy New Year to the UofA OT community!

A warm thank you to those of you who are involved in the education and support of our UofA MScOT students from session to session and year to year ... we could not run this OT program without your support and investment!

We greatly appreciate the generous number of offers that we received for OCCTH 526 which began this week. Our students are keen and excited to be joining you across a remarkably diverse 'field' of OT practice!

Please consider offering a fieldwork placement for the 2020 Spring and/or Summer sessions:

OCCTH 525, Level 1:  May 11 - June 26, 2020 (7 weeks)

OCCTH 527, Level 3a:  June 29 - August 14, 2020 (or any 7 weeks between June 15 - September 4)

Please send us your placement offers by February 14, 2020.

You can do this by contacting our Clinical Education Administrator directly or via the typical process used by your site/practice (HSPnet, etc).

10 reasons to consider becoming an OT fieldwork educator:

  1. Learning from students who bring new ideas and current thinking to your workplace
  2. Stimulates your reflective practice and clinical reasoning skills
  3. Enhances your professional development opportunities
  4. Develops professional skills, such as time management and priority setting
  5. Provides an opportunity to share expertise with and recruit future colleagues
  6. Creates and improves your links with universities
  7. Enhances your reputation within your workplace
  8. Increases productivity and access to occupational therapy for clients
  9. Develops teaching skills
  10. Deeply rewarding for all involved!
(From Drynan et al, OT Now, Jan/Feb 2013)

Thanks for your consideration.

We'd love to hear from you!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Bringing occupational therapy to Maskwacis First Nation through fieldwork placements

From July - October 2019, the University of Alberta and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital partnered to address the significant need for occupational therapy services within Alberta First Nations communities by supporting role-emerging student placements at Maskwacis Health Services.

Read the full article here.