Monday, November 28, 2016

Student-Led Clinic showcases unique learning 

opportunities for MScOT students

This month, the Faculty of Rehab Medicine communications department highlighted the work of Jillian Quigley at the Vi Riddell Children's Pain and Rehab Centre at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.  This placement allows groups of students to participate in a student lead multi-disciplinary learning environment.  Please click here to see the entire article.  

The Department of Occupational Therapy's Jutta Hinrichs and Cori Schmitz pose with Jillian Quigley (centre) in Banff where Quigley received the ​CAOT Fieldwork Educator Award of Excellence for the Student-Led Program in Calgary. (Photo Credit: Lili Liu)
Thank you to Jillian for her tremendous work with our students!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Students report back on their 

Introductory Fieldwork Placements

After fun and busy Introductory Fieldwork placement October 31-November 4, our first year students were back in class this week and gave brief reports on their experiences to their peers.  Placements ranged across Alberta and Saskatchewan and just about every area of practice (hospital,home care, community, schools, WCB).  The students were thrilled and we loved hearing how excited they were to experience Occupational Therapy in action.  These experiences really gave the students a sense of how clinical reasoning, ethical considerations, client centered practice and interprofessional collaboration look in practice.  Here are a few of the comments that students had:
  • My preceptor was like a 'detective'.  I was amazed at how she problem solved and found the right answer for this client.  
  • It was really neat to see how the team worked together and the respect the OT was given in terms of discharge recommendations. 
  • It was so cool how my preceptor worked with this client - she empathized, collaborated, educated all in the matter of one visit.
  • I never thought I would be interested in this area of practice but it was really interesting and I have a totally different perception now.  
  • It was true what we were told about practicing in a small town.  I did know several of the clients we talked about.  It made me much more aware of confidentiality. 
  •  There were so many ethical considerations.  My preceptor had to negotiate conflict between client and family, different teams, etc.
  • It was so cool!  I had no idea OT was involved in that area.
  • It was amazing how my preceptor 'heard everything' the client said and acknowledged it. I was so busy looking at the chart, I don't know how she can do it all at once!
  • It was a real 'confidence booster' to get to try a few things with clients and figure out I can do this!
Sam and Julia with their preceptor Jonathan Rivero of Qi Creative
Thank you to all of you who supported the students as they put their toes in the "OT waters" for the first time.  It was a great week for everyone and will help them so much as they move forward with their program!  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The OT Students gOT Spirit!

Once again,  our OT student Professional Development Committee has put together a great submission for OT Month Challenge.  Their aim is to promote how meaningful OTs are to their clients and community.  

The video is available on FaceBook   click here to view

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If you are connected on Facebook, please like and share the original post to get the word out to the OT community.  The submission that gets the most "likes" on Facebook will be the winner of the challenge and receive a prize.  Our students have already identified two worthy charities to donate the prize to.  

Congratulations to the students and we hope you enjoy!