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Fundamentals of Clinical Instruction

One of the great things about the place I work is the fact that we have a vast amount of opportunities to attend inservices and continuing education classes.  A class I recently attended that was put together by therapists at the hospitals was regarding clinical instruction, and how to be a fieldwork educator.

The class was broken up into two parts.  The first part was just with the occupational therapists, and laws and regulations related specifically to occupational therapy were discussed.  The second part went over how students learn, various learning methods, and how to handle the problem and exceptional student.

Hearing about ways of handling the problem student was especially interesting, as we got to hear stories about various students who did all sorts of things that I could never imagine doing myself as a student.  But we also got to hear about some creative ways of working with students who have a hard time with certain skill sets.

For example, if the clinical instructor (CI) sees that the student has a hard time managing the patient and the IV pole at the same time, the CI should attach a blood pressure cuff to his arm, and use the vitals machine as the IV pole.  A clean chest tube drain can be used a Foley catheter.

Overall, it was a great class, and it was nice to see that my hospital takes teaching students so seriously.  At any given time, there are always at least two students somewhere in the hospital, whether it is a phsyical therapy student, occupational therapy student, or a speech-language pathology student.  While I did already have a Level I student, I hope to soon be able to take a Level II student and use some of the principles I learned in this class.

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June 19, 2008 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

Getting my First Student

In a few weeks, I’ll be getting my first student, guiding her through her Level I fieldwork.  I like to help others (isn’t that why I became an OT?), and I think that assisting other students going through school is a great way of helping them.  I’m looking forward to the experience and was also looking for guidance.

If you have had students or you are a student yourself, what kind of things are you looking for in your Level I experience?  What worked for you and what didn’t work for you?  What kind of supervision did you enjoy?  Let me know!

March 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm 7 comments

Studying Abroad

One of my former professors recently had an article featured in OT Practice.  The article is called “Learn To Communicate
With Your Spanish-Speaking Clients; Study Abroad!” by Sonia Lawson.

If you are an AOTA member, you can access the article here, on page nine.

February 21, 2008 at 8:14 pm 1 comment

National Backpack Awareness Day

Today, Wednesday, September 19, 2007 is National School Backpack Awareness Day, and the AOTA has published ten tips for kids (this can apply to adults in college too!) to follow to avoid back pain directly associated with backpacks:

Backpacks

1. Never let a child carry more than 15% of his or her body weight. This
means a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a backpack heavier
than 15 pounds.
2. Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arrange books and
materials to prevent them from sliding.
3. Always wear both shoulder straps. Wearing only one strap can cause a
child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or
discomfort.
4. Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Too much pressure on
shoulders and necks can cause pain and tingling.
5. Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly to the child’s
back. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower
back, never more than four inches below the child’s waistline.
6. Wear the waist belt, if the backpack has one, to help distribute the
pack’s weight more evenly.
7. Check what your child carries to school and brings home to make sure
the items are necessary to the day’s activities.
8. If the backpack is too heavy, consider using a book bag on wheels if
your child’s school allows it.
9. Choose the right size pack for your child’s back as well as one with
enough room for necessary school items.
10. If a student is experiencing back pain or neck soreness, consult your
doctor or occupational therapist.

September 19, 2007 at 7:56 am 2 comments

Conducting Online Research

A big part of any graduate OT program is conducting research on any one of many topics. Whether it is for a research proposal, class assignments, or for a research class, everyone has to do some form of research. I have recently found a new way of doing research, which has helped me find relevant full text articles quickly and efficiently. While Ebsco does allow me to do this, I have found that it isn’t the best search engine because you have to choose multiple databases to find your search query. Even then, it is often times confusing which journal is found in which database. Therefore, I’ve started turning to Google Scholar.

Google Scholar is one of Google’s many search engines, and it allows you to search in peer-reviewed journal for just about anything. However, in most cases it does not allow me to access the full text articles. That is where my school library comes into play. My school has a list of each and every journal that they own, in addition to the ones that they have access to online. So after finding the article on Google Scholar, I make a note of the exact citation, log in to my school library, and I can quickly find the article. I’ve found that this cuts down the time it takes to carry out research almost in half.

Another great feature of Google Scholar is that in the preferences, you can set your own university to be included in search results. In this way, you can click on the link after each search result, which tells you if it is even available at your university.

If any of this is unclear, let me know, and I’ll try to explain it further.

March 23, 2007 at 12:46 pm 3 comments

Welcome

As I get ready to graduate from OT school, I wanted to start this blog so that I can write about my experiences as an OT student about to enter the workforce and the challenges that I might face. I also hope to talk about the process of taking the boards. Hopefully, this will develop into a good blog that will talk about the issues that OT students and new grads face. If you would like to contribute or know someone that would be interested, feel free to leave a comment.

Updated at 11:23pm:
A speech therapist was kind enough to agree to occasionally post things from an interdisciplinary point of view. I think that it can be beneficial to see things from another perspective

March 15, 2007 at 5:52 am 3 comments


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