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Written by Renee Outland, Published on October 8, 2018

[Trigger warning: if you have an active eating disorder or are in recovery from one, please pause to reflect and determine if you feel able to tolerate a discussion about treatment from a clinician’s point of view, as well as one reference to a specific number of calories.]

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Topics:Clinicaleating disordersinterviewinterviewsmental health

Written by Chelsea Wehrman, Published on August 21, 2018

To begin with, level II fieldwork is an overwhelming experience. You are in a new and unfamiliar setting, you typically meet your supervisor the day you begin, and you may have no idea the expectations they have for you. For the first four weeks, you are a nervous wreck every time you walk through those doors. But it gets better. You learn. You listen. You observe. You become friends with your supervisor (hopefully!) and look forward to work every morning.

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Topics:fieldworkGrad SchoolLevel 2 fieldworklevel IImental healthtips for occupational therapy students

Written by Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT, Published on March 29, 2018

For many reading this, the hard times of occupational therapy school are finally over. No more exams or practicals sounds great, but – here comes the dreaded question — what now? Which occupational therapy specialty should you choose? With so many practice areas in existence and AOTA adding still more, it can be a daunting task to figure out which area calls to you most. Maybe you’ve always known you wanted to work as a pediatric therapist but, after that, the details get a little fuzzy. Or maybe you’ve had a level II fieldwork at a hand therapy clinic where the patient population really appealed to you, but you don’t know if you can pass the complex certification test.

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Topics:continuing educationeducationGrad Schoolmental healthoccupational therapy specialtyot schooltravel therapy

Written by Nakisha Gutierrez, Published on March 6, 2018

You’ve aced every group project (or at least passed), explored and absorbed countless clinical diagnoses and principles, and then shockingly passed your cadaver lab without fainting (that’s a lie, I actually joined the ranks of the fainthearted). What’s next on the journey? The best part of our educational experience: level II Fieldwork!

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Topics:fieldworkGrad Schoollevel IImental healthself-caretips for occupational therapy students

Written by Grant Mitchell MOT, OTR/L, Published on February 20, 2018

When considering a career in occupational therapy (OT), at some point most pre-OTs probably read the articles about OT being in the top 50, 10, or even topping the charts at number one in years past, as “best job.” In an article by Jacquelyn Smith for MSN Money, OT was listed as one of the predicted “hottest” jobs for 2016. As a new graduate looking for work, the process was certainly overwhelming for me.

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Topics:Careersmental healthPRNtips for new grads

Written by Jasmin Torres, Published on January 9, 2018

Congratulations, my friend, you’ve been accepted to an occupational therapy graduate program! You’ve conquered the first step in a long and rewarding journey of pursuing your dream job. All of the blood, sweat and tears that went into studying for the GREs, typing up personal statements and paying application fees has finally paid off. Whether it took you one application cycle or three, you certainly deserve to celebrate – which brings me to my first unofficial piece of advice for those of you recently accepted students.

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Topics:Grad Schoolmental healthot schoolschoolstresstime managementtips for occupational therapy students

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