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Welcome to the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION).

Our goal is to provide an online resource for the international occupational therapy community through this on-line forum.

You will have the opportunity to participate in discussion topics related to your practice area and interact with your international colleagues. A moderator, who will be a resource to the group, monitors each topic.

We look forward to your participation and contribution to international occupational therapy practice.

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#1 Re: Students » New Years Professional Goals » Saturday 22nd of April 2017 17:33

Meg,

I'm with you in terms of getting anxious to finish fieldwork and pass the NBCOT. Thanks for sharing your professional goals! That's awesome that your class had a group project contacting a government official and advocating for individuals with disabilities. What did that entail and how did they respond? What university do you attend?

Best,
Chloe
OTS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

#2 Students » New Years Professional Goals » Monday 23rd of January 2017 17:43

shmays
Replies: 2

Hello Future OTs!

We are one step closer to becoming OTs and OTAs with the start of a new semester and new year. Let's engage in some conversation on what our professional goals or resolutions are for 2017 as students or recent graduates. We'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions for what gets you excited about OT this year!

With our drastic change in presidency and administration in the U.S., I personally hope to remain engaged and informed on healthcare changes that will directly affect our profession and the clients we serve. What ways do you think OT can become involved in health policy reform and advocacy?

Best of luck for those of you starting off your classes this semester. As always, feel free to email me at shmays@wisc.edu with any questions, concerns, or suggestions about OTION and how we can best utilize this space.

Cheers!

Chloe
OTS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
https://www.linkedin.com/in/chloe-shmays

#3 Re: Students » OT Students Interaction Topic 2: Challenges encountered as a Student » Thursday 6th of October 2016 15:39

gvyrastorza wrote:

Hello everyone. Ito here from the Philippines. I don't have a lot of time, so I just want to address a simple yet possibly problematic issue for us OT students in regards to using this forum as a means of interaction and correspondence.

I have just discovered around the forums bots and spammers. Now, as young as the forums may be, I see this as a threat to us OT students in using OTION as a way to connect.

It may not seem like a big problem, but I as an OT student see this forum as a very important tool for all of us to share our knowledge, experiences, and resources with each other. I will post again some other time, but for the meantime, I bring up this small (as of yet) challenge.


Hi Ito, thank you for bringing up this issue with other forum members. As the forum moderator, I will try my best to delete spammer posts as thoroughly and frequently as I can! We hope you continue to utilize and enjoy this space, spam free. smile

#4 Re: Students » Fieldwork Experiences » Tuesday 27th of September 2016 16:40

Hi Meg!

Thanks for using the student forum! What university do you attend?

I'm a 2nd year MSOT student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I completed two level I fieldwork rotations, the first in a pediatric outpatient clinic and the 2nd at a private psychiatric clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. My international fieldwork experience was super rewarding, and it allowed me to explore new ways of imagining occupation and OT within a different cultural lens.

I'm still trying to figure out which direction I want to go in post-graduation, but community mental health is a strong interest for me!

#5 Re: Students » OT Students Interaction Topic 2: Challenges encountered as a Student » Tuesday 27th of September 2016 16:35

Hi Pauline! Thanks for continuing student topic threads. One of the more challenging and rewarding aspects of my program at the moment is diversity. In the US, OT is not a diverse profession (e.g. racially, by gender). Classmates and I are currently in challenging discourse on how demographics within our program and profession affect the research produced, the work we do, and the people we serve. We're working on diversity and health equity task initiatives at the moment, but I would love to hear how other OT programs across the globe are tackling issues of diversity, inclusion, and health equity.

#6 Re: Students » OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you » Tuesday 27th of September 2016 16:29

Hi Everyone! It's so great to see this student forum being utilized to the max. As a current 2nd year MSOT student in the US, I'm really curious to learn more about OT in the Philippines and schooling at UP.

#7 Re: Students » Welcome to the OTION Student Forum » Monday 8th of August 2016 02:58

Hello again!

Thanks to everyone for sharing your stories and enthusiasm for this new platform! When you have new ideas, questions, or comments, feel free to start a new topic thread so that other members can easily navigate this sub-forum and respond. If I begin to notice certain trends or topics coming up, I'll begin to post them on new conversation threads too. Let's continue to spread the word about this resource! 


~Chloe

#8 Re: Students » Welcome to the OTION Student Forum » Thursday 23rd of June 2016 15:40

Hey everyone, thanks for the messages! We're off to a great start with the OTION student forum.

Josie -- To answer your question, the current entry educational level for OTs in the U.S. is a Masters. However, many current OTs that were educated prior to the shift in requirements are practicing with a Bachelors degree. Some universities are also transitioning to entry level OTD (doctorate) programs. For more info on the requirements, I recommend checking out some of the AOTA resources (http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/).

Let me know if I can help in any way!

~ Chloe

#9 Students » Welcome to the OTION Student Forum » Wednesday 15th of June 2016 19:19

shmays
Replies: 30

Hello and welcome to the OTION Student Forum! The launch of this site will serve as a platform to connect the thoughts, opinions, and questions of occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students.

My name is Chloe, and I am an M.S. Occupational Therapy student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States.  One of my primary OT interests lies in community mental health. I am eager to begin the conversation within our diverse group of occupational therapy students as we virtually share, learn, and build upon ideas together.

As we begin to utilize this space, please share where you attend school, a little bit about your self, and how you envision this forum serving our OT student population best.

Wherever you might be on your educational journey, I wish you all the best!

Chloe

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