Spend the morning with an occupational therapy student

Spend the morning with an occupational therapy student


So today, with the physiotherapist and I, we will practice sitting up at the edge of the bed and working on your balance, and moving your arms so that you can get stronger and able to go to spinal cord injury rehab. Does that sound ok? My name is Stacey and I’m a second-year Master student in occupational therapy at the University of Toronto, and I’m doing my fourth and final placement at Sunnybrook on the Trauma Unit. I studied Kinesiology for my undergraduate degree and I was always very interested in physical functioning and disability. And working with people. I would always be more excited or focused when the patients would tell me “I can lift my hands high enough to wash my hair” or “I can bend my knee enough to climb stairs” And those really the goals that I found to be important to work on, and as an occupational therapist you do get a hance to work on those important goals that are very specific to that person. Occupational therapy education in the classroom is a lot more focused on theory, and on placement you get to focus a lot on putting that theory into practice. And use that knowledge. “I just remolded it and spot heated just a few areas, just to make it a little more comfortable for him and he was having a lot less pain.” So in the morning, we have rounds with all the different members of our interprofessional team, where we go each patient’s case individually and discuss what that person’s plan is for discharge. And, how we can get them closer to there. “And what are the plans for home because I know this week he’s supposed to go home?” “So, he’s going home, and then I worked with the patient care coordinator and we set up…” The team here at Sunnybrook is wonderful They are so interprofessional and rely upon each other expertise. for various areas. I like that it’s really fast-paced and that I never see the same thing twice, even if someone has a similar injury as another person, they can present completely differently and have a completely different outlook. I really enjoy that it’s all about looking about who the person was before their accident or their injury, and what we can do to help return them back to that person, that individual – and restore their independence and their dignity.

6 Replies to “Spend the morning with an occupational therapy student”

  1. It would be really great if a video could be posted following an SLP Masters student as well. It's a very misunderstood field and would bring great awareness of SLP in a medical setting! (New SLP here specializing in medical SLP).

  2. Nice video. The way you say it is funny. They teach you theory… and you have to transition those skills into real life settings.
    Doesn't seem smart on the teachers end but ok

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