This is the second of three level I fieldwork experiences in which the students engage. This experience occurs in the summer term (May - July) and takes place in adult practice settings. The syllabus for this fieldwork course is provided below (OTH 636). While participating in this fieldwork experience, the students are concurrently enrolled in Occupational Performance in the Aging Population and Biomechanics and Occupational Performance. This simultaneous enrollment enables the students to compare and contrast what they are learning in the classroom with what they are observing in practice.
In addition to the 30 hours that the students spend in the practice setting, they also participate in a seminar with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. During this seminar, students reflect on, discuss, and process their fieldwork experiences. This exchange enables the students to learn about the experiences of their peers', compare and contrast it to their own, and participate in problem solving strategies.
The assignments for this course (as they relate to the fieldwork experience) are outlined below. These include:
* Daily Note Assignment (the student will document a session that he/she observed or participated in). The student is required to do this documentation in a narrative format (provided) in order to help develop his/her documentation skills & to refine professional reasoning. Please complete the check-off grading form that the student will submit to you with the note.
* Reflective Journal Assignment (the student documents each visit to the site and shares his/her observations, reflections, and insights). The student will create this assignment electronically and will submit it to the course instructor.
* Clinical Evidence Assignment (in conjunction with the fieldwork educator, the student identifies a clinical question or area of study, searches the literature and reads and summarizes the article for the fieldwork educator). The student will provide you with a copy of the article as well as his/her summary of it.
* Fieldwork Educator Evaluation of Student Performance. Please complete this form & review it with the student so that he/she can be provided with feedback about his/her performance in this experience. Students clearly benefit from objective feedback provided from multiple sources so this review is very helpful to their professional growth and development. This document was provided to you in the packet that you received prior to the student's experience. It is also posted below for your convenience. You may return the form directly to me (email, fax, US mail) or, you may give it to the student for submission to me.