Hands-on learning experiences are a hallmark of the Seton Hall Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) program. Through these opportunities, which are mentored by department faculty, students gain invaluable skills and a true appreciation for the impact they can make in individuals’ lives.
Three OT graduate students – Magdelena Budkiewicz, Molly Fash and Sara Janakas (now alumnae, Class of 2017) – presented, with their project supervisor, Karen Hoover, OTD, OTR, Assistant Professor, the results from their Interprofessional Education Project (IPE) at the 100th American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference in March 2017. This IPE project provided these OT students and three Seton Hall Master of Science in Athletic Training (AT) students the opportunity to collaborate on a real-life, client-centered interprofessional experience.
Under the guidance of two School of Health and Medical Sciences faculty – Richard “RJ” Boergers, PhD, ATC, Associate Professor, and Dr. Hoover – the students collaborated to design and fabricate a lower-extremity orthotic for an individual (GH) with a T6 SCI (spinal cord injury), allowing him to swim more safely and efficiently. Prior to his injury, GH participated in more than 175 endurance events, such as triathlons. Since his injury, GH had returned to all three triathlete activities (running, cycling and swimming), but he felt his swim times needed improvement, and he wanted to address his personal safety in the water.
Student participants completed the IPE Competency (IPEC) self-assessment tool to measure IPE competency at the beginning and conclusion of the project, and the Collaboration and Satisfaction About Care Decisions (CSACD) assessment at the conclusion. Prior to meeting GH, students met to discuss the project and to discuss professional expertise and to outline a plan for the project. Students interviewed GH to determine his individualized needs and then worked collaboratively both in and out of the swimming pool to design and fabricate the orthotic. Three prototypes were developed, and, based upon client feedback, a final design was selected and completed for client use.
Outcomes from the experience reflect client and student benefits. GH’s swim times in a pool were improved 10% with the final orthotic. Additionally, GH indicated increased feeling of safety and comfort with the device.
The students’ presentation before a national audience at the AOTA convention represents SHMS’ and the OT program’s commitment to preparing students to become well-rounded health professionals. It was an especially rewarding experience for the students, they said, as this was the 100th anniversary celebration for AOTA.
Seton Hall Faculty Presentations at AOTA Annual Conference
Hebert, K.R. (2017, March). Emotional experiences in daily occupations: introducing the emotions in activities of daily living skills questionnaire. Poster Presentation 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA, March 2017
Hebert, K.R. (2017, March). The relationship between emotional regulation and quality of life in health adults: implications for occupational therapy. Poster Presentation 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA, March 2017
Hoover, K., Boergers, R.J., Budkiewicz, M, Fash, M., Janakas, S. (2017, March). Building Inter-professional Understanding: A client-centered Athletic Trainer/Occupational Therapy Student Case Project. Poster presentation 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Picard, M.M., & Kasven-Gonzalez, N. (2017, March). Meaning-Making: Therapist and client perspectives during autologous stem cell transplantation. Poster presentation 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Podvey, M.C., Hoover, K. D., & Hebert, K. (2017, March). Interrater reliability of the SNiPS screening tool. Poster presentation 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Podvey, M.C., George, K., & Neubauer, N. (2017, March). Interprofessional education opportunities for clinical coursework in pediatrics. Poster presentation 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
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