University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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AOTA Fellowship Program

Keck Medical Center of USC Physical Rehabilitation Fellowship Program

According to the U.S. News & World Report, the hospitals of Keck Medicine of USC rank among the nation’s “Best Hospitals,” which recognizes hospitals that do the best job treating the most challenging cases.

The Keck Medical Center of USC is comprised of Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, USC Care Medical Group Inc., and affiliated satellites throughout the community.  Clinical faculty members from the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy currently practice throughout the hospitals and clinics of Keck Medical Center of USC, providing cutting-edge quality care to patients, in addition to top of the line education for students and fellows.

The Keck Medical Center of USC Physical Rehabilitation Fellowship Program is an exclusive program designed to create expert clinicians and transformative leaders who impact healthcare delivery, policy, education, and research to meet society’s needs.  The KMC USC Fellowship Program is a dual program in which some students enrolled in the USC post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) program concurrently participate in the KMC USC AOTA Fellowship Program. The purpose of this concurrent programming is to foster the development of expertise in the clinical setting for additional emphasis on the acquisition of expertise in clinical processes and skills through exposure to and participation in highly dynamic, complex and challenging practice settings.

This Fellowship program is offered in a variety of locations across Keck Medical Center of USC, spanning the continuum of care:

  • Acute Inpatient Floors at Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital
    Clients served include those receiving care from approximately 50 specialty and subspecialty service lines, such as Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, Palliative Medicine, Urology, and more.  The Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital occupational therapy department provides intensive, skilled therapy spanning from early mobilization in the intensive care units to preparation for community re-integration on the med-surge floors.
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Keck Hospital of USC
    Clients served include those referred from Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, and external facilities, encompassing all service lines as stated above.  The IRU meets regulatory standards required by the Center for Medicare Services to provide intensive, skilled therapy services.
  • Outpatient Hand Therapy Clinic at Keck Medical Center of USC Healthcare Center II
    Clients served include those who have experienced injury, trauma, disorders, and/or diseases to the upper extremity, including the hand, wrist, and forearm.  Fellows are provided appropriate supervision due to the California advanced practice designation for hand therapy.
  • Outpatient Clinic at Keck Hospital of USC — Vision/Low Vision services, Neurological services
    Clients served include those with low vision (e.g., visual deficits as a result of age-related changes, disease, and trauma to the eye), visual perceptual deficits, and any other deficits as a result of neurological injury.

The KMC USC Fellowship program focuses on clinical expertise, leadership, and innovation, and provides an environment conducive to the cultivation of highly skilled Occupational Therapy practitioners.  This is accomplished through mentored service delivery (minimum 560 hours) and a comprehensive curriculum that covers topics including clinical conditions, reasoning and performance skills as related to occupation-based and evidence-based practice, ethical practice skills, interpersonal skills, and professional engagement.

Application Requirements

The KMC USC Fellowship Program requires concurrent enrollment in the USC OTD program.  Potential fellows must commit to the dual program, with the intent to graduate with a post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy degree and to pursue Board and/or Specialty Certification.

Fellows must commit to time beyond those required by the USC OTD Program in order to complete the mentored service delivery requirements in order to receive the designation of completion from an AOTA Approved Fellowship site.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (as needed), dependent upon intended start date.  Applications must be submitted at least 15 days prior to start date.  Most residencies will start November 1 and end mid-August of the following calendar year (end of USC Academic Summer Session).  Fellows with an alternate academic year schedule for the OTD residency will start March 1 and end mid-December of the same calendar year (end of USC Academic Fall Session).

* Detailed information regarding the application criteria and processes is provided during OTD information sessions held in the fall at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Program Requirements

Successful fellows must complete a portfolio in collaboration with mentors and clinical preceptors as a representation and culmination of their work and efforts.  In addition to the OTD degree, those that complete the requirements for the Keck Medical Center of USC Physical Rehabilitation Fellowship Program will receive a designation as having completed a fellowship at an approved AOTA Fellowship Site, and have the opportunity to apply for Board Certification at an earlier date.

All students and potential OTD candidates are eligible to apply for this fellowship opportunity.  The opportunity offers a Graduate Assistantship award that includes 24 units of paid tuition plus a monetary stipend.

Contact Us

For additional information or if you are interested in interviewing for this fellowship opportunity, please contact:

Department Administrator
Katie Jordan OTD, OTR/L
Associate Chair of Occupational Therapy Clinical Services
Director of Occupational and Speech Therapy
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(323) 442-9530

Site Fellowship Coordinator
Phuong Nguyen OTD, OTR/L, CLT, Neuro-IFRAH Cert.
Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Assistant Director of Clinical Occupational Therapy
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(323) 442-8833

OTD Program Director at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Sarah Bream OTD, OTR/L
Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
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(323) 442-3536