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 Residency Program

Keck Medical Center of USC Physical Rehabilitation Residency Program

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

The Keck Medical Center of USC is composed 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 practice throughout the hospitals and clinics of Keck Medical Center of USC, providing innovative, high quality care to patients and excellent clinical education for students and residents. 

The Keck Medical Center of USC (KMC USC) Physical Rehabilitation Residency Program is a robust program designed to create expert clinicians and transformative leaders who impact healthcare delivery, policy, education and research to meet society’s occupational needs. The KMC USC Residency Program is a dual residency in which students enrolled in the USC post-professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program concurrently participate in the KMC USC AOTA Residency Program. The purpose of this concurrent programming is to foster the development of expertise in the clinical setting, facilitate participation in highly dynamic, complex and challenging practice settings and build leadership capacity within and outside of the profession.

This Residency 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 sub-specialty 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. Residents are provided required supervision in accordance with the California advanced practice designation for hand therapy.
  • Outpatient Clinic at Keck Hospital of USC 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 Residency 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 Residency Program requires concurrent enrollment in the USC OTD program. Potential residents must commit to the dual residency, with the intent to graduate with a post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy degree and to pursue Board and/or Specialty Certification. 

Residents must commit to time beyond what is required by the USC OTD Program in order to complete the mentored service delivery requirements and receive the designation of completion from an AOTA Approved Residency 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). Residents 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 are provided during OTD information sessions held in the fall at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Program Requirements

Successful residents 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 Residency Program will receive a designation as having completed a residency at an approved AOTA Residency 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 residency opportunity. The opportunity offers a Graduate Assistantship award and a monetary stipend.

Contact Us

For additional information or if you are interested in interviewing for this residency 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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Phone: (323) 442-9530

Site Residency Coordinator
Phuong Nguyen OTD, OTR/L, CLT, Neuro-IFRAH Cert.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Assistant Director of Clinical Occupational Therapy
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Phone: (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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Phone: (323) 442-3536