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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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About Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) Residencies

OTD students complete a residency in one of our four leadership tracks: Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Research, Policy and Administration, or Education. The links below provide information about residency opportunities both within the Chan Division and with our community partners. The outreach and interview process for Chan Division residencies typically begins each year in September, while the outreach process for residencies with community partners typically begins in January. All information, including details regarding financial support, is updated every August and subject to change each year. Please note that you may also pursue a residency site that is not on these lists.

Advanced Clinical Practice Track

The Advanced Clinical Practice Track is designed to prepare residents as clinicians with advanced knowledge and skills specific to a clinical specialty area. The residency is located within a real-world practice context. This track resembles the residency model typical in medical doctorate (MD) programs. Applicants to the Advanced Clinical Practice Track engage in an outreach and interview process to secure a clinical residency opportunity prior to the start of the program.

Clinical Research Track

The Clinical Research Track is designed to prepare residents to participate in evidence-based studies in clinical settings and to collect outcomes data as part of practice. Applicants for the Clinical Research Track of the OTD Program participate in an interview with Dr. Mary Lawlor, Associate Chair of Research, to determine their acceptance into the Track. The resident must complete their residency within a Chan Division-funded research project and is required to take at least one(1) research course as an elective.

Policy and Administration Track

The Policy and Administration Track is designed to prepare residents as executive decision makers, public policy advocates or administrators who will serve as change agents to lead the profession forward. Applicants for the Policy and Administrative Track of the OTD Program participate in an interview process at the respective residency site to determine their acceptance into the Track.

Education Track

The Education Track includes opportunities for students interested in learning about pedagogy and best-practices related to teaching and curriculum development. Students gain experience in course design, student support and classroom management while supporting curricula in the Chan undergraduate and master’s degree programs. Seasoned practitioners returning for their post-professional doctoral degree will gain teaching expertise as well as knowledge and skills in academic administration and accreditation necessary to become outstanding clinical faculty. Coursework complements the residency experience and serves to develop mastery of innovative pedagogical approaches. Applicants for the Education Track participate in an interview with Dr. Julie McLaughlin Gray, Associate Chair of Curriculum and Faculty, to determine their acceptance into the Track. The residency is located within the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.