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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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This is an OTD residency opportunity in the Advanced Clinical Practice track.

Primary Care (USC Primary Care, Kaiser, and Southland)

About Primary Care

The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy is seeking OTD residents to work in Primary Care

As defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), primary care involves “the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community” (IOM, 1994, p. 1). The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) asserts that occupational therapists in primary care contribute to interprofessional care teams that address the needs of individuals across the lifespan, particularly those with, or at risk for, one or more chronic conditions (AOTA, 2014).

About the residency: USC Primary Care

Since 2011, the Chan Division has been pioneering work in primary care settings as occupational therapy in the US continues to grow and define its distinct value in this area. As primary care at USC intersects with both the Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice (OTFP) and Keck Hospital settings, the USC Primary Care clinical doctoral residency program is designed to train occupational therapists to meet a wide variety of patient needs. Common patient needs include, but are not limited to, geriatrics, mental/behavioral health, and chronic condition management such as weight, pain and headaches, diabetes, fatigue, hypertension and more. Residents are expected to spend some time at the OTFP and utilize a Lifestyle Redesign® approach, and to frequently work on interprofessional teams. Service delivery may occur in a variety of ways such as 1:1 direct patient care, consultations, assessment clinics, home evaluations and groups.

All students are eligible to apply.

About the residency: Primary Care at Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is an American integrated managed care consortium that is committed to providing high-quality, affordable health care services and to improving the health of their members and the communities they serve. Care for Kaiser members is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers.

This clinical doctoral residency program may take a variety of forms, such as providing 1:1 direct patient care, facilitating groups and providing consultations. Residents frequently will be working on interprofessional teams to address patient needs such as hypertension, diabetes, and mental health. In addition to providing clinical services, the residency program includes opportunities to track clinical outcomes, improve public speaking skills and work on program development.

All students are eligible to apply.

About the residency: Primary Care at Southland Integrated Services

The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers (COCCC) supports a network of facilities, approximately 50% of which are Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). It serves as a consortium of safety net providers and key partners creating quality healthcare for vulnerable, underserved communities. In 2014, the COCCC joined a partnership to establish the Live Healthy OC initiative. This comprehensive initiative aims to transform the culture, practice and care delivery models of participating clinics serving the underserved from a disease-based management model to a sustainable integrated health approach centered on creating a true community of health and wellness.

One of the COCCC sites, Southland Integrated Services, Inc., is an FQHC that is committed to serving underserved communities and establishing a culture of health and wellness. In addition to providing occupational therapy via the doctoral resident and on-site occupational therapist, Southland offers general family, adult medical, pediatric, OB/GYN, dental, and behavioral health services onsite.

The clinical doctoral residency program at Southland Integrated Services, Inc. may take a variety of forms, such as facilitating activity-based group medical visits, providing 1:1 direct patient care, and consultations. The resident will be frequently working on interprofessional teams.

All students are eligible to apply. Students who speak Vietnamese are strongly encouraged to apply.

Financial support

The opportunities in primary care offer financial support including 24 units of paid tuition, a paid student worker position, as well as health and dental insurance and the student health center fee.

Contact information

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Ashley Halle OTD, OTR/L at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).