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Where the China Initiative all began ⟩
September 7, 2023
In China, Teacher's Day is an official national holiday recognized on Sept. 10. To help celebrate, China Initiative residents Sanny Ning and Li Shan Wee, and faculty member Elena Meng, spoke with the dual-degree program's alumni who are now back in Beijing teaching the next generation of occupational therapists.
In August 2022, the USC Chan Division celebrated the first cohort of graduates from the USC–PKUHSC dual-degree program. Students in the program earn an entry-level master’s degree in rehabilitation therapy (occupational therapy track) at PKUHSC followed by a post-professional occupational…
USC-PKUHSC dual-degree cohort 2 students conclude their Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) year by integrating mixed-track residency experiences and applying their learning across cultural contexts during the final series of monthly seminars.
During the Summer semester, the China Initiative hosted the third and final series of monthly seminars for the second cohort of dual-degree students from Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC), as they wrap up their Summer semester in the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program. These…
China Initiative team hosts the Spring series of monthly seminars for the second cohort of OTD residents from PKUHSC, designed to help integrate their mixed-track residency experiences and apply their learning to their future role as occupational therapy leaders in China.
During the Spring semester, the China Initiative hosted the spring series of monthly seminars for the second cohort of dual-degree students from Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC). The seminars supplement the students’ residency experiences by connecting what they have learned in the…
USC Chan Entry-Level Master’s student Tina Peng discusses her externship at Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) in Beijing, China, focused on building leadership skills and learning about local occupational therapy (OT) practice.
Every spring, second-year Entry-Level MA students participate in a student-driven externship assignment designed to build their leadership skills, provide opportunities to learn about non-clinical roles of occupational therapists, and help develop a sense of professional identity. As part of this…
USC-PKUHSC Dual-Degree Graduates and Current Students Discuss Transition to OT Careers ⟩
February 10, 2023
China Initiative team leads an information session between graduates (cohort 1) and current students (cohort 2) of the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree program to support their transition from student to OT practitioner in China upon graduation.
Due to their unique experience in the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree program, the cohort 2 students who will graduate in August 2023 typically seek additional guidance in preparing for their return to China and planning their career trajectory. The hiring process in China follows a strict timeline, in which…
Significant PKUHSC News and Updates ⟩
February 9, 2023
A variety of exciting changes are on the horizon for the Peking University Health Science Center’s educational structure and administration.
Beginning in 2016, when USC Chan formed a partnership with Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) to develop an innovative dual-degree program, the goal has always been to advance occupational therapy (OT) education, practice, and research standards in China. As we approach the third year…
New “Black Identity and Well-Being” section for OT-100 THRIVE course ⟩
September 14, 2021
USC Chan partners with the USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs to deliver culturally relevant content to undergraduate students.
A new discussion section of the OT-100 THRIVE: Foundations of Well-Being course focusing on “Black Identity and Well-Being” is being piloted this fall semester. The discussion section is co-taught by USC Chan faculty Dr. Ashley Uyeshiro Simon and USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs…
USC Chan commits $2.5M to post-pandemic response ⟩
April 26, 2021
Three-year initiative to fast-track projects addressing occupational needs and health of individuals, families and communities.
By Mike McNulty ReSPONs conceptual schematic The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has launched a $2.5 million initiative comprising a variety of projects aimed at the coronavirus, economic and racial pandemics, the combined effects of which are sure to be felt for…
Start of Level II Fieldwork for the 1st Cohort of PKUHSC Students ⟩
January 18, 2021
The inaugural cohort begins their first 8-week Level II fieldwork rotation to prepare them for entry-level competence as future OT practitioners.
The start of the new year signaled another “first” for the inaugural cohort of master’s occupational therapy students at the Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC). Having finished their master’s level academic coursework last semester, the inaugural cohort officially started their…
OTD Alumni Talk About Finding Their First OT Jobs ⟩
January 8, 2021
As many of our Master’s students have already applied to the OTD Program and some continue to consider their options for next year, five recent alumni from our OTD Program — Ana Sanchez, Elissa Taylor, Nicole Wright, Ozan Yay, and Patrice Zhao — discuss their experiences searching and applying for jobs under unprecedented circumstances with our OTD Student Ambassador Daniel Padilla Vega.
Where did you complete your OTD Residency? Ana: I completed my residency at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), which is a community college. Elissa: LAC+USC Medical Center’s Adult West Primary Care clinic (supported by the USC LRCC research lab). Nicole Wright OTD, OTR/L, CIMI Nicole: I completed…