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Academics and Courses
When education requires in-person work during a pandemic ⟩
August 26, 2020
By Kate Faye / HSC News With Keck Medicine of USC now accepting all patients for needed health care services and the fall semester in motion, departments throughout have taken steps to make sure that the risk of COVID-19 transmission is minimal. This has resulted in new policies and best practices…
China Initiative PhD Student Co-Teaches Occupational Science Seminar in the Master’s Program at PKUHSC ⟩
July 28, 2020
Buwen Yao, a China Initiative scholar and current 3rd year PhD student at USC Chan, joins a PKUHSC instructor in co-teaching the Occupational Science Seminar course in the master’s program.
Buwen Yao Buwen Yao, at the time a medical student in rehabilitation medicine at Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC), was selected as a China Initiative scholar in 2018 to complete a PhD in occupational science (OS) at USC Chan. She will be amongst the first, if not the first person…
PKUHSC and USC jointly held a virtual Welcome Ceremony for the second cohort of students admitted to the PKUHSC Master’s Program in Rehabilitation Therapy (Occupational Therapy Track).
PKUHSC held an online Welcome Ceremony for the second cohort of students admitted to the PKUHSC Master’s Program in Rehabilitation Therapy (Occupational Therapy Track). The ceremony was attended by both PKUHSC faculty and instructors, as well as USC China Initiative faculty and doctoral residents.…
By Brigid Murphy / USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Adam Vesperman, a 2020 grad of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, also earned a Minor in Occupational Science. (Photo by Mike Esperanza) USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Student Adam Vesperman (BFA ’20) saw his senior project as a way to…
It’s Never Too Late for Graduate School ⟩
April 30, 2020
Academics and Courses Students
Chan student ambassador Kat Hylton talks to three students who pursued a new occupation to become an occupational therapist
By Kat Hylton MA ’20 Changing careers in order to return to grad school is a big decision that nobody makes without thought and contemplation. Each and every path on the educational journey to arrive at USC Chan is unique. As we approach May’s commencement, I asked a few of USC Chan’s…
Healthcare for the Homeless ⟩
March 26, 2020
Student Ambassador Kaho interviews OTD student Julian Prado about his decision to pursue the OTD and work with the homeless population in Los Angeles.
What made you want to pursue an OTD degree? I decided to pursue an OTD degree because I wanted to be able to have a clinical experience within a role emerging practice area and be able to cultivate the role under the guidance of mentorship. My mentor, Dr. Deborah Pitts has years of experience…
More Than Just a Class, A Community ⟩
March 19, 2020
Hi! I am your occupational therapist. Are you ready to participate in today’s activities?
By Student Ambassador Kat Hylton ¡Hola! Soy su terapeuta ocupacional. ¿Esta listo para participar en las actividades de hoy? (Translation: Hi! I am your occupational therapist. Are you ready to participate in today’s activities?) This is an example of the phrases we are learning in OT 566…
Academics and Courses Chan in the Media
No. 1 spot reflects reputation among academic leaders
By Mike McNulty The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is once again home to the top occupational therapy educational program in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Grad Schools rankings released today. The occupational therapy graduate…
A “hands-on” approach to teaching ⟩
February 13, 2020
Janice Rocker, who spends most of her time working in the hand therapy clinic at Keck Hospital of USC, brings her clinical experience to the classroom for OT 562 “Advance Practice in Hand Therapy and Physical Agent Modalities.”
By Kevin Uhrik / HSC News As a student in the entry-level master’s program at USC, I am grateful for the opportunity to be taught and mentored by the clinical faculty members of the Chan Division. The clinical faculty members at USC have a longstanding history of both teaching and clinical…
Response to COVID-19: PKUHSC Program Transitions to Online Teaching Even Before USC Chan ⟩
February 4, 2020
PKUHSC instructors Dr. Hui (Angela) Wang and Dr. Liguo Qian quickly shift classes online and adapt to accommodate stay-at-home orders in Beijing.
The first time Dr. Hui (Angela) Wang met her students was on January 4th, 2020 — during the last week of the PKUHSC fall semester. Dr. Wang, a China Initiative scholar, had completed her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at USC Chan, and just returned to China to continue her Post-Professional…