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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 Chan Division China Initiative welcomes the third cohort of dual-degree students from PKUHSC, setting a positive tone for the academic year and building a strong community for international students.
On August 31, 2023, the USC China Initiative marked a significant milestone as it welcomed the third and final cohort of students associated with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) to complete their occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) year…
Cash prizes will fund continued mobilization of most polished, most outside-the-box and best designed products.
By Katherine Dumangas MA ’22, OTD ’23 Three standout selections were announced by judges at the closing ceremony of the division’s inaugural gamechanger Knowledge Mobilization Team Challenge, an 8-week effort during which teams of USC Chan faculty, staff and stakeholders created practical…
Sensory adapted dental rooms significantly reduce autistic children’s physiological and behavioral stress during teeth cleanings ⟩
June 2, 2023
Results of USC–CHLA study of 162 autistic children show that safe and feasible adaptations to the clinic environment created more relaxed, less anxious dental care experiences.
By Mike McNulty In the SADE research clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, sensory adaptations to the environment were shown to significantly reduce autistic children's physiological and behavioral stress during dental cleanings. (Photo by Phil Channing) New results from a study led by USC…
USC-PKUHSC Cohort 2 dual-degree students attend the 2023 AOTA Inspire Conference in Kansas City, Missouri and share their transformative experiences.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Inspire Annual Conference and Expo aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and celebration of the occupational therapy profession. This conference is the largest of its kind in which occupational therapy (OT)…
Growing by design ⟩
April 21, 2023
When designing the USC Peace Garden, student landscape architect Daniela Velazco prioritized people and planting.
By Mike McNulty USC Peace Garden designer Daniela Velazco MLA+U/MHC ’23 (Photo by Hannah Benet) "A garden is a physical manifestation of people coming together, doing the work and enjoying themselves along the way," says Daniela Velazco MLA+U/MHC ’23. Velazco spent the better part of last summer…
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…
Chan Bakes for Earthquake Relief ⟩
March 12, 2023
From March 6-10, more than 50 USC Chan students, staff, and faculty worked together to host a bake sale fundraiser in support of earthquake relief efforts after the February 6 earthquake in Syria and Turkey.
Amber Butler MA ’23, Philanthropy Chair of USC’s Occupational Therapy and Science Council, initially proposed the idea for the bake sale, saying “I was feeling helpless watching the news and seeing all the devastation in Syria and Turkey. I was heartbroken watching families and rescue officers…
USC Chan Global Initiatives partnered with the Bless One Foundation to hold a Winter Blanket Drive on behalf of the St. Joseph Center in Long Beach, California.
USC Chan student Maquela Noel OTD ’25 spearheaded the Blanket Drive and shared “Helping individuals in need has always meant something to me because I feel as though everyone deserves equal opportunities. The Drive allowed us to make an impact in the Los Angeles community, which I will cherish…
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…