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On Capitol Hill as an OT Student ⟩
October 4, 2019

Associations and Bodies Events Students

By Hannah Na Chan Division students in front of the Capitol Last Monday, I attended the AOTA Hill Day in DC with some of my OT classmates and Dr. Beth Pyatak. What is Hill Day you ask? Hill Day is a day when hundreds of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students get…

Latest issue of AJOT features 23 USC-affiliated authors ⟩
September 30, 2019

Alumni Chan in the Media Clinical Faculty Research Students

Katie Jordan is guest editor of the journal’s special issue on primary care

By Mike McNulty Nearly two dozen Trojans authors — including faculty and staff members, students and alumni — were published in the Sept./Oct. 2019 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. The special issue focused on primary care, an area of occupational therapy research and…

Lending a Helping Hand ⟩
September 25, 2019

Academics and Courses Clinical Students

Student Ambassador Kaho interviews Areli Benitez about her decision to pursue the OTD and her residency providing hand therapy at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC).

LAC+USC, or “County” as it is often referred to, is one of the busiest hospitals in the Western United States, providing healthcare services for people in the area who are medically underserved and treating over 28 percent of LA County trauma victims. Areli Benitez at LAC + USC Medical Center…

China Initiative Visits Beijing | September 2019 ⟩
September 23, 2019

Academics and Courses China Initiative Community and Partners Faculty International Students

On Sept. 10, leaders from USC Chan joined alongside their counterparts at Peking University Health Sciences Center (PUHSC) to welcome the first class of students enrolled in the universities’ new dual-degree program in occupational therapy. With addresses from faculty and student representatives,…

The mental health Rubik’s Cube: Finding the right balance ⟩
May 22, 2019

Health and Wellness Students

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, and as USC Chan occupational therapy student Katherine Crutsinger looks forward to her clinical career ahead, she reflects on her father’s and her own lived experiences with mental health.

By Katherine Crutsinger MA ’19 As a child and adult, I was really disappointed by my dad’s limitations, but I was not able to connect them with his mental health. Instead, I was angry at a father who did not provide the love and support that I had seen in other friends’ fathers. For much of my…

Obtiene la maestría en USC con el apoyo de la Iniciativa Vecinal para niños del sur Los Ángeles / Earning her USC master’s degree with support from the Neighborhood Initiative for South L.A. children ⟩
May 8, 2019

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Students

Viviana Padilla inició sus esfuerzos escolares de la mano de su padre hace 17 años; el ya no vivió para verla terminar sus estudios / Viviana Padilla began her scholastic efforts with the guidance of her father 17 years ago; He did not live to see her finish her studies

Viviana Padilla, member of USC Chan's graduating class of 2019 (Photo by Aurelia Ventura/La Opinion) By Araceli Martínez Ortega / La Opinión Viviana Padilla le tiene un gran regalo a sus padres, su graduación de su maestría en terapia ocupacional por la Universidad del Sur de California (USC).…

China Initiative Visits Shanghai | April 2019 ⟩
April 30, 2019

China Initiative Conferences Faculty International Lectures and Talks Students

Purpose In April 2019, members of the USC Chan China Initiative team traveled to Shanghai to attend the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (CARM) 2nd Annual Occupational Therapy Subcommittee Meeting. Prior to conference activities, the team had the opportunity to visit Shanghai…

How one PhD student is emphasizing the World in World Autism Month ⟩
April 26, 2019

Autism Faculty Research Students

By Bryan Kang MA ’18, OTD ’19 April is World Autism Month, a time to recommit to raising awareness of, and support understanding for, individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy continues to be a leader in autism research, and…

New course bridges continents to discuss global perspectives on occupation and justice ⟩
April 25, 2019

Academics and Courses Community and Partners Faculty International Students

This spring semester, USC Chan master’s students had a new elective opportunity in their course options, one that connected them with new classmates halfway around the world.

OT 599 Special Topics, titled “Bridging Global Perspectives on Occupation and Justice,” was taught for the first time by USC Chan’s Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy Rebecca Aldrich. Aldrich designed the new course specifically to be taught simultaneously with a partner…

Five years in the making: My experiences in the Occupational Science PhD program and my advice for new and prospective students ⟩
April 16, 2019

Academics and Courses Students

By Mark Hardison PhD ’19 Mark Hardison PhD ’19 Deciding to get a PhD is a big decision; at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, it is a life-changing opportunity. It has completely transformed my understanding of science and clinical practice. More importantly,…

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