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China Initiative Visits Beijing | November 2018 ⟩
April 12, 2019

China Initiative Community and Partners Conferences International Lectures and Talks Students

Purpose In November, the China Initiative team attended the 2nd Peking University International Conference on Medical Humanities: Narrating Birth, Ageing and Death at the Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) in Beijing. At the conference, Dr. Julie McLaughlin Gray presented a keynote…

This April, advocate for occupational therapy ⟩
April 1, 2019

Associations and Bodies Events Students

By Joyce Yoo Velia Lozick at her White Coat Ceremony at the beginning of the program April is Occupational Therapy Month, and part of its celebration includes advocating for our amazing profession. To get some ideas about things that I can do to get involved, I spoke with Velia Lozick MA ’19, a…

From Recovery to Aspiring Therapist ⟩
February 25, 2019

Health and Wellness Students

Rachel Eckerling MA ’20, BS ’19 battled anorexia for 13 years and met with more than 70 therapists on her route to recovery. For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from Feb. 25 to Mar. 3, the now-recovered 22-year-old bachelor’s–to-master’s student shares her definition of anorexia and discusses how her own experiences will inform her future occupational therapy practices.

By Joyce Yoo Challenging occupation “My eating disorder is like a little voice in the back of my head that tells me that I need to be thinner or that I need to engage in certain behaviors in order to be safe and accepted. Eating was definitely a challenging occupation for me,” Eckerling says.…

Pursuing research for the OTD ⟩
February 22, 2019

Academics and Courses Clinical Research Students

Student Ambassador Etta interviews Meghan Neureither about her work as an OTD Resident.

Why did you pick the research track? I chose the research track because I have always had an interest in research, but was not sure about committing myself to a four-year PhD program. Working in research has been incredible, and allowed me to think on the larger scale, and bigger picture. It is…

The Doctor(ate) is in ⟩
February 21, 2019

Academics and Courses Clinical Students

As many of our Accelerated Master's to OTD students begin to plan for the doctoral program next year, four current OTD students — Kaitlyn Cruz, Laryssa Green, Keilani Phillips, and Phillip Lee — discuss their experiences with our Student Ambassador Etta.

Why did you decide to pursue your OTD? Kaitlyn: I decided to pursue my OTD for many reasons: to advance the profession of occupational therapy, to lay down a foundation to be a leader in the field, to progress towards my future goals and to overall prepare me as the best clinician I can possibly be.…

New course on thriving at USC and beyond earns rave reviews ⟩
February 14, 2019

Academics and Courses Faculty Health and Wellness Students

In a low-stress class geared toward incoming freshmen, students develop skills to lead balanced and fulfilling lives.

By Eric Lindberg / USC Today Debbie Lee didn’t realize how much she was ignoring her health and wellness. The USC junior has a packed schedule — serving as president of the undergraduate student body and volunteering with a Christian ministry on campus while pursuing her political science major.…

China Initiative scholars at the halfway point of their USC journey ⟩
February 5, 2019

Chan in the Media China Initiative Community and Partners International Students

By Evan Nicholas Yijun “Jane” Liu and Hui “Angela” Wang knew they were in for an adventure when they accepted a 2017 offer to become USC Chan’s China Initiative Scholars. As such, Yijun and Hui will earn both master's and clinical doctorate degrees at USC before accepting positions in…

DAE Committee brings fresh perspective to the issue of diversity in the Chan Division ⟩
January 17, 2019

Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty Students

By Evan Nicholas It’s widely accepted that institutions of higher learning have an ethical obligation to promote diversity, but a growing body of evidence suggests that, within healthcare professions, diversity is much more than a moral issue. In the United States, people of color still die most…

A game like no other: Healing Spaces targets Alzheimer’s, dementia patients ⟩
August 23, 2018

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Faculty Health and Wellness Research Students Technology

The game — USC alum Gabriela Gomes’ MFA thesis project — is a multisensory experience created to help adults suffering from neurodegenerative diseases to relax and connect with their caregiver.

By Joanna Clay / USC News Multisensory video game Healing Spaces offers an immersive experience to help adults suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. (Screencap courtesy of Healing Spaces/Gabriela Gomes) Stein Duker pointed out that Healing Spaces is also unique in that it curates a whole…

USC Chan gives back ⟩
July 9, 2018

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Events Students

Student-led Occupational Therapy and Science Council organizes OT Month activities.

By Yoko Ellie Fukumura and Elissa S. Lee/Occupational Therapy Association of California Newsletter Lady Gaga joins USC Chan students at the 2018 March for Our Lives in Downtown Los Angeles In honor of OT Month, the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy chose to celebrate…

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