USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice Fellowship
The USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice (OTFP) is excited to announce the launch of its Occupational Therapy Fellowship! For the first time, the OT Faculty Practice will provide Lifestyle Redesign® training opportunities to licensed occupational therapy practitioners from around the globe.
Fellowship Program Features
The purpose of the USC OTFP Fellowship program is to foster the development of expertise in administering the Lifestyle Redesign intervention to individuals living with chronic physical and mental health conditions.
The fellowship curriculum will include more than 1,400 hours of didactic and clinical education, mentored service delivery and non-mentored service delivery and will cover topics including pathophysiology of chronic conditions, occupation-based and evidence-based practice guidelines, safety regulation and ethical practice guidelines, interpersonal skills, and professional engagement. Fellows will be paired with a faculty clinician and will engage in training, structured mentoring sessions and scholarly activities to enhance their clinical practice and leadership skills. Throughout the experience, fellows will work on interprofessional teams, engage in public speaking, develop programs and services, and participate in community engagement activities. The fellowship will expedite the process of meeting requirements for the Lifestyle Redesign certification, as fellows will complete the didactic content and clinical hours needed to apply.
The fellowship program is currently in the application phase and is under review, with an anticipated start date of Summer 2024. See additional information about the OT Faculty Practice and current programs.
- Duration: 14 months
- Accreditation: currently in the application phase; waiting for AOTA approval
- Application open: January 2024
- Application deadline: March 2024
- Admission decision: April 2024
- Program start: Summer 2024
- Program end: Fall 2025
- A job posting for an OT staff position for an Occupational Therapy Clinical Fellow will be posted on the USC Career Center website. The posting will include information about the fellowship program, timeline, minimal education requirements, and pay range. From this website, applicants can submit their application through the online portal along with a cover letter, curriculum vitae and at least 2 letters of recommendation.
- A search committee will be created to review applicant materials and conduct interviews. Upon completion of interviews, candidates will be selected and notified.
- Upon acceptance of the fellowship position, the fellow will complete all HR requirements. As an employee of the University of Southern California, fellows will receive a salary with benefits, including medical and paid time off.
Minimum eligibility requirements
- Having graduated from an occupational therapy program accredited by ACOTE; Master’s or doctoral degree in occupational therapy.
- Licensed in state or jurisdiction of the fellowship program.
- Current BCLS CPR certification and knowledge of emergency first aid procedures.
- All prerequisite Human Resources requirements for placement in the clinical settings (e.g., background check, drug screen, immunizations) are to be completed prior to start of Fellowship.
- Demonstrates clinical practice or academic learning experiences in areas of mental health and lifestyle management treatment OR demonstrates a strong interest in becoming an expert in Lifestyle Redesign interventions.
- Demonstrates experience in areas of clinical practice either through fieldwork or previous employment.
- Demonstrates desire to participate in clinical teaching, research, program development and quality improvement efforts.
The educational goals of the fellowship program are:
- Provide trainings and learning opportunities to develop advanced clinical skills in the areas of mental health and Lifestyle Redesign, including in-services, interprofessional shadowing and collaboration opportunities, and case studies.
- Engage in innovative program development, quality improvement or clinical research activities that advance their knowledge and skills in a specialty area or in alignment with organizational growth.
- Develop leadership skills that improve the visibility of OT’s unique role and support knowledge mobilization at the local, national, or international level.
- Incorporate principles of access, equity, diversity and inclusion into clinical practice and service delivery.
- Meet the needs of the patients by delivering high-quality, evidence-based, client-centered care.
Lindsey Shomer OTD, OTR/L, CEAS ⟩
Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
OTFP Clinical Manager
USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice
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