Luming Yang 杨璐铭 OTD ’22
Residency Focus: Hand Therapy; Ergonomics
Where did you receive your bachelor’s degree and in what major?
I received my bachelor’s degree in sports rehabilitation from Beijing Sport University.
What do you like about occupational therapy?
I really like that occupational therapy helps clients engage in their meaningful occupations. Occupational therapists always try to start from the clients’ perspective — from trying to see if there are any physical, mental, social or environmental factors within their daily life that influence their occupational performance to finding ways to help them address these factors. I also like the idea of supporting clients to achieve their own occupational balance. This shows that we really do care about the human-centered aspect.
What are some memorable moments from your residency experience?
I really enjoy the moments when clients share their life story with me. This can really help me understand the diversity of client populations, and further think about their experiences from their perspectives. It makes me feel that we’re connected with each other, especially when they feel better with my help.
How do you plan to advance OT in China?
When I return to China, I hope I can be on the stage of national meetings to share presentations, in which way I can share my experiences as an OT, what I have learned from our profession, and most importantly, what our values are for our clients. As an occupational therapist, another way which can help to advocate for our profession is to use the knowledge and skills of occupational therapy to help clients in their daily therapy sessions.
What are your favorite occupation(s)?
My favorite occupation is traveling. I like to spend time outside and be one with nature. It always makes me feel excited and inspired when I have the chance to travel with my friends, family, or fellows from our profession. It’s always good to share different experiences with them.