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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Zhaowen Zhou 周兆雯 OTD ’22

Zhaowen Zhou 周兆雯 OTD ’22

Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Program: Post-Professional OTD, Class of 2022


Residency Focus: Aging; Neurorehabilitation

Where did you receive your bachelor’s degree and in what major?
你在哪里获得你的本科学士学位, 主修什么专业?

I received my bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation therapy from Sun Yat-sen University.

What do you like about occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy was my favorite course when I was an undergraduate student. It gave me an opportunity to rethink my daily activities, to creatively redesign my daily life, and to experience other people’s lives. I can still remember one time I explored our city in a wheelchair during OT class. When you look into daily occupations with other perspectives, you will be surprised by how simple things make lives so different.

What are some memorable moments from your residency experience?

I worked in the Healthy Aging Research and Technology (HART) Lab during my residency. We celebrated “Friendsgiving Day” remotely. That evening, everyone in the lab got together on Zoom and shared our favorite pictures, the stories behind those pictures, and our favorite drinks. We talked and laughed a lot. It was the first time I heard other people’s stories. That made me feel so warm. I am glad that I am in a team that is full of humor and love.
我在健康老龄研究与技术实验室(HART) Lab 进行实习。我们与朋友一起线上庆祝了感恩节 (Friendsgiving Day)。那天晚上,实验室的每位成员在Zoom会议室欢聚一堂,各自分享了自己最喜欢的照片、照片背后的故事,还有自己最喜欢的饮料。我们边聊边笑。那是我第一次听到他们的故事,我感到十分温暖。我很庆幸能够成为这个集幽默与爱于一身的团队的一员。

How do you plan to advance OT in China?

To advance OT in China, I plan to apply the leadership skills I learned in the dual-degree program. Before I can improve OT in China, I need to improve myself first. That is, to be a responsible, motivated, creative and flexible occupational therapist, researcher and educator. I aim to provide clients with evidence-based clinical practice and establish clinical pathways for different clinical conditions to help improve the quality of OT services in China. I want to be a researcher with strong critical thinking and creativity skills — exploring new possibilities for clients with disabilities. I will also improve OT education in China and expand the number of OT practitioners so that more and more people can benefit from OT services.
为了提升中国的OT, 我会将我从双学位项目中学到的领导力技巧应用到实践中。在我提升中国OT之前,我会先提升我自己,即,成为一名有责任心、有动力、有创造力和有韧性的作业治疗师、研究者和教育者。我的目标是,为病人提供循证医疗,为不同的临床情况建立临床路径,以提高中国OT的服务质量。我想成为一名具有批判性思维和创新能力的研究者——为失能的患者挖掘新的可能性。我还会提升中国OT的教育,增加OT从业者的人数,这样就有更多的人可以享受OT的服务了。

What are your favorite occupation(s)?

My favorite occupation is walking with my parents. When I lived at home, I used to go for a walk with them every morning. We enjoyed the sunshine, the gentle breeze in the morning and the flowers on the road we walked. We talked a lot while walking. Sometimes my father drove us to the beach, and if we were lucky, we would bring back some shrimp or crab. This was the most enjoyable part of my vacation.