Monday, March 19, 2018

UofA OT Alumni Event Scheduled for June 22 in Vancouver BC

Your UofA Department of OT will be hosting an alumni event in Vancouver BC on June 22 to coincide with the 2018 CAOT National Conference.

RSVP here.

We hope you can join us! 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Placement Recruitment for Spring & Summer 2018

OCCTH 526 (Level 2) placements have just wrapped up for another year!

Our gratitude goes out to those of you who were in involved in hosting and supporting a Year 2 student over the last 7 weeks!

We would also like to offer thanks to all of you who have already responded to our Spring/Summer Placement Requests or 'Call for Offers' by offering a placement for our OCCTH 525 and/or OCCTH 527 placements in the months to come.

We are still needing more placement offers for the following 2 placement sessions:

OCCTH 525 - Year 1/Level 1:  May 14 – June 29 (7 weeks)

OCCTH 527 - Year 2/Level 3a:  July 3 – August 17 (or ANY 7 week period between June 18 and August 31)

We will happily accept offers for OCCTH 525 until the first week of March and for OCCTH 527 until mid-April.

To make us a placement offer (which we will not refuse!) please email or phone our Clinical Education Administrator:

(780) 492 6968

Thank you in advance!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Final Weeks of OCCTH 526 & Updated OT Fieldwork Handbook

It's the final 2 weeks of OCCTH 526 Level 2 placements for our Y2 students.

Thanks again to all of you who are working with and alongside these students to support their growth and development!

The newest revised version of our UofA OT Fieldwork Handbook is now available on the 'clinical education' pages and drop down menu on our department's website.

This comprehensive resource provides clinical educators (preceptors) and students access to all of the policies and procedures related to fieldwork.

As ever, let the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) or one of the fieldwork team members know if you have any questions re: the hosting, supervision and/or evaluation of our MScOT students.

Monday, January 15, 2018

OCCTH 526 & a Free New Online Tutorial for Using the CBFE


OCCTH 526 is now underway ...

THANK YOU to each of you who are currently supervising one of our MScOT students for this Level 2 placement period!

A new, two-part, online video tutorial on using the Competency-based Fieldwork Evaluation (CBFE-OT) produced by Bossers (original CBFE author) and Ravenek from Western University is now available free of charge:

Part 1: Introduction to the CBFE-OT (23 min)

Part 2: Student Evaluation Using the CBFE-OT (28 min) 

The tutorial is meant to be helpful to you, if needed ... but not necessarily prescriptive! You may find that you have questions after viewing the videos, since there may be a bit of discrepancy between how you have used the CBFE 'historically' and what is contained in the tutorials.

If so, you are welcome to contact Cori Schmitz or another fieldwork team member for clarification!

We sure appreciate your ongoing support and involvement in the clinical education of our OT students!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CSCE Clinical Educator Workshops: Practical Skills for Maximizing Student Development

The UofA Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Collaborative for Scholarship in Clinical Education (CSCE) is offering the following clinical educator workshop:

Clinical Education in Rehabilitation: Practical Skills for Maximizing Student Development (includes discipline-specific breakout sessions to discuss curriculum, student evaluation process, etc)

This full-day workshop will be held in:

  • Calgary on Dec 14, 2017 from 0900-1600
  • Lethbridge on Dec 15, 2017 from 0900-1600

This full-day workshop is intended for clinical educators (CEs) who are interested in working with rehabilitation students in variety of practice settings. The morning will provide a thorough orientation to student supervision and evaluation including placement structure, clinical teaching strategies for successful placements, and discipline-specific information. In the afternoon, participants will explore and develop skills regarding the provision of constructive feedback and the facilitation of student reflection and professional growth. Work-readiness, professionalism, and the progression of clinical reasoning toward independent, entry-level practice will also be discussed. This workshop will provide strategies and support to new CEs as well as a more in-depth look at resources and strategies for more experienced CEs.

To register for the Calgary workshop click here.

To register for the Lethbridge workshop click here.

Registration is FREE for OTs who are or plan to be involved in student supervision but spots are limited so register soon to avoid disappointment!

We appreciate your ongoing support of OT student placements!

Monday, November 6, 2017

OCCTH 528 Final Placements & OCCTH 503 Introductory Fieldwork Placements

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who supervised a Level 3b student during their OCCTH 528 placements in September & October!

Those final placements are over and a new crop of OTs have now joined our ranks. They are starting to find employment and preparing for the NOTCExam mid-month. Exciting times for each of them!

Congratulations, graduands!

This week more than 120 Year One OT students are completing their one-week OCCTH 503 Introductory Fieldwork Placements at sites around Alberta and Saskatchewan.

We really appreciate all the clinicians who are sharing their practices and mentoring these learners early in their MScOT program!