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    1. Occupational Therapy Presented by Erin Walker erg. Royal Victoria Hospital

    2. What is Occupational Therapy? A health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations which give meaning to their lives We work with people who are having problems with their daily occupations. Problems may result from a change in function (physical & cognitive) because of illness or disability, and/or barriers in the social or and physical environment Client centered model

    4. What do Occupational Therapists do? Evaluate people of all different ages, determine their personal needs, plan & execute therapeutic interventions and assess the progress of the intervention We work with people who have health problems such as: CVA, MI, TBI, SCI, arthritis, COPD, dementia, learning disabilities, etc. We use specialized skills to help patients relearn or find new ways to perform ADLs & IADLs

    5. How is OT different from PT??? PT is a health care profession aimed at evaluating, maintaining and restoring physical function OT is a health profession that looks at physical function too but in terms of how it affects your ability to perform ADLs & IADLs Also, OTs are trained to assess and implement treatment plans with people who have cognitive deficits, Dysphagia & mental health problems

    6. Many Career options for an OT! Hospital Rehabilitation center (inpatient & outpatient) CLSC CHSLD Private clinics Mental Health Self employed Schools On road driving assessments Law-disability claims Advisingon health risks in the workplace Manager, researcher, program developer or educator in addition to the direct delivery of professional services

    7. How to become an OT Graduate from an accredited university program with a Master's degree in OT (McGill University, University of Sherbrooke, University of Ottawa, University of Montreal) Successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours of fieldwork education Successfully pass the certification examination administered by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists or meet provincial registration qualifications Maintain competency to practice based on provincial regulatory requirements (OEQ)& OTs must be registered with their provincial regulatory organization in order to legally practice occupational therapy in Canada

    8. Post graduate education & professional development PhD in Rehabilitation Science Combine with another Masters degree or Certification (e.g. business/management, education, architecture, osteopathy, homeopathy etc.) Professional development courses required by the OEQ Supervisor of clinical placements In-services (workplace learning activities)

    9. How much $$$ can OTs Many OTs have found that an occupational therapy degree can provide them with many career choices Salary limitations are more common in public hospitals and rehab centers but occupational therapists in private practice can benefit from higher incomes Salaries vary from one province to another but a newly qualified occupational therapist can earn from $40,000 to $45,000

    10. Job availability Like most health care professionals we are in high demand In second and third year of study we got many job offers After graduating still many job offers

    11. What is the schedule like??? For hospitals (MUHC): 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, Weekends off as well as holidays. 4 Weeks vacation & 9 sick days Rehabilitation centers: +/- same as hospitals CLSC: more flexible hours Private clinic: variable Self employed: you make your own schedule

    12. A typical day for me at the RVH. 6 Medical & Ross 5 (Vascular sx, Plastic sx & Urology) My role: evaluation of functional status, cognitive status and swallowing dysfunction Help with d/c planning: need for inpatient or outpatient rehab setting, conval, home with CLSC help, modifications of their home environment, etc. While patient is at hospital we f/u

    13. A typical day for me at the RVH. Gather my new consults, find out about new d/c plans and then PRIORITIZE See my patients Discuss my patients with the multidisciplinary team (informal or in rounds) Document Communicate with rehab centers, family members, CHSLD, etc. Special projects Attend Grand rounds at lunch or other teaching activities

    14. What I enjoy most about working as an occupational therapist Help patient to realize their goals: client centered approach, building a rapport with the patients, learning from my patients Analyzing findings from evaluations Working with the multidisciplinary team Can be very exciting with many learning opportunity Autonomy & availability of mentoring

    15. What I enjoy least about working as an occupational therapist Can be stressful at times secondary to large case load & staff shortages

    16. Thank you Any Questions????

    17. References