Full time, 12-month fellowship program
Deadline for applying is March 31, 2019
Location: Main Hospital
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship is a one year program that begins in August. Fellows engage in mentored clinical practice across inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, the fellow will participate in scholarly activities, leadership training, and didactic courses offered through The Ohio State University Nisonger Center’s LEND program. At the time of application, fellowship applicants must be either a) a graduate of an accredited occupational therapy program with a current Ohio OT license b) currently enrolled in an accredited occupational therapy program with the plan to graduate and obtain Ohio licensure prior to the start of the fellowship program. The applicant must either have a) prior work experience as a pediatric occupational therapist or b) a Level II occupational therapy fieldwork in the area of pediatrics. Three professional letters of reference must be submitted at the time of application. Please also include a one page personal statement indicating your interest in a fellowship program as well as how it aligns with your future professional goals.
The Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship supports, communicates, implements and enforces the philosophy, mission, values, standards, policies and procedures of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Evaluates patients with varied diagnoses to determine developmental and/or functional status using standardized measures or clinical observations; identifies patient’s strengths and deficits; establishes goals; and develops an individualized treatment plan incorporating patient and family needs.
Administers therapeutic treatment to patients with developmental delay or functional deficits to provide optimal development, function, and independence; utilizes developmental activities and other treatment techniques to meet each patient’s specific needs and achieve therapy goals; observes progress and/or changes in patient’s condition and modifies treatment plan accordingly.
Fabricates, recommends or provides adaptive equipment, splints or casts to maintain functional body joint positions, restrict muscle contractures, prevent deformities, and improve function or mobility. Fits patient and instructs patient and family on use of item.
Educates patients/parents/caregivers on treatment goals and therapy plan; instructs patients/parents/caregivers on therapeutic activities to follow at home; documents instruction; and evaluates ongoing compliance and understanding.
Documents patients’ evaluation results, objective status, progress towards goals, treatment plan, and recommendations in compliance with documentation requirements of the hospital and accrediting associations; utilizes appropriate computerized or standardized documentation methods, as applicable to caseload.
Communicates patient’s status and collaborates with physicians, third-party payors, and relevant healthcare providers.
Maintains the administrative functions of individual caseload, including scheduling patients for treatment, entering daily patient charges, and submitting timely documentation to appropriate parties.
Recommends and secures patient referrals to community agencies to ensure patient continues to receive needed and appropriate services after discharge.
Attends continuing education programs and participates in departmental in-service training programs to enhance professional development.
Conducts formal and informal Occupational Therapy educational programs for hospital staff, students and community. Delegates to students from accredited programs, certified occupational therapist assistants (COTA), and unlicensed personnel, supervising care provided.
Adheres to designated productivity standards for residents.
Completes at least 340 hours of mentored practice with Residency Clinical Mentors.
Attends all required lectures and completes assignments as necessary in didactic courses.
Participates in scholarly and professional development activities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE , SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
1. Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy; certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association; registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy; licensed by the State of Ohio.
2. One year occupational therapy work experience in a pediatric setting preferred or clinical affiliation in area of pediatrics.
3. CPR certification must be received no later than 60 days post hire or 60 days post expiration.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSStanding/Walking Constantly (67-100%)Independently Lifting/Carrying up to 15 pounds FrequentlyIndependently Lifting/Carrying up to 50 pounds Occasionally (0-33%)Finger Dexterity Constantly (67-100%)Kneeling FrequentlyBending/Stooping FrequentlyReaching FrequentlyTalking/Hearing/Seeing Constantly Pushing/Pulling Frequently The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.