Assistive Technology Occupational Therapy Scholarship Program | VA Health Care Tampa


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  1. Why should I do a scholarship rather than just find a job that interests me?

A scholarship will provide post-professional training in a specialized area of ​​practice. Participation in a scholarship will give the scholarship holder specific experience and allow them to gain confidence in providing specialized occupational therapy services. It will combine didactics, mentoring and clinical practice in the area of ​​the scholarship in order to advance the scholarship holder to an advanced clinician. This can increase professional marketing in the future.

  1. What experience is needed to apply for a scholarship?

No experience is necessary. Experience will be gained by participating in the scholarship program. Applicants should have a strong interest in the scholarship program and apply for counseling or specialty certification after completion of the program.

  1. Do I have to be a new graduate to apply for a scholarship?

No. Any registered occupational therapist can apply for a fellowship experience. While some candidates are newly licensed occupational therapists, others have some basic experience or wish to change areas of practice. Most fellows generally have 0 to 5 years of experience.

  1. What if my license is in another state?

It doesn’t matter what specific state you are licensed in as long as you meet the criteria to apply.

  1. What happens after the one year scholarship?

The fellow will be considered a clinician experienced in this specialized area of ​​practice. This will help you when applying for jobs in a specialized area of ​​practice that requires experience. The scholarship holder will also be eligible to apply for the AOTA Board of Directors certification after 2 years of practice rather than the 3 years required for non-scholarship participants.

  1. Can I apply if I do not have a license yet or if I have not obtained my occupational therapy diploma?

If you don’t have a license yet, you will need to have a license before you can start the scholarship experience. You do not need to have a license to apply for the scholarship experience. However, acceptance will be subject to obtaining a license before the scholarship start date.

  1. Will I receive any salary / benefits during the scholarship experience?

Yes, the fellow will receive a stipend and health benefits, as well as paid vacation and paid public holidays.

  1. Will the didactic work required for the scholarship be done at work or in the evening / weekend after the working day?

There is time in the weekly schedule of fellows to complete the didactic work. However, occasionally there may be work that needs to be completed outside of normal working hours.

  1. Is accommodation provided?

No. The fellow will be responsible for finding your own accommodation. We will be happy to provide recommendations / information on the surrounding area if needed.

Assistive technology:

  1. What population will the fellow be working with?

The fellow will work with a mix of active duty and veterans. The age of the population generally varies between 20 and 80 years. The fellow will spend time in all areas of assistive technology including: seating and mobility, virtual reality, adapted sports, driver rehabilitation, home assessment, and augmented and alternative communication.

  1. What diagnoses will I see?

The fellow will see clients with different diagnoses. All with assistive technology needs. The main diagnosis will be ALS and SCI. Other diagnoses will include multiple trauma, Parkinson’s, TBI, stroke, and amputations.

  1. What am I going to do with the clients?

The fellow will primarily provide individual treatments, including assessment and ordering, distribution and training of equipment. Primary assessments will include computer access, EADLs, emergency call systems, editing, access to communication devices. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary collaboration to meet the TA needs of clients.

Mental Health:

  1. What population will the fellow be working with?

The fellow will work with a mix of active duty and veterans. The age of the population generally varies between 21 and 75 years. A large majority of clients will be completely independent with ADLs and IADLs. However, fellows will spend 1 month working in a traditional rehabilitation setting with patients with ADL / IADL deficits. Most clients will be part of an inpatient program. Clients will have a very low to very high level of functioning from a psychosocial point of view.

  1. What mental health diagnoses will I see?

The Fellow will see clients with mental health diagnoses including anxiety and trauma related disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance or behavior related addictions, pain disorders chronic, sleep disorders and adjustment disorders.

  1. What am I going to do with the clients?

The scholarship holder will provide the majority of his treatment in individual sessions, but will also perform some group treatments. Individual treatments will focus on removing physical and cognitive barriers to functioning, starting with ADL / AIVQ and progressing to social participation, recreation, community mobility, etc. Group treatments will vary depending on the needs of the client and the patient population of the program.

Neurorehabilitation:

  1. What population will the fellow be working with?

The fellow will work with a mix of active duty and veterans. The age of the population generally varies between 18 and 90 years. A large majority of clients will be in an inpatient SCI / multiple trauma program. However, fellows will spend 2 months working in an SCI home / outpatient setting and 2 months working in a community reintegration program. Clients will have a low to high level of functioning from a physical and cognitive point of view.

  1. What diagnoses will I see?

The fellow will see clients with a variety of neurological diagnoses including traumatic brain injury, stroke, emerging consciousness, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and many other concomitant conditions.

  1. What am I going to do with the clients?

The scholarship holder will provide the majority of his treatment in individual sessions, but will also perform some group treatments. Individual treatments will focus on removing physical and cognitive barriers to functioning, starting with ADL / AIVQ and progressing to social participation, recreation, community mobility, etc. Group treatments will vary depending on the needs of the client and the patient population of the program.

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