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Congratulations to Caitlin Koob for earning the 2020 MiOTA Student Scholarship!

The 2020 MiOTA Student Scholarship Winner is Caitlin Koob, a Western Michigan University (WMU) occupational therapy student. The MiOTA student scholarship is granted to a student who exhibits leadership, a commitment to the profession through involvement in MiOTA and AOTA; and community engagement. Caitlin’s dedication to serving the profession of occupational therapy is seen through her past involvement as an executive board member of the WMU Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA-Kalamazoo), managing the organization’s finances; and MiOTA and AOTA memberships. Caitlin’s dedication to community service is evident in her volunteer work with with numerous organizations: AMBUCS Club, Young Life, Allie the OT Nonprofit Organization, Shirely Ryan AbilityLab, Michigan Autism Conference, and Bronco Buddies.
Caitlin has a passion for research to advance the profession of OT. She assisted Dr. Amy Wagenfeld and Tracy Young, professors at WMU, with pediatric research.  Caitlin presented her work on “An Analysis of the Occupational Enrichment of the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden” at the MiOTA annual conference in Frankenmuth in October 2019 and will be presenting the same work as a poster at the AOTA national conference in Boston in March 2020. She also assisted Daryl Lawson PT, DSc, from WMU, on research projects involving the assessment of the effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on people with muscle fatigue, knee osteoarthritis, and chronic knee pain.
Caitlin is currently completing her first Level II fieldwork rotation with the Mary Free Bed Hospital inpatient rehabilitation team and will complete her second Level II Fieldwork rotation with Chicago Occupational Therapy’s pediatric team. After graduation from WMU in June 2020, she will start Clemson University’s PhD program in Applied Health Research and Evaluation (Clemson, SC) in September 2020. Caitlin was offered a graduate assistant position to help Dr. Sarah Griffin with a Centers for Disease Control funded research project on obesity prevention initiatives in rural areas in South Carolina. MiOTA wishes Caitlin the best of luck in her future studies, research, and service to the profession of occupational therapy.

Jurisprudence Examination is required for OT/OTA licensure


The Bureau of Professional Licensing - Licensing Division in the state of Michigan, requires occupational therapy a jurisprudence exam as part of the application for an OT/OTA license in the state of Michigan. A score of 75% or greater on the exam is required to pass. Effective June 1, 2017 licensure candidates must take the jurisprudence examination through PSI (www.psiexams.com). The jurisprudence exam is a closed book exam and examinees will be charged a administration fee of $95.95.

The Jurisprudence Examination covers information from two documents:
1.  Michigan Public Health Code (Article 1, parts 11 and 12 and Article 15, parts 161 and 183)
2.  Michigan Administrative Rules and Regulations for an OT/OTA

Resources to Help Students Secure Housing for Level II Fieldwork

Rotating Room - Aims to help healthcare students around the country find places to stay while doing away rotations and helps individuals with housing find healthcare students to sublet their rooms.

AirBnB - Student can search for short-term housing options and can specify search criteria to meet their needs whether that's renting an entire residence, a private room or a shared room. 

CommunOT Student Forum - AOTA member only forum for students in search of  level II fieldwork information.

Opportunities for OT Practitioners to Participate in Student Research!

We are a group of six students in San Jose State University’s MSOT program conducting research about workplace culture and experiences of incivility in OT practice settings. As you know, there is not as much OT research as there is research in other health professions, and we think attaining the aforementioned information will be valuable to our profession. The survey takes ~5-minutes and we would like to invite you to participate and would be so grateful if it can be posted to any forums associated with your association, too. Also, feel free to pass it along to other practitioners. All responses are so appreciated!

The following link will allow you to access the survey: https://sjsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sonH01KyQM8LuB

If you have any questions about this survey, or experience difficulty accessing or completing it, please contact our faculty advisor, Deborah Bolding at deborah.bolding@sjsu.edu.
Thank you for all that you do, and we hope to receive your important feedback.

Kate Poisson OTS, Cameron McCallister OTS, David M. Pufki OTS, Angelica Ramirez OTS, Claire Rickly OTS, Victoria Scattini OTS, & Deborah Bolding PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


My name is Dustin Pringle and an MOT student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. I am part of a group of Chatham University MOT students that are working on an evidence-based project about clinicians utilizing evidence-based practice. We are hoping to learn more about clinician experiences using evidence-based practice within their clinical careers. We would greatly appreciate your participation in this project! If you have any questions about this study please contact our faculty advisor, Dr. Sharon Novalis, at snovalis@chatham.edu

The confidential survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Thank you for your participation and please feel free to share with other OT and OTA clinicians. The survey will close on 8/25/19. 

 Survey Link: https://chatham.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cvdyBTbSOWkgsGV

Elinor Pastore and Daniel Ryan, doctoral students of Midwestern University, are conducting a research study on OT practitioner's experiences with educating caregivers of stroke survivors. If you are an OT who has at least one year of experience working with stroke patients and their caregivers in inpatient rehabilitation, please consider participating in their survey by August 23rd. The link to the survey is below. It should only take 5 minutes. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration! 



Participate in a survey to help Post-Prof OTD student, Ryan Osal of Boston University, with his research study. The results of the survey will guide Ryan in creating an online case study self-study guide that OT practitioners can use in their clinical practice. This survey will ask about your practice setting, years of practice, and competency level on adult diabetes care based on the guideline of the American Association for Diabetes Educators. This survey will take about 15 minutes.

OTs: https://bostonu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02OpEH8S7Pan7GR

OTAs: https://bostonu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Poj9mgjAJPKS9v


If you are an OT or OTA who works with clients affected by traumatic brain injury, please consider taking the time to fill out this short and anonymous survey for occupational therapy graduate students who are researching the use of evidence-based practice among OTs treating clients with TBI. If interested, click the link to learn more about participation: 



Researchers at the University of Utah are looking for pediatric OT practitioners to complete a survey about suicide awareness. Contact Anne Kirby (anne.kirby@hsc.utah.edu) with questions, or follow this link for more information and to take the survey: http://j.mp/2GvQ8w3 (computer or tablet recommended). We will be holding drawings for five $50 Amazon gift cards. 

Thanks for your help,

Jarrett Henderson


If you're interested in recruiting participants for your research study by posting on this webpage and MiOTA's facebook page, please let us know by clicking here.

Updated 3/9/20

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