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Photo of Brianna Ballew, 2017 Scholarship Recipient MiOTA 2017 Scholarship Recipient Announced

Congratulations to Brianna Ballew of Grand Valley State University! 

"I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association for selecting me as the recipient of the 2017 MiOTA student scholarship. I am extremely honored to receive this generous award. As a student in the field of OT, I am pleased to know that our profession has such a dedicated, encouraging, and leadership-oriented organization, which provides opportunities for advocacy. With the guidance of MiOTA, I have been able to further myself both academically and professionally through events such as Lansing Lobby Day."

The MiOTA scholarship is an annual award that has been established to recognize scholastic achievement, leadership and to encourage continued progress toward a student's professional goals.
Posted 2/28/18

Jurisprudence Examination is now required for OT/OTA licensure

The Bureau of Professional Licensing - Licensing Division in the state of Michigan, recently announced the addition of a new requirement to the occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant license application. A Jurisprudence Exam is now part of the application for an OT/OTA license in the state of Michigan for anyone applying for licensure after August 23rd, 2016. Effective June 1, 2017 licensure candidates must take the jurisprudence examination through PSI (www.psiexams.com).

The Jurisprudence Examination covers information from two documents:
1.  Michigan Public Health Code
2.  Michigan Rules and Regulations for an OT/OTA

Options to Help Students Secure Housing for Level II Fieldwork

OTConnections Level II Fieldwork Housing Exchange offers a forum for students in search of housing accommodations for level II fieldwork. Individuals also may post available housing opportunities.

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.


Opportunities to Participate in Research!

We are a research team from San Jose State University’s Occupational Therapy program investigating occupational therapy’s role in addressing breastfeeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). If you are currently working as an occupational therapist in the NICU, please help us by completing this short survey about your role and responsibilities in this setting, whether you address breastfeeding or not. Your participation is essential to help us identify the current state of practice in this area across the country. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and your responses will be kept anonymous and confidential. Please click on the link below to begin the survey: 

Should you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact the principal investigator, Dr. Allison Paterson Smith, by phone at (408) 924-3090 or by email at allison.p.smith@sjsu.edu.
Dr. Allison Paterson Smith, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCP
Erin Kastelz, OTS
Alexandra Moini, OTS
Erica Ann Strutner, OTS
Eric Ingersoll, OTS
Jim Le, OTS
San Jose State University Department of Occupational Therapy

You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to determine interprofessional collaboration between occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare professionals during treatment of clients with low vision. We are inviting you to be a part of this study if you are a current occupational therapy practitioner (OT or COTA) who provides occupational therapy for clients with low vision. 

If you agree to participate, you will be asked a series of questions in an online survey. The survey will be open for a period of 2 weeks. It will take about 15 minutes to complete the survey. If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints now or later, you may contact one of the principal investigators using the contact information below.
If you have any questions about your rights as a human subject, complaints, concerns, or wish to talk to someone who is independent of the research, contact the Office for Human Subjects Protections at (605) 677-6184.

If you would like to participate in this study, please access the survey through the link provided.

Whitney Lucas Molitor, OTD, OTR/L, BCG     
Assistant Professor                                                                

Diana Feldhacker, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
The University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069

The following survey is part of a research study that seeks to find solutions to the barriers that OT practitioners face in regards to evidence-based practice implementation. This survey will take a maximum of 10 minutes of your time. In addition to demographic information, the survey will ask you to rank the proposed solutions to the main barriers that practitioners face related to evidence-based practice in order of most to least beneficial. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DS3JLGK - Hannah Jones, S/OT
 MiOTA encourages members to support OT students, OTA students and OT educators conducting research.
If you're interested in having information about your research project posted on this page, please click here.


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