Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program
The Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is in candidacy status. The program lasts 12 to 13 months and begins in August of each year.
Mission and Goals
Pediatric fellowship mission
To enhance the lives of children through excellence in patient care by providing expertise in pediatric occupational therapy in a comprehensive learning environment in multiple medical settings.
This is completed through a comprehensive program in which the fellow is mentored and educated well in all hospital-based areas of occupational therapy. Evidence-based practice, research, completion of advanced specialty skills and development of mentoring skills are a focus.
Pediatric fellowship goals
- To meet the needs of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the community by developing advanced practitioners of pediatric occupational therapy.
- To prepare a comprehensive pediatric occupational therapy fellowship curriculum incorporating pediatric hospital-based environments.
- To provide training in all areas of pediatric specialty practice and prepare the fellow to submit his or her pediatric board certification portfolio and prepare for modality certification.
- To promote participation in evidence-based practice and clinical research to contribute to the body of knowledge in pediatric occupational therapy.
- To develop competent instructors and mentors in the field of pediatric occupational therapy.
- To prepare the occupational therapy fellow to become an advanced practitioner.
The Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program addresses criteria for occupational therapy pediatric board certification and prepares fellows for submission of their pediatric board certification portfolio.
Fellows rotate through a variety of clinical settings:
- Acute care at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals
- Day Rehabilitation Program
- Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
- Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
- Hand and Upper Extremity Program
- Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation
Didactic time is embedded throughout the program. The didactic experiences—which may include participation in multidisciplinary clinics, literature review, case studies, classroom instruction, observation, directed study and more—are designed to directly relate to the patient population the fellow is currently treating in that clinical setting. This congruency between didactic and clinical experiences provides the fellow excellent learning opportunities to put knowledge into immediate clinical practice.
- Fellows are hired as Level 1 occupational therapists at Children’s and receive the appropriate privileges and benefits.
- Continuing education opportunities may be available.
- Fellowship rotations will be tailored to each individual fellow’s need based on previous experience and comfort level.
How to apply
Applicants are required to meet the following criteria at the time of application:
- Minimum of two years of pediatric experience with knowledge of pediatric theory and practice
- Valid Georgia occupational therapy license
- Basic life support (BLS) certification
- Valid bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited occupational therapy program or school
- Submission of three letters of reference
- Submission of a letter of intent
- Valid AOTA membership
- Successful completion of application and interview
- A score of “meets expectations” in all areas of performance evaluations and must not be under disciplinary action or have history of such at Children’s (only applicable if currently employed as an occupational therapist at Children’s)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills for effective communication of information as evidenced by written application essays, letters of recommendation and the interview process
- Positive interpersonal skills and ability to function in an interdisciplinary environment as evidenced by letters of recommendation and interview
Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2021. Interviews will be held in early April, with a decision made by May 2021.
Fellows will begin the program the third week in August.