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Trojans Talk OT

Sep 14, 2013, by Rob · Leave a comment

I’ve heard it said there are opportunities for everyone in occupational therapy. At the very least, there is room to make your own path. My background is in communications and I spent four years working as a fishing reporter before I switched to occupational therapy. The “why” of that is a story for a different time.

I wanted to do something related to journalism as an occupational therapy student, so I started a podcast through the Division. What began as one interview with Dr. Samia Rafeedie, a passionate and dedicated professor I had in my first course at USC, quickly turned into a multi-student effort with a page on the Division website.

Fellow Trojan Alyssa Concha is now heading up the Trojans Talk OT podcast and together with a few other students, we will be presenting our work in a poster presentation at the Occupational Therapy Association of California’s yearly conference next month. I am proud of how far things have come, from those inauspicious beginnings as a fresh-faced first-year with my reporter’s microphone.

My current in-progress project focuses on the mental health arena of occupational therapy. I wanted to explore what seems to be a great need for OT, both in the community and hospital settings, and get student, instructor and practitioner input. I completed one interview over the summer and have an interview scheduled for Monday. After that, I get to give myself a crash-course review of audio-editing software so I can turn the recordings into the finished product that will grace the website later this month.

Click here to visit the Trojans Talk OT podcast page.

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