THOMAS FISHER, PHD, OTR, CCM, FAOTA, CHAIR

Department of Occupational Therapy

Alumni Newsletter

Vol. 16 Number 1

Fall 2015

View from the Chair

(Rock Steady Boxing), and the Wounded Soldiers Program at the VA Hospital, just to mention a few.

Their biggest involvement in the community is with the IU School of Medicine Student Outreach Clinic, on the near eastside of Indianapolis in an inner city church/school. This student run pro bono clinic was first started by the medical students, then others became engaged. OT has been involved for almost three years. It is an invaluable experience for students to have the opportunity to engage with medical students, PT students, Law, Social Work and Pharmacy students, in a non-threatening and learning way. Nursing began last Fall. Besides the services they are offering at no cost to clients, they get to learn and co-work with the various professions. Faculty are supervising their evaluations and interventions. Three full-time OT faculty, including me, are the licensed OTs supervising and providing clinical reasoning for this authentic learning environment. We are hoping this year to get our fieldwork educators involved and begin offering services to children. Until now, services have been limited to adults. The IU OT Class of 2017 matriculated into our graduate program on Monday June 15, 2015. We admitted 34 females and 2 males. They come to us from IN, IL, OH, NJ, and NE. Like our other cohorts, their undergraduate degrees are in Exercise Science, Health Promotion & Wellness, Psychology, Biology, Health Science, etc. They come from 17 different colleges/universities from around the USA. The integration of their baccalaureate education with their Master of Science (MS) in OT will enhance the services they offer to clients. Because of their various backgrounds and undergraduate degrees, classroom conversations are rich. During last academic year, the faculty voted to move the program to the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) in the summer of 2018. This is the trend in professional education. Half of

T HOMAS F. F ISHER (C LASS 1977), P H D, OTR, CCM, FAOTA, P ROFESSOR AND C HAIR

Hello Fellow Alumni,

Another year has come and gone. So, time for another Newsletter. I hope your fall is going well.

I want to thank the current students, current and former faculty, as well as all of the alums who attended the Annual IU OT Alumni Reception in Nashville during the AOTA Annual Conference and Exposition. We had over 100 attend the event, some 40 alums. Please plan to attend next year’s reception in Chicago , Friday April 8, 2016 . We will be sending information out (SAVE THE DATE) soon. Please be sure we have your e-mails so we can send the notice to you. It can either be sent to me fishert@iu.edu or to Paige Hummel, MBA, our Administrative Assistant/Office Manager. Her e-mail is hummelp@iu.edu . Or, check our FB page. The department continues to be VERY busy with the scholarship of service, education and research. Our students remain engaged in the community, while continuing to be excellent in their academics. They continue to participate in Special Olympics, donating to Gleaner Food Bank, Adopt a Family during Christmas season, Parkinson’s Support Group

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