Occupational Therapy Residency

The Pediatric Occupational Therapy Residency Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta received its accreditation in January 2017. The program lasts 12 to 13 months and begins in August each year.

Mission and goals

Pediatric residency 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 where the resident 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 residency 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 residency curriculum incorporating pediatric hospital-based environments
  • To provide training in all areas of pediatric specialty practice and prepare the resident to submit their pediatric board certification portfolio and 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 resident to become an advanced practitioner

Curriculum

The Occupational Therapy Residency Program addresses criteria for occupational therapy pediatric board certification and prepares the resident for submission of their pediatric board certification portfolio.

Residents rotate through a variety of clinical settings:

  • Acute care at Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals
  • Day Rehabilitation Program
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • Upper extremity and hand therapy
  • The 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 resident is currently treating in that clinical setting. This congruency between didactic and clinical experiences provides the resident excellent learning opportunities to put knowledge into immediate clinical practice.

Program benefits

  • Residents are hired as Level 1 occupational therapists at Children’s and receive the appropriate privileges and benefits.
  • Continuing education opportunities may be available.
  • Residency rotations will be tailored to each individual resident’s needs 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 pediatric experience with knowledge of pediatric theory and practice
  • Valid Georgia state occupational therapy license
  • Basic life support (BLS) certification
  • Valid bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited occupational therapy program or school
  • Submit three letters of reference
  • Submit a letter of intent
  • Valid AOTA membership
  • Successful completion of application and interview
  • If currently employed as a occupational therapist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the applicant must have a score of “meets expectations” on all areas of performance evaluations and must not be under disciplinary action or have history of such at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for effective communication of information as evidenced by written application essays, letters of recommendation and interview process
  • Positive interpersonal skills and ability to function in an interdisciplinary environment as evidenced by letters of recommendation and targeted selection behavioral interviewing

Applications will be accepted until April 21, 2017. Interviews will occur in May with a decision made by June 15, 2017. Application for 2017 is now closed.

Residents will begin the program the third week in August.

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Contact us

Application and supporting documentation can be sent to:
Tricia Easley, O.T.R./L.
Program Director, Children’s Pediatric Occupational Therapy Residency Program
404-785-1503
tricia.easley@choa.org