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Starting Your Job, Surviving Your First 6 Months
Monday, March 15, 2021, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Category: Events

This event will be held live on Big Marker.  The replay will be available to registrants until 10pm on Wednesday, March 17.

Timed Agenda:
5:15 - 5:30 Check-in and tech troubleshooting
5:30 - 5:40 Introductions of panel members
5:40 - 6:40 Panel Discussion with open chatbox  
6:40 - 7:00 Open Question and Answer (chatbox and live) and Wrap Up

Event Description:
This course is a panel discussion targeted to all graduating students and new practitioners. The panel will consist of recent graduates of OTA and OT programs, and seasoned professionals. Our discussion will include navigating productivity, time management, motivating clients, exploring the OT-OTA relationship, mentors from other professions, where can you find support, and how to build your confidence.

Learning Objectives:
- Explore productivity and time management demands of professional practice
- Discuss the opportunities to grow professionally by understanding the anticipated challenges of entering a new profession
- Compare strategies for finding support and building confidence as a new practitioner
- Identify goals for personal growth for a successful start as a new practitioner

Speaker Biographies:
Katelyn Brady, OTD, OTR/L, is an assistant professor at St Catherine University in the Occupational Therapy Program. She currently serves as the academic fieldwork coordinator. Katelyn has worked in a variety of clinical settings including, acute rehab, outpatient and acute care.

Alyssa Farrell, MS, OTR/L, has a BA in Psychology and an MS in Occupational Therapy from GVSU in Michigan. She is an assistant professor and academic fieldwork coordinator for the OTA program at St. Catherine University. She has clinical experience in long term care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care, and outpatient pediatrics.

Maryann Korlath, COTA/L, is a 2020 graduate of St. Catherine University and currently working in a TCU setting that specializes in the adult population, specifically those who’ve experienced neuromuscular illness/injury, ortho fractures, Covid-19 effects, and general deconditioning.  Her fieldwork experiences included working in the inpatient neuro rehab unit of the Minneapolis VA Hospital and pediatrics in the White Bear Lake school district.

Adrienne Huschke, OTD/L, is a 2020 graduate from St. Ambrose University and is currently working in a TCU setting specializing in the geriatric population who have experienced fractures, cardiac disease, neuromuscular illness, functional cognition deficits, dementia and COVID-19 effects. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and her fieldwork experiences include working in the inpatient rehabilitation floor at the Mayo Clinic, the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute inpatient floor at Abbott Northwestern and her doctoral research rotation at the Minneapolis VA in the Polytrauma floor and at the GRECC.

Clarissa Hill, COTA/L, started her OT journey on the cusp of COVID and has had quite the ride since! She is currently the most junior member on a 15 person rehab team at a TCU, where she is thankful to have seasoned therapists to lean on in her first year as a COTA.

Rose Vang, COTA/L, is a 2020 graduate of St. Catherine University currently working in a TCU/SNF. She works closely with the geriatric population, memory care residents, orthopedic injuries, and COVID-19 effects. Her fieldwork experiences included a traditional TCU setting and a post secondary education opportunity for young adults living with ASD.

Jess Bosacker, OTR/L, is a 2020 graduate of the MAOT program at St. Catherine University and currently working in a school-based setting with kids in ESCE through 5th grade, specifically kids diagnosed with ASD, behavioral disorders, psychological/cognitive disorders including trauma, Down Syndrome, TBI, and general developmental delay. Her fieldwork experiences included working in pediatrics in the White Bear Lake school district and in the inpatient neuro rehab unit of the Minneapolis VA Hospital.

Target Audience:  Students and First Year Practitioners

Level of Content:  Introductory

AOTA Practice Area: Children & Youth, Health & Wellness, Mental Health, Productive Aging, Rehabilitation & Disability, Work & Industry

CEUs (where applicable): 1.5

Fees: $5 MOTA Members/ $30 non-members

** Please note: after registering with MOTA, you will receive an email with a link to enter your name and email address with Big Marker. You will then receive an email with your confirmation and unique link for the webinar. **


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