The Medical Education Campus (MEC) co-hosted a two-day training workshop with Fairfax County Public Schools to offer local fieldwork educators and academic fieldwork coordinators an opportunity to advance their skill-set by earning credits through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program.
October 6 to 7 approximately 30 participants attended the 16-hour workshop at the MEC to establish a deeper understanding of their role as a fieldwork educator as well as learn supervision models to better serve students pursuing a career in occupational therapy.
Kathryn Skibek, MEC academic fieldwork coordinator and assistant allied health professor, said this marks the MEC’s second time hosting the certificate program workshop in the last three years.
“Clinicians, occupational therapist (OT) and occupational therapy assistants (COTA) from the Northern Virginia area were motivated to attend this workshop,” Skibek said. “Anytime individuals can receive more education on how to better supervise students, it’s truly a benefit for everyone involved. Each participant was also able to see our campus and further gain perspective on the quality education we offer.”
Skibek added many of the fieldwork educators who participated have supervised MEC students during their required observation site visits with an OTA or COTA. Although the certificate program is not a requirement for participants, Skibek said she hopes in the future OTA graduates at the MEC will attend a workshop to expand their knowledge towards maintaining a successful career.
AOTA represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 213,000 occupational therapists, assistants and students. The association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations and serving as an advocate to improve health care.