Within the Medical Center there are more than 45 dedicated occupational therapy practitioners working with pediatric, adult and geriatric patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Specialty areas include rehabilitation, acute care, psychiatry, pediatrics, geropsychiatry, and hand therapy. All faculty hold clinical positions and many clinicians hold faculty appointments within the College of Health Sciences and exemplify the concept of the practitioner-teacher-investigator model typical of all educational programs in the university. Occupational therapy practitioners provide clinical training to more than 30 students from Rush and other academic programs each year.
Clinical programs include occupational therapy and offer the following services:
- Routine and specialized evaluation and assessments
- Individual and group therapeutic interventions and programs
- Clinical consultations
- Participation in clinical outcome studies
- Participation in evidence based practice research
Since the department is part of a major medical center, patients are referred from many medical and surgical services including:
- Community (practitioners, health care, educational and social service agencies)
- Internal medicine
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Plastic surgery
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