Fieldwork education, or apprenticeship, is an integral part of the Master of Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Salus University. As a special entry in our “A Day in The Life” series, here’s a snapshot of a day in the life of two Salus students and their fieldwork experience.
Hello everyone! Our names are Jessica Maguire and Madison Ochs. We are both second-year Occupational Therapy (OT) students at Salus University. Over the course of the last few weeks, we have had the great opportunity to complete our final level II fieldwork with Corbin Health & Rehab Group. We have been working alongside founder and owner, Shanna Corbin, MS, OTR/L, CHT, as well as multiple students from surrounding universities in the development and expansion of the company.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have been unable to access outpatient rehabilitation services. Furthermore, services that are being provided require practitioners to be extremely cautious with patient interactions. In order to increase client safety and ensure needs are being met, some OTs have shifted toward providing services through a telehealth-based delivery model.
Corbin Health & Rehab Group, also known as CHRG Therapy, is a startup, student-run telehealth company supervised by a licensed OT who is also a Certified Hand Therapist. This company specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation, ergonomic adjustments and home modifications. CHRG Therapy is advancing the delivery of OT services by providing accessible and affordable services through a HIPAA-compliant video platform.
Considering this is primarily a student-run company, each morning our team meets via a Zoom conference call and we accomplish a plethora of tasks. Recently, these tasks have included brainstorming and executing marketing strategies, creating home exercise programs for clients with varying conditions and creating documentation and assessment tools. Additionally, we participate in daily evening meetings with our supervisor, where we further collaborate as a team and learn about specific conditions and intervention techniques, including splinting, kinesio-taping and therapeutic exercises for patients.
Since we have begun this venture, we have learned valuable skills including business development, marketing, networking and leadership, which will prepare us for our upcoming licensing examination and our careers as occupational therapists in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.
For more information, please visit www.chrgtherapy.com!