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Congratulations to Christine Weston, OTS on being accepted to Summer Institute of Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy sponsored by, the American Occupational Therapy Association, in collaboration with the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
The Summer Institute of Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy is a program that will match potential student scientists with doctoral students and post-doctoral mentors. The purpose of this program is to: (1) to identify potential scientists in entry-level education programs; (2) to connect potential entry-level scientists with mentors in the occupational therapy scientific community; and (3) to develop a peer network.
Student Occupational Therapy Association Activities
SUNY Downstate's Student Occupational Therapy Association is dedicated to serving the OT student body by running a variety of events throughout the year that are educational, extracurricular, and benefit the community, such as:
Studying and reaching out to the community.
Pi Theta Epsilon, National Honor Society, Alpha KAPPA chapter
Each year, we induct students from our graduating class into the Alpha KAPPA chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national honor society for the occupational therapy profession. pithetaepsilon
These students, who represent a wide range of undergraduate and professional backgrounds, have achieved academic excellence and made significant contributions through volunteer activities. They receive certificates and will wear the Pi Theta Epsilon honor cords at graduation.
National Backpack Awareness Day
Annually, students from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program participate in Backpack Awareness Day in public schools across Brooklyn. After teaching children the tenets of safe backpack use by using fun and interactive trivia, games, and skits, occupational therapy students hold a backpack weigh-in to determine if each student’s backpack meets weight guidelines.
This local effort is part of National School Backpack Awareness Day events sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association and held around the country, to educate children, parents, teachers, and communities about the serious health effects from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly.
For more information, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National School Backpack Awareness Day web site »
Capitol Hill Day & NYSOTA Lobby Day
To advocate for the profession, students from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Occupational Therapy program attend the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Capitol Hill Day in Washington D.C. and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) Lobby Day in Albany, N.Y.
For more information, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Hill Day web site »
Or join the New York State Occupational Therapy Association Lobby Day Facebook page »
Autism Fair, SUNY Downstate Developmental Disabilities Awareness
The occupational therapy students at SUNY Downstate participate in the Annual Autism Health Fair hosted by organizations affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the local Brooklyn community. The Autism Fair provides a platform for education and entertainment to local families. Under the guidance of pediatric specialist and assistant professor, Beth Elenko, PhD, OTR/L, first and second year OT students provide information about OT's role working with children with Autism and valuable tips for various issues to parents and family members who were looking for resources about Autism Spectrum Disorders. The OT department also organized a sensory playground for children to promote socialization among families and peers including a variety of sensory motor activities.