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How OT Academic Fieldwork Coordinators Optimize Student Placements

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Methods for making the ideal match between student and fieldwork site in a competitive landscape.

Occupational Therapy programs use various methods to match students with sites for fieldwork experiences. This paper discusses the role of the placement process in OT clinical education, describes the methods currently in use, and outlines advantages, disadvantages, and best practices for each method.

Occupational Therapy education today prepares students to practice in an ever-changing landscape. Fieldwork is critical to students achieving competence as practitioners. Because students’ fieldwork experiences are so important, Academic Fieldwork Coordinators (AFWCs) must make the most of every aspect of the student placement.

A suitable placement method can facilitate quality assignments and optimize utilization of clinical placements available to the program. Use this white paper to discern which method works best for your program and how you can optimize it further.

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An effective placement process will balance the needs of fieldwork sites, programs, and students in a mutually beneficial way.”

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