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Fieldwork Education

Fieldwork is a crucial part of occupational therapy education. These experiences provide opportunities to carry out professional responsibilities with supervision and role modeling provided by a fieldwork educator. Fieldwork takes place in a variety of settings and areas of practice. Two types of fieldwork experiences are included within occupational therapy curricula, Level I experiences and Level II fieldwork. The Tufts fieldwork coordinators arrange Level I experiences and Level II fieldwork placements in collaboration with faculty, students, and site fieldwork educators/coordinators.

Fieldwork Team

Same Site Model [SSM] of Fieldwork
The Same Site Model (SSM) is a unique approach to structuring fieldwork designed and piloted at Tufts. The SSM involves a student completing a Level I and Level II fieldwork experience at the same training site. Benefits of the SSM include:

  • Becoming familiar with the setting
  • Increasing comfort by decreasing anxiety around expectations
  • Gaining insights regarding preparation for Level II fieldwork

Pilot survey results suggested the SSM might help decrease stress for both students and Fieldwork Educators (Evenson, Barnes & Cohn, AJOT 2002). Currently, the fieldwork office is actively engaged in additional research projects with collaborators from other universities and fieldwork educators to explore fieldwork education related topics such as; student outcomes, fieldwork educator perceptions of facilitators/barriers to having fieldwork students, occupational therapy/occupational therapy assistant collaborative Level II fieldwork.

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