At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
Dr. Elizabeth DeLuca has seven years of clinical experience in adult and geriatric settings, including skilled nursing facilities, home health, veterans affairs and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Dr. DeLuca joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Austin, Texas campus in January 2018 as contributing faculty and transitioned to core faculty in 2020. She earned her Certified Aging in Place Specialty and Certified Dementia Practitioner designations and is LVST-BIG and CarFit certified. Her research interests include occupational therapy and sexuality as well as the care of clients with dementia in-home, community and long-term care settings.