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. Madeline Ratoza has diverse clinical experience in various settings, including outpatient pediatrics, outpatient orthopedics, acute care and adult and pediatric home health. She joins the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences full-time in 2021 after serving as contributing faculty for physical therapy practice courses for two years. She currently teaches and works with the clinical education team as an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.
Dr. Ratoza received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State joint program in 2015. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Her research interests include clinical education, health services, value-based care models and health disparities. Dr. Ratoza is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Home Health section of APTA. She has served as an item writer for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).