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
Robyn Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-F is the Director of SLP Clinical Education for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences MS-SLP program, Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Martin earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from Texas Christian University. Mrs. Martin has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in public schools, the hospital setting, a pediatric outpatient clinic and in the university setting where she supervised graduate students in clinical practicum and taught fluency disorders and clinical graduate courses.
Mrs. Martin is currently the President for the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a past Vice-President of Educational and Scientific Affairs, past chair of the Leadership Academy and was a member of the Texas Speech-Language Foundation board. She also served on ASHA’s Committee on Nominations and Elections and is currently on ASHA’s Committee on Leadership Cultivation. Mrs. Martin is one of eight speech-language pathologists in the state of Texas who has their board certification as a fluency specialist.