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
Susan DiDino acquired her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Occupational at Cleveland State University. She was also an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University for two years. Having moved from Ohio to the St. Petersburg, FL area, she continues her career in academia at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, which she joined in 2021. She is a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual and/or Ally (LGBTQIA+) community and holds high the importance of advocacy and leadership within the scope of occupational therapy.