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2010 AOTA Conference Recap Student and professional Growth
Centennial Vision • “We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society's occupational needs” • 2017 projection
How can we contribute? • Membership in AOTA and contribute to AOTPAC • Stay in tune with current events • What happens now, affects us later. • Develop your leadership capacity and encourage others in doing the same • Seek out opportunities for advocacy • Making alliances & build relationships • Look further to areas of practice that are not as fully developed (SIS) Ginny Stoffel PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA
My wake up call… • 80% of students after graduation become non-members of AOTA • APTA-PAC contributions are nearly 3x that of AOTPAC • Mean 3x the representation; congressional support awareness of the profession • Professions are expanding their scopes of practice and changing definitions to include traditional domains of OT • Nearly 90% of Occupational Therapy is paid for byFederal funding Paul Fontana OTR, FAOTA, 2009
AOTPAC – Growth & Opportunity Pursues public policy agenda, supports the lobbying efforts and legislation • Decisions of Congress= long term affect on practice • Key part of AOTPAC efforts by members is developing relationships with their elected officials; Local & State level • An educational tool for elected officials; lobbying and open discussion occurs about OT • AOTPAC makes carefully studied, well-informed decisions on which candidates and officeholders to support. • Solely donation based • ex: $10/yr = $40,000 annually Amy Jo Lamb, OTD, OTR/L AOTPAC Chair & Region IV Representative
OT Connections http://otconnections.aota.org • Access through AOTA • AOTA members use same login info. Provides practitioners and students: • Opportunity for posting a blog to inform and share ideas • Attending discussions in forums • Joining groups • Colleges, state associations, advocacy groups, multicultural organizations, etc.
Leadership • Perspectives and Values • Commitment and time management • Influence others and creating a team (Alliance, Ask, Answer, Act) • Seek out your interests and match your talents
Special Interest Section (SIS) • Administration & Management • Private Practice & Business Owners • Education • Fieldwork & Faculty • Developmental Disabilities • Home & Community Health • Home Modifications • Gerontology • Mental Health • Physical Disabilities • Hand Rehabilitation • Driving/Driver Rehabilitation • Sensory Integration • School Systems • Technology • Work Programs • Industrial Rehab • Injury Prevention • Ergonomics http://www.aota.org/Pubs/SISQs.aspx
Shifting Gears to NBCOT If you thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo
NBCOT – FACEBOOK Sample Practice Questions on www.Facebook.com/NBCOTCertification • Questions are posted each Monday on the discussion page • Posts answers, discussions, rationales, and comments • Answers are posted each Friday with rationales and references • Questions are maintained on the site
NBCOT – Exam Prep Accessible at www.nbcot.org for STUDY TOOLS: FREE Options: • Examination Blueprints – roadmap to preparation • Examination Readiness Tool • Self-Assessment tools • Practice areas; general practice geriatrics, orthopedics, pediatrics • Simulated Tutorial – purely the format of the test Test Prep *Cost based on type and package* • Practice test - 30 minute of clinical simulation problems • Content test - Rationale for Physical Disabilities, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Administration