Department of Occupational Therapy
Jefferson's model for healthcare education depends on a true community of professionals and scholars whose members learn with and from one another, embrace each other's contributions and collaborate to provide the finest care possible.
As an academic health center, Jefferson's campus includes:
- Jefferson Medical College
- Jefferson School of Nursing
- Jefferson School of Pharmacy
- Jefferson School of Health Professions
- Jefferson School of Population Health
- Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Jefferson InterProfessional Education Center (JCIPE) is dedicated to improving patient care by implementing and evaluating patient-centered, interprofessional education throughout the University curriculum and by sponsoring initiatives like Move4Health and the Health Mentors Program.
The University Clinical Skills & Simulation Center (UCSSC) simulates the hospital environment in a standardized fashion, allowing students to learn clinical skills and providing opportunities for structured practice. Fundamental skills, including patient history-taking and physical examination, are embedded into students' classroom work. What they learn in class is translated into actions in the skills that are learned at the Center.
The Department of Occupational Therapy faculty collaborate with the UCSSC team to incorporate innovative simulation experiences into the entry-level graduate curriculum. Simulation is a new instructional method in health professions curriculum. The department is taking the lead on producing these experiences and developing reliable, valid methods of evaluating simulation as an instructional method.
Students also practice patient evaluation and intervention with standardized patients, actors trained to portray patients. This interaction gives students an opportunity to practice patient skills in simulated real-life situations before they enter their fieldwork.