Katie Lewis, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Year of Study: First year
Graduate Department: Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Country of Residence: Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
Why Faculty of Medicine? I chose the Faculty of Medicine for the breath of placement and research opportunities available. The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto offers one of the largest catchment areas for placements in Occupational Therapy. Additionally, the University of Toronto has an excellent reputation in research and provides me the opportunity to have sufficient research experience to later pursue a PhD while being in a professional master’s program.
Why this Department? I chose to become an Occupational Therapist due to my passion for working with children and youth and desire to work in a dynamic and challenging field. The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto welcomes students with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, which also fit well with my undergraduate degree in history.
Current Research Experience: This past year I worked at the MacPherson Institute at McMaster University as a research assistant on the Leadership in Teaching and Learning Fellowship Program. The position involved various qualitative endeavours surrounding program satisfaction and interdisciplinary discussion among university professors at McMaster. I will also be starting a research project in the upcoming months looking through a historical lens at the origins and development of the inclusion/exclusion of occupational therapy in public health in Canada.
Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals:
After graduation, I intend to work in paediatrics as an Occupational Therapist. In the longer-term I hope to achieve a PhD to work in a teaching capacity.
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