In Collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
We are an approved AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) fellowship program in neurologic rehabilitation. We offer a 52-week program which includes a wide range of clinical and didactic experiences across the lifespan and the continuum of care. This collaborative program provides licensed occupational therapists the ability to enhance their skills while working with experienced clinicians in the area of neurologic occupational therapy and academicians of two major educational institutions.
The mission of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program is to provide evidence-based, post-professional education and mentorship in the area of neurologic occupational therapy throughout the continuum of care in order to develop clinical specialists who can provide high quality, client-centered services through cutting edge interventions, compassion, and interdisciplinary collaboration to achieve the best outcomes for those we serve by helping them resume and redefine their roles and participation in daily living activities.
As one of the nation's leading health care systems, the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic OT Fellowship Program offers the fellows experience across the entire continuum of care and patient lifespan in the practice of neurologic occupational therapy. This wide exposure allows the fellows to enhance their clinical decision-making skills and develop their confidence as clinical specialists. The program also offers learning modules provided by interdisciplinary instructors experienced in the curriculum content and clinical expertise. The instructors create enriched learning experiences for enhanced knowledge acquisition and clinical application.
Fellows will rotate through the various settings within the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, including:
Fellows will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills in the treatment of patients with:
Throughout the clinical rotations, the fellows will interact and collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team (i.e., physicians, case managers, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, nurses, social workers, neuropsychologists).
Didactic curriculum is offered through university-mediated courses and module instruction to provide the fellow with a comprehensive educational experience.
The university mediated didactic experiences will be offered through online and onsite formats at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Texas Women's University in Houston. These courses scheduled on an academic calendar, concurrent with the clinical experiences. The fellow will be enrolled in two to three independent study courses per fellowship year. It will progress from the foundational and clinical sciences to critical inquiry and evidence-based practice and culminates in the completion of a research project.
Learning modules will provide the fellow with focused learning experiences in a variety of formats- lecture, lab, and mentored discussions. The interdisciplinary module instructors serve as clinical specialists in the curriculum content and in patient-management. The goal of the module series is to provide a mechanism for knowledge acquisition and clinical application.
The majority of module educational content will take place over 7 weekends between July-February. Each weekend will be 1-2 days long depending on content with resulting flexed time during the week.
Module weekend curriculum includes:
In addition to the weekend modules, the fellow will participate in afternoon educational curriculum that includes:
While on each rotation, the fellow will be provided with 1:1 mentorship in order to advance his/her clinical skills and patient management. This mentorship will be provided by clinical faculty who are clinical specialists in their area of practice.
The fellow will maintain a schedule of 40 hours per week with 20 of those hours as direct patient care and 20+ hours dedicated education time. The fellow will receive a minimum of 3-hours of 1:1 faculty mentorship per week. Mentorship occurs during patient treatment sessions and during non-treatment time to allow for practice of new psychomotor skills and/or the discussion of theory, scientific evidence and the clinical application thereof.
Our fellowship program strives for excellence in the areas of clinical practice, education and inquiry. In these areas, we seek to provide the fellows with experiences that are challenging, yet rewarding, in order to enhance their professional growth and development.
The application can be found here. The application and application fee should be received by January 15th for consideration..
Interviews will be scheduled in the first week of March with the top applicants following application review by the Fellowship Advisory Council.
Didactic training begins end of June. Clinical training begins the first week of July. Specific start dates will be communicated to the fellow in the acceptance letter.
To access the application, visit Memorial Hermann's career opportunities.
Minimum eligibility requirements for acceptance to TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic OT Fellowship Program:
Kathryn Nedley, OTR, OTD, ATP
OT Fellowship Director
TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic OT Fellowship Program
1333 Moursund St.
Houston, Texas 77030