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The Mayo School of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Internship prepares individuals for professional practice in hospitals, clinics and private practice. Through your patient care responsibilities and clinical experiences, this internship offers rotations in:

  • Acute Care
    Treating diagnoses ranging from generalized weakness to complex organ transplant rehabilitation (including Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Unit)
  • Rehabilitation
    Helping patients who can benefit from daily therapy by multiple disciplines and therapy types (i.e., occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy)
  • Orthopedics
    Treating inpatients with orthopedic limitations
  • Hospital-based Outpatient Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy Department
    Treating patients who require outpatient therapy one to five times a week - some unique treatments provided here are for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (i.e., ALS or "Lou Gehrig's disease"), vestibular visual perception and complex hand diagnosis

You will gain experience in treating patients with special occupational therapy needs, which may include:

  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Back-related symptoms evaluation and treatment
  • Brain injury rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, including shoulder and knee problems
  • Neck pain evaluation and treatment
  • Postmastectomy lymphedema management
  • Rehabilitation of disabling neurologic conditions
  • Rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Trunk or extremity bracing problems
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Weekly classes cover current trends in occupational therapy. These learning experiences may include lectures, workshops, in-service training, case studies, field trips and informal discussions.

Grading or Evaluation
Mayo School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Our system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum Enhancements
Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the very best education programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure the highest-quality training.

Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure quality.
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