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Level II Fieldwork in Neurorehabilitation & Mental Health in PA, MD, or surrounding areas

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Level II Fieldwork in Neurorehabilitation & Mental Health in PA, MD, or surrounding areas

  • I am an OTA student. I will be ready to begin level II fieldwork May 2015. I am interested in obtaining level II placement for physical rehabilitation on a neuro team (brain injury, progressive neuro conditions, SCI, etc.). Additionally, I am interested in obtaining level II placement for psychosocial in a mental health setting (inpatient, outpatient, community care - PHP, IOP, etc.). I reside in northeast PA, but I am willing and able to relocate. If you are a student, a practitioner, or a fieldwork director and can provide me with some ideas/tips, leads, possible placements, etc.--please reply to this post. I would sincerely appreciate any help in obtaining quality level II placement in mental health and neurorehab settings. Thank you.
  • There are tons of good places to go for Neuro/SCI. I went to TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston. Several of my colleagues went to the Rehab Institute of Chicago, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis,  or Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee). All of them reported great experiences particularly in terms of SCI and neuro populations.

    In terms of mental health, I went to Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI and I LOVED my experience there. I was able to see the continuum of care in mental health services. As an added plus, they often provide free room and board to level 2 students.

    Just a word of caution. Your fieldwork coordinator is required to set up contracts with wherever you go on fieldwork. Most students go to places with pre-established contracts. Often fieldwork coordinators do not like to create new contracts, particularly if the facility is only going to take one student over the course of several years. Just make sure you are in good communication with your fieldwork coordinator before you get your hope up.

  • There are a lot of options for neuro in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas.  Here are a few options:

    Good Shepherd Rehab Hospital-main campus is in Allentown, PA with outpatient sites in a variety of areas; Moss Rehab, McGee Rehab, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, University of Penn( Good Shepherd Penn Partners does the rehab).  Not sure about mental health.  Good luck

  • If you are open and willing to attend a Level II FW in another state....I work at an AMAZING facility...Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas....I work on the Neuro floors...Also in the Neuro ICU's....We treat a HUGE variety of Dx's including but not limited to CVA, SCI, TBI, MS, Parkinson's, ALS, etc....We also have a very specific vision therapy program for our Neuro pt's.....If you could re-locate to TX for your Level II's...I know you would have an amazing FW experience...You could complete your first rotation in the acute care setting..which is where our Neuro Floors are located...Then you could complete your second rotation in our inpatient rehab or our outpatient setting....Just some "food for thought"...Hope this helps!....But you would need to ensure that your Program Director gets the fieldwork contracts signed PRIOR to your arrival.  GOOD LUCK!!!