Occupational Therapist Fellow- Outpatient Main
Columbus, OH 
Posted 22 days ago
Job Description
Occupational Therapist Fellow- Outpatient Main
Requisition ID 2020-22355

JOB POSTING: Occupational Therapist Fellow - Outpatient Main Hospital


Full Time, 12-month Fellowship Program

Deadline to Apply is February 28, 2020


The Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellow is responsible for evaluating the developmental and functional status of pediatric patients, administering treatment, fabricating or recommending adaptive equipment and splints; documenting evaluation results and patient progress; and providing patient and family education.  Demonstrates competence defined (*) in Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellow responsibilities in providing age-appropriate care and services to patients from the age of birth to 18 years. Participates in mentored practice, didactic learning, and professional development activities as part of the 12-month Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program.


The Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship is a one year program that begins in August. Fellows engage in mentored clinical practice across inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, the fellow will participate in scholarly activities, leadership training, and didactic courses offered through The Ohio State University Nisonger Center’s LEND program. At the time of application, fellowship applicants must be either a) a graduate of an accredited occupational therapy program with a current Ohio OT license b) currently enrolled in an accredited occupational therapy program with the plan to graduate and obtain Ohio licensure prior to the start of the fellowship program. The applicant must either have a) prior work experience as a pediatric occupational therapist or b) a Level II occupational therapy fieldwork in the area of pediatrics.


Three professional letters of reference must be submitted at the time of application. Please also include a one page personal statement indicating your interest in a fellowship program as well as how it aligns with your future professional goals.  Please save these documents into a PDF and upload as one file.  


Why Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 12,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud.

The Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellow supports, communicates, implements and enforces the philosophy, mission, values, standards, policies and procedures of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

  •  Evaluates patients with varied diagnoses to determine developmental and/or functional status using standardized measures or clinical observations; identifies patient’s strengths and deficits; establishes goals; and develops an     individualized treatment plan incorporating patient and family needs.
  •  Administers therapeutic treatment to patients with developmental delay or functional deficits to provide optimal development, function, and independence; utilizes developmental activities and other treatment techniques to meet each   patient’s specific needs and achieve therapy goals; observes progress and/or changes in patient’s condition and modifies treatment plan accordingly.
  •  Fabricates, recommends or provides adaptive equipment, splints or casts to maintain functional body joint positions, restrict muscle contractures, prevent deformities, and improve function or mobility. Fits patient and instructs patient   and family on use of item.
  •  Educates patients/parents/caregivers on treatment goals and therapy plan; instructs patients/parents/caregivers on therapeutic activities to follow at home; documents instruction; and evaluates ongoing compliance and understanding.
  •  Documents patients’ evaluation results, objective status, progress towards goals, treatment plan, and recommendations in compliance with documentation requirements of the hospital and accrediting associations; utilizes appropriate   computerized or standardized documentation methods, as applicable to caseload.
  •  Communicates patient’s status and collaborates with physicians, third-party payors, and relevant healthcare providers.
  •  Maintains the administrative functions of individual caseload, including scheduling patients for treatment, entering daily patient charges, and submitting timely documentation to appropriate parties.
  •  Recommends and secures patient referrals to community agencies to ensure patient continues to receive needed and appropriate services after discharge.
  •  Attends continuing education programs and participates in departmental in-service training programs to enhance professional development. 
  •  Conducts formal and informal Occupational Therapy educational programs for hospital staff, students and community. Delegates to students from accredited programs, certified occupational therapist assistants (COTA), and unlicensed   personnel, supervising care provided.
  •  Adheres to designated productivity standards for residents.
  •  Completes at least 340 hours of mentored practice with Residency Clinical Mentors.
  •  Attends all required lectures and completes assignments as necessary in didactic courses.
  •  Participates in scholarly and professional development activities.
  •  Performs other duties as assigned.

What Are We Looking For?


To fulfill this role successfully, you must possess these minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy; certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association; registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy; licensed by the State of Ohio.
  • One year occupational therapy work experience in a pediatric setting preferred or clinical affiliation in area of pediatrics.
  • CPR certification must be received no later than 60 days post hire or 60 days post expiration.

Minimum Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 20 lbs (Occasionally)
  • Sitting (Frequently)
  • Talking on the telephone and in person
  • Typing on a keyboard (Frequently)
  • Walking (Frequently) 



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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
1+ years
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