Fieldwork placements provided by the clinical community provide students with the opportunity to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge and to develop professional behaviours and skills. We thank the facilities, the fieldwork coordinators, and the preceptors who work with the University to provide clinical placements for our students for your partnership, and for providing such exciting learning opportunities.
New: LEAP Placements
A unique aspect of the University of Toronto’s fieldwork program is that all of our MScOT students participate in a LEAP placement before graduation. LEAP stands for: Leadership, Emerging, Advocacy, and Program Development.LEAP placements can be:
- in a program or on a project where there is no existing occupational therapy presence/intervention
- in a program that has less than a 0.5 FTE OT where more occupational therapy intervention is thought to be beneficial/warranted
- with an OT in an administrative/management/leadership position (e.g. OT Practice Leader)
- in a role that is 50% ‘traditional’ combined with 50% of any of the above
LEAP placements are a great opportunity for MScOT students to develop skills of autonomy, resiliency, dealing with ambiguity and practice management. LEAP placements are also beneficial to our fieldwork partners and they often share that the LEAP projects were valuable to the work of the organization.If you have questions about LEAP placements, please contact Andrea Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fieldwork Resources for the Clinical Community
The Fieldwork Manual contains information on all aspects of the Fieldwork program, including the placement process and guidelines.Note Regarding Students from Other Universities
If you get a call or email from a student from another university requesting a placement at your facility, you should direct them back to their university to speak with their Fieldwork Coordinator. National and international out-of-catchment placements must be arranged through the Fieldwork Coordinator at your university. OT students have been instructed by all Canadian university Fieldwork Coordinators that they are not to contact facilities themselves to arrange their own placements.