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.
The Fieldwork Manual contains information on all aspects of the Fieldwork program, including the placement process and guidelines.
Fieldwork Resources for the Clinical Community
|Fieldwork Course||Start - End Dates|
|Introductory Fieldwork Experience|
(2 weeks of lab work at 500 University and select clinical experiences at fieldwork sites)
|October 15 – October 25, 2019|
|Fieldwork 1 (6 weeks)|
|April 27 – June 05, 2020|
|Fieldwork 2 (7 weeks) |
|October 28 – December 13, 2019|
|Fieldwork 3 (8 weeks - 4 days/week)|
|April 13 – June 05, 2020|
|Fieldwork 4 (8 weeks)|
|June 29 – August 21, 2020|
Department of OS&OT Educational Conceptual Framework
The MScOT Educational Conceptual Framework is a document that was created to outline the why and how of the MScOT curriculum that is used to educate students to become occupational therapists. In addition to providing a framework for teaching and learning, the document provides a guide for the renewal of both academic and fieldwork course content and teaching processes.
UofT MscOT ECF 2012 (PDF)
Canadian Guidelines for Fieldwork Education in Occupational Therapy
The Canadian Guidelines for Fieldwork Education in Occupational Therapy is a document created by the Committee on University Fieldwork Education (CUFE) of the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP) that outlines guiding principles, responsibilities, and a quality improvement process for OT fieldwork in Canada. This is an essential document for preceptors, fieldwork facilities, and university programs.
Guidelines and Standards for OT Student Supervision
Preceptors should make themselves familiar with the following documents:
College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO): Standards for the Supervision of Students (PDF)Joint Position Statement of Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP) & Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT): Joint Position Statement: Professional responsibility in fieldwork education in occupational therapy
New Preceptor Orientation (Updated February 2017): A five-page summary of resources and suggestions for preceptors who are new to the role. Topics include COTO and CAOT documents about fieldwork; responsibilities of preceptors from the perspective of the Department of OS&OT; information about the Competency-based Fieldwork Evaluation, student learning objectives, and practical processes concerning issues that arise; and suggestions about how to use your site fieldwork coordinator and what to orient your student to in your work area/facility.
Resources from OT Clinical Education Workshop, April 16, 2015
1. Overview of Professional Reasoning: What does the university teach?
This session provides an overview of the OCT1131H (OT Practice 1 course) teaching on clinical reasoning. The types of clinical/professional reasoning are described and discussed with case studies used as illustrations. The session also includes methods for encouraging and enhancing student clinical reasoning on fieldwork placement.
Presenter: Prof. Donna Barker, Director of Clinical Education, Department of OS&OTOverview of Professional Reasoning
2. Tips on Balancing Clinical Education with Clinical Responsibilities
This session provides tips on how a clinician can approach the challenge of managing the dual roles of preceptor and clinician. Discussion includes an overview of an optimum fieldwork environment for both student and preceptor and ideas for the successful professional development for both the student and preceptor while continuing to provide effective client care.
Presenters: Rhona Anderson and Jameela Lencucha, Sessional Fieldwork Instructors, Department of OS&OT
Link to Recording
Online Preceptor/Student ResourcesWe encourage preceptors to make use of these excellent on-line resources. The Preceptor Education Program was developed by an interprofessional research group at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The resulting inter-professional web-based, on-line education program is intended to provide practical support to both preceptors and and students. We invite you to make use of this very helpful resource. The Preceptor Development Initiative was developed by an interprofessional group at the University of British Columbia. It is an excellent inter-active inter-professional web-based, on-line education program for preceptors. Dalhousie University interdisciplinary Preceptor eLearning Course designed to provide comprehensive information and support for preceptors http://preceptor.healthprofessions.dal.ca/ Saskatchewan Preceptor Website that provides training resources, support and recognition to preceptors www.saskpreceptors.ca
The following documents must be completed and forwarded at the end of placement to the Fieldwork Office by the dates specified below. Evaluations must be returned to us by mail from the site, or in a sealed, signed envelope if given to the student to deliver.
Please read the Instructions on Evaluation of Fieldwork Placement for information on how to complete the evaluation of placement.
- Competency Based Fieldwork Evaluation: An electronic version of the CBFE-OT will be provided prior to placement. The CBFE is the preceptor’s evaluation of the student and must be completed at mid-term and final. It should be discussed and signed by the student and preceptor at both mid-term and final periods. Preceptor should use whole numbers only for evaluation and co-preceptors should come to consensus on a mark for each competency. Please note that the completed CBFE form is part of the student’s academic record and is considered a confidential document. Facilities must have the student’s permission to retain a copy.
- Student Report on Fieldwork Placement: The Student Report is the student’s evaluation of the preceptor/site/placement experience and must be filled out at mid-term and final. The completed form should be discussed and signed by the student and preceptor at both mid-term and final periods. Alternately, the completed and signed CBFE-OT and the completed and signed Student Report on Fieldwork Placement can be handed into the U of T Fieldwork Office. *NB. If handed in by the student, the evaluation must be in a sealed envelope that is signed over the seal by the preceptor or facility fieldwork coordinator
Please forward completed evaluation documents to:
Dept. of OS&OT, University of Toronto
160 – 500 University Ave.
Toronto, ON M5G 1V7
The following information is provided to facilitate your supervision of our students.
- Overview of the OT Fieldwork Program at U of T (VIDEO: 38 minutes in length)
Content: Overall MSc curriculum and how fieldwork fits in; fieldwork schedule; fieldwork principles, policies and procedure; overall objectives for each fieldwork session; fieldwork evaluation using the CBFE-OT; learning objectives; student performance issues; student feedback to facility and preceptor; student presentation/project; returning forms to the university; fieldwork resources; information regarding OS&OT Status Appointments.
- New Preceptor Orientation Updated Feb.2017
Content: A five-page summary of resources and suggestions for preceptors who are new to the role. Topics include COTO and CAOT documents about fieldwork; responsibilities of preceptors from the perspective of the Department of OS&OT; information about the Competency-based Fieldwork Evaluation, student learning objectives, and practical processes concerning issues that arise; and suggestions about how to use your site fieldwork coordinator and what to orient your student to in your work area/facility.
- Preceptor Webcast for Intro(23 minutes in length)Content: Intro to Fieldwork objectives and format; Expectations of the Experience at the site; Peer assisted learning; Evaluation methods; Student journaling; and Administrative information. View the Fieldwork I Pre-Placement Preceptor Information Presentation. Review the presentation slides and notes.
- Preparation for Fieldwork I
Content: Fieldwork I objectives; Fieldwork I evaluation – expectations and new electronic forms; IPE during Fieldwork I; returning forms to the university; fieldwork resources and contact information.
- Preparation for Fieldwork II (view the webcast – 16 minutes
Content: Fieldwork II objectives; Fieldwork evaluation – expectations and electronic forms; IPE during Fieldwork II; returning forms to the university; fieldwork resources and contact information.
Review the Fieldwork II presentation slides (pdf) (*note: to view the Speaker’s notes in the file, roll over the ‘bubble’ icon in the top left corner of the slide)
- Preparation for Fieldwork III (view the webcast)
Content: Fieldwork III objectives; Fieldwork evaluation – expectations and electronic forms; IPE during Fieldwork II; returning forms to the university; fieldwork resources and contact information. Review the Fieldwork III presentation slides(pdf) (*note: to view the Speaker’s notes in the file, roll over the ‘bubble’ icon in the top left corner of the slide)
- Preparation for Fieldwork IV (view the webcast – 18 minutes)
Content: Fieldwork IV objectives; Fieldwork evaluation – expectations and electronic forms; IPE during Fieldwork II; returning forms to the university; fieldwork resources and contact information. View the Fieldwork IV Pre-Placement Preceptor Information Presentation.
- Instructions on Evaluation of Fieldwork Placement
- Course Objectives
- Course Outlines: Fieldwork I, Fieldwork II,Fieldwork III, Fieldwork IV
- Fieldwork Manual
- Responsibilities of Fieldwork Education Partners (Canadian Guidelines for Fieldwork Education)
Interprofessional Education (IPE): IPE is “Occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.” – CAIPE, 1997. The University of Toronto Office of Interprofessional Education (IPE) aims to ‘ lead the advancement of IPE through education and research initiatives’. The University of Toronto is committed to having IPE opportunities and requirements in both coursework and fieldwork for practice-based health professionals. Please see Interprofessional Education Curriculum for further details and resources. In the OT fieldwork courses, there are opportunities for both structured IPE placements (where students from different disciplines are learning together in the same setting with structured, facilitated learning sessions), and flexible IPE activities (that involve the student participating in an activity such as interviewing other health professionals and then writing up a reflection paper) that can occur in any placement setting. Please contact one of the OT Fieldwork Coordinators if you would like further information.
Please contact us if you have any questions/comments:
- Donna Barker
Director of Clinical Education
160 – 500 University Ave., Room 944
- Deb Cameron
International Fieldwork Coordinator
160 – 500 University Ave., Room 940
- Nella Campisi
160 – 500 University Ave., Room 986
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.