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The mission of the Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program is to recruit motivated and qualified licensed occupational therapists who have a strong interest in pediatrics and to provide an opportunity for advanced, intensive clinical and didactic training in order for them to become clinicians, researchers, and educators of choice with a pediatric specialization.

Program highlights

  • 52-week program divided into several learning modules
  • Diverse learning experiences related to neuro-developmental populations, acute inpatient care, developmental and childhood diseases, early intervention, upper extremity conditions, pediatric psychological care, chronic pain, augmentative communication, and assistive technology
  • Fellowship faculty includes practitioners with advanced skill training and certifications
  • Participation in multidisciplinary care clinics
  • Shared didactic experiences with Harvard Medical School residency programs and the Boston Children’s Physical Therapy Resident
  • Participation in the LEND (Leadership, Education and Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders) Program
  • Research and teaching opportunities
  • Full-time salaried and benefited employee of Boston Children’s Hospital throughout the program

Program goals and objectives

  1. Provide opportunities to develop advanced critical reasoning and self-assessment of clinical skills
  2. Develop an understanding of how to integrate the occupational profile and ICF models within clinical reasoning for complex diagnoses
  3. Provide an opportunity to review evidence-based literature and to contribute to this body of knowledge
  4. Provide opportunities to engage in different models of service delivery in pediatric occupational therapy
  5. Prepare the fellow to contribute to the profession through teaching
  6. Consistently support the professional development and personal growth of the fellow
  7. Prepare program graduates to pursue AOTA Board Certification in Pediatric Occupational Therapy practice

Admission requirements

  • Graduate of an OT program accredited by ACOTE or approved by the WFOT (required by AOTA)
  • Have successfully passed the NBCOT exam for initial certification (required by AOTA)
  • Minimum of three years of experience as an occupational therapist
  • Meets all the requirements for employment at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Massachusetts
  • Current CPR certification

Admissions process

  • Submit completed application by deadline 
  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of intent/objectives for participation in program (limit to two pages)
  • Career goals in pediatric occupational therapy
  • Summary of prior clinical and educational experience related to pediatrics
  • Two letters from references
  • Interview

Program dates

  • Upcoming program: Aug. 19, 2024, to Aug. 15, 2025
  • Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

For more information, please contact:
Dawn Gordon, MOT, OTR
Occupational Therapist, II