Meet Karagan Fisher. Karagan is a third-year student in Drake's Occupational Therpay Doctorate (OTD) program and will graduate in 2022! In her last year of the OTD program, Karagan had the opportunity to complete a doctoral capstone experience at UnityPoint North Crossing Clinic in Waterloo, Iowa.
My responsibilities have including meetings with outside providers, referral sources, and other therapists to increase neuro referrals to the clinic. In the beginning of my experience a typical day consisted of a lot of research about the community and what neuro services were already being provided as well as having these meetings. Now a typical day consists of me assisting with treating these neuro patients that have been referred here.
I have great coworkers at the clinic which makes it a fun, welcoming, and not intimidating experience. I have enjoyed being able to show my knowledge of OT and passion for neuro throughout this experience.
I loved that the program was Iowa-based and had such an emphasis on clinical practice skills.
I would say yes, they have. Beginning the program, I had a focus on geriatrics and skilled nursing facilities. I have really grown to love the neuro population as well as outpatient settings.
Drake has really taught me so much about being the best occupational therapist I can be. My time at Drake allowed me to grow as an individual in my personal and professional development. I feel that Drake gave me the building blocks I needed to start a professional career as an occupational therapist, and I have been able to grow from those building blocks.
Choose a setting you know you will enjoy. 14 weeks is a long process but if you enjoy the setting and people, it goes by very quickly, and you can form lasting professional relationships with so many people which opens many opportunities for your career development!