Pediatric Occupational Therapy

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy Residency Program

    The residency is designed to develop pediatric specialists who are able to be effective with a diverse population of children and their families.Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is credentialed by the AOTA as a post professional residency program for occupational therapists in Pediatrics. Our one year pediatric residency aims to provide practicing occupational therapists with an advanced level of clinical training, to empower them to provide excellent, culturally competent, evidence-based clinical care across the continuum of pediatric OT, and to encourage them to accept leadership roles as a resource to other pediatric therapists.

    Program Specifics

    • The residency combines didactic work with clinical work, to encourage the development of advanced levels of clinical reasoning. The residency is designed to develop pediatric specialists who are able to be effective with a diverse population of children and their families.
    • Clinical work hours are primarily in the CCHMC outpatient setting.
    • The mentoring component involves intensive training across the continuum of pediatric OT. The mentors guide the learning process through modeling, questioning and feedback.
    • The main didactic component of the residency is the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) Program. LEND is an interdisciplinary training program, funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, designed to train leaders who will improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with or at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities and other special health care needs. The emphasis is on developing family-centered, culturally competent interdisciplinary leadership skills.
    • Residents are hired as salaried, full-time employees but divide their time among work, LEND and other learning experiences. Residents typically spend 50-55 hours per week working, in clinical experiences, or studying. The pediatric residency pay is approximately ¾ of a typical new graduate OT salary.

    Contact Us / Apply

    All candidates for the Pediatric Occupational Therapy Residency program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center must be eligible for occupational therapy licensure in the state of Ohio. Ideal applicants will have experience in pediatrics (through work or student internships), superior written and verbal communication skills, evidence of leadership skills, and a desire to improve and learn.

    For additional information, contact Megan Cappel at Megan.Cappel@cchmc.org.