2016 Thompson Memorial Lecture

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2016 Thompson Memorial Lecture

Western Ontario’s Rudman to deliver keynote

The Occupational Therapy Program’s annual Caroline Goss Thompson Memorial Lecture and Reception will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building on Thursday, Sept. 15. Please join us for this special event.

Debbie Laliberte Rudman, an associate professor with the University of Western Ontario’s School of Occupational Therapy, will deliver the keynote talk. Her presentation is titled, “Addressing occupation as situated: Potential contributions of transformative occupation-focused scholarship and practice.”

Preceptor of the Year

During the Thompson Memorial Lecture and Reception, UW–Madison’s OT Program each year recognizes a person, or a group of people, who excel at instructing and supervising UW– Madison OT students during their field experiences.

Preceptor of the YearIn 2016, the Preceptor of the Year award is going to the talented and dedicated team of occupational therapists with the Madison Metropolitan School District: Sandra Bongard, Kerry Gloss, Shana Greane, Amy O’Connor, Theresa Schuster, Suzette Raes and Thia Triggs. All are alumnae of UW–Madison’s Occupational Therapy Program.

Together, these accomplished occupational therapists have a combined experience of nearly 110 years working as OTs with the Madison Schools.

“Our team in the Madison Schools values the importance of mentoring new therapists,” says Gloss. “They are the future of OT.”

These healthcare professionals explain that they believe in mentoring OTs through clinical education because they remember learning so much from their clinical mentors and retain strong memories of those experiences. They say that they want student OTs to have access to clinical education like they had, and want to pay it forward.

“I am motivated by students through their inquiry, their energy and their reflections on what they observe,” says Gloss. “It inspires me to check the research, to have thoughtful discussions and to improve my practice.”
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