"Friends of Occupational Therapy" Announced

Faculty in the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program are pleased to honor this year's "Friends of Occupational Therapy" for their outstanding contributions to the program.


"These four individuals have helped the UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program become one of the top rated occupational therapy educational programs in the country," said Terry Crowe, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, director of the program.


This year's honorees are:


Mary Schmidt, OTR/L, has been involved with the curriculum since 1992.  One of five advisory board members that created the UNM Occupational Therapy Program, Schmidt helped develop the curriculum design, outline courses and negotiate program logistics.  She continued to give to the program by supervising numerous students at both Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Albuquerque and Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Schmidt recently served as an interviewer during the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program admissions process and also has given guest lectures, especially in the area of reimbursement.


Dr. Jon Eldredge, coordinator of Academic and Clinical Services for the HSC Library and Informatics Center, has supported faculty and students by giving numerous educational sessions related to information retrieval. Dr. Eldredge has assisted the program in building a supportive inventory of learning resources that support the students' learning.  He also currently serves on the thesis committee for one of the graduate students in the program.


Ed Wyckoff, a financial aid supervisor in the UNM School of Medicine Student Affairs Office, counsels students about financial support from the moment they enter the program until they are finished.  He has helped many students obtain financial assistance.


Gail Stockman, OTR/L, became a role model for students while employed at St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Hospital.  An expert clinician, wise coach and exceptional role model who inspires students to do their best, Stockman is now a therapist with Albuquerque Public Schools. She continues to supervise students in fieldwork and serves as a part-time faculty member for the program.


"Friends of Occupational Therapy" each receive a hand woven Native American basket. The lifelong learning motif of the occupational therapy curriculum design is a partially woven basket, representing the "weaving" or becoming an occupational therapist  by beginning with academic study, then developing through professional practice, professional growth and development, and professional communication.


For more information on the UNM Occupational Therapy Program, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/ot/

Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322

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