Student Track

The Student Track is offered to give students the opportunity to participate in the conference at a lower fee.  The Student Track offers seven sessions geared toward student interest that run parallel to the conference. Student Track registrants are welcome to attend the Keynote Address and visit the exhibits and posters.  The Student Track does not include lunch, snacks, the Annual Meeting, Town Hall Meeting, SIS Roundtables or the Awards Dinner. Students may attend the Awards Dinner at an additional cost. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

8:15 a.m.

Keynote Address
Jean Makesh, MBA, OTR/L

9:15 a.m.
Exhibits and Posters 

9:45 a.m. 

A Review of the Impact of Diseases in Human Function
Corry Appline, DPM, M.Ed.
This will be a refresher course on the Anatomy and Physiology of the human person.  Through the use of a case study, attendees will gain insight into how the disease process works.  Attendees will also be challenged to work through treating the patient based on current modalities used in Occupational Therapy.  The workshop will include the following topics: Diabetic Mellitus, Myocardial Infarction, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis, Angina, Deep Venous Thrombosis, Hypertension and Obesity.  

11:15 a.m. 
Exhibits & Posters

12:00 p.m.

Snack & Learn
Gabriel DiNigris
Students will have the opportunity to work with 4 stations of power wheel chairs. Several associates will be coming to help with practical applications.  Case studies will be presented. Energy bars will be offered for snacking during this session. 

1:30  p.m.

Lunch on your own

2:15 p.m.

OT Advocacy at the State and National Level
Becky Finni, DHS, OTR/L; Dan Hurley, Capitol Consulting Group; Chuck Willmarth, AOTA
Health care policy is a perennial hot topic in the United States Congress and Ohio General Assembly. Changes to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, scope of practice, and private insurance regulations occur frequently and can have a significant impact on the practice of occupational therapy. This program will provide attendees with an overview of key state and federal legislative and regulatory action items that are important to the practice of occupational therapy. Additionally, attendees will be given information on how to get involved in OOTA and AOTA advocacy efforts.

4:00 p.m.

NBCOT®:  Strategies for Certification Success
Barbara Williams
The mission of NBCOT is to serve the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice through evidence-based certification standards and the validation of knowledge essential for effective practice in occupational therapy.  NBCOT demonstrates these practices by developing, administering, and continually reviewing the certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence of the practice of occupational therapy.


  • Understand the certification examination application process
  • Learn about exam preparation strategies and the NBCOT Aspire® Study Tools
  • Increase awareness of NBCOT and why competency matters


Connect with NBCOT and hear about the best approaches to achieve your goal for Occupational Therapy Certification.

Saturday, October 13

8:00 a.m.

Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions for Health Professions (CAMS-HP)
Jennifer Ross
This introductory continuing education course contains a range of topics pertaining to personal automotive mobility solutions. It will assist the allied health care practitioner in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions, while also teaching practitioners about the unique process involved in evaluating, selecting and purchasing appropriate automotive options.

10:15 a.m.

Practicing Occupational Therapy in a Holistic Manner: Factors to Consider and Strategies to Better Meet Our Clients’ Needs
Miranda Tippie, MOT, OTR/L
The objectives of this session are to:

  • Increase awareness to stigma, stereotypes, and biases you may hold and how to overcome these to provide empathetic and holistic care.
  • Identify the influence that mental illness, substance abuse, culture, and trauma could play on a clients’ treatment and overall plan of care.
  • Acquire a holistic view of your clients including the complex and sensitive issues they may face on a daily basis.

1:30 p.m.

Consumer Panel 
Allison Evans, OTR/L, Facilitator
Students will have the opportunity to submit questions for discussion to this panel of OT consumers past and present.  The consumers represent multiple diagnosis areas and multiple arenas of past occupational therapy practice environments.  Students will have the unique opportunity to experience the patient perspective on OT and ask questions about their diagnosis, the treatment they received, the value of OT for the individual and what the panel feels should be priorities for future occupational therapists.  This is a unique glimpse through patient eyes that will be valuable for our future professionals as they learn the skills and characteristics that make a great OT!