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The Same Site Model of fieldwork service delivery provides the opportunity for the occupational therapy student to complete their Level I and Level II fieldwork at the same site. Due to limited research on the Same Site Model, a survey study was conducted to explore fieldwork educator and student perceptions on using the model. A 10-question survey, with 8 Likert questions and 2 open ended questions was designed by 2 Academic Fieldwork Coordinators. A total of 116 surveys were completed by occupational therapy students (N=45) and fieldwork educators (N=71) on their preference of the Same Site Model, along with their perceptions of the student’s preparedness, communication skills and ability to interact with clients during their Level II fieldwork. Out of the 116 returned surveys, only 24 indicated having the opportunity to use the Same Site Model. The findings of this current study revealed a moderate positive correlation (r=0.407) at 0.01 level of significance (p


Dr. Kate Barlow, OTD, MS, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor at American International College and the CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early Ambassador for the state of Massachusetts. She has over 20 years of clinical experience that includes public school practice, early intervention, working in a pediatric hospital-based outpatient clinic and management.

Michael Salemi, OTD, OTR/L is the Director of Fieldwork and Experiential Education at Western New England University. He has 18 years of experience in occupational therapy service delivery across the country, working primarily in home health care and inpatient rehabilitation.

Courtney Taylor, MS, OTR/L is an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at American International College in the occupational therapy division. Her area of clinical expertise is in adult orthopedics, neurorehabilitation, splinting, and program development. In addition to teaching and earning her doctorate degree, Courtney is dedicated to the improvement and streamlining of fieldwork education.

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