Medallon of Occupational Therapy presents study on interns’ attitudes development in virtual conference

Asst. Prof. Kim Gerald G. Medallon, MHPEd of the Department of Occupational Therapy presented a research paper entitled “Attitudes Development of Occupational Therapy Interns from a Private School in Three Clinical Settings” in the 33rd World Conference of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology held from February 26-27, 2021.

The paper was an effort to validate if the learning outcomes on professional behaviors are, indeed, achieved in internship settings. Thus, utilizing a qualitative cross-sectional design that involved observation, in-depth interviews, and review of documents, the paper aimed to “identify the professional behaviors…being demonstrated, determine their consistency and extent of manifestation, identify the factors facilitating and/or impeding their consistent and full-extent manifestation, and determine the current knowledge, attitude, and skills of OT clinical teachers in attitudes development.” 

Among the professional behaviors manifested were initiative, adaptation, patience, and collaborative practice, which were observed in different activities in the program. According to Medallon, the paper’s findings can help in “possible policy and curricular changes to ensure that attitudes would not just be listed as learning outcomes but would really be emphasized in the teaching-learning process.”

Medallon is also the Internship Supervisor of the Department of Occupational Therapy of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences.

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