Fostering cultural competency, clinical reasoning, and leadership through international outreach

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The Centennial Vision of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has called for occupational therapy to be globally connected. Students can gain cultural competency, clinical reasoning, and leadership from attending didactic coursework and participating in discussions and clinical simulations. Immersing oneself in international settings, however, tends to have a greater impact on learning. The authors describe the outcomes of two international outreach programs: China Honors Immersion Program (CHIP) and Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC). The outcomes of these programs indicate that students believe that such international experiences greatly affect their development, both professionally and personally. Implications of the program outcomes to current professional education are discussed. Future research directions are also proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-85
Number of pages12
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Occupational Therapy

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