Current Students from the Philippines

Name: Calvin Trambulo Camot

Where is home? As a Filipino immigrant in the United States, I consider both the Philippines and USA as my home countries.

Status in NYU OT program: I am in Post-Professional Master of Art- Advanced Occupational Therapy program.

What was your educational/professional background in occupational therapy before coming to NYU? I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Philippines Manila. As part of the university’s internship program, we were trained and deployed in various settings and institutions, from community-based rehabilitation, private centers to hospital-based rehabilitation. Aside from these, I also did some volunteer work for my university. I then immigrated to the US after a few months of my graduation. I worked as a home health aide with The Medical Team in Virginia and as a Rehabilitation Assistant in the wound, ostomy, and incontinence care team in Sibley Memorial Hospital.

What are your research interests? Occupational therapy in wound, ostomy, and incontinence care setting and validation of its assessment tools and measures are the areas of research that piqued my interest. Working as a rehabilitation assistant in this setting made me realize that occupational therapists are greatly beneficial for the clients in this field. Especially as we focus not only on our client’s condition but also on their occupations, performance, and quality of life.

Why did you choose to attend New York University’s OT program? As an immigrant with a degree from a foreign university, I need to consider a lot of factors before choosing the best university: the type, availability, and cost of the program, accessibility of the university, financial aid offered, student and faculty diversity, and its state-of-the-art facilities. New York University is known to be one of the top-ranking international universities in the field of occupational therapy with its esteemed diverse faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Also, NYU’s mission to “advance knowledge, creativity and innovation at the crossroads of culture, education and human development,” and “commitment to be of public service” coincides with my goals and aspiration as an occupational therapist.

What do you like most about NYU so far? It is in one of the most popular cities in the United States. Adding that to the fact that I am studying in one of the best universities in the US. What else could I dream for? The only thing that I know is that NYU has a lot to offer and it is my privilege to discover each one of them.   

What are some things you are looking forward to doing in New York City?  Honestly, I have a long list of things to do, eat, and discover in New York City. Broadway shows, famous Instagram-able restaurants (food…everywhere), and famous tourist spots are just some of the endless things/activities I need to cross out in my list. I believe I can achieve these with good budgeting, dependable outgoing friends, and occupational balance (of course!).

What are your plans after graduation? After graduating, I plan to go back to work as soon as possible while applying for the occupational therapy licensure. After I passed the licensure process here in the United States, I am planning to specialize in wound, ostomy, and incontinence care so that I could start my career as an occupational therapist in that field. I am also considering engaging in research that is in line with this field.