As a first year occupational therapy student, sometimes I find it difficult to see how the lessons I learn in the classroom are relevant to my future practice. Attending the AOTA’s 94th Annual Conference and Expo, was a great way to make that connection. At the conference that took place from April 3-6, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland, I saw the energy and love that over six thousand OTs had for my future profession, and I was truly inspired.
I felt a greater appreciation for the theory we learn in class, when I attended a session that connected the neuroscience we learned last semester, with its clinical application in intervention strategies for people with functional movement disorder. I saw professors share their research with people who actually understood the implications of that research. The conference gave me an opportunity to spend some time learning about the role of occupational therapy in palliative and hospice care, an area in which I would like to practice someday. I fell in love with occupational therapy all over again at the conference, and was reminded of why I chose this field. We are a group of people who are dedicated to helping people live their lives in the most meaningful way and I am proud to be a future occupational therapist.