Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Tufts University Spring 2019 Electives

  • 31 Oct 2018
  • 31 Jan 2019

Spring 2019 Electives

Occupational Therapy Department

574 Boston Avenue, Medford Campus


OTS 230-01/ED 0252-01 Running Effective Groups:  An Interdisciplinary Experience

This interdisciplinary course explores the structure, dynamics, communication, and action patterns of small groups.  Classes and readings will focus on theories of small group functioning and elements of group process that lead to effective group formation, development, and closure.  Group experiences in class will assist in integrating theoretical learning, building upon skills in group observation, leadership, and individual membership.  Understanding personal dynamics with organizational culture in relation to group development in small and large group systems will also be addressed.  Interprofessional team functioning is used to illustrate the impact of group dynamics on outcomes in a variety of contexts including education, health care, and community settings.  The class will be part of its own laboratory in small group dynamics. Maximum enrollment 12.  Prerequisite:  Graduate student and consent.

Dr. Sharan L. Schwartzberg, Mondays 4:30-7:30 p.m. beginning January 21, 2019.

OTS 275-01 Topics in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation II

This graduate level course is team taught by Tufts faculty and specialists from Massachusetts General Hospital's Hand and Upper Extremity Service. Topics covered include tendon anatomy, injury, intervention protocols and splinting; as well as peripheral nerve injury, sensibility, wound healing and physical agent modalities. This course is part of a four course Certificate in Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy. Students may begin in the spring or the fall. Students are not required to participate in all four courses if not electing to pursue the Certificate

Dr. Janet Brooks, Mondays 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Mon January 21, 2019.


OTS-291 Physiology of Exercise and Human Performance

This course is open to graduate students and undergraduates who have completed a course in biology or physiology. The course is roughly divided into four interrelated parts. The first emphasizes nutritional biochemistry with a review of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, the production of ATP and the expenditure of energy during rest and exercise.  The second part of the course reviews the neuromuscular system, particularly the mechanical aspects of muscle contraction and regulation of the strength and velocity of a contraction by muscle receptors interacting with the nervous system. The third part covers the cardiovascular and respiratory systems at rest and during exercise and their adaptations to training. Finally, examples of strength and aerobic training programs and their physiologic effects are covered along with environmental factors that affect physical performance.

Dr. Paul Leavis, Thursdays 4:30-7:30 beginning Thursday January 17, 2019,

Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Management for Older Adults
Health management for older adults is a major issue in contemporary society.  Policy, economics, organizational structure, and clinical care are intermingled in responding on societal, institutional, and clinical levels.  This course will challenge the inquisitive and creative student to approach the health of the older adult by addressing these complex issues.  It will focus on effective outcomes and understanding the range of roles professionals may adopt.  It will provide the knowledge base and skill set necessary for interdisciplinary professional practice.  It seeks a wide range of graduate and post-graduate students. Please email if you are interested in learning more about this course.  It is taught by Dr. David Satin and an interdisciplinary team at Harvard Medical School on the Longwood campus.  The course will be offered in 15 weekly sessions from January 24 through May 2, 2019 (accommodation can be made for students whose academic calendars do not match the specific dates).  It will meet Thursdays, 5:30-8:00 P.M., in the Minot Room of the Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical Area, Boston.


OTS 284 Therapy in Schools: Best Practice

This asynchronous online course will focus on both ‘big picture’ issues related to educationally relevant service provision in light of current legislation as well as day-to-day practical application of providing these educationally relevant services. Topics include the changing role of occupational therapy in schools, pertinent legislation, and core competencies. An occupation-centered evaluation process and an examination of the evidence base on interventions for supporting students along the least restrictive continuum will be a focus. Online learning responsibilities include completion of weekly learning modules, participation in online discussions, and a final online presentation.

Dr. Margaret (Peg) Morris, for more information please email Peg at

Registration:  Graduate Career Advancement Program at or 617-627-3395.  Please contact the instructors for course questions at 617-627-5720 or via email

MAOT - Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc.
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