Johns Hopkins Acute Care Occupational Therapy Fellowship

Our acute care occupational therapy program aims to develop occupational therapists who provide innovative and evidence-based care across the spectrum of acute care and possess the essential system skills within an interdisciplinary team.

Duration: 12 months
Accreditation: AOTA Approved
Apply: download instructions
Application deadline: March 13, 2024
Interviews: Mid to Late April 2024
Admission decision: Early May 2024
Program start: August 2024
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Please click the pay application fee link to pay the supplementary application fee. Application will not be processed until the fee is received and application is complete. All fees are non-refundable.

Each of my mentors helped me grow tremendously in my patient care due to their unique and distinct approaches to acute care. On a personal level, they also served as incredible role models.

Kristen Iannuzzi, Class of 2019

Eligibility Criteria

The program is open to new graduates and practicing clinicians who are current AOTA members and have:

  • Bachelor of Science, Master's or Doctoral Degree from an accredited occupational therapy academic program
  • License from the Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice (or qualified to obtain one)
  • Completed clinical internships as required by the academic program
  • AHA CPR certification

Fellowship Features

  • Clinical experience with a variety of acute care service lines
  • Scholarly activities, including case presentations and clinical education
  • One-on-one clinical mentoring
  • Multidisciplinary structured observations
  • Research opportunities, including early mobility and activity in the ICU,
    preventing readmissions and diagnosis-specific quality improvement
  • Participation in the Johns Hopkins Research Development Program

Fellowship Director

Kelly Casey, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP, CPAM

AOTA Board-certified in Physical Rehabilitation
Email: [email protected]

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Current Fellow

Leanna Washington, OTD, OTR/L | Class of 2024

Undergraduate school: Hampton University, bachelor's of science in kinesiology
Graduate school: Towson University, doctorate in occupational therapy
Hometown: White Plains, Maryland
Professional interests: sickle cell disease advocacy, occupational therapy’s role in acute care, stroke rehabilitation, clinical research
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because it is home to the world's best and brightest healthcare professionals and mentorship here will increase my OT knowledge and add to my OT practitioner toolkit. As a Johns Hopkins Hospital fellow, I also hope to advance my research skills and participate in cutting edge research in acute care.

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Fellowship Alumni

Nik Rosenbaum, OTD, OTR/L | Class of 2022

Undergraduate school: Appalachian State University, bachelor's of science psychology with a concentration in human services and minor in special education
Graduate school: University of Pittsburgh, doctorate in occupational therapy
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Professional interests: expanding the role of occupational therapy specifically in acute care and ICU, treatment of burns, the exploration of sleep as an intervention method for those with epilepsy
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins due to their innovative work in biomedical research that is unparalleled in the field, as well as the opportunity to pursue my interests both clinically and in research. I also value the importance Johns Hopkins places on advocating for the occupational therapy profession.

Marybeth Moscirella, OTD, OTR/L | Class of 2021

Undergraduate school: University of Pittsburgh, bachelor's of arts in French, bachelor's of science in psychology
Graduate school: University of Pittsburgh, doctorate in occupational therapy
Hometown: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Professional interests: occupational therapy in the intensive care unit, delirium prevention, cognition in the acute care environment
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of their focus on clinical research, evidence based practice and advocacy for the occupational therapy profession.

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Carleigh Dabritz, OTR/L | Class of 2020

Undergraduate school: Immaculata University (Malvern, PA), bachelor's of science, minor in psychology
Graduate school: Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA), master's in occupational therapy
Professional interests: critical care, clinical research, advocating for the occupational therapist profession
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of its extensive educational opportunities, diverse patient population, supportive mentorship and unique approach to occupational therapy in the acute care setting.
What I like about Baltimore: Being new to Baltimore, I really enjoy exploring the different areas, spending time along the harbor and learning about the history and culture of the city!

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Kristen Iannuzzi, OTR/L | Class of 2019

Read a Q&A with Kristen about her fellowship experience.
Undergraduate school: Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Michigan), bachelor's in psychology
Graduate school: Grand Valley State University, master's in occupational therapy
Hometown: Bloomingdale, New Jersey
Professional interests: occupational therapy’s role in preventing readmissions to the hospital, empowering patients and caregivers through education, sensory integration and sensory changes across the lifespan.
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins to be connected to research, community involvement, and a network of like-minded professionals to help me grow in the early stages of my career. I was excited to become the inaugural acute care fellow and gain experience with a variety of populations in a medical setting.
What I like about Baltimore: great seafood, farmers markets, and having lots of things to explore on weekends.

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