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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: The 2020 enrollment period is closed, please check back for 2021 deadlines
Interviews: April - May
Admission decision: May
Program start: August
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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 Coordinator

Kelly Casey, occupational therapist

Kelly Casey


AOTA Board-certified in Physical Rehabilitation


Current Fellow

Carleigh Dabritz, acute care occupational therapy fellow

Carleigh Dabritz, OTR/L | Class of 2020

Undergrad: 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!

Fellowship Alumni

Kristen, Iannuzzi, acute care occupational therapy fellow

Kristen Iannuzzi, OTR/L | Class of 2019

Read a Q&A with Kristen about her fellowship experience.
Undergrad: 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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