Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
White Plains, New York
Why did you choose this fieldwork?
It had a great reputation, was a huge facility, and an alumni at my grad school works there. I also wanted to get out of the midwest.
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Please describe your living and commuting situation. (Was accomodation offered? Public transportation or parking offered? Please include price paid, location and conditions.)
I stayed with a friend that lived in a nearby city. I commuted about 20-30 minutes everyday to the hospital. Parking was not a problem. I'm not sure if they offer living quarters or not.
Describe types of conditions or diagnoses, as well as age ranges exposed to during this fieldwork.
I was mostly in the inpatient orthopedic wing working with adults. I saw mostly knee and hip replacements on my supervisor's case load. I also observed a Traumatic Brain Injury wing for a day.
What types of assessments and interventions were used?
The FIM was used mostly in the ortho wing. I did not observe any assessments in the TBI/SCI wing.
What are your thoughts on the site's environment for the employees and students? (Please consider: organization, collaboration, mentoring, learning opportunities)
I thought it was a fantastic environment for learning. My supervisor asked what we thought FIM scores should be and why and then agreed or disagreed and explained why. I was also able to get some hands on experience with those that had knee replacements and saw some groups and education for both knee and hip patients. The environment was very welcoming and I was able to see the doctor/therapist interactions as well as PT/OT collaborations.
Please comment on personality traits and/or preparation that would facilitate success at this site.
I would be familiar with the FIM although this isn't a necessity. It was a level I fieldwork so hands-on was at the discretion of the supervisor.
While in the area, don't miss ...
I took a train to NYC for the weekend prior to my fieldwork. Definitely something to see!
How many stars would you give your experience, from one to five?
Review submitted September 19, 2011