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Program Mission

To cultivate exemplary occupational therapy leaders who drive innovation, advance evidence-based practice and promote compassionate, patient-centered care. Through an immersive and dynamic fellowship experience, we are dedicated to empowering therapists with advanced clinical expertise, leadership skills and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Program Goals

  • Expand your clinical occupational therapy knowledge to apply evidence-based and innovative interventions to patients in the acute and critical care setting.
  • Develop leadership and communication skills to integrate into the interdisciplinary team.
  • Successfully lead and manage a quality improvement project to promote occupational therapy in acute care.

Graduates of the fellowship program will emerge as highly skilled and confident practitioners who are well-prepared to provide exceptional care to people in acute and critical care settings. They will have the expertise to handle complex cases, collaborate effectively within multidisciplinary teams and drive positive patient outcomes through evidence-based practice — even in the most challenging clinical environment.

Application and Interview Process

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Program Features and Modules

Explore the features and modules of the Acute and Critical Care Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Contact us:

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please email Chris Rudenga and Colleen Hogan at or call 312.926.2660


The Northwestern Medicine OT Acute and Critical Fellowship has applied for candidacy for a fellowship program through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).