Jessica Asiello, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist/Assistant Professor
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Jessica Asiello is a faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She primarily teaches in the online Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) program. Her clinical practice is in acute care at Massachusetts General Hospital, with speciality experience working with medically complex patients in the intensive care unit setting. Her scholarly interests include functional recovery in cardiac and neurological populations, healthcare quality improvement, the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities and the scholarship of teaching and learning for healthcare professionals.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Poster Description: The acute care setting is among the most challenging fieldwork experiences for occupational therapy students, with a high rate of failure (Nicola-Richmond et al., 2017). Success in level II acute care fieldwork requires a strong background of medical knowledge, clinical skills, professional behaviors, and the ability to manage challenges of the hospital environment (Kemp & Crabtree, 2018). In addition, students must be prepared to collaborate with an interprofessional team to coordinate and provide patient care. Many occupational therapy students may lack adequate…