Gobika Sithamparanathan, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Gobika SithamparanathanGobika Sithamparanathan Year of Study:  Year One (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT))
Student’s Name: Gobika Sithamparanathan
Graduate Department: Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OS and OT)
Country of Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pre-MSc/PhD Education: University of Toronto, Honours Bachelor of Science (Majors in Human Biology and Psychology)

Why Faculty of Medicine:
I have always had a passion for obtaining my training from the Faculty of Medicine due to its renowned reputation. The enriching student learning experience delivered through coursework, research, practical, and extracurricular learning is valued at the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto. The Faculty of Medicine is also well-known for its clinical excellence, which will contribute to one of my goals of practicing as a professional occupational therapist in clinical settings.

Why this Department:
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto provides comprehensive training through course work, fieldwork placements, and research to develop highly competent practitioners. Occupational Therapists (OTs) play a crucial role in ensuring the physical and psychological wellbeing of their clients. Since OTs are trained to provide holistic care, this profession has been integrated into various interprofessional teams that address various needs of clients. 

Current Research Experience: I have been contributing to research since my first year of undergraduate studies.  My research experience includes working in research labs at various institutions such as University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, and Baycrest. My current research interests include leadership in occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation and healthcare provider mental wellbeing

Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals:
I consider myself a lifelong learner. I hope to contribute to academia and occupational therapy practice through research and teaching post MScOT.

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