Date Presented Accepted for AOTA INSPIRE 2021 but unable to be presented due to online event limitations.

This study explored the experiences of 33 Master of OT students in their first semester of graduate school. Students described a recurring movement of turbulence and rebalancing as they moved from undergraduate to graduate education. The stages appeared to be cyclical in nature. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was used as a means to understand these barriers and facilitators. Faculty can facilitate adaptation to promote students’ academic and professional success and improve student retention and matriculation.

Primary Author and Speaker: Judith Malek-Ismail

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