Hello,

Thank you for your interest in participating in the study titled, “Understanding Occupational Therapy Admissions Decisions Related to Diversity.” Increasing the diversity in occupational therapy professionals is a priority to enhance the quality of care we can provide. This study aims to understand how occupational therapy graduate school admission criteria impact admissions decisions across diverse applicants. Criteria of interest include the General Records Examination (GRE) and interview format.

To further explore this issue, we would like to invite you to participate in this survey to understand how admissions criteria have influenced what schools you chose to apply to, and what school you ultimately chose to attend. The research team is seeking current students in graduate programs to explore factors contributing to the lack of diversity in the field of occupational therapy.

You are eligible for participation in this study if you are a current occupational therapy graduate student (MOT, OTD). The surveys are anonymous, and your personal information will not be collected for this study.  

The completion of the survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Your responses to the survey will remain anonymous. No identifying information will be collected. You will not be paid for being in this study. Your participation is voluntary, and you may stop the survey at any time. If you choose not to participate in this study or to leave the study at any time, your health care, benefits or relationship at Rush University Medical Center will not change or be affected.   

Please forward this to other occupational therapy students. We would love to get their input as well!   

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Olson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA , Assistant Professor at Rush University at  Linda_M_Olson@rush.edu. Questions about the rights of research participants may be addressed to the Rush University Medical Center Office of Research Affairs at 1-800-876-0772.  

Thank you for your time!

Linda Olson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (she/her/hers)

Chair/Program Director, Department of Occupational Therapy

P: (312) 942-7109 | Linda_M_Olson@rush.edu

Please complete the questions below to confirm your eligibility to participate. By clicking "SUBMIT” below, you are agreeing to participate and will be redirected to our survey.

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