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The intermingled history of occupational therapy and anatomical education: A retrospective exploration

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  • Melissa A. Carroll,

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    1. Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Healthcare and Natural Sciences, DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania
    2. Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas
    • Correspondence to: Dr. Melissa A. Carroll, Department of Healthcare and Natural Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034-9568, USA. E-mail: melissa.carroll@desales.edu

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  • Katherine Lawson

    1. Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas
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Abstract

Few research articles have addressed the anatomical needs of entry-level occupational therapy students. Given this paucity of empirical evidence, there is a lack of knowledge regarding anatomical education in occupational therapy. This article will primarily serve as a retrospective look at the inclusion of anatomical education in the occupational therapy curriculum. Focusing on the historical inclusion is the first step to address the gap in existing knowledge. Examining the history of anatomy in occupational therapy provides an educational context for curricular developments and helps current anatomical educators understand the evolution of occupational therapy as a profession. Exploring the educational history also offers anatomy educators an identity, as significant contributors, in the training and preparedness of entry-level professionals while focusing on the ideals of occupational therapy. However, there is a critical need for empirical evidence of best teaching practices in occupational therapy and anatomical education. This manuscript provides a foundation and a starting point for further investigation into the anatomical competencies for entry-level occupational therapists. Anat Sci Educ 7: 494–500. © 2014 American Association of Anatomists.

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