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Fellowship Q&A

How does mentored time work?

Mentor time is an opportunity to meet 1:1 with the mentor for the module you are completing. All the mentors have expertise in the module they teach. You can use this time to discuss articles and assignments for the fellowship. You can discuss patient care and difficulties you are having, you can have them observe you and give you feedback. You can discuss new ideas or projects. Essentially, this time is yours. You and your mentor decide together how to best use this time to facilitate your growth. What mentor time looks like will probably change from module to module as different as your needs change and each mentors their own styles The only predetermined structure for mentor time is guaranteed minimum of 4 hours per week.

How did you adjust to living in Chapel Hill?

Adjusting to living in Chapel Hill is easy.  Between the University community and the infamous “southern hospitality”, you will immediately feel like a part of the family. The University brings in a lot of diversity and re-locators from all around so you are bound to find people you get along with. There are museums, performing arts centers, bars/restaurants, and woodsy outdoor trails. You can enjoy the nightlight of a college town, get a five star meal, go to a farmers market, or spend a day on the river. Most things are walkable and the public transportation is free.

What qualities would make a successful fellow?

Creativity - the fellowship has a loose structure. The colors are provided but the canvas is blank. A successful fellow is not afraid to step outside the box, express their ideas, and inspire those around them.

Organization - the fellowship comes with a lot to be accomplished and a lot of freedom with how you do it. Self-care and maintaining a healthy life-balance is important too. A successful fellow is good at organizing, prioritizing, and managing time.

Humility - the fellowship is an opportunity to solidify strengths and acknowledge areas for growth. A successful fellow is open to feedback, flexible in their thinking, and vulnerable to making mistakes.

Teamwork- the fellowship is all about collaboration. You are an active member of the fellowship team, rehab team, and the interdisciplinary treatment team.  A successful fellow respects others, builds relationships, and communicates their needs effectively.

Passion - the fellowship is a lot of work and burn out can happen. A successful fellow has an unconditional passion for the profession, the patients, and personal growth that supports their perseverance through the inevitable challenges.

Describe a day in the life

A day in the life of a fellow can be split into workdays, half didactic days, and full didactic days:

1)      Workday looks like morning triage with the team, checking emails, and meetings if necessary. We talk over the plan of care for the day and go off to their assigned unit for most mornings to do evals, treatment, document etc. You break for lunch mid-day and then return to do patient care for the afternoon.

2)      On the half-didactic day, you chose to dedicate the morning or afternoon to doing fellowship responsibilities. The other half is a typical workday.

3)      On the full didactic day, you have the complete day to dedicate to fellowship duties.

The days of the week that these happen is flexible and subject to change.

Didactic responsibilities may include: readings, assignments, projects, research, mentor time, etc. In addition to your fellowship duties, you will have an opportunity to attend the didactic class for the Psychiatry Residents 1x per week. In this class, you get to learn alongside the residents and be a voice for OT as a member of the interdisciplinary team. 

Information on Student Affiliations

Rehabilitation Therapies
Kristel Maes, PT, DPT
Therapy Services Educator