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Broken Heart Ministries OT Field Work Level I & II


Introduction to Field Work


OT Field Work in Bucharest, Romania with Broken Heart Ministries includes a variety of settings such as:



out-patient clinics;

community centers;

orphanages (urban and rural settings);

hospitals (urban and rural settings).


Pediatric populations with developmental disabilities, orthopedic, neurological and behavioral disabilities are addressed, ages ranging from birth to 21 years of age. The majority of the population is early intervention, ages 0 - 6.


    Field Work Level I Description


International OT Field Work Level I opportunities are available every Spring for two weeks beginning in March.  This unique experience allows master students to broaden their understanding of their global responsibility as emergent practitioners in the field of occupational therapy.  Students visit a variety of treatment settings and actively participate in the development of international practice.  As American Ambassadors for the profession, they are able to experience the intricacies of establishing culturally-relevant program interventions, assessment, treatment planning, and documentation.


Direct clinical  supervision in country is provided by the Field Work Program Director Dr. Renee McDannel, and visiting clinical instructors from the United States and Internationally.  In addition, Dr. Angie Lynch, has been a Clinical Supervisor for the past four years, and Desiree Go has been a Clinical Supervisor for the past two years.


Professional development is the key word for this experience.  By participating in this placement , students are privileged to collaborate in intensive faculty /peer didactics while experiencing the integration of practice and theory in the field of occupational therapy.  As a  post-communist country, Romania has many needs.  One is to secure access to qualified occupational therapy services.  We welcome all students whose hearts are open to serve the global community. 


Field Work Level II Description


The Field Work Level II placement for Occupational Therapy Students is available for master students who have completed all academic course work.  Selected candidates for this placement will complete 12 weeks of intensive occupation-based practice which culminates with the students being eligible for certification, and the student having achieved the status of a competent, entry-level, occupational therapist.


Unlike traditional Field Work Level II experiences, this placement site offers extensive training in globalization of the profession and international affairs.  Clinical instruction is delivered in a mentor relationship where the master student and clinical instructor are paired together throughout the experience, and the clinical instructor Dr. Renee McDannel provides translation for the student and patients. Scholarships are available.


Fellowship Candidates


Post-graduate fellowships are offered annually to candidates who are interested in broadening their international experience in pediatric practice.  This fellowship is open to post-graduates in the field of medicine, social work, psychology, recreation and education.



OT Profession in Europe:

http://www.cotec-europe.org/news/Summary of the OT profession in Europe.pdf




Fundatia Broken Heart

Occupational Therapy Network in Romania


If you are an occupational therapist who is living or working in Romania and would like to be a part of a list serve please contact us at RPMUSC@aol.com.


How do I apply for Field Work?

To request admission the field work or fellowship programs, please contact:

Dr. Renee McDannel


US Phone Number 714 625 8667

If your university does not already have a working partnership with Broken Heart Ministries, additionally, please have your university Field Work Coordinator contact Dr. McDannel.

The “Field Work” page on this website includes more online information and access to an Online Application.


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