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Occupational Therapy: Careers

Experience The Michigan Difference.
At the University of Michigan Health System, we give Occupational Therapists the opportunity to experience a career unlike any other through our vast patient services that we provide. After all, we are known for achieving excellence in medical education, patient care and research and for providing numerous professional development resources to our employees.

Why University of Michigan Health System?
Michigan is one of the nation’s leading health care systems that offer employees the best resources and support for their careers.  Outstanding benefits include:

Working with the latest treatment modalities and advanced therapy techniques, our occupational therapists are encouraged to enhance their professional skills. And working with our vast variety of patient populations , they also have the chance to become more versatile in their positions. 

If you’re ready to be a part of  the Michigan Difference, contact us at otptjobs@med.umich.edu.

University of Michigan is an non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

Service Areas

University Hospital – Therapists at University Hospital treat a wide variety of patient populations which include general orthopedics (including spine and extremity), geriatrics, oncology, and obstetrics/gynecology.  University Hospital also offers opportunities to work in specialty programs within Women’s/Men’s Health (pelvic floor rehab), chronic headache, lymphedema and the aphasia program.

Hand Therapy Program – The Hand Therapy Program at University Hospital provides the opportunity for therapists to work with inpatients, out-patients, and a variety of physician clinics.  As a Level 1 trauma center, therapists have the opportunity to experience a large variety of patient diagnoses related to the hand and upper extremity injuries.

Canton Outpatient Center – Therapist at the Canton Center have the opportunity to treat post-operative orthopedic and general neurological conditions, general orthopedics (both spine and extremity), as well as opportunities in pediatric orthopedics and torticollis and women’s health/pelvic floor rehab.

MedRehab – Therapists at the MedRehab facility see a wide variety of adult outpatients. Some of the common conditions include:  spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, neuromuscular disorders, arthritis, multi trauma, orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems.  The MedRehab has three treatment teams - hand therapy, rehabilitation and neuro day treatment and houses several specialty programs.  These include Drive-Ability, Constraint-Induced Therapy and Functional Tone Management using the SAEBO splint.

Medical/Surgical Acute Care – Therapists working on medical/surgical acute care rotate within a wide variety of patient populations. Those commonly seen are: orthopedic surgery, general surgery, trauma, burn, general medicine, pulmonary medicine, oncology, and medical and surgical intensive care.  Therapists in the medical/surgical acute care treat patients seen in the level 1 trauma/burn center, national cystic fibrosis treatment center, and the bone marrow transplant program.

Cardiovascular Acute Care – Therapists working in cardiovascular acute care have the opportunity to see a wide variety of patients with cardiac and vascular diagnoses.  This includes patients after myocardial infarction, thoracic and/or vascular surgery, amputations, or those with arrhythmias.  These therapists are also part of our specialty programs for heart and lung transplant and ventricular assist devices.  This setting provides opportunities for both inpatient and outpatient wound care.

Inpatient Rehab – Therapists working in Inpatient Rehab have the opportunity to treat patients with various neurological and medical conditions including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and post strokes.  This division is a Model Spinal Cord Injury Program, one of a few in the nation.

Pediatric Care - Our pediatric division offers therapists the opportunity to treat neonates to young adults - throughout the continuum of care. This includes acute care (including ICU) and both inpatient rehab and outpatients.  Commonly treated patient populations are neonatal ICU, orthopedics, congenital neurologic disorders, trauma, torticollis, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, oncology, cystic fibrosis, organ transplants, and cardiac including pediatric ventricular assist device implants.  These therapists are part of the congenital diaphragmatic hernia program and this department is also a Model Spinal Cord Injury Program.

The Spine Program – Therapists at the Spine Program treat patients with all varieties of low back, thoracic, and cervical pain/dysfunction, as well as chronic headache and temporal-mandibular dysfunction.  The Program also offers the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary chronic pain team and treat patients with upper extremity amputations and post-polio seating assessments.