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Student Placement Opportunities

Health Care Professions
Art Therapy Audiology
Diagnostic Imaging Dietetics
Genetics Home and Community Care/Primary Health Care
Laboratory Medicine Medical Device Reprocessing
Medicine Music Therapy
Nuclear Medicine Nursing
Occupational Therapy Orthotics/Prosthetics
Paramedicine Pastoral Care
Pharmacy Physiotherapy
Psychology Public Health
Rehabilitation Assistants Respiratory Therapy
Sexology Social Work
Speech Language Pathology Therapeutic Recreation
 
 
Non-Health Care Professions 
Engineering Business
Information Technology Office Administration
Skilled Trades
 


ART THERAPY

Clinical Art Therapy Services are provided by two clinical art therapists who see child and adolescent clients through the Mental Health and Addictions Program. Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy. They are knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories and clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions. They use art in treatment, assessment and research while providing consultations to other professionals.

Placement opportunities

Art therapy students must be at the graduate level and from a clinical program in order to complete a practicum.

How to apply for a placement

Student placements are coordinated through the regional professional practice consultant for psychology. Anyone interested in art therapy as a career choice may contact the consultant who will coordinate a meeting with an art therapist who can answer questions about the field.

The consultant will determine if a suitable placement is available and will arrange a meeting with the placement supervisor for a pre-placement interview to establish goals and objectives for the placement experience.

Contact information
 
Regional Professional Practice Consultant – Psychology
Telephone: (709) 777-6150
Email: bev.cater@easternhealth.ca

 

AUDIO
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The audiology department
at Eastern Health has provided numerous student placements over the years for audiology students.

Placement opportunities

The department provides two or three (up to 12 weeks) placements each year where students can get a broad exposure to diagnostic audiology with all ages.

The department also provides a full range of hearing aid selection and fitting, and can provide some experience with cochlear implants, infant screening, CAP, AVT, and ENG.

How to apply for a placement
 
Students interested in audiology placements should have their university contact the audiology department.  
 
Contact information
 
Manager of Audiology
Tel: (709) 777-7927  Fax: (709) 777-7942
Email: chris.murphy@easternhealth.ca  

 

DIETETICS
 
Eastern Health offers a Dietitians of Canada accredited Post-degree Dietetic Internship Program. 

The program begins in September and is 45 weeks in duration, offering learning experiences in all practice areas – clinical nutrition, food services management, public health, and research. The internship is designed to enable the interns to meet national competencies as outlined in the document Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP) 2013 (PDF).

Placement opportunities

Four positions are available each year. Students are selected through a process administered by Dietitians of Canada.
 
In addition to the post-degree program, Eastern Health provides the 35 week internship component to two students per year from the Memorial University Masters of Public Health (Nutrition and Dietetics) Program.

How to apply for a placement

Apply through the Dietitians of Canada annual Practicum Program Match Process

Application fees to be paid through Dietitians of Canada. 

Contact information
 
Director of Dietetic Internship & Professional Practice Consultant for Dietitians
Tel: (709) 777-7673 or (709) 777-8112
Email: cindy.murphy[at]easternhealth.ca

 

HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE/PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

Eastern Health's departments of Home and Community Care and Primary Health Care offer placements or internships to students interested in these fields.

Placement opportunities

Preference for placements is given to students from Memorial University and the Centre for Nursing Studies. The length of placements may range depending on the course of study. Students are paired with professional staff such as community health nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers or dietitians depending on their program and individual placement goals. Students may be placed at any site throughout the region based on staffing availability and learning goals.

How to apply for a placement

Students must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary education program. Educational institutions inquiring about student placement opportunities or students required to seek their own placement should contact the individuals listed below. 
 
Contact information

Community Health Nurses

Sara Seymour Smith
Telephone: (709) 752-4729
Email: sara.smith@easternhealth.ca

Nurse Practitioners
Dawn Gallant
Telephone: (709) 752-4993
Email: dawn.gallant@easternhealth.ca

Social Workers
Eleanor King
Telephone: (709) 752-4859 
Email: eleanor.king@easternhealth.ca 
 
Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists or Dietitians
Penny Grant
Telephone: (709) 752-4808
Email: penny.grant@easternhealth.ca
 

 
 
MEDICINE
Undergraduate medical student placements should be submitted to Memorial University's Undergraduate Medical Education Office.
 
Postgraduate medical student placements should be submitted to Memorial University's Postgraduate Medical Education Office.
 
 

 

MUSIC THERAPY

Eastern Health employs various music therapists in the areas of long-term care, children and women's health and community programs 

Placement opportunities
 
Internship opportunities are available within several program areas and sites.

How to apply for a placement
 
Students placements are coordinated through the regional professional practice consultant for therapeutic recreation.
 
Once all documents have been received and verified, the student will be contacted regarding the status of their internship.

Contact information
 
Regional Professional Practice Consultant, Therapeutic Recreation
Tel: (709) 752-8830, (709) 777-7408
Fax: (709) 752-8994, (709) 777-8113
 
 

NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Eastern Health’s Nuclear Medicine Division operates under the Diagnostic Imaging Program. Nuclear medicine provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for the patients of Eastern Health at both the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospitals

The HSC is the referral hospital for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and offers a great diversity of exams and therapeutic procedures while employing the latest technologies available. We provide SPECT, SPECT/CT, BMD, thyroid uptake /scans and therapies for certain cancers and palliative treatments. We will have a PET/Cyclotron facility completed in 2016.

Placement opportunities
 
Placements typically range from two to 12 months. Students have an on-site preceptor and, in addition, the preceptor role is fullfilled by all staff as the various rotations are completed. Typically, students are placed at the HSC site.
 
Students must be in their second or third year of nuclear medicine and be enrolled in a Canadian accredited institution (e.g. Dalhousie, University of New Brunswick, Michener Institute, etc.).

How to apply for a placement

Students interested in nuclear medicine placements at Eastern Health should have their institution contact the Nuclear Medicine Division.
 
Students placements are coordinated through the manager of nuclear medicine. Student-to-preceptor ratio is a consideration; placements may be discontinued if an acceptable preceptor is not secured.
 
Contact information
 
Manager, Nuclear Medicine
Tel: (709) 777-7627

 

NURSING

Placement opportunities

Eastern Health supports placements for nursing students in various areas throughout Eastern Health.

How to apply for a placement

Nursing student placement requests for Bachelor of Nursing (BN) and Practical Nurse (PN) programs from Memorial University (MUN) and the Centre for Nursing Studies should be submitted via HSPnet - a comprehensive, web-enabled Practice Education Management system.

Nursing student placement requests should be submitted directly to the unit/program manager or clinical educator assigned to the student's preferred unit/program of placement. For a complete listing or assistance, please contact Student Services. 
 
All other students, including out-of-province students, interested in nursing placements at Eastern Health should have their institution contact the nursing professional practice consultant.
 
Contact information
 
Nursing Professional Practice Consultant
Tamara Hickey
Email: tamara.hickey@easternhealth.ca

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Eastern Health currently employs approximately 120 occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs), who assist in developing and/or regaining skills important for independent functioning, health and well-being.

Placement opportunities

Eastern Health offers over 30 fieldwork placements to OT students. Fieldwork is offered in all programs of Eastern Health including: child health, mental health and addictions, acute care, home and community care, adult rehabilitation, long-term care, occupational health and rehabilitation and rural settings. For more information on placement opportunities visit, the Resources for Students page.
 
The discipline of occupational therapy also supports job shadowing opportunities (for observation only). Observers may include but are not limited to post-secondary students, high school students (Grades 10, 11 and 12), employees internal to Eastern Health, employees of other organizations, and other requests focused on career and/or professional development. 

How to apply for a placement

All occupational therapy placements are coordinated via Memorial University and Eastern Health through the Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Coordinator.
 
Contact information

Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Coordinator

Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Room 2765B, Health Sciences Centre
St. John's, NL Canada A1B 3V6
Telephone: (709) 864-4919
Fax: (709) 864-6285
Email: patricia.moores@med.mun.ca
International students should contact the
National Fieldwork Placement Services.
 

 
 
PHARMACY
 
Placement opportunities
 
Eastern Health offers support for preceptorship programs from accredited universities in Canada, including Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctorate of Pharmacy student placements.
 
How to apply for a placement
 
Prior to securing student placements in Newfoundland and Labrador, students have to complete the following forms and send them to the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board: 
 
Students placements are coordinated through the regional professional practice consultant for pharmacy.
 
Once all documents have been received and verified, the student will be contacted regarding the status of their placement.
 
Contact information
 
Regional Professional Practice Consultant - Pharmacy
Tel: (709) 777-8146
Fax: (709) 777-8113


 

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Eastern Health employs approximately 90 physiotherapists and 35 physiotherapy assistants in many of the programs and services provided across the region

Physiotherapists provide expertise in the restoration of mobility through the evaluation, treatment and prevention of limitations in movement that may be caused by illness, disease, injury, aging or inactivity.
 
Eastern Health is committed to the clinical education of physiotherapy students by offering a variety of placement opportunities. This ensures that the next generation of skilled physiotherapists can continue to support the overall health of our people and communities.

Placement opportunities

In preparing students to become qualified physiotherapists, clinical placements within Eastern Health are offered in core practice areas such as musculoskeletal, neurology, neurosurgery, medicine, surgical and cardiorespiratory practice areas. Placements encompass child and adult care and span outpatient, inpatient, rehabilitation, community and long-term care settings.

Integrated practice opportunities are also offered in specialized practice areas and Eastern Health is continuously committed to exploring new or emerging student placement opportunities.

How to apply for a placement

All physiotherapy clinical placements are coordinated via the respective Canadian institution and Eastern Health through the provincial clinical education coordinator.

Contact information
 
Kim Furlong, Physiotherapy Clinical Education Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Room 2765, Health Sciences Centre 
St. John’s, NL Canada A1B 3V6     
Telephone: (709) 777-7080
Fax: (709) 777-674       
Email: kim.furlong@mun.ca

International physiotherapy students seeking clinical placements should contact the National Association for Clinical Education in Physiotherapy (NACEP).

For students interested in exploring physiotherapy as a career, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association provides an overview of career information and a list Canadian universities that offer physiotherapy programs.  Further information is also available on the website of the Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs.
 

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology services are provided by numerous clinical psychologists, six psychometrists and four psychology residents to child, adolescent, adult and geriatric clients in a variety of areas. These areas include addictions, autism, community services, eating disorders, forensic, long-term care, medicine, mental health, neuropsychology, oncology, pain management, rehabilitation, surgery, rheumatology and women’s health.

Psychology staff work in both urban and rural areas including St. John’s, Harbour Grace, Clarenville, and Burin.

Placement opportunities

Eastern Health offers placements that encompass a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, with various populations and across many areas of practice. 

Psychology students must be at the graduate level and from clinical psychology programs to complete a practicum. Placements are typically offered for three to four months, either full-time or part-time. Summer placements are generally not offered due to supervisor availability. Students usually complete their placements in either child or adult mental health, but many other options are available based on supervisor availability. Students are typically supervised by registered psychologists.
 
Psychology pre-doctoral residents are accepted through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) matching process. Once matched through APPIC, residents are paid employees of Eastern Health with employee benefits. They complete major rotations in either child or adult mental health. Minor rotations are completed in assessment, supervision and a variety of other areas depending upon interest. Residents are typically supervised by doctorate level registered psychologists.

The Eastern Health Residency Training program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association..  For information on accreditation please contact:
  • The Office of Accreditation, Canadian Psychological Association (141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702 Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3; email: accreditationoffice@cpa.ca, phone: 613-237-2144 x328 or 1-888-472-0657 x328).

For full details, please see Eastern Health's Psychology Residency Brochure (PDF, 2017-2018).

How to apply for a placement

Student placements are coordinated through the regional professional practice consultant for psychology.  Students and/or schools are encouraged to contact the consultant to discuss placement options.

The consultant will determine if a suitable placement is available, and will arrange for the student to meet with the placement supervisor for a pre-placement interview to establish goals and objectives for the placement experience.
 
Contact information 

Regional Professional Practice Consultant – Psychology
Telephone: (709) 777-6150 
Email: bev.cater@easternhealth.ca

Further information on our residency program is available through our coordinator of clinical training for the psychology residency program:

Dr. Heather Sheppard
Coordinator of Clinical Training 
Telephone: (709) 777-7889 
Email: heather.sheppard@easternhealth.ca

The contact information for the CPA Office of Accreditation is the following:

Office of Accreditation
Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5J3
Phone: 613-237-2144 x328 or 1-888-472-0657 x328
 

PUBLIC HEALTH

Eastern Health is committed to supporting the next generation of public health professionals through placement opportunities with the public health team 
 
The practicum program is provided to individuals interested in pursuing a career in a public health environment, including the areas of public health information, health and disease surveillance, environmental public health, health promotion, communicable disease control, public health nursing, and chronic disease prevention and management.  Students will gain public health experience and develop practical job skills related to the Public Health Agency of Canada Core Competencies.

Placement opportunities

The Public Health Program offers up to two placements per semester to students studying in Canadian accredited programs, with a preference to Memorial University students. Placements may range from 12-16 weeks, depending on the program area. Students are supervised by a manager on the public health team.  As part of the learning experience, students will generally work in one area but will be expected to become familiar with activities across all the various public health program areas.  Students may be placed at any of the Eastern Health building locations. 

A typical work-site usually includes a telephone and a networked computer with access to MS Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Please note, there is no guarantee that stipendiary funding will be available.

How to apply for a placement

Eastern Health Public Health practicum positions will be posted for MUN Master of Public Health students in February/March for the following summer semester.  Memorial University Master of Public Health students should apply with a resume and cover letter to their program coordinator.  Students may also propose a specific practicum experience which may or may not be acceptable depending on the availability of supervisory personnel and/or program activity. Students outside of Memorial University should send a resume and letter of interest to the Public Health Program.

Students are selected based on their application, interview, and reference checks. Although all applications will be considered, only those who meet the specific project criteria will be accepted into the practicum. 
 

 

REHABILITATION ASSISTANTS (physiotherapy and occupational therapy)
 
Eastern Health employs approximately 90 physiotherapists, 35 physiotherapy assistants, 120 occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in many of the programs and services provided across the region. Throughout many communities served by Eastern Health, these health professionals assist patients, clients and residents in developing and/or regaining skills important for independent functioning, health and well-being.
 
Acknowledging the important role that rehabilitation assistants provide in physiotherapy and occupational therapy service delivery, Eastern Health is committed to the clinical education of rehabilitation assistant students and offers a variety of placement opportunities.
 
Placement opportunities

Eastern Health offers placements to physiotherapy and occupational therapy rehabilitation assistant students. Placements for rehabilitation assistant students are offered in many programs and sites across the organization, including child health, mental health and addictions, acute care, adult rehabilitation, long-term care and community settings.

How to apply for a placement

All rehabilitation assistant occupational therapy and physiotherapy assistant student placements are coordinated via the educational institution and Eastern Health’s Professional Practice department.

Contact information 

For more information contact:
Professional Practice Department
Tel: (709) 777-7673 Fax: (709) 777-8113

 

SEXOLOGY

Clinical Sexology Services are provided by a clinical sexologist who sees adult clients in an outpatient clinic through Eastern Health's Mental Health and Addictions Program. Services include the assessment and treatment of a variety of sexual issues and concerns for both individuals and couples. 

    Placement opportunities

    Clinical sexology students must be at the graduate level and come from a clinical program in order to complete a practicum at Eastern Health.

    How to apply for a placement

    Student placements are coordinated through the regional professional practice consultant for psychology.  Students and/or schools are encouraged to contact the consultant to discuss placement options.

    The consultant will determine if a suitable placement is available, and will arrange for the student to meet with the placement supervisor for a pre-placement interview to establish goals and objectives for the placement experience.
     
    Contact information 

    Regional Professional Practice Consultant – Psychology
    Telephone: (709) 777-6150
    Email: bev.cater@easternhealth.ca

     

     

    SOCIAL WORK

    Eastern Health is committed to providing field placement learning experiences to students from accredited schools of social work across Canada and internationally. Priority will be given to students of Memorial University, and to students from other universities who are employees of Eastern Health.
     
    Field placements offer students the opportunity to carry direct and indirect practice responsibilities, and apply knowledge and skills learned in the academic program.
     
    Placement opportunities

    Eastern Health will accommodate approximately 30 social work students (at the Bachelor and Master's level) each semester depending on the availability of field instructors. The length of the placement varies according to the requirements of the respective university. Normally, length ranges between five to 13 weeks. Placements must be completed during regular working hours rather than evenings/weekends as field instructors must be available to students.
     
    There are no paid field placements for social work students in Eastern Health. Employees of Eastern Health seeking field placements will not be approved to do so in their current (paid) program area. Students may be placed in any area including acute care, long-term/residential care, rehabilitation, etc. depending on availability of field instructors. There are approximately 340 social workers employed at Eastern Health in more than 14 programs in 92 physical locations. Urban and rural placements are available.

    How to apply for a placement

    Social work field placements are coordinated via Memorial University's School of Social Work and Eastern Health's professional practice consultant for social work. 

    All other students, including out-of-province students, interested in social work placements at Eastern Health should contact the regional professional practice consultant for social work.
     
    The consultant will determine if a suitable placement is available, and will arrange for the student to meet with the placement supervisor for a pre-placement interview to establish goals and objectives for the placement experience. 

    Contact information

    Regional Professional Practice Consultant - Social Work
    Tel: (709) 777-8105   Fax: (709) 777-8113
     

     
    THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

    Placement opportunities

    Placement/internship opportunities are available across Eastern Health programs areas and sites

    Placement opportunities offered include:

    • Recreation therapy worker student placements
    • Recreation specialist internship placements
    • Recreation specialist internship placements for national certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) 
    How to apply for a placement
     
    Student placements are coordinated through the professional practice office for therapeutic recreation.
     
    The professional practice office will determine if a suitable placement is available and will arrange a meeting with the placement supervisor for a pre-placement interview to establish goals and objectives for the placement experience.
     
    Contact information
     
    For more information, contact:
    Fax: 709-777-6981
     

     

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    Updated Nov 16, 2017