Columbia OT Students Compete in St. Catherine’s Challenge

In December, MS2 students Kelsey Mezrahi, Amanda Rudnick, and Sabah Hashmi organized a silent auction benefiting the AOTF St. Catherine’s Challenge. All auction items were donated and they were even lucky enough to have the professors involved.  Several professors donated themselves to spend some quality one-on-one time getting to know the winning students better!

Auction organizers with faculty members Dr. Dawn Nilsen, SOTA advisor, and Program Director Dr. Janet Falk-Kessler Auction organizers with faculty members Dr. Dawn Nilsen and Dr. Janet Falk-Kessler.

 

The AOTF St. Catherine Challenge is a student-led initiative to support the profession of occupational therapy by raising funds for occupational therapy research grants provided by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Supporting occupational therapy research means helping expand support for effective treatment methods which can improve treatment outcomes for patients in the US and across the globe. The AOTF provides funding for research across multiple domains including mental health, pediatrics, geriatrics, and physical disabilities.

The auction drew students, faculty, and staff. The auction drew students, faculty, and staff.

Columbia University participated for the first time last year and the students rallied together to raise the second most funds of any other school participating. In their first year, the students raised $3441 on behalf of St. Catherine’s Challenge and reached the gold level, and this year they plan to double it.  Anyone interested in donating can find more information here.

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