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Student Life

During your time as a student in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University, you will be in classes with some of the very best students in the country, and the world. This creates a rich community where you will learn from each other as well as your professors. We hope you participate in the extracurricular activities the School of Medicine provides students.


The essence of WUSOTA (Washington University Student Occupational Therapy Association) is to promote the field of occupational therapy through service. Each month, the organization explores various areas of occupational therapy practice and provides volunteer services to many parts of the community. Not only does WUSOTA provide an extra-curricular outlet for students aside from schoolwork, it also facilitates the development of friendships among the members and allows the students in occupational therapy to explore and participate in the St. Louis community.

Pi Theta Epsilon (Xi Chapter)

Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) is a national honor society for occupational therapy students enrolled in professional programs at accredited schools across the U.S. (and alumni can maintain membership). Students who meet the eligibility requirements are extended an invitation to join Pi Theta in January of each year. 

Arts Commission

The Arts Commission is a student group dedicated to promoting the arts in the Washington University medical school community. They organize the Coffeehouse Concert Series three times a year, featuring a variety of talented students including soloists, poets, a capella groups like the Histones, and even clowns! The Arts Commission also publishes Hippocrene, the School of Medicine’s literary and visual arts magazine, puts on a winter concert for students, faculty and staff of the School of Medicine, and organizes an art show each year.

Other Activities

Though their accomplishments in healthcare often take center stage, our students are also talented artists, singers, athletes and philanthropists who thrive on fulfilling their desire to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Dozens of campus groups and activities—many of them student initiated and run—allow School of Medicine students to develop these passions in areas including community service, civic activism and artistic expression

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