Tess De Las Alas, MS, OTR/L Earns Award
Friday, Jan 30, 2009
Tess de las Alas, MS, OTR/L to Receive the 2009 Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award
Tess de las Alas, MS, OTR/L, occupational therapist at The Hospital at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh will receive the 2009 Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award at Duquesne University’s 2009 Occupational Therapy Celebration to be held today.
Winners of the Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award are nominated by student fieldworkers and evaluated by a committee of Duquesne University faculty in a “blinded” selection process, where names are removed from the nomination paperwork during the selection process in order to remove bias. Nominees are evaluated on their professionalism, interpersonal communication and clinical knowledge. Tess was nominated by occupational therapy student Jackie Murtha whom she supervised during her work in The Hospital at The Children’s Institute.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” says Tess. “Jackie was so eager to learn, it was an enjoyable experience to be her clinical instructor and mentor. Without the help and support of coworkers who were also instrumental in her fieldwork, I could not have received this recognition.”
Duquesne University has been awarding the Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award for more than ten years. Tess was one of five nominees this year.
Tess has worked at The Hospital at The Children’s Institute for two years, and has practiced occupational therapy for eight years. Tess has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa and earned a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.
Tess currently resides in Venetia, Pa.
The Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award was given following the Alumni Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and prior to the keynote speaker at 1:30 p.m. at the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University.