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  PT LINK                                       November 2018
Chair's Message

This November issue of PT Link features exciting news and updates in our department.
We recently celebrated our MScPT Graduating Class of 2018 at Fall Convocation. The department hosted an Awards Ceremony and Reception with
the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association, acknowledging the impressive accomplishments of our graduates. We wish our new graduates the very best as they embark on the next stage of their careers.
I am pleased to congratulate Drs. Barbara Gibson, Karen Yoshida and Virginia Wright on their promotion to full Professorship.  A celebration was held in their honour at Hart House in October, to recognize their important role in advancing the education, research and practice mandate of the Department.

I would also like to congratulate Drs. Brenda Mori, Euson Yeung and Dina Brooks on the creation of the first department of PT MOOC (Massive Open Online Curse) entitled: "Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise". This MOOC has been incredibly successful and currently has 935 active learners. More information on this 'free' course can be found on the PT website. Department of PT MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). As a follow-up to this MOOC, Brenda provided an article in The Star - "Doctor's Notes: How physiotherapy and exercise can help you age better." More on this article is provided further down in this issue of PT Link.

We extend our best wishes to Dr. Dina Brooks, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, as she takes on the role of Vice Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences) and Executive Director, School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University effective January 1, 2019.  Please join me in congratulating Dina as she embarks on this incredible opportunity. 

As the next edition of PT Link will in 2019, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Warm regards,

W. Darlene Reid, BMR (PT), PhD
Professor and Chair
Promotion to Full Professor
Congratulations to Drs. Karen Yoshida, Virginia Wright and Barbara Gibson on their promotion to Full Professor. A celebration in their honour took place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Hart House and was attended by many past students, colleagues, family and friends.

Professors Yoshida, Wright and Gibson are integral parts of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and play an important role in advancing the education, research and practice mandate of the Department. More
Congratulations to Dr. Dina Brooks! 
Professor Dina Brooks will be taking on the role of Vice Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences) and Executive Director, School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University effective January 1, 2019. We would like to congratulate Dina on this incredible opportunity and wish her well in her new role.  More
Professor Brenda Mori in the News
Prof. Mori's article: "Doctors’ Notes: How physiotherapy and exercise can help you age better" was featured in the Toronto Star on Sept. 3, 2018.  Brenda notes that physiotherapy and exercise do not only help with bad backs and broken limbs, but also with managing serious diseases like cancer and heart conditions. Please following link to read full story:
Congratulations Class of 2018!
On November 6, 2018, the Physical Therapy Class of 2018 convocated. The Department held an awards ceremony and an official graduation ceremony took place at Convocation Hall.  Congratulations to our MScPT graduates! A full list of our 2018 convocation award recipients is available on the PT website. More 
Congratulations to Lisa Wickerson on successfully defending her PhD on October 24th, under co-supervision of Professors Dina Brooks and Sunita Mathur. 

Curriculum Committee Webinar - Save the Date!

The Curriculum Committee is pleased to launch the new MScPT curriculum to start in September 2019.

The new educational pillars and changes in the curriculum will be presented in an interactive webinar on Tuesday, December 11, from 12:15 to 1:00 pm.. We welcome all of our PT community to log onto this session at:  Please save the date and share with your physiotherapy colleagues.

Call for Status-Only and Adjunct Lecturer Appointments 2018/19
The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, and Department of Speech-Language Pathology are currently accepting applications for INITIAL AND RE-APPOINTMENT for Status-Only and Adjunct Appointments for the term beginning July 1, 2019. DEADLINES: Initial Application-January 15, 2019, Re-Appointment Application-January 31, 2019
We invite you to apply. More
Introducing iWalk - Webinar on Nov. 29 at 12:00 pm EST
Dr. Nancy Salbach, and the team in the Knowledge to Action (KTA) Research Laboratory, have developed iWalk: a toolkit using a guideline implementability framework to facilitate an evidence-informed approach to using the 10-metre and 6-minute walk tests post-stroke. 

The toolkit consists of the iWalk Guide, iWalk Videos, and the iWalkAssess app. It is designed to help physical therapists and other health providers to administer the 10mWT and the 6MWT with people post-stroke, to interpret test performance using available research evidence, educate patients about test performance and set goals for each test; and select treatments with potential to improve walking speed and distance

Dr. Salbach will be presenting a webinar on the iWalk Toolkit, hosted by the Central East Stroke Network, on November 29 at 12:00 pm EST. Please click on the following link to register. More

Please follow the attached link for more information and instructions to download the iWalkAssess app to your smartphone. More
Greetings from the Physical Therapy Student Association!
We have had a great and busy start to our year! We welcomed 100 new PT students to 500 University, raised money for 2 different charitable organizations, and more. Here are a few things that we have been up to over the last few months:

September: Orientation Month
The month of September was dedicated to Orientation Month. We organized ten events for first year students to attend as part of their orientation to UofT’s Physical Therapy Program. Events included a Scavenger Hunt, OPA Introduction Session, Boat Cruise and more! A very special thank you to all of our second year students that volunteered their time to make Orientation Month possible, we could not have done it without you!

We also piloted a new mentorship program this year, and had voluntary involvement from 87 mentors and 90 mentees! Mentees had access to their mentors over the summer, and we ask mentors to check in with their mentees at different “check points” throughout the year.

October: Food Drive  & Clothing Sale
We teamed up with Speech and Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy for a Food Drive in October. In only 3 days our rehab students collected 422 food items and $871. All proceeds were delivered to the Missisauga Food Bank.

First and second year students had the opportunity to participate in our PT clothing order--clothing to arrive in January 2019!  

November: Movember
PT supports mens health in partnership with the PT Advocacy Club.  Our students are currently raising funds for Movember by participating in Move for Movember, or growing moustaches.

Currently our second year students are on placement, and our first year students are preparing for their anatomy test and first practical skills examination. We are wishing everyone the best during this chapter of PT, and cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us.

Want to know more about what our PT students have been up to? Follow us on social media!
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Continuing Education
in Physical Therapy
Upcoming Offerings

Functional Electrical Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation
A 6-Week Online Course Presented Dr. Kristin Musselman, PhD
February 13-April 3, 2019
Early-bird rates available until January 27, 2019!

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a valuable therapeutic tool for physical and occupational therapists alike. Both will benefit from the evidence-based, clinically focused approach to FES provided in this fully online course, which includes six weeks of instruction comprised of pre-recorded lectures, live weekly webinars, self-directed hands-on activities, additional readings, and online quizzes. The course is designed for therapists based nationally and internationally to advance their knowledge and practice in the use of FES.
For further information or to register: Click here.

Diabetes Educator Certificate Program
A 13-Week Online Course Presented Mireille Landry, PT, MSc, and Nicola Farnell, NP

February 14-May 23, 2019
Early-bird rates available until January 27, 2019!
This fully online certificate program is designed to provide regulated health care professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to manage and educate patients with Diabetes. This course reflects competencies described in the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB) Handbook and as such will help prepare health care professionals and educators to write the Canadian Diabetes Educator Examination to become certified in Canada to work as a diabetes educator.
For further information or to register: Click here.
Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) Pass Rates:

The OIEPB Team is proud to share how our cohorts of internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) have performed on the national competency exams conducted by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators over the past 7 years.

The PCE Clinical Component exam pass rate for our bridge learners is 86.8% compared to a pass rate of 42% for IEPTs with no bridge training and 83% pass rate for Canadian-trained physiotherapists.

The impact of the bridging program is not only reflected in the exam success rates for our learners but also within the Ontario labour force. With a 100% employment rate, our Alumni are integrated into the healthcare system helping fellow Ontarians improve their quality of life and continue to live optimally within their communities. 
These successes were possible with the support of the University of Toronto’s Department of Physical Therapy, our clinical and community partners and above all the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Government of Ontario. Thank you all and we look forward to continuing our partnerships. 
Hari G. Nair, 2018 OIEPB Grad in the News: 
Hari is a recent graduate of the bridging program and recipient of the 2018 Clinical Excellence Award. He left his family, friends and physiotherapy practice behind in India to start his new life in Canada. His goal was to continue practicing as a physiotherapist so he knew the bridging program in Ontario could help him realize his goal.

Today, Hari is licensed to practice and has a dual role at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) in their Total Joint and Chronic Pain Programs. Hari’s part of the healthcare team at Women’s College Hospital’s Outpatient Hip-Replacement Surgery Program and transforming lives as featured in a Toronto Star news article.

Hari also practices and shares his clinical expertise at Trilliuim Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, ON. He also finds time to volunteer with the Masters and Bridging Programs in the Department of Physical Therapy at U of T and continues to act a mentor to OIEPB Alumni.
Learn more about Hari’s journey to licensing and practice by visiting our Bridging Stories webpage.
Women’s College Hospital patient K. Noguchi is up and walking with Physiotherapist Hari Nair after her morning hip-replacement surgery. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star
Adiilah Heenaye Sumser Opens Dome Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic in Oakville, ON

Adiilah left her home country of Mauritius to join the bridging program at the University of Toronto. As Class President of her graduating Class of 2017, she was the proud recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award and is now a registered bilingual Physiotherapist in English and French.

Adiilah recently opened Dome Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic located in Oakville, ON. As the Clinical Director, she has 10 years of experience specializing in Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Therapy. Along with her clinical practice, Adiilah continues to volunteer in the Masters and Bridging Programs in the PT Department where she enjoys giving back to the profession.

Learn more about Adiilah’s clinic and how the bridging program has impacted her life by watching this video.
Sharon Switzer McIntyre, OIEPB Director, Adiilah Heenaye Sumser, OIEPB Alumnus, and Martine Quesnel, Clinical Education Coordinator. Photo: Mike Schroeder/Nanomyte Studios
WHD Call for Speakers/Volunteers
The Women's Health Division (WHD) of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) is organizing a speaker series to highlight research on women’s health as it relates to physiotherapy or exercise science! The talks will be held at different Physiotherapy programs across Canada, recorded, and posted online to be accessible to members of the WHD.  We are looking for Researchers/PTs who would be interested in presenting. Suggested topics include: bone health, domestic violence, HIV and AIDS, pelvic floor dysfunction related to continence issues or sexual function, lymphedema, or cardiovascular disease issues that are particularly relevant to women, etc.

We are also looking for PT students who would like to get involved with the WHD by: hosting a speaker at their school, advertising the event to their classmates and recording the talk and sending it to

Please contact Hayley O'Hara if you are interested in participating as a speaker or hosting an event at your school: 
McGill University - Call for Trainees
Pain Research Scholarship opportunity at McGill University with Dr. Timothy H. Wideman, PT, PhD., School of Physical and Occupational Therapy Degree/Fellowship MSc(Thesis), PhD or Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences.  More
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