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                                                                                                  Summer 2016 | Volume 12 Number 4 

Photograph of students outside of University College.
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Message from the Chair

Summer is finally here! Our department has much to celebrate (besides the long awaited arrival of warm, sunny weather). First, I invite you to join our Recognition and Exceptional Awards Ceremony and Research Day on July 20, as we acknowledge the accomplishments of our faculty and students. Student research projects will be featured in the morning followed by the faculty awards ceremony. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the innovative student research going on in our department.

Many awards and advancements have made us incredibly proud over the past couple months. Euson Yeung has received the CPA Mentorship Award, and he is profiled in this edition of PT Link. Dina Brooks has won the Canadian Lung Association's Honorary Life Membership Award, while our own Beverly Bulmer was appointed Vice-President, Education at St. Michael's Hospital.

This issue also highlights our students’ community service, and presents a series of PhD Profiles, sharing the impressive contributions our MScPT and graduate students are making within rehabilitation. You will also see that our department is being featured in the Toronto Star’s Doctor’s Notes column, as well as the Faculty of Medicine news.

Lastly, I encourage you to check out our Mini-Physio School, a unique lecture series that will provide members of the community the opportunity to learn about physical therapy. If you have a family member, friend or colleague who would like to learn more about physical therapy, this course will provide great insights.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!

Warm regards,

W. Darlene Reid, BMR (PT), PhD
Professor and Chair

MScPT Student Research Day
Recognition and Exceptional Awards Ceremony


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Research Day: 8:00 am - 11:30 am 

Lunch & Awards Ceremony: 12:30 pm - 1:30pm

Medical Sciences Building: Stone Lobby & MacLeod Auditorium


The Department of Physical Therapy invites you to attend MScPT Student Research Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of students and advisers as we showcase their research projects in poster presentations. A lunch and our Recognition and Exceptional Awards Ceremony will follow.  We look forward to seeing you on July 20!

PT Link Profile: Dr. Euson Yeung

Dr. Euson Yeung is an orthopaedic manual physical therapist who is passionate about excellence in education. He is focused on improving the care provided by health professionals, and enhancing how learners are prepared for practice.  Dr. Yeung also strives to find new ways of maintaining high standards of practice. His current work as a clinician, educator and researcher is inspired by over 20 years of experience in diverse clinical and educational settings. 

As a member of the Department of Physical Therapy since 2004, Dr. Yeung has coordinated and taught within the Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice course in the MScPT program. He has also served as a clinical advisor for 8 MScPT student research projects.  As a result of his strong interest in improving the practice of education, Dr. Yeung has been involved in a range of curriculum development initiatives within the Department of Physical Therapy, the Centre for Faculty Development, and the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).
Dr. Yeung completed a Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA and is currently an instructor and examiner within this post-licensure training program.  His sustained involvement with the Education Committee of the Orthopaedic Division inspired his pursuit of a Master of Education. His subsequent doctoral studies focused on improving the rigour with which clinical reasoning is assessed in a high-stakes certification context. 

Dr. Yeung’s doctoral work has resulted in a new method of assessing clinical reasoning for certification in orthopaedic manual therapy.  This work has been presented at several national and international conferences, and is being adopted as a new method of assessment by the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA. He continues to partner with the Orthopaedic Division, and is currently leading a project to improve the coherence of assessment methods utilized in the certification of orthopaedic manual therapists in Canada.
Dr. Yeung’s work aims to equip health professionals to face the multitude of challenges in an evolving health care system.  His research draws from his expertise as an orthopedic physiotherapist and educator, and focuses on two specific objectives: 
1) advancing our understanding of the complex relationship between learner assessment and learning behaviours in professional education.
2) developing robust and rigorous programs of assessment that benefit all stakeholders.  
Dr. Yeung has won multiple awards from the Department of Physical Therapy, acknowledging his excellence in practice and teaching.  He was recently awarded the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Mentorship Award which recognizes his sustained contribution as a mentor to physical therapy students and physiotherapists pursuing training in orthopaedic manual therapy. 

2016 Canadian Physiotherapy Association Mentorship Award

Dr. Euson Yeung has been awarded the 2016 CPA Mentorship Award.

The CPA Mentorship Award honours a member who has provided inspirational mentorship and acted as a role-model for professionalism and volunteerism. Dr. Yeung has been selected on account of his truly unique approach to teaching and mentorship.

PT in the News

A New Wave of Physiotherapy Research
The Faculty of Medicine news highlights critical disability and rehabilitation research at U of T.

Keep an eye out for the August 1 edition of the Toronto Star. Sport physical therapist and U of T alumni Nancy Quinn has written a Doctor's Notes column about sport and physical activity for children of different abilities.
Awards & Advancements
Dr. Dina Brooks Receives the Canadian Lung Association's Honorary Life Membership Award

Beverly Bulmer Appointed Vice-President, Education at St. Michael's Hospital

RSI Graduate Dr. Gail Teachman Receives Governor General's Gold Medal

Dr. Dina Brooks and Dr. George Mochizuki Receive Rehabilitation Sciences Institute Awards

Dr. Aileen Davis Receives 2016 Physical Therapy Alumni Achievement Award
Innovations & Publications

Dr. Brenda Mori Launches Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance (ACP)
Dr. Mori has developed a new assessment tool for physical therapy students in clinical education.

Dr. Kelly O'Brien Studies Effectiveness of Aerobic Exercise for Adults Living with HIV
Dr. O’Brien has published a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of aerobic exercise for adults living with HIV in BMC Infectious Diseases.

Department of Physical Therapy Professors Shine Light on HIV, Aging and Rehabilitation
Dr. Kelly O'Brien and Dr. Stephanie Nixon shared emerging evidence at the 25th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV Rehabilitation Research.
PhD Profiles
Dr. Gail Teachman
Integrated yet excluded? Dr. Teachman explores how young people with impairments are affected by dominant social understandings of inclusion.

Patrick Jachyra
Get the ball rolling! Patrick researches physical activity participation among youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jenny Setchell
Weight a minute: Jenny examines obesity stigma in rehabilitation.

Fady Shanouda
"Passing" university: Fady explores disability disclosure in higher education

Mini-Physio School


Be a physiotherapist for 6 weeks!

Mini-Physio School will provide members of the community with an opportunity to learn about physical therapy. This unique lecture series will provide participants with basic knowledge and skills to support them in accessing and using physical therapy-related information.

A 2 hour session on important topics will be held each week from October 11 to November 15, 2016.

Dates: Tuesdays after Thanksgiving for a period of 6 weeks (October 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Rehabilitation Sciences Building, 500 University Ave, Toronto
PT & Our Community
Physical therapy students made a difference in the lives of special athletes!

Department of Physical Therapy students volunteered their skills at the 2016 Special Olympics Ontario FUNfitness Screening.

On June 2, 2016, Special Olympics Ontario hosted a FUNfitness screening program, providing Special Olympic athletes an opportunity to assess their flexibility, balance, strength and cardiovascular fitness.

Eleven U of T physical therapy students, including OIEPB graduates, shared their clinical skills to assess the athletes. Services included measuring range of movement, strength testing, balance assessment, and aerobic fitness testing.

The PT Dragon Boat Team

Student Council Update

Happy summer from the PT Student Council!


Second-year students have completed their Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal unit and are now working on completing their research projects, which will culminate with the MScPT Student Research Day on Wednesday, July 20, where students will have the opportunity to present their findings and their poster. First-year students are now half-way through their Neurological PT Practice unit, which will keep them busy until the fall, at which point they will start working on their ethics protocols for their research projects.


A small group of students attended the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress in Victoria, British Columbia in May. The students had the opportunity to attend Simon Whitfield’s keynote talk, as well as attend numerous informative sessions and networking opportunities.


Student Council recently ran a clothing swap event in conjunction with OT. Students brought in and swapped clothing items, and remaining garments were donated to a local clothing drive.


Our annual PT/OT job fair took place on Thursday, June 23, which was a great opportunity for students to speak with numerous employers about potential future opportunities and their workplaces.


Additionally, the PT Dragon Boat Team recently competed in a regatta at the Toronto Islands, placing first in their pool (pictured above).


The graduating students are eagerly looking forward to Grad Formal which will take place on July 21 at the Eglinton Grand. We are also happy and excited to announce that the incoming student council representatives for the 2016-2017 year have been elected, and are working hard to plan Orientation Month for the incoming students in September.

Kind Regards,

Mujeeb Duranai
PT Student Council President 2015-2016
OIEPB Program Updates

Comprehensive Program:
New and exciting changes will be happening next year with the 10 month OIEPB comprehensive program. As always, we strive to deliver the best programming possible for internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) and assist them in their journey to physical therapy practice in Canada. Over the next few months, our website will be updated, so stay tuned!
We will start accepting applications in September for the next cohort Class of 2018. Please visit our website for more info about our admissions process and assessment day.
What is assessment day? Watch our video to learn more or attend an upcoming information session this coming fall. Info sessions are free! Just sign up online once dates are posted.
New OIEPB Videos:
Discover more about the OIEPB program by watching our latest YouTube video entitled Celebrating Success with the OIEPB  Program on the Department of Physical Therapy’s YouTube channel Utoronto PT. View more videos and don’t forget to subscribe
Physical Therapy and the Canadian Health Care System Online Course:
This 6 week online course fills the Alliance gap of Context of Physiotherapy Practice in Canada. Internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) will gain an understanding of the Canadian health care system, culture and context for practice.  A diverse range of topics are covered including cultural competence, the role of the federal and provincial governments, acts and regulations guiding PT practice and client-centered care in a variety of PT roles and settings.

Upcoming Session Dates:
Fall Session: Sept 22, 2016 – Nov 3, 2016  Registration is now open!
Winter Session 2017:  Jan19, 2017 – March 2, 2017
Spring Session 2017: April 6, 2017 – May 18, 2017

Visit our website for more course details.  

OSCE A and OSCE B Workshops:

OSCE A: Preparation and Practice
This workshop assists participants in identifying a study plan, study strategies, and knowledge or skills that are required for successful completion of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) such as the Clinical Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam.
The workshop is focused on performance tips and study strategies. Registration is now open.
OSCE B: Practice Exam
This half-day OSCE workshop provides the opportunity to cycle through multiple formal OSCE stations, both written and practical, with standardized patients and skilled clinicians as examiners. You receive examiner Feedback once you complete the station!
We value your feedback and have added more session dates and OSCE B practice stations for you! Choose from the BLUE or the RED Bank of stations.

Choose one or more of our OSCE Workshops if you would like to go through practice stations before you challenge the PCE.  

Visit our OSCE webpage to choose the session you want and sign up now to confirm your spot.
Cardiorespiratory PT Refresher Course:
Are you preparing to move into cardiorespiratory PT practice?  Have you been shifted into a cardioresp unit at your hospital?  Are you hoping to help your patients/clients better?
This Refresher Course creates opportunities to refresh knowledge and skills in cardiorespiratory PT practice before entering or returning to this practice area. Topics include assessment, treatment, client-centred management and discharge planning of acute and chronic respiratory conditions. Computerized simulation mannequins will be used extensively during the on-site workshops to provide a realistic environment to practice suctioning and many other skills. This course focuses on practice with adult clients. The course is offered Monday, January 16, 2017 – Sunday, March 5, 2017.
Course website and online application form  

Contact: Robin Prince at, 416-946-3414.

NMSK PT: Focus on Peripheral Joints – PT Refresher Course
Are you looking for opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills in the PT practice area of Peripheral Joints? Are you planning to move into this area or preparing for the physiotherapy competency exam (PCE)?

In Focus on Peripheral Joints, PT skills related to screening, assessment and treatment of injuries and conditions relevant to peripheral joints will be considered. Practice and integration of skills and clinical reasoning will occur through case studies, review of best practices and current literature, an online discussion board, and hands-on practice during an on-site weekend workshop. This course focuses on practice with adult clients. The course is offered Wednesday, October 5 – Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Course website and online application form

Contact: Robin Prince at, 416-946-3414.


Continuing Education and Professional Development Courses

Diabetes Educator Certificate Program
September 26 - November 30, 2016
This fully online course is designed to provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to manage and educate patients with diabetes. This course reflects the competencies as described in the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB) Handbook, and 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. This course will enhance participant’s knowledge on all aspects of diabetes management including disease process, glycemic targets, medication/nutritional management, diabetic complications as well as the education theory and self-management strategies that can enhance the education of patients living with or at risk for diabetes. Participants enrolled in this program are expected to complete six modules requirements within a twelve week time frame.


Teaching Mobility to Personal Support Workers in Ontario
A Course for Physical Therapists.
October 1, 2016

This half day course will provide physical therapists who are interested in teaching with the knowledge and skills to teach Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in accredited programs in Ontario. The program is designed so that PTs can implement teaching and lesson plans related to mobility for PSWs immediately in a classroom and practical lab. PSWs function as part of a health care team to provide hands-on assistance to individuals in their homes and other community settings. There is a growing cadre of PSWs given the Ontario demographic and the economic drive to provide care in the home rather than hospital. One key function of PSWs is to assist individuals with their mobilization through transfers, ambulation and range of motion exercises. Recent changes to the accreditation standards have specified that the content related to mobility is to be taught by physical therapists who specialize in this area. This course will support physical therapists’ knowledge and skills in curriculum development, content delivery and evaluation classroom.


Oxygen Administration and Titration for Physical Therapists
 An online course.  
This course is open to other Regulated Health Professionals who work under delegation or medical directives.
October 20-262016
This fully online course will focus on the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for physical therapists to provide safe and effective oxygen administration and titration to patients across the continuum of care. Pathophysiological causes of respiratory conditions and complications such as hypoxemia will be discussed in the context of physical therapy interventions including oxygen titration, exercise and mobilization. To complement a sound theoretical overview, case based learning with simulation using video to demonstrate oxygen administration and titration will be provided. Participants are expected to complete the course in a one week period.



Electrophysical Agents: an Evidence Informed Clinical Review and Update
 A five week live webinar series held Wednesdays.
October 12–November 9, 2016
Electrophysical agents (EPAs) are those modalities that administer thermal, mechanical, electromagnetic, electrical and light energy to the patient to provide physiological effects and therapeutic benefits. They are primarily used in physiotherapy practice as an adjunct to other treatment and management techniques. Participants will examine the following EPAs: superficial heat, cryotherapy, shortwave diathermy, TENS, IFC, Low Level Laser Therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.


Exercise Training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: a Practical Approach
November 12-132016

This hands-on course is offered by the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and includes an interactive online component prior to the hands-on weekend workshop. This course will provide an evidence-based overview of pulmonary rehabilitation with a special focus on exercise that will be relevant for rehabilitation and exercise professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about exercise limitation and general training principles. They will administer and interpret the results of various exercise and functional tests commonly used in pulmonary rehabilitation programs such as field tests (6 Minute Walk, Incremental Shuttle Walk and Endurance Walk Test), strength, balance and inspiratory muscle testing and training. Oxygen therapy in the pulmonary rehabilitation setting will also be presented. A case study approach to exercise prescription will accompany the hands-on components.




Pain Sciences Division of CPA Hosts Pain Unconference

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Location: Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON

What is an UnConference and how is this different from a conference?

"UnConferences" are events run by participants. Attendees can submit topics or challenges, set the agenda for what’s discussed, lead the sessions and create an environment of innovation and productive discussion.

Instead of passive listening, all attendees and organizers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees.

Why come to the 1st Pain UnConference?
  • Learn some basic tools we can use as PTs to manage psychological issues for patients with pain.
  • Identify practical strategies for explaining pain.
  • Contribute to advancing the profession by having your ideas incorporated into a position paper on how PTs can use psychological approaches in their practice.
  • Meet other motivated clinicians.
The conference includes keynote lectures by Dr. Adriaan Louw and Dr. Bronnie Lennox-Thompson. In addition, workshop participants will work through case studies with facilitators.

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