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 PT Link - May 2019

Chair's Message

Welcome to the Spring 2019 issue of PT Link. It has been a busy four months in the Department. We completed the first phase of our accreditation response and submitted a report in February. Thank you to all who provided input and feedback with special thanks to Profs. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre and Brenda Mori for spearheading the effort.

In other exciting news we are launching the new MScPT curriculum in September. Check out our great introductory videos on the website Renewed Curriculum 2019-2021 which highlight our curriculum vision.
In March we also held the graduation ceremony for our Ontario Internationally Educated Physiotherapists class of 2019, a wonderful event that makes you proud to be Canadian. Finally the highlight of the past two months has been the excitement generated by our Massive Open Online Course or MOOC entitled “Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise". This was offered free of charge to UofT alumni as part of Alumni engagement and close to 5000 alumni from over 30 countries registered. The kick-off event at the Board of Trade was especially fun with our four MOOC instructors: Dina Brooks, Euson Yeung, Agnes Makowski, and Brenda Mori introducing the topic and generating lively discussion. As you can see this is a packed newsletter with lots to celebrate so in our effort to keep you as up to date as possible we will be publishing PT Link on a monthly basis. Enjoy the spring weather!


Susan Jaglal, PhD, FCAHS
Interim Chair and Professor
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launch was held on Thursday, January 17th at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, lead by Professors Euson Yeung, Dina Brooks, Brenda Mori and Agnes Makowski, with 250 in attendance and a live-streamed audience. U of T Alumni were inspired and excited for the release of the MOOC.

Almost 4700 U of T Alumni registered for the MOOC - Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise. They had access to the MOOC for 6 weeks between January and March 2019.  U of T keeps Alumni connected to their community and opportunities to keep on learning. Congratulations to the MOOC Team on the successful launch and release of the course.
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Grants and Awards 

Congratulations to faculty and students on their exceptional achievements and contributions.

Dr. Cindy Gauthier is the recipient of the Rick and Amanda Hansen Post-doctoral Fellowship, in Partnership with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute.  Read more 

Dr. Kelly O'Brien was awarded the 2019 CAHR - CANFAR  Excellence in Research Award in the Clinical Sciences track. Read more

Dr. Dina Brooks has been appointed as the National Sanitarium Association Chair (NSA) in Respiratory Rehabilitation Research at West Park Healthcare Centre.  Read more


Dr. Kelly O'Brien
Title: Bridging Community Research Partnerships in HIV and Rehabilitation. Evaluating the Implementation of a Physical Therapy Model of Care and Patient-Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) of Disability in an interdisciplinary HIV Community-Based Care Setting. 
Funder: Connaught Community Partnership Research Program, University of Toronto

Dr. Susan Jaglal 
Title: An online self-management program for spinal cord injury: US edition.
Funder:  The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation 

Dr. Karen Yoshida
Title: Mobilizing Disability Studies Scholarship in non-Disability Studies academic spaces. Developing the foundation for knowledge sharing and research collaborations.
Funder:  SSHRC (Social Sciences & Humanities Research)
Disney-Pixar's 'Bao' creator wins Oscar
Congratulations to Ningsha Zhong, a staff member in the Department of Physical Therapy, on her daughter, Domee Shi's, Oscar award. Domee Shi, and producer Becky Neiman-Cobb received the Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film for Pixar’s Bao, which opened ahead of Incredibles 2Read more

Gordon Cressy Leadership Award!

Zach Bergeron, a second-year MScPT student has been awarded a Gordon Cressy Leadership Award! This award recognizes students who have made exceptional extra-curricular contributions at the University, Faculty, Department, and/or College level. Zach received his award on April 22, 2019. Read more
Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Awards – Call for Nominations

We are now receiving nominations for the Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Awards!  Each year, the Department of Physical Therapy acknowledges individuals who have provided great learning environments, guidance, supervision, or have been inspirational to our students with Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Awards.  Recognition award recipients can be faculty members, clinical instructors, small group facilitators, lab demonstrators, teaching assistants, or other educators.  Recipients can also be an entire site/team. The nominators can be students, clinicians or faculty.
The Department of Physical Therapy Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Department of Physical Therapy Research Day on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) at the University of Toronto. 
If you would like to nominate an individual or site/team for an award, please complete the nomination form at this link. The deadline for nominations is Friday May 31, 2019  
Gratitude and in Memoriam
The Department of Physical Therapy is truly grateful to (Miriam) Fearnley Smith (Dip PT 4T9) of Port Hope, Ontario, for her generous estate gift.  Ms Smith passed away March 9, 2018 leaving a gift in her will to the Department to be used for those priorities as determined by the Chair. 
We’d like to thank and offer our condolences to the friends and family of Ms Smith, a committed alumna of the Department of Physical Therapy and the University of Toronto. 
If you are interested in discussing an estate gift to the Department of Physical Therapy, please contact Katie Rock at 416-559-2731 or 
OIEPB Program Update:
As we prepare for the new incoming Class of 2020, we extend our Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2019!

It was only 10 months ago that these internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) from around the world came together to join the OIEPB program in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. During this time, the bridging program helped them refresh their physical therapy skills both academically and clinically, navigate the licensure process and build up their professional network as they transition their careers in Canada. The culmination of all their hard work was celebrated with a Graduation and Awards Ceremony at the U of T Faculty Club. Read the full story here.

Alumni in the News:
Internationally Educated Physiotherapists Start Their Canadian Careers at U of T

After immigrating to Canada, many internationally-trained physiotherapists face challenges in getting licensed and finding work. Navigating the complexities of the system as a newcomer can be overwhelming and frustrating.
Three of the newest OIEPB Alumni, Juliana D., Vasanth R. and Veecymole P. share their experiences and how the bridging program has impacted their lives. Read the full story here.

Q & A on studying Physiotherapy in Canada as a mature students:
Sujan Renagarajan moved to Canada after completing his Masters in Physiotherapy. He graduated from the OIEPB program in 2017. Originally from Tamil Nadu, he is now a qualified Canadian physiotherapist employed at Southlake Regional Health Centre, and as a clinical research associate at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, the largest trauma centre in Canada. Read about his journey here.
The College of Physiotherapist of Ontario
Are you about to register or just recently got your licence in Ontario? There are a few things you need to remember as you start your career. It's important to meet your professional obligations and ensure safe and ethical care for patients. The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario provides important information to help you through the process. Watch their video here.

Physiotherapy Practice Within the Canadian Health Care Context

The CAPR approved 6-week online course gives internationally educated physiotherapists an understanding of the Canadian health care system, culture and context for practice. The Summer Session begins June 6 - July 17, 2019. For registration information, click here.

The OIEPB Program is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

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