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Message from the Chair

September is here, commencing a new academic year for our MScPT students! We hope that our Class of 2017 had a fun and safe summer break, and we welcome our new Class of 2018!
To kick-start the year, we are hosting a Meet the Faculty Wine and Cheese on October 3rd, and encourage faculty and students to attend. This event will provide our MScPT students a unique opportunity to get to know their mentors. We are also hosting a Mini-Physio School starting October 11, providing members of our local community with the opportunity to learn more about physical therapy.
With the 2016 Rio Olympics having come to a close, and the Paralympic Games in full swing, we are incredibly proud of alumnus Shelley Gautier who will compete for paracycling medals on September 16. In addition, two of our lecturers lent their skills and expertise to the Games as members of the Health Sciences Teams for Team Canada. The PT in the News section of this issue highlights the importance of physical therapy for athletes of all abilities.
Our department is excited for another academic year of education, innovation, and perhaps a few pumpkin spice lattes along the way.
Warm regards,

W. Darlene Reid, BMR (PT), PhD
Professor and Chair
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Meet the Faculty Wine & Cheese

The Department of Physical Therapy is hosting an event to provide MScPT students the opportunity to get to know their faculty over wine, cheese and games!

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Location: Rehab Sciences Building (Alumni Cafe & Room 140)

Space is limited! Students and faculty: you've gouda RSVP brie-fore it's too late!

PT Link Profile: Dr. Karen K. Yoshida

Karen Yoshida, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She is a full member of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, is cross appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Social and Behavioural Health Science Division), and a mentor in the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health at University of Toronto.
She received her PhD in Community Health (Sociology of Health /Disability) in 1991 at the University of Toronto, and was an Ontario Ministry of Health Career Scientist in Rehabilitation and Disability between 1992- 2003. In 2008, Dr. Yoshida was a Fellow in Columbia University’s Summer Institute on Oral History, titled Narrating the Body: Oral History, Narrative and Embodied Performance.
Dr. Yoshida is a Critical Disability scholar and conducts her teaching and research from this critical lens. She has worked in equitable teaching and research partnerships related to Disability Studies for the past 20+ years, and initiated and leads an innovative Critical Disability Studies and diversity component in the MScPT program in the Department of Physical Therapy.
In addition, Dr. Yoshida co-developed and teaches a course entitled Disability, Embodiment and Voice in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. She has supervised past and current MSc and PhD students on a variety of Critical Disability Studies topics, including disabled women pregnancy and labour, media representation of Paralympic athletes, sexuality and intimate relationships and  disclosing disability in post- secondary education.     

Her research approach is community-based, participatory, and she promotes the active agency of disabled people through her qualitative methods.  Her current research and creative professional activities focus on Activist Disability Oral History, arts-based research and dissemination, disability leadership, embodiment and representation,  and women living with disabilities, their health/well being  and their access to health services.  
She disseminates her work in scholarly publications such as Disability and Society, however Dr. Yoshida believes that research output should be accessible to the public. She has produced non-traditional knowledge products in the form of creative professional activities.

Dr. Yoshida has led the development of a Disability Oral History Toolkit for use by the community.  She was a contributor to Out From Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember (OFUDH), curated by the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University- the first Canadian Disability History Exhibit. OFUDH has been exhibited throughout Canada.
Dr. Yoshida’s current research focuses on the development of leadership and community participation among disabled youth in an innovative community based program in the Niagara Region. Most recently, Dr. Yoshida is part of a large $2.5 million Social Science and Humanities Council Partnership Grant, entitled Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and  Access to Life. This grant will focus on documenting, archiving, and cultivating non-normative art and artists within a broad Canadian context. Dr Yoshida is Co-lead on the research stream – Historicizing and Archiving the Arts.
PT in the News

The 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games highlighted the importance of physical therapy for all athletes! 

Shelly Gautier: Going for Gold at the Paralympics!
Department of Physical Therapy alumnus Shelley Gautier will compete for paracycling medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games!

Physio Focus at the 2016 Paralympic Games
Mireille Landry, lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise Coordinator for the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital, discusses her role on the Health Sciences Team for Team Canada.

Meet UofTMed Physiotherapist Behind the Scenes at Rio Olympics
Department of Physical Therapy lecturer and Sport Physiotherapist Dinah Hampson attended the Rio Olympics with Team Canada as part of their Health Sciences Team.

2016 Paralympics: Media Depictions of Disabled Athletes are Improving, Says U of T Researcher
Nancy Quinn and Dr. Karen Yoshida  discuss how Paralympic athletes are represented in the media.

Transcending Transplant: How Dr. Sunita Mathur Helps Recipients Stay Fit
Dr. Mathur’s research helps organ transplant recipients get back to enjoying the activities they love.

Game on for Kids of Every Ability!
Nancy Quinn advises Toronto Star readers that barriers to fitness and fun are surmountable!

Drs. Dina Brooks and Sunita Mathur Receive CIHR Project Grants

Drs. Kara Patterson and Dina Brooks Win CPSR Grant

2016 Research Day and Awards Ceremony

On July 20, 2016, Student Research Day celebrated the achievements of students and advisers as they showcased their research projects in poster presentations in the Stone Lobby of the Medical Sciences Building. Following the presentations, attendees enjoyed a lunch, then headed to the MacLeod Auditorium for the Recognition and Exceptional Awards Ceremony, which honoured members of our faculty and physiotherapy community for their achievements and commitment to the department. Students and faculty livestreamed event highlights on Twitter using #PTresearchUofT.

Congratulations to all!

Mini-Physio School

The Department of Physical Therapy is hosting a Mini-Physio School and we hope you will help us spread the word about these exciting sessions to your personal network. The goal of this lecture series is to give members of the general community (non-medical professionals) an opportunity to learn about physical therapy, and provide participants with basic knowledge and skills to support them in accessing and using physical therapy-related information.

Dates: October 11, 18, 25/ November 1, 8, 15
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Rehabilitation Sciences Building, 500 University Ave, Toronto

Participants will receive:
  • A guaranteed seat at Mini-Physio School every week
  • Access to taped lectures and handouts
  • Two presentations every night
  • Nutritional break each night
  • An opportunity to network
  • Tour of the facility
  • A Certificate of Completion
  • A graduation ceremony and reception

Registration Fees: $160/$120 for students and seniors

Please share this with anyone who is interested in learning more about Physical Therapy.

PT & Our Community

MScPT students and faculty volunteered at the Canadian Transplant Games, which ran August 8-13, 2016. For sixteen years, these games have celebrated transplant recipients’ newfound health, creating a strong network of support and friendship across the transplant community. The Games also highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation, and demonstrate that transplant recipients can lead an active lifestyle. 

MScPT Class of 2017

Student Council Update

The second year students have returned from their three week summer break where many students took the opportunity to travel abroad, visit with friends and family and take a much needed break from studying. Within the first week back to Unit 5 (Neurological Physical Therapy Practice), students got the opportunity to spend two days at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre in order to gain clinical experience learning about spinal cord injury assessment and treatment.

With only a few weeks remaining in the unit, we were also privileged to have spent a week focusing on paediatric physiotherapy with a number of guest lecturers sharing their wealth of knowledge. The students are eager to wrap up the unit and begin the first three weeks of the research component of the program come October, followed by two back-to-back five week placements.

As for the incoming class, they are eager to begin the program with Units 1 & 2 (Cardiorespiratory and Exercise Physical Therapy Practice). It will be a busy start for them, as they will be exposed to their first Structured Clinical Session where they will have a facilitated learning experience in a clinical setting. They will also experience their first inter-professional education event where they will get to meet and collaborate with students from different health sectors.

On top of the exciting academic opportunities this incoming class will be experiencing in September, student council has planned a month-long orientation for them to get acquainted with their new classmates. Many social events are planned for the month of September, including a dinner with the second year students, a Blue Jays game, a boat cruise semi-formal around Toronto’s harbour, a “mix ‘n’ mingle” with representatives from the CPA and a trivia night.

In terms of extracurricular activities, students are very eager for fall Intramural sports to begin! The students look forward to getting back on the court, ice and field as a way to stay active, connect with colleagues outside of the classroom, manage stress and show a bit of their competitive side with fellow rehab students.

We are also proud to announce that this year, as a student body, we will be participating in monthly philanthropic initiatives to engage and give back to our community. In September, students will be volunteering at the Princess Margaret Walk to Conquer Cancer, as well as heading to Canadian Blood Services to donate blood and register for The OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.

We are all eager for the new school year to begin, and to welcome the incoming class of 2018 to the program!
Kaela Newman
President, PT Graduate Student Association, 2016-2017

OIEPB Program Updates
Comprehensive Program:

Our Class of 2017 learners have completed Term 1 of the program and everyone is excitedly looking forward to their first clinical internship in September.  Some highlights of Term 1 include clinical site visits, MScPT Student Research Day and meeting the new incoming MScPT Class of 2018 students.

These students generously volunteered to act as Standardized Patients in the program’s final OSCE exam.

It was a great opportunity for our internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) to meet and collaborate with their future Canadian colleagues. The day ended with a delicious cultural potluck feast!

OIEPB Class of 2017:

MScPT Class of 2018 volunteers:

Programming changes: 
New and exciting changes are in store for next year’s 10 month OIEPB comprehensive program. As always, we strive to deliver the best programming possible for IEPTs and assist them along in their journey to PT practice in Canada. Learn more by watching our latest YouTube video entitled Celebrating Success with the OIEPB  Program on the Department of Physical Therapy’s YouTube channel Utoronto PT.  Stay tuned for updates our website.

Admissions: We will start accepting applications this upcoming Fall 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. Info sessions are free! Just sign up online once dates are posted.
Course and Workshop Offerings:
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. 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: September 22, 2016 – November 3, 2016.  Registration is Now Open!
Winter Session 2017:  January 19, 2017 – March 2, 2016
Spring Session 2017: April 6, 2017 – May 18, 2017

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. The course will assist participants in selecting appropriate assessment and treatment techniques; interpreting diagnostic tools such as lab results and chest X-rays; oxygen titration and suctioning; treatment and discharge planning; and management of acute and chronic respiratory conditions. Extensive use of computerized simulation mannequins will be included in the on-site components to provide a realistic, low-risk environment in which to learn and practice these high-stakes skills. This course focuses on practice with adult clients. This hybrid course (5 weeks of online learning, 2 on-site weekend workshops) is offered Monday, January 16, 2017 – Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Early bird deadline December 5, 2016.
Course website and online application form.
Contact: Robin Prince at, 416-946-3414.
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 have exciting news! We value your feedback so we have added more session dates and more 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.
Olympic News: Canada’s Women’s Soccer Team Wins Bronze Medal in Rio!

Congratulations to Nichelle Prince and the Canadian Women’s Soccer team for their Bronze medal performance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro!
Robin Prince, OIEPB administrator is very proud of her daughter Nichelle for reaching her goal to become an Olympian and to achieve success with the amazing Canadian women’s soccer team.  

They played a hard fought game against Brazil to win a spot on the podium. Congratulations to Nichelle and Team Canada on back to back Olympic Bronze medal wins!

Continuing Education & Professional Development Courses

Oxygen Administration and Titration For Physical Therapists 
An online course. 
October 20-26, 2016

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. Open to other Regulated Health Professionals who work under delegation or medical directives.

Learn more/Register

Electrophysical Agents: an Evidence Informed Clinical Review and Update
A five week webinar series.
October 12-November 9, 2016

Participants will examine the following EPAs: superficial heat, cryotherapy, shortwave diathermy, TENS, IFC, Low Level Laser Therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

Learn more/Register

Exercise Training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation
November 12-13, 2016

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.

Learn more/Register

Becoming a Canadian Certified Diabetes Educator
 Advancing Diabetes Care Education (advice)
January 11-April 7 2017

This fully online course is designed to provide healthcare 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 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.

Learn more/Register

Introduction to Clinical Research to Support Evidence-Based Practice in Manual Therapy
October 6-December 8, 2016

This course will introduce learners to concepts that will enhance their ability to integrate evidence in the practice of manual therapy.

Learn more/Register



2016 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture
The Institute for Work and Health will celebrate the important work of Wolfgang Zimmermann, the founder and executive director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR).

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto

The lecture is free. Please RSVP.
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