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MPT Students in Kitimat, BC – a tribute to a great clinical placement, wonderful community, and beautiful city!
April 6, 2017A tribute to a great clinical placement, wonderful community, and beautiful city (Kitimat)! Read More >


Partnership to Expand Clinical Education and Provide Health Services in the North
April 6, 2017When it comes to working with patients living in rural and remote areas, face-to-face instruction, education, and follow-up sessions are not always possible. That’s why many rehabilitation specialists have turned to the growing field of telehealth — using methods such as video-conferencing or information packages — to help bridge the gap and link patients in […] Read More >


Online MRSc Program attracts learners from around the world
April 6, 2017Meet MRSc student Carmen Reed, a physiotherapist, owner and director of a multidisciplinary practice in South Africa, who is developing and implementing new programs based on her MRSc coursework.  Read More >


An Italian Physio’s journey to Canada
April 6, 2017PhD candidate, Alessio Galina’s interest in research brought him to a world class research lab at UBC to study the how pain might affect motor control. Read More >


Physio Forum April 22, 2017
April 6, 2017Join the Debate, see the award winners, and meet up with buddies April 22, 2017 Read More >


Precision Rehabilitation to Enhance Exercise Tolerance
April 6, 2017Reid Mitchell,MSc candidate is striving to understand the factors such as pain that leads to exercise intolerance.  Read More >


Catch up with the first year MPT class
April 6, 2017The students in the MPT 1 class are managing to do more than study. Read More >


Manual Therapy Certificate course 
April 6, 2017Now taking applications for our first cohort, the deadline for application submission is April 30, 2017. Read More >


Alumni Profile, Tyler Dyck (BSc, 1997
April 6, 2017As a grad with a head for entrepreneurship, Tyler founded medical centres in both Canada and in the Middle East. Read More >


Private Practice Toolkit
April 6, 2017A quick and easy resource for anyone involved in Private Practice interested in what it takes to have a UBC MPT student on placement Read More >


Peering into clinical reflections
April 6, 2017Reflections help students explore the possible ways in which their clinical experience could have been improved.   Read More >


Continuing education course offering: Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Introduction
January 26, 2017The Department, in partnership with the Northern and Rural Cohort and UBC CPD (Continuing Professional Development), is pleased to be offering a two-day hands-on, comprehensive, evidence-based introductory course titled, “Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Introduction.” The UNBC Physiotherapy Plinth Lab will host presenter Bernard Tonks, BScPT FCAMT, and the course will be linked to videoconference sites […] Read More >


New Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy
October 26, 2016Subject to University approval we hope to begin offering the Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy (GCOMPT) in the 2017/2018 calendar year. We anticipate, pending approval from UBC and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy (FOMPT), that the GCOMPT will be available as part of the UBC MRSc online degree, which would grant learners Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) status. Read More >


Alumni Elizabeth MacRitchie (BSR ’70) receives the 2016 Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award
October 26, 2016UBC Alumni Elizabeth MacRitchie (BSR'70) and her husband Donald (BSc'68, MD'70) will receive the 2016 Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award on November 1 at a ceremony celebrating alumni achievements. They have been active members of the Prince George community and have advocated for improved health care in BC – particularly in remote northern communities. Read More >


A bump for the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Bursary
October 26, 2016Clinical Associate Professor and alumnus, Nancy Cho once again steps up to help students in the Masters of Physical Therapy program. Nancy led the establishment of a student bursary and recently provided leadership in fortifying the fund so that students in need can continue to get financial assistance. Read More >


MRSc leads to a journey of unforeseen opportunities
October 26, 2016When Karen Hurtubise (past CPA president) started her MRSc she was a clinical physiotherapist in Newfoundland. Her studies led her onto leadership roles, workplace improvements and teaching opportunities. Read further to see how far she is going now. Read More >


MPT student news
October 26, 2016Catch up on the activities of the MPT first and second year classes. Read More >


Fighting chemotherapy side effects with exercise
October 26, 2016Kelcey Bland (MSc student) investigating whether aerobic and resistance training can control peripheral and autonomic neuropathy development and progression as part of her Masters thesis project, "EXIT (Exercise Influence on Taxane Side-effects)" Read More >


Another clinical resource project completed; another one getting close….
October 26, 2016  Although the PT Knowledge Broker facilitated projects are diverse in topic and type, the common thread which unites them is the incredible quality and quantity of work undertaken by many dedicated partners. As the end of 2017 approaches, it is a perfect time to acknowledge the contributions of a small army of individuals who […] Read More >


A road into the doctoral program: Interest in a clinical technique – Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation
October 26, 2016Meet Lyndal Solomons, a PhD student who is investigating the effect of Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation on tendinopathy. Read More >


Collaborating for PT continuing professional development opportunities
October 26, 2016Jan Lowcock is working with all the physiotherapy professional bodies in BC to improve accessibility and participation in high quality Continuing Professional Development. Read More >


Meet new faculty and staff
October 26, 2016The Department recently hired two instructors and three staff members. Learn more about them. Read More >


In memoriam
October 26, 2016Remembering physiotherapy community members recently deceased. Read More >


Leadership Workshop
July 19, 2016The UBC Rehabilitation Science Online Programs and RehabEQ collaborate to bring you, Emotional Intelligence and the Rehabilitation Professional. Research shows that leadership is much deeper than technical skills; it is based in clear core values and beliefs and strong Emotional Intelligence. Read More >


UBC Physiotherapy Open Golf Tournament
May 16, 2016After a very successful pilot run last year, the student led Physiotherapy Open golf tournament will return July 27th, 2016! Located at the scenic Gleneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver, which is voted one of Canada’s best 9-hole courses. Thanks to Ladysport and FitFirst for their sponsorship. Win bragging rights and prizes for closest to […] Read More >


YWCA Women of Distinction Awards
May 3, 2016Two women with connections to the Department have been nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards this year. Vote now to support their cause in the Connecting the Community Award competition. Read More >


Team work(s)!: Optimising the physiotherapy approach for patients post breast cancer surgery
April 5, 2016This year over 3,400 women in British Columbia (BC) will be diagnosed with breast cancer. For the vast majority of cases, treatment starts with surgery. In the past 5 years, a team of frontline physiotherapists, plastic surgeons, researchers and leaders from Providence Health Care, Fraser Health and UBC Department of Physical Therapy have been collaborating […] Read More >


Physical therapy students gain new training venue in Prince George
April 5, 2016UBC physical therapy students will learn how to help heart and lung patients in the Prince George area regain physical capacity, thanks to a new program. Read More >


Congress Pub Night at “The Clubhouse” in the Strathcona Hotel – Hosted by PABC & UBC
April 5, 2016Join us May 26th from 8:00 to Midnight at the "The Clubhouse" in the Stratchona Hotel, just blocks from the Congress venue. Read More >


Developing a private practice toolkit
April 5, 2016Jonathan Coelho and I are creating a toolkit to identify the barriers associated with student uptake in private practice. Currently, there are too few placements offered to accommodate students. We are designing a survey to gain information from clinicians about their concerns associated with accepting students. As a physiotherapist working in a busy private practice, I see the need for […] Read More >


Physiotherapy Forum “Buddy-Up”
April 5, 2016PABC will be pairing physiotherapists and physiotherapy students with common professional interests for a two-hour informal hangout during breaks at the Physiotherapy Practice Forum on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Buddy Program is a great opportunity to engage with your network and meet future colleagues. Please note that you will be able to attend all […] Read More >


Rehabilitation Sciences Job Fair 2016
April 5, 2016Are you looking to hire a new Physical or Occupational Therapist? The annual Rehab Sciences Job Fair will be held at the AMS Student Union Building on campus June 15th, and we are looking for clinics to showcase! The Fair includes presentations and information booths geared towards soon to be graduating occupational therapy and physical therapy students […] Read More >


Knowledge broker clinical tools, learning modules and news
April 5, 2016Have you ever wondered … How you can demonstrate that your treatment of a patient with a TKA or THA was effective? Which are the best outcome measures to track a patient’s progress? Whether it is OK to change any part of a standardized test (e.g. can the patient use a gait aid during the […] Read More >


Students on clinical placement in India
April 5, 2016Matt Redekopp and Mary-Anne Levson traveled to India for their 2B placements. They have shared their experiences at the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre, part of the Samuha NGO. Read More >


Department Staff Update
April 5, 2016Welcome to Sandra Wintner in the role of Classroom and IT Support Technician who started with the Department in December. Sandra moved from Austria in 1997 and started working here as a web and media designer. She then trained and worked at a venerable www.front.bc.ca as an audio-visual technician and technical director. Since then, she has worked […] Read More >


First year students. twins, plaid, freaky Friday?
April 5, 2016Orientation week was a memorable start to our Masters of Physiotherapy journey. On top of a whirlwind of informational seminars, the MPT2 class did an admirable job at welcoming us to Friedman High. Events included a potluck, Wreck Beach bonfire, and an Amazing Race! It didn’t take long until the semester was in full swing. […] Read More >


Making a Difference
April 5, 2016At nearly 50 years old, Sandra Squire made the bravest decision of her career. It was hard; it took courage, but see how much she gained as a clinician and a person. Read More >


Alumni Reunion
April 5, 2016The OT/PT class of 1986, 30 Year Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy UBC Reunion.  Date:  The fourth weekend in May, 2016. The first decombined PT and OT class will be recombining to celebrate 30 years of professional and personal accomplishments.  As well as enjoying a meet and greet evening which including guests; participants will be enjoying tours of […] Read More >


Rising stars
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Diversity in Rehabilitation Science
April 5, 2016Laura Bulk is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She holds an undergraduate degree in anti-oppressive social work practice from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from UBC.   I am not the only person to have struggled deciding what to include in an entry to this newsletter (see Carmen […] Read More >


Changing stroke practice
April 5, 2016Dr. Louise Connell a visiting scientist hosted by Dr. Janice Eng will be coming to Vancouver in May and will present talks and meet with researchers and trainees on May 18th.  Dr. Connell, PhD, PT is a UK National Institute of Health Research senior fellow researching Knowledge Translation (KT) implementation in the United Kingdom (UK). The […] Read More >


Brigitte Raudzus Award established to honour the memory of PT alum
October 22, 2015We are saddened to learn of the passing of Brigitte Raudzus (UBC BSc Rehab 1966) on September 2. Born in Munich, Germany, Brigitte immigrated to Canada with her family in 1958. She graduated from Delbrook High School in North Vancouver and she went on to fulfil her dream of becoming a physiotherapist when she completed […] Read More >


Upcoming presentation: Therapy in China: lessons of a UBC grad
October 22, 2015Come listen and participate in the discussion and be inspired yourself! Video connections will be made to several locations in the Province. Read More >


Students excited about placements in southern India
October 19, 2015It’s official, our flights are booked and we are going to India! We are four VERY excited second year MPT students at UBC: Mary-Anne Levson, Rachelle MacDonald, Kate Shaw, and Matt Redekopp. In mid-February, we are completing our 2B placement with Samuha Overseas Development Association (S.O.D.A., www.samuha.ca) who supports Samuha Samarthya (www.samuha.org), an NGO in the rural area […] Read More >


Science in 60 seconds
October 16, 2015Jennifer Ferris is currently an MSc candidate in the Graduate Program of Neuroscience working under the supervision of Lara Boyd in the Brain Behaviour Lab. Read More >


TEDx Vancouver will feature Dr. Lara Boyd
October 15, 2015This year’s theme is Identity. Lara Boyd will tell the audience how to build the brain they want to have. Read More >


What is ‘Walk 10 blocks’?
October 14, 2015A great example of how a research/patient partnership can help improve health. Looking for people to beta-test an iPhone app that aims to help users to move more and sit less during the day. Read More >


Making a difference as a PT and a health services researcher
October 14, 2015Linda Li is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people with arthritis. She is an Associate Professor, Harold Robinson/Arthritis Society Chair, and Canada Research Chair at the Department of Physical Therapy. Linda also continues to practice as a physiotherapist at the Mary Pack Arthritis Program, Vancouver General Hospital. As an immigrant in […] Read More >


Growing Movement of Evidence to Practice
October 11, 2015Sue Stanton, Director, Rehabilitation Science Online Programs and Associate Professor.  Her interests and expertise is in distance and distributed learning, and the impact of the changing needs of learners for course design and delivery, faculty development and policies and practices in higher education. Examining evidence for its potential translation to practice is not new but […] Read More >


A Doctoral degree, just icing on a cupcake!
October 10, 2015    Carmen Sima is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia (2011). Carmen is originally from Romania, where she was trained as a medical doctor at the University of Craiova (1995). Her current research focuses […] Read More >


Alumni Reunion, Class of ’75
October 2, 2015The Class of 1975 reunited forty years after their graduation. Read More >


New faculty and staff
September 30, 2015New Student Services Officer-Amy Villablanca Amy joined the department in September having recently completed her Master of Archival Studies here at UBC.  Originally from the UK, Amy has lived and worked around the world including the US and Australia before coming to Canada 2 years ago. She has held student services positions at the Sotheby’s […] Read More >


Update on clinical tools from our knowledge broker
September 30, 2015I am happy to share the following updates regarding the following sample of Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker facilitated projects: 1. Achilles Tendinopathy Toolkit:  Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Alex Scott’s student Alexandra Kobza, the Achilles Tendinopathy Toolkit has been updated with key literature published since the release of the toolkit in 2012. In addition, […] Read More >


Mid-Career Renewal for Online Grad
April 14, 2015Returning to academic study almost 25 years after receiving my UBC BSc (PT) was daunting at first but with my children making their way to University, the time seemed right.  The UBC Masters of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) online program appealed to me because it allowed me to start with the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation then […] Read More >


At the confluence of healthcare, education and technology
April 7, 2015I have long been interested in healthcare, in education, and in technology. How exciting to be at a point in history where there is a confluence of these three! While this might seem to be the case in the early years of the twenty-first century, a little reflection will show that there has long been […] Read More >


MPT Student News
April 2, 2015News from the MPT1 Class By: Pricilla Wong, MPT1Class Representative With exams right around the corner, every MPT1 student seems to be a bit more frazzled, tired, and consuming way too many cups of coffee. A feeling that we all know too well that has been termed PTSD – Physical Therapy Stress Disorder. Lucky for […] Read More >


WICKED…not the Broadway musical but better!
April 1, 2015West Coast Interprofessional Clinical Knowledge Evidence Disseminator We have begun filming our Virtual Cases which will help teach students the steps of evidence-informed health care (EIHC).  Five modules make up this web-based, interactive, simulated learning initiative which will educate students in the five steps of evidence based practice: 1.      Translation of uncertainty to an answerable […] Read More >


Celebrating five years of knowledge brokering
April 1, 2015It is hard to believe that the Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker position was launched over five years ago. Looking back to May of 2009 it was impossible to predict what the position would look like let alone what the outcomes would be five years later. 327 people have participated in PT KB facilitated projects and […] Read More >


Yoga, Neuroscience and Physical Therapy
March 20, 2015Katie Wadden is a PhD candidate in the Brain Behavour Laboratory she is on a non-traditional career path toward becoming a Physical Therapist. Read More >


Strengthening the Body Strengthens the Mind
March 20, 2015Teresa Liu-Ambrose focuses on defining the role of exercise to promote healthy aging and prevent cognitive and functional decline among seniors. Read More >


Join us at the Physio Forum April 25, 2015
March 3, 2015Once again we look forward to participating an this interesting and fun event, the largest gathering of Physiotherapists from throughout the Province. Read More >


Neuroanatomy Refresher: From Bench to Bedside
February 18, 2015Expert instructors, Tara Klassen, Lara Boyd and Claudia Krebs will provide evidenced based bench to bedside content that will improve your practice. Read More >