Placement Opportunities in our BC Student-led Clinics
The Department of Physical Therapy is extremely grateful to have the financial and operating support of Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Northern Health to form a partnership, and clinical learning opportunities within our four current student-led clinics. Three are in the Lower Mainland, and one is in Northern B.C.
Fraser Health operates two student-led clinics.
A Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic operates out of Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. Since its inception in July 2009 the clinic has provided an opportunity for up to six PT students to work collaboratively in an interprofessional environment with students from Occupational Therapy and Medicine. UBC MPT students also have the chance to work with other PT students from Canadian, American and International programs, as the clinic operates year-round and accommodates students from many different programs. The clinic serves as an innovate and vital service to help bridge the gap for residents of the Fraser Health area, who often come to the clinic with complex multisystem needs.
You can refer to this brochure for more information about the RCH SROC clinic.
Fraser Health’s second Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic operates out of Surrey Memorial Hospital. It opened November 2013.
You can also refer to this brochure for more information about the SMH SROC clinic.
Vancouver Coastal Health operates the Neuromuscular Outpatient Program Student-led Clinic at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver. It opened April 2011. Here students have the opportunity to work at BC’s largest rehabilitation centre (serving all of BC and the Yukon), under the auspices of outpatient services in the Neuromusculoskeletal Program. The clinic offers our MPT students opportunities for professional and interdisciplinary collaboration with core service providers such as PT, OT, Speech Language Pathology and Social Work.
This video, “Bent out of Shape,” shows the journey of a GF Strong patient, David Parke. It offers an amazing insight into the Centre, and even includes a former UBC MPT student (on placement at the time) and Clinical Instructor/Physical Therapist for the clinic, Darryl Caves.
Thank you to Catharine Parke for permission to post this video.
You can also refer to this brochure for more information about the GF Strong clinic.
The first student-led clinic located in northern B.C., PRISM, opened at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital in August of 2013. The Prince Rupert Interprofessional Student-led Model Clinic is a new and exciting Northern and Rural Cohort initiative and a partnership between UBC, UNBC and Northern Health. The clinic – which is based on a primary health care approach – operates 26 weeks per year, corresponding to UBC MPT clinical placement dates. PT student teams began delivering service in November 2013.