News & Announcements

Samantha Smith, MPT’18 – Tokyo Olympics Feature

This story was originally published on the Alumni Engagement website here. Competing at the Olympics has been one of Samantha’s goals for a very long time and her dream becomes a reality this year. Learn about how her UBC MPT degree set her up for success as she heads to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics […]

UBC Department of Physical Therapy says farewell to Karen Sauve – Associate Head Clinical Education

We are both happy and sad to announce that Karen Sauve, Associate Head Clinical Education for the UBC Department of Physical Therapy will be leaving us this summer. Happy, because Karen is leaving us to start her PhD, but sad as she has been a valued colleague, mentor, and teacher in the Department and is deeply committed to the health, wellbeing, and education of our students. Her contributions while she was […]

Call for Proposals for PT KB Led Projects 2021

 Intent  The purpose of this call is to invite proposals for projects facilitated by the Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker (PT KB).  Background  The PT KB position is jointly funded, at a 1.0 FTE, by the Department of Physical Therapy at The University of British Columbia, Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and Arthritis Research Canada. The […]

Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker Position – Update June 2021

I am pleased to announce some exciting changes to the Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker (PT KB) position. Effective July 1, 2021, the PT KB position will increase from 0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE in recognition of the time required to address the scope and depth of the work. The funding for this position is provided […]

How the pandemic has impacted treatment for stroke patients – Global News

It’s Stroke Awareness Month. And like many things the pandemic has impacted the care of stroke patients. Dr Janice Eng, Professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, explains how she has adapted her innovative program for virtual care.

National Indigenous History Month

For National Indigenous History Month, X̱wi7x̱wa Library has compiled resources that explore various aspects of Indigenous life and culture. 

Study on the implementation of remote COPD biometric monitoring in pulmonary rehabilitation programs

People living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) find it difficult to learn chronic disease management skills such as knowing how and when to use their inhaled medication, how to get enough exercise, how to look after their sleep and other health habits, and when to ask for help. Health care professionals rely on their […]

Statement on the fatal attack on the Muslim family in London, Ontario

CBC News Article  The UBC Department of Physical Therapy is devastated by the loss of Salman Afzaal, a physiotherapist, Madiha Salman, an engineer and PhD candidate at London’s Western University, their daughter Yumna Afzaal and Salman’s mother, Talat Afzaal. This is an enormous loss to the Muslim community and the physical therapy community across Canada and beyond.  Salman was a physical therapist […]

UBC Master of Physical Therapy – Admissions Video

Are you interested in becoming a physical therapist? Physical therapists are primary care professionals who work in a variety of settings, such as rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community health centers, and private clinics in both rural and urban areas. The Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia is the only entry-to-practice program […]

Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Centenary Medals of Distinction

Congratulations to all of our faculty and alumni who have been awarded CPA centenary medals of distinction! The Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Centenary Medals of Distinction have been created to mark the Association’s 100th Anniversary. The medal serves to recognize 100+ individuals who have impacted physiotherapy from 1920 to 2020. These medals will be presented and the […]

Year in Review 2020 – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

  It gives me great pleasure to write the introduction for this last weekly update of the year! I think many of us will be glad to see the end of 2020 and look forward to much better things in 2021; the vaccine is certainly a very nice Christmas present. As I look back on […]

Coronavirus: How COVID-19 could damage the brain (Global News)

When Erica Taylor got COVID-19, her brain seemed to shut off completely. “I couldn’t think. Suddenly I couldn’t hold onto any thoughts,” she said, adding “I didn’t know who I was, where I was. I don’t know how long I was like that.” At the time, she was 31 years old and showing the usual first signs […]

Meet Natalie Grant – GCOMPT Graduate

Name and Title(s): Natalie Grant MScPT, BScKin, FCAMPT, CGIMS, CAFCI Where do you work?: I work clinically at Woodland Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver – this is a private clinic where I see primarily orthopaedic clients. I am also the Musculoskeletal Curriculum Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Physical Therapy at […]

Alumni Spotlight: Meet Ranko Vukovic – MPT Class of 2015

As the Founder and CEO of VanCity Physio, Ranko Vukovic has long been a proponent of TeleHealth as a vehicle for making healthcare and professional services more accessible in our communities. This year, his strategy gained widespread acceptance, with healthcare professionals scrambling to put in place their variations on his TelePhysio strategy in response to […]

Fall Graduation 2020

Congratulations to the UBC Department of Physical Therapy Class of 2020. This week was an important one for the Department with the graduation of the MPT class of 2020. Following a virtual UBC convocation on Wednesday, the Department held its reception for the graduates on Thursday. This year’s ceremonies were unique in that they were […]

Karissa Polsom – Fall Graduation 2020

Original article published by the Faculty of Medicine. Karissa Polsom Hometown: Prince George, B.C. Program: Master of Physical Therapy What attracted you to your field? I have always been an active person, and with that have struggled with varying pains and injuries over the years. It wasn’t until I spent some time with a physiotherapist […]

VCH News Release: New research from Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose shows a home-based exercise program for seniors can help prevent falls & reduce injury:

A home-based exercise program reduces injury and falls by improving cognitive abilities, according to new research published in the Journal Gerontology: Medical Science in November 2020. “There is a strong brain-body connection when it comes to falls, such that reduced cognitive function puts one at greater risk for falls. Evidence also suggests exercise reduces falls and […]

An Interview with David Anekwe – MPT-North Academic Site Lead

David Anekwe – MPT-N Academic Site Lead Q: Tell us about your PT background and how you came to practice in the North? A: I graduated from a five-year entry-level PT program at the University of Nigeria Nsukka as the best graduating student of the department and faculty for the 2000 graduating sect. After I […]

Cancer rehabilitation researchers awarded $2.37M through inaugural cancer survivorship grants

UBC’s Dr. Kristin Campbell is part of a team that has been awarded a $2.37 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society as part of the largest cancer survivorship research initiative in Canada. The project, entitled CanRehab and funded over five years, is focused on research that will […]

Scholar Strike

In alignment with the University, the Physical Therapy department encourages diversity of our community, including staff, faculty and students. While we haven’t cancelled classes as part of the Scholar Strike for Black Lives in Canada this week, we support anti-racism, inclusion, social accountability and integrity. For more information please click here to visit the UBC […]