The Department of Physical Therapy relies on the support and dedication of alumni and friends who share in our commitment to excellence. Donating to the Department allows physical therapy professionals and scientists of the future to conduct research to improve care, treatment, and health delivery, and to educate and inspire the next generation of physical therapy professionals.
Your generous contributions, no matter the amount, make an enormous difference to the Department and our students. All gifts are deeply appreciated, 100% of your gift will be used to directly support Department of Physical Therapy initiatives geared toward maintaining its place as a leader in physical therapy education and research in Canada for aspiring and practicing physical therapists.
We have options for giving to the ongoing campaigns listed below but you can also contact the Head of the Department 604-822-7414 if you would like to discuss other options.
Support for Teaching and Research
The Physical Therapy and Research Clinic
In an effort to ameliorate the shortage of Physical Therapists in BC, the Department has undergone considerable growth over the last few years. Our community has generously supported these efforts with donations that have allowed us to acquire and renovate academic spaces. The Department currently has the equipment needed to provide high quality classroom education.
In response to the burden the increased number of students have had on our current clinical placement sites, the Department is set to open The Physical Therapy and Research Clinic in September 2019. This clinic will provide rich placement opportunities for the MPT students where they will be involved in both clinical care of patients and research projects thereby fostering the provision of evidence-informed care to patient populations in the community. The clinic will be located in the Friedman Building on campus (home of our department). Funding is needed to assure a successful launch and early operation of the clinic.
Support for Our Students
The UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Bursary
by the Rehabilitation Student Council led by Nancy Cho (President). Prior to 1982, all rehabilitation science students were provided a government stipend for their work in the hospitals while on their placements. This helped students with the costs of their education. This government stipend program was discontinued for allied health professions in 1982, and the bursary was founded in its place in order to assist students in financial need. On the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Bursary, Nancy again provided leadership toward raising $30,000 to improve the support provided to students from this endowed bursary. Each year two students are awarded the bursary (One Masters of Physical Therapy and one Masters Occupational Therapy). Please make a gift to help support students in need.
The NRC Travel Award in Physical Therapy
In 2012, UBC established the Northern and Rural Cohort (NRC) to give Master of Physical Therapy students greater access to province-wide learning and to encourage these trainees to settle in locations that are currently under-served by health professionals. With support from physical therapists currently practicing throughout Northern and Rural BC, NRC students are getting a taste of what our province’s rural and remote communities have to offer.
Elizabeth MacRitchie, UBC Rehabilitation Sciences graduate of 1970 and longtime Prince George physiotherapist, has seen the health care struggles of northern BC first hand. After her husband Donald completed his medical residency, both Elizabeth and Donald traveled to Prince George with the intention of practicing in the north for two years – and they never left. “There is a huge need for physical therapists in the north, and we like living here,” Elizabeth says, “It is an honour to give back to a community that has become our home.”
Today, Elizabeth is dedicated to helping UBC inspire students to practice in under-served areas and resolve our communities’ health care divide. Together with fellow alumni Lesley Schwab, Vicki Laverdure, and Johanna Jenkins, Elizabeth established the NRC Travel Award in Physical Therapy. The award offers one or more NRC students up to $1,000 toward their travel expenses during rotations, when students spend at least five months in rural communities like Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Prince George, Quesnel, Terrace, and Prince Rupert. It encourages students in greatest financial need to pursue their passion for care and to explore some of the province’s most remote areas. As the NRC Travel Award in Physical Therapy broadens the horizons and expertise of health professional students, it encourages many of them to continue their practice outside of Canada’s major cities.
“With the costs of education rising, we knew that the travel and accommodation costs associated with placements outside the Lower Mainland might be a barrier to some students who were interested in practicing in rural communities after graduation,” Elizabeth explains. “This award is a small way for us to help students to offset those costs.”