Placement Opportunities in our BC Student-led Clinics

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 five current student-led clinics. Four clinics are located in the Lower Mainland, and one is in Northern B.C.

Fraser Health operates two student-led clinics:

A Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic (SROC) operates out of the Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster. It began as a clinic in Royal Columbian Hospital in July 2009 and moved to its new location in 2017. The clinic provides an opportunity for up to six UBC Master’s of Physical Therapy students to work collaboratively in an interprofessional environment with students from UBC’s Master of Occupational Therapy program. UBC students also have the chance to work with other PT students from Canadian, American and International programs, as the clinic operates year-round and can often accommodate students from other programs. The clinic serves as an innovative and vital service to help bridge the gap for residents of the Fraser Health area, who often come to the clinic with complex multi-system needs.

Refer to this brochure for more information about the QPCC SROC clinic.

Fraser Health’s second Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic operates out of Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH). It opened November 2013.

Refer to this brochure for more information about the SMH SROC clinic.

Vancouver Coastal Health operates two student-led clinics:

The Neuromuscular Outpatient Program Student-led Clinic  at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver opened in 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, which services the neuromusculoskeletal population (e.g., multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, and cerebral palsy).

Students will have the opportunity to work closely with other fellow PT and OT students as well as collaborate with other team members such as physiatrist, orthotist, recreational therapist, social worker, nurse, psychologist, speech language pathologist, and dietician. Unique opportunities that can be part of the student experience include being able to shadow in other classes and/or programs such as pool classes and Spasticity Clinic.

This video 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).

Bent Out of Shape from Catharine Parke on Vimeo.

Posting permission from Catharine Parke


The PT Elder Care Student-led Clinic at VGH was established to manage the gap in service for  frail elderly patients who have recently been discharged from hospital with multiple co-morbidities and recent functional decline  as well as those with a high falls risk. The Clinic focuses on targeted goal-based functional exercise. Understanding how chronic disease, medications, cognition, environment and social support  affects functional outcomes helps students manage the whole patient experience.

Students have an opportunity to work with patients individually and in groups to improve their strength, balance and mobility. There is a strong focus on the use and interpretation of outcome measures as well as learning to set functional goals.

Refer to this handout for further information about the Elder Care Clinic.

PRISM clinic with students Jan 2014

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 an 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.

PRISM aims to provide students with a clinical experience that encompasses the full continuum of care. Students will have the opportunity to see clients in inpatient, outpatient and community care settings. Students will see clients with variable and often complex diagnoses and will have the opportunity to engage with interprofessional colleagues to optimize client care.

Unique IP opportunities up here include collaboration with OT, and RA students and staff; observation with the orthopaedic surgeon; IP case review with all acute came team members including mental health, aboriginal liaison, dietician, pharmacy and homecare nursing; collaborative educational sessions with medical imaging technology and pharmacy students.

Additionally there is usually an opportunity for students to visit and provide care in one of our outlying first nations communities.