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 Saturday April 6, 2019 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Do students really reduce a PT’s ability to get through their caseload? (30 min)

Presenter: Jaimie Coleman, PT, BPHE, MScPT, MHM(c)

This presentation will be based on the content of a scoping review. The review will explore the impact of physiotherapy and occupational therapy student placements on clinician productivity. Placements are an essential component of any physiotherapy or occupational therapy educational program (Pabian et al, 2017). Placements assist students to integrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes learned from the classroom into the clinical environment and prepare them for the demands of employment upon graduation. Placement recruitment is primarily through the good will of clinicians employed at clinical sites (O’Brien et al 2017). Clinicians and employers alike perceive that student placements negatively influence clinician productivity and this is a significant barrier to offering a placement to academic institutions (O’Brien et al 2017). Further, clinicians are increasingly being asked to do more with less and effort to save costs in our financially strained healthcare system (O’Brien et al 2017). Students are not always regarded as a priority for employers and this is resulting in academic institutions having difficulty finding sufficient placements for their students (Pabian et al 2017). The scoping review will review the literature on the impact of physiotherapy and occupational therapy student placements on clinician productivity. Following the review of the literature, recommendations will be made to healthcare managers and academic institutions on how to support students while maintaining or increasing productivity. More details about the last two objective will be available prior to the conference date.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify how productivity is defined in the clinical environment
  2. State the evidence that has quantitatively evaluated the impact of physiotherapy and occupational therapy student placements on productivity in the clinical environment
  3. Name recommendations on integrating students into the clinical environment while maintaining or increasing productivity


 Virtual Placements: A leadership and business experience for students in the physiotherapy (30 min)

Presenters: MBA Sanjeev Bhatia MScPTJaimie Coleman

This presentation will describe the structure, development, and outcome of a unique leadership internship for physiotherapy students in their final internship. Moreover, the presentation will detail the journey of two physiotherapy interns as they work under the guidance of a business mentor in order to take an idea through to fulfillment: idea > concept > start-up > company > scale.

Learning objectives: 

  1. Describe the benefits, challenges and outcomes of a unique leadership internship in the private sector
  2. Describe how technology can be used to facilitate on-task behaviour, communication, time management and self-directed learning
  3. Make recommendation on how this model of internship can be implemented in other facilities
  4. Apply the concepts, strategies, tactics, and tools to their own work (company, vision, projects, opportunities)
Cross-disciplinary clinical research – the use of robotics in post-stroke gait rehabilitation

Presenters: Goldie Nejat, Kara Patterson, PT PhD, Julie Vaughan-Graham, PT, MSc, PhD

Speakers from a cross‐disciplinary team will speak about their experiences in an ongoing project examining the use of an exoskeleton for gait rehabilitation post‐stroke. The speakers are from the fields of rehabilitation research, clinical practice and engineering. The content covered will include 1) a brief summary of the current cross‐disciplinary research project on the use of and adaptation of an exoskeleton for gait rehabilitation post‐stroke; 2) our experiences finding and collaborating with a research/industry partner 3) the use of interviews with end‐users of the research to shape the research project; 4) the importance of clinician contributions in the development and implementation of robotics research; 5) the perspectives of engineers in the use of robotics in rehabilitation and cross‐disciplinary collaborations; 6) the challenges and barriers to cross‐disciplinary collaboration.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the potential for exoskeletons as well as the gap in the current exoskeleton evidence base with respect to gait rehabilitation for persons post‐stroke
  2. Identify advantages and challenges of cross‐disciplinary work
  3. Identify ways in which clinicians can have meaningful involvement in cross‐disciplinary research beyond recruitment of patients
Successfully navigating change in your career path – a panel discussion

Presenters: Wendy Smith, Oren Cheifetz, Stephen Patton, Lisa Brice-Leddy, Derek Debassige

Many of us will experience shifts and changes in our career path that are either intentional or as a result of system change. The goal of this session is to provide participants with an opportunity to interact with colleagues whose life experiences have helped them to craft unique career pathways. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of how they may create their own unique career paths and have a greater sense of the value of association in helping to build connections with colleagues.

Learning Objectives: After attending this session participants will be able to:

  1. Identify their own transferable skills which will help them to navigate intended and unintended career change.
  2. Reflect on the information shared and begin to explore more deeply their own career path
  3. Articulate the value of personal connections and professional development in their career path and the related value of association membership in helping to craft their future.
How to build your online personal brand while avoiding common myths and pitfalls

Presenter: Mark Drager

As an extremely personal service, your reputation and word of mouth within your community is everything. But the burning question is this: how do you extend your reach to those who do not yet know you?

In this pragmatic presentation, we’ll look at when it makes sense to build a personal brand through social media, common myths and the challenges we face in doing so, we’ll walk through a few examples of those who are doing it right, and leave you with actionable tips and tricks to send you on your way.

Learning Objectives: Most of us approach brand-building and social media in haphazard ways; constantly ping-ponging from one activity to another, never quite sure if it’s worth our time or effort. Truthfully, brand building is about consistency and authenticity. By attending this session, you will learn how to identify common myths and time wasters; understand what to focus on when building an authentic social brand; and know how it affects your business/practice and daily life.