Monday, September 11, 2017

FRM Alumni & Student BBQ

Please join the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine for our Alumni-Student BBQ!

To RSVP click here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Interprofessional Student Clinic Coordinator wanted!

The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine is looking for a coordinator for a proposed Interprofessional Student clinic.  Please click on this link for more information:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Postcards from the Field

For the second year in a row, we have asked our Level 1 students to share some of the experiences they have had on their first placement.  We have a lot of fun seeing the diverse practice areas and locations are students are in and how excited they are to apply their skills in the real world.  Here are a few of the 'postcards' we received. 
Kayla and Alice are completing an Independent Community Placement at Ambrose Place in Edmonton and have enjoyed participating in a number of cultural activities in the Indigenous community.  

Paula is with the Stroke Early Supported Discharge Program in Grand Prairie.  She writes that one of her client's valued activities is caring for her pet donkeys, so Paula got to analyze what skills are involved in navigating this task!

Chelsea at Edmonton Catholic Schools got to watch the students excitement with the hatching of the ducklings.

Kimberley sends greetings from Saskatoon City Hospital on her way to the operating room to observe a Total Knee Replacement.

The students are finished this week and then will have the summer off before starting year 2 in September.  In the meantime, most the current Year 2s will head out on their first senior placement (Level 3A) next week.  Thank you to all the great teams out there supporting the MScOT students. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Community development conference, convocation, 

and final projects! 

It's been a busy couple of weeks at Corbett Hall as our students are in a time of transition. While our Year 1 students are off in various corners of Alberta and Saskatchewan completing their first fieldwork placements, our most recent graduates from Fall 2016 are returning to the U of A for their spring convocation this afternoon.

As for our Year 2s, it's been a whirlwind of activities this past several weeks!  Before they head out for their final two placements in July/August and September/October, they celebrated with a graduation banquet June 3 at the Faculty Club.  It was so nice to hear the inspirational speech from Dr.s  Liz Taylor and Mary Forhan and to see the students engage in well deserved celebrations.  Last week, they finished the last of their traditional classes and capped it off with the Community Development Conference, where they presented their projects completed with community partners including asset mapping, health promotion, empowerment education, peer support, participatory action research, community rehab and partnership building.  Please check out the Faculty of Rehab Medicine facebook page for some photos  FMR June 8, 2017

Year 2s on their last day of formal classes! 

Moments after this picture was taken (on a beautiful 26 degree day), I am sure all the students rushed back to put the final touches on their capstone OccTh 903 projects, which they will be defending this Thursday!  This is the last of their in class requirements before they are off to their final two placements!

Congratulations to all our student on their achievements and to you, our community partners for your support and contributions to their development!

We are matching the final placement in September/October this Thursday and could always use a few more offers.  If you feel you can offer, please contact me at or any member of the clincal education team.  As always...THANK YOU!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Community Development Mini-Conference
June 8th, 2017
Corbett Hall, University of Alberta and
U of C Downtown Campus, Rm 3-26 (906 - 8 ave SW)

Our community partners are invited to our Community Development mini-conference to celebrate the work of our occupational therapy students and the community organizations that have supported their community development learning.

Students will present their projects to the community member, their peers, and professors.  Projects include:

  • community asset mapping
  • health promotion
  • empowerment education 
  • peer support
  • participatory action research
  • community rehabilitation
  • partnership building
9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Prof. S. Brintnell)

9:10-10:20 Keynote:  Community Development in everyday practice: Ways of seeing, being, and asking questions.  Dr. Heidi Lauckner - School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University

10:30-1:00 Student poster presentations

This will be an opportunity to network with other community organizations, university staff and faculty, and occupational therapy students.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Call for offers - Fall 2017

THANK YOU to those of you who are involved in the education and support of  UofA MScOT students!

We greatly appreciate the generous number of offers that we received for OCCTH 525 and 527. 
Please consider offering a fieldwork placement for the upcoming Fall sessions.  

OCCTH 528, Year 2, Level 3b (Final Placement):  September 5 - October 20, 2017  (7 weeks)
OCCTH 503, Year 1, Introductory Placement:  November 6 - 10, 2017  (5 days)
Please send your placement offers by June 9th in one of the following ways:
1. If you are an HSPnet user, please accept your Placement Request(s) (PR) in HSPnet
2. If you work for AHS, please notify Tracy Wulff at AHS via email with your offer:
3. If you work for Covenant Health, please notify Stacey Roussel with your offer:
4. If you work for Capital Care, please notify the CC Student Placement Team with your offer:
5.  All other sites interested in making an offer please contact Michelle Green, Clinical Education Administrator:  and she can send you a Recruitment Form.  
It is important to us that you find clinical instruction and mentorship to be a rewarding experience - we recognize the commitment and time it takes to supervise these 'OTs-in-training!' Your participating is greatly appreciated and your feedback is always welcome.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Supporting Level 1 Students

Today marks the first day of placement for our Level 1 students as they head out for seven weeks in the field for OccTh 525.  I can tell you they are a very excited group - keen on learning, participating and applying what they have learned over the last nine months.

The course outline indicates the expectation for the students at this level is about 25% of typical caseload in a timely, competent, and safe manner with moderate to maximal supervision.  On the Competency Base Fieldwork Evaluation, the target the competency rating (numerical) rating would be in the 1-3 range, though there can be variations based on student experience, practice setting, and available opportunities.

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"Application of Knowledge" is the focus of learning for this placement and the first experience (other than the one week shadow last fall) students have with clinical reasoning.  At this level, students are beginning to use "procedural" reasoning.  This is the "how to" type of concrete reasoning that helps them gather and categorize information.

Questions that can help students develop this include:

  • What did you learn? 
  • How was this client similar to the last one?
  • How were they different?
  • What are two things that went well? How can you tell? (what's the evidence?)
  • What are two things you would try to do differently next time? 

As students become more comfortable with the concrete reasoning, preceptors can encourage them to start to develop more "interactive" reasoning.  This is the type of reasoning that helps them recognize individual differences and meaning, how to practice in a client centered manner, and why there is rarely only one way to help a client achieve their goals.   Questions that can help students develop this include:
  • What do you think the client learned?
  • How do you think they responded to your intervention/questions/plan? (evidence?)
  • How does this client's presentation differ from what you learned in school? 
  • What would you try and do more of with this client next time? 
To read more about different types of reasoning, have a look at the CAOT publication by Lisa Mendez and Jodene Neufeld "Clinical reasoning:What is it and why should I care?"  (CAOT Publications, 2003).  A few other tips for preceptors from this publication:

  • Talk out loud!  Students can't learn simply by watching your actions - try and share your continuous thought revisions.
  • Have your student 'predict' what a client will look like based on information they have gathered.
  • Encourage 'what' and 'why' questions
  • Give a homogeneous caseload (so much as is possible)
We hope everyone has a great first week and look forward to any questions you might have for the fieldwork team!