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  1. I don't know that one is more desirable than the other, but I think the general public is more informed about (some of) what physiotherapy entails for several reasons. For one thing, PT is covered by many more people's insurance than OT, which suggests that the latter is "optional" compared to the perceived "necessity" of physiotherapy. For another, physio is much easier to understand in concrete terms. OT's scope is so broad (mental health! social issues! wound care! stroke! assistive devices!) that it can be hard to define. In theory, this diverse skill set should make us indispensable (and super fundable ) but that is not always the case. I think OTs overlap with so many roles that it's easy to assume there are other roles who are collectively qualified to do those jobs. If I could envision a future for the profession (a vision which is limited by my current experience and which I'm sure may change), it would be as a leader within healthcare teams who understands how all of the pieces fit together under a truly holistic model of care. An OT would be GREAT at discharge planning for example, but that role is generally geared towards nurses. Or they would be great as specialists in inclusion and diversity. One of the reasons that I love OT is the incredible diversity, but the profession as a whole really needs to work on its elevator pitch. I don't fully understand why PT admission is more competitive than OT, but if I had to guess, I would say one reason is the perception (i.e illusion) of safety. Lots of people will look at a job that is easy to define and possibly funded, and interpret that as stability. I personally think stability and opportunity are not necessarily synonymous. Maybe PT is more stable for the very short term, but when the market is well and truly saturated, an enterprising OT can use their diverse skill set to find a new way into the system. The ability to reinvent yourself, show initiative, and be useful is an invaluable skill for both professions. Sorry for blathering, I have a lot of OT feels, ha! Both PT and OT seem like wonderful, fulfilling careers
  2. I'm so sorry that you experienced this, pastMPT. I can't imagine anyone deserving to be treated like that! As frustrating as it is to start over, I hope you find a much more supportive academic community and a career that you love.
  3. From what I've observed, OT's are involved with toileting and bathing to the extent that we make sure patients can do this safely and independently. We determine whether an assistive device (like a raised toilet seat, navigating a walker, ect) would make this process easier, and we teach people how to use them. But all of the assessments I've observed so far are "dry runs", meaning we teach or observe when the client isn't actually performing those functions. Actual toileting and bathing are nursing or nursing assistant duties. However, I will say that I think part of being on a healthcare team means not passing off the "icky" tasks to nurses, so if a patient happened to need to use the toilet during our dry run, I'll step in and help where needed. YMMV. Also, if you'd like to work in a general hospital setting, then working with the elderly is going to be a common occurrence whether you're a PT or an OT. If you'd prefer to work in a specialized clinic, (which hire both PT and OT), then you might work with different patients. I think one of the biggest difference between the two fields would be that PTs seem to focus on general mobility while OTs focus on function. A PT checks for muscle tone, stability, range of motion, ect. An OT checks for safety, environmental modifications, independence, cognition and reasoning, ect.
  4. Most of UBC's seats are reserved for BC residents, so you have a definite advantage there. Since their application only allows you to list two places where you completed your volunteer hours, it would probably be more competitive if you volunteered in one place for a longer period of time instead of many different places for a short time. Your supervisor from that experience would also be in a better position to write you a strong letter of reference. Best of luck!
  5. If I were you, and I was unsure, I would accept the spot and speak with the program manager about health accommodations. I'm not sure exactly what would be possible, but it's worth it to ask. I'm so sorry you're struggling with your health right now, Otapply2015. I've been there and it's really hard It makes a lot of sense if you decide to focus on your health this year and re-apply next year. You made it to the waiting list, so you clearly have things they're looking for! Hope you're feeling better soon.
  6. Western's PT program accreditation is under review. It'll most likely be approved, but it's something to consider. Where do you hope to build connections and settle afterwards? Are you interested in long-term or acute care? Something that was important to me was the opportunity to do placements in several hospitals so that I could see a wide variety of client needs. On the other hand, you might have a chance to see different or more in-depth treatment at a PT clinic. UBC may have connections to more big name research hospitals, while Western can offer really great private clinics (along with some hospitals). Good luck with your decision, I hope it works out!
  7. Hi! Could any upper year UofT OT people accept some of the pending requests for the Facebook group? I really want to start meeting people! Thanks in advance
  8. Applied: McMaster, U of T, Queen's & UBC (all OT) Accepted: UofT! Waitlisted: McMaster (#39) Rejected: UBC, Queen's subGPA: 3.68 (3.73 for UofT) cGPA: 3.4 Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: ECs: Experience with a variety of mental health (Autism, psychosis, FAS, Dementia, learning developmental delays) with different populations (youth, young adults, elderly), demonstrated interest in OT for the past four years through direct work with an OT over several summers, integrated summer camp for children with disabilities that required accommodations, teaching special needs students (I have my B.Ed), experience planning mental health and anti-stigma workshops, experience making assessments/referrals in a couple jobs. Essays: Unsure. I tried to back up every quality that I think would benefit the profession (and why) with an example from my extracurriculars. References: One from the manager of the place I've worked for the past four years. Another from a prof who's class I did well in. I didn't see either. Will be accepting: Toronto! It was always my first choice. I've wanted this for several years, so it's pretty emotional. Best of luck to everyone still on the list! I'm crossing my fingers for you.
  9. I was offered admission today at UofT! I was on the waitlist at UofT and Mac. The Mac waitlist will be moving up a tiny bit but I was far ranked, so I don't know how helpful that may be.
  10. Keep in mind that there is a very big difference between demand for services and funding for services. Lack of stable funding contributes to the mainly temporary/part-time jobs out there. I think flexibility and a willingness to move around a bit will be necessary for new grads.
  11. This is really harsh. There's lots of reasons why this poster may not have gotten their references in time; life happens, we don't know their's. Healthcareeh, your gpa is fantastic and it'll still be competitive next year. It's too bad it didn't happen this year but there's nothing stopping you from applying again. I wish you the best.
  12. Mine just says: We recognize the waiting period can be difficult. It is important to note that the level of waiting list movement, if any, is very unpredictable. Please avoid inquiring about your position on the waiting list as we will not be able to provide this information. We may be in a position to comment on general waiting list movement and class capacity status after June 15.
  13. Where do they say your waitlist number? I'm wait listed at UofT as well.
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