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  1. Hi, When I applied to OT two years in a row a couple of years ago, I believe that one of the two essay questions stayed the same. The other did not. Good luck!
  2. Would love to know if anyone has received a waitlist or rejection email from Mac?
  3. I'm still waiting to hear from Mac for their PT program. Haven't received an email and no update to ORPAS. Haven't checked their site. Trying to stay hopeful.
  4. Has anyone received a wait-list or rejection email from Mac for PT?
  5. I'm in a similar vote. Was it a yay or nay for U of T and Western?
  6. Received a rejection from UWO for OT. Still waiting on something from Mac PT. Someone posted that they received an offer from Mac at midnight, but it looks like no one else received anything. Has anyone hears a yes or no from Mac for PT?
  7. I’m in the same boat. Unfortunately, U of A doesn’t provide applicants with info re: their place on the waitlist. I expect there will be considerable movement on May 17 and May 21. Good luck
  8. I received my rejection email from McGill for their OT program. However, I’m not clear if that’s for their PT program as well? Does anyone know if the rejection emails we received last week were for both programs? Thanks and good luck to all.
  9. https://nationalpost.com/health/boutique-psychiatrists
  10. Interesting perspective. The Ontario Ministry of Heath and Long-term care has proposed limiting OHIP coverage to 24 hours of psychotherapy sessions per year. This is well-above the 16-20 hours of psychotherapy reserved for many evidence based psychotherapy approaches such as CBT. Of course, some patients may need more comprehensive and long-term care, and we should appropriately strive to create a system that can fulfill the needs of such patients.However, villainizing a system that seeks to create checks and bounds is not entirely fair. It is also counterproductive in creating a health care system that is effective and efficient. Perhaps, a more important question to ask is whether GPs are the most qualified professionals to provide psychological care (let alone such care to patients with complex and ongoing mental health care needs) to begin with? Access to health care and effective and appropriate health care are not synonymous. The reality is that GPs are not specifically trained to manage psychiatric disorders. Authorizing GPs to bill OHIP for an unlimited number of psychotherapy sessions per year may not only cause inadvertent harm to patients (i.e. increased dependency, worsening of symptoms) and doctors; given the unique demands associated with providing psychological care, but may also lead to increased wait times and diminished quality of care for other patients. In my opinion, a more appropriate avenue would be to implement a program that provides public funding for psychotherapists, psychologists and/or clinical counsellors i.e. those solely trained to manage and/or treat psychiatric illness, while still allowing GPs to provide psychotherapy within a system that has implemented the appropriate checks and bounds to ensure quality of care and prevent misuse. Mental health care is undoubtedly important and I think it's important that patients receive the most appropriate and effective care. This, is second to none.
  11. Far too many GPs are offering ongoing psychotherapy when they are ill-adequately trained to do so. Presently, they can bill OHIP for an unlimited number of "psychotherapy" sessions per year. This contravenes the scope and purpose of evidenced-based psychotherapy which is most commonly limited to X number of sessions. Ford's proposed plan aims to hold doctor's accountable who unscrupulously bill OHIP for mental health care rendered that is not always in the best interests of the patient. The proposed changes do not seek to cease the ability of doctor's to provide psychotherapy, but rather to limit the maximum number of sessions doctor's can bill OHIP under this category, and further, to discourage the practice of "boutique psychiatrists" i.e. those psychiatrist whom only see a select few patients multiple times per year and who selectively avoid new patient intakes. The proposed changes are reasonable and justified. Increased efficiency and improved quality of care are steps in the right direction.
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