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  1. I am currently seeking out jobs and from what we have been told by AHS there are plenty, last time we were told there were more than 200 OT jobs in the province in AHS alone. I feel like it also depends on where you want to work. There is a lot of opportunity to go rural but even some of the hospitals are having a huge problem with vacant OT positions that they've not experienced in the past. Also it seems that Edmonton has more jobs than Calgary but hard to say. I have yet to interview so I feel like I don't have the best or most accurate understanding of the reality of the current job prospects. I hope this helped a bit!
  2. The first years/program will send you an email I think in the next week or two for your FB group. It's been created I know that much but I believe it's closed until they send that email out. Generally, I would advise you to be close to the train. Avoid the north east of the city it can be a bit dodgy over there. Anywhere near Whyte or just south of it will be good so Allendale and those areas. Otherwise I know a few people live downtown near corona and Grandin station and that works well for them. Try to avoid having to bus and train because it makes your commute horrible especially in the winter. Also if you live in the south near century park keep in mind a lot of the hospitals where you may have placement at are downtown or by the u of a. South East isn't the most transit friendly either. Just for everyone that is stressed out, know that it's completely normal and expected. Moving and grad school are major changes that everyone in your cohort will be unsure about. Try to get to know people in your cohort and use them as supports! Take it day by day and trust me you'll learn to manage your stress. Happy to answer anymore questions you have
  3. In case anyone in the future reads this, currently bc application is $375. You are on a lottery system to get an application and can rank different cities that you would be able to go to. So don't worry if you do get the chance to go to bc they will only send you to one of those towns.
  4. As I'm just wrapping it up I would say most programs have their quirks but that the staff at u of a really value student input and try to change things constantly for the better. Depending on your learning style you need to determine if you would be able to pay attention to video conferencing if you go to the Calgary campus. I can't speak to that campus itself as I didn't go but we occasionally had video conference from Calgary to Edmonton and I found it very difficult to pay attention so I'm happy I didn't go to that campus. Hmm the program content can be heavy, especially the first term of second year. Your experience will probably be different but in this level of degree they always reminded us grades don't matter (but they do for scholarships - so if you don't care about that, I know people that just passed and were fine with it). For placements, it's handy to have a car. Especially for your mandatory rural placement. If you don't have one, that's ok, but try to live near school or downtown by transit (specifically the train line, not via buses they are a lot less predictable in Edmonton). Feel free to ask me more specific questions but that's all I can think of off the top of my head for general pros/cons.
  5. I would avoid hub, I've heard horror stories about it being infested with mice. Do anywhere near Whyte or grad residence if you can afford it. With grad res you can end your lease early if you end up leaving Edmonton for your placement in may.
  6. Not sure if this is helpful or not but there were people accepted up until the day classes began last year. The girl accepted came down for the first week and then moved the next weekend. Stressful but I'm sure she would say worth it. Good luck you guys! Hope you hear sooner rather than later
  7. 1. This is tough to answer, I think all of the professors vary greatly. Within any program you will have some that are amazing and inspire you. Others leave more to be desired. I would say overall that the professors are good at what they do. To answer the next part of your question, again it's hard to generalize. I think a big thing that I learned this year was that there often is not clear cut criteria for marking (I would say this is more evident in second term). This is intentional albeit frustrating at times. The program emphasizes that you won't always have a guideline and I was challenged by this because it was much different than my undergraduate experience. With that being said, this style of teaching and some ambiguity helps you start to learn how to 'think' like an OT, and how to use clinical reasoning. Final point to all of this above is that although they say grades don't matter at this point, my grades I would say have been about the same as my undergraduate degree. So I think for the most part they mark fairly especially understanding and marking to the stage of the program we are in. Ie) the quality of first term chart notes would score a lot worse in second term because there is an expectation for learning/improvement. 2. I guess one of my complaints is not knowing about fieldwork placements early enough in my opinion. We don't usually find out where our placements are until about 6 weeks (I think) before you start. Which is not a lot of time to organize for housing if you need to go rural or to another city. They do really try to take into account our feedback and we had a townhall to give suggestions for change. Another thing that you will need to get used to which suck are 3 hr classes. Again this was the worst mostly in second semester, we had multiple classes that were 3 hrs once a week. I don't think that will change unfortunately. This isn't a negative but to speak about your earlier comment about profs and if marking is fair... We have A LOT of guest speakers that come in to teach us about their speciality topics. Especially for 583/584 (human systems or something), this is great because you get working OTs that are experts in their field coming to lecture. BUT the crappy thing about that is the finals are compiled content that is done by the course coordinator and feel a little disjointed. But to add to that, any tests or questions that don't preform well, the profs or department will add marks if it is deemed a bad question. So don't stress! They want to see us all succeed, even though it's stressful when a test doesn't go the best, at the end of the day you will graduate and be an OT! 3. So MANY PEOPLE ARE FROM BC. haha we have tons of students from there I'd say like 30-40% of the cohort but that's a guess. I think it's important to know that it is VERY expensive to try to enter the lottery system to go to BC for a placement. Last time I heard it was almost about $500 (rounding up) to even get your name on a list to get a BC placement and it's non refundable and no guarantee. I don't even think you can put your name down for a specific town or city(i could be wrong on that). I think that was a major disappointment for people hoping to go home. Whether you go to uofa or western this will likely be the same, the only people that really can get BC placements that won't cost a lot of money are UBC students. This could change but it seems like every year it is getting more expensive and less opportunities to do placement there. PHEW. That was long, hopefully it answered your questions let me know if you have anymore, I am happy to help.
  8. I can only speak for uofa so let me know if there's anything specifically you want to know about. I like the school and plan on working in Alberta. That's often a big deciding factor for people because you are more likely to make connections in the province you go to school in thus have better job opportunity there. But obviously there are exceptions to this.
  9. Current student here. Second years are going to be setting up a page for you guys where you can connect with other students and try to find housing together. Some students apply for graduate residence but it is one of the pricier options. Lots of people end up sharing housing with second years or physio students etc. Another option is looking at Kijiji or rentfaster, just make sure you search your commute if you move further from u of a cause first semester there are 8am classes some days sadly. Haha. Hope that helps, we got an email from the department once the FB page was made, it likely will be a couple weeks until we get that set up but stay tuned.
  10. I had concerns going from a kin background to OT thinking it may be a good too 'fluffy.' I wish that were the case some days. I would certainly say that in some semester there are heavier science based classes than others. First term our human systems class was 4 credits and I felt like the lab could have been a stand alone course. Many people went on weekends for at least half of the semester to practice labs for our final. That class also started with neuroscience. The rest of the classes that semester weren't so bad. Another class we had was science and research based on outcome measures of different screens like MoCA, Exit etc. This semester they have really started to emphasize research evaluation and evidenced based practice. I think I was surprised just how much science we delve into. My program is an MScOT though so it may be different for the MOT programs. Other than that, it isn't engineering, they want you to succeed and those that dont are very few (and most resources to help them have been exhausted at that point). Hopefully that answered everything.
  11. Hi I'm at U of A right now (a female). We have about 120 students in the program and I believe 14 males, so a little more than 10%. The guys are pretty tight I would say and I don't think they find it to be a negative.
  12. https://www.ualberta.ca/occupational-therapy/msc-in-occupational-therapy/program-overview Hopefully that links straight to the slide show. I've only found the course layout under program overview on the UofA's OT site.
  13. https://cloudfront.ualberta.ca/-/media/rehabilitation/faculty-site/departments/ot/documents/scholar-stream2017-3.pdf This may be helpful for those of you that are interested in the scholar stream, more information than what was on our emails
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