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Everything posted by PeaTea30

  1. From U of T PTs website in the FAQs about GPA section: "Any upgrades completed should be at the senior (3rd or 4th year) level, unless they are prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses are permitted to be at the 1st and 2nd year level. We also recommend that applicants take courses in the life sciences/social sciences/humanities, as these subjects are most relevant to the MScPT program." https://www.physicaltherapy.utoronto.ca/admissions/faqs/
  2. Take a read through this paper by Mathur (2011): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3076909/ I also made 2 summary posts on my IG account (@cdnphysiostudent) about this very topic and the above article on Dec 16 & 17, 2019 if you wanted to check them out as well: - Post 1: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6JfW0NBUit/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link - Post 2: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6MclMlBfpC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Judging by the comments section and discussions I've had with other PTs and PT students, the field seems to be pretty split on this topic. There's pros and cons to both for sure, but I'm under the impression that we'll be moving towards the DPT in the next 20 yrs or so (as you alluded to).
  3. Exercise, activity modification, education, and reassurance are some of our most powerful and impactful skills/tools that we have as physiotherapists. What makes these even more powerful is that they can all be done remotely and do not require the use of our hands. Yes, we are in a hands-on profession - there's no way around that - but our hands are most certainly not the be-all and end-all of what we have to offer to our patients. In fact, the evidence base actually supports the use of the aforementioned skills I mentioned as the most effective interventions physiotherapists can provide to improve function, self-management, and quality of life of the people we serve. Virtual PT is still relatively new to the field, but like you mentioned, it has most certainly boomed since the dawn of COVID-19. It's allowed us to stay connected to our patients by helping them in ways that they didn't think we could. I've done some virtual myself and have seen great outcomes. Many others have experienced the same. As a result of this, tons of clinics have moved to a hybrid model of offering both virtual and in-person care to their patients. So to answer your questions: Is it authentic? Yes. Can it produce desirable results in our patients? Yes. Is it Ethical? Yes, as long as it's done on a HIPPA compliant medium (e.g., Jane App). Virtual is a great asset, no doubt. It's also helpful to think about it this way: Since being a physio student, how many of your friends and family members have texted you asking for advice on how to "fix" some type of ache or pain they're experiencing? I'm going make the assumption that it's happened to you quite a few times. The important thing to gain from these messages is understanding that if they didn't see the value in asking you for advice remotely, they most likely wouldn't have done it. But clearly they do see the value and your expertise matters to them. Just something to think about. To learn more, I'd recommend listening to some of the following pods: - Skip to 3:00: https://synergysportsmedicine.com/is-working-from-home-a-pain-in-the-neck/ - Skip to 13:53: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/physio-network-virtual-rehab-coffee-time-espressocast/id1336306312?i=1000471061241 Hope that helps!
  4. Hello, PT people! Interested in learning more about the PT student experience at Queen's University? Check out my video below!
  5. Hello, PT people! Want to learn more about the physiotherapy program at the University of Manitoba? Check out my latest interview with a current U of M PT student!
  6. Hello, PT people! Want to learn more about the physio program at McGill? Check out my latest interview with a current second year student in the program!
  7. Hello, PT people! Want to learn more about the PT program at USask? Check out my latest interview with a current first year PT student in the program!
  8. To echo the statements above: Just chill. PT school is very demanding, so just take this time to enjoy yourself.
  9. Hey! As you mentioned above, the $ value of a start-up clinic is going to vary tremendously by region, so it's tough to give a straight answer for that. However, to answer your second question: yes, we are taught some of the basics on how to go about starting a PT business. At Queen's we had an accelerated (3 wk) business course at the end of our program. Our final project was to develop a PT business. For more info on this, check out my video below. Hope this helps!
  10. Congrats to anyone who recently received an invite to do the CAP! Check out my video above to get some tips on how to crush it. Enjoy!
  11. Hello, PT people! Anyone who's been through the process of studying/practicing for the written and clinical of the physiotherapy competency exam (PCE) understands the absolute grind associated with it. Given that, over the past 6 months I've been able to put together 2 videos that show you how I went about preparing for both of these exams. If you're interested in seeing a glimpse of the process of challenging the PCE in Canada, check them out below!
  12. Hey PT applicants! If you need some tips/guidance with certain portions of your PT school applications, check out some of my videos below.
  13. I got in with a 3.72 GPA in 2017. I second the statement above - definitely worth applying.
  14. Hey there! Here's a video I made summarizing my work and volunteer experiences that I took on prior to attending PT school. Hope it helps!
  15. You're very welcome! You are correct. The PCE is a separate entity. It is a test created by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. They offer it 5x/year (I believe) in various locations across the country. The test is a computer-based exam with 200 questions multiple choice questions and you have 4 hours to complete it.
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