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  1. Hey. I'm not in OT, but just want to say take everything you read on this forum with a grain of salt because the reality is we represent a small portion of the class. Those posts about U of T OT were made by 3 accounts that were all created within the last 3 days (or literally hours), so I'd say just be careful with what you trust. The statements may or may not be true! I used this forum for a couple years when applying to PT schools and didn't see these posts about U of T OT in the past.
  2. My first placement was near Toronto (my choice). You'll learn your way around Kingston pretty quick. The buses to those cities would take long and not really an option for placement. Like Elle said, if you're at one of those further locations, your options are to connect through classmates, pay double rent, or sublet your place in Kingston for the duration of your placement. Finding a sublet for 6 weeks isn't the easiest, but one of my classmates did it so I guess it's possible. Queen's also has some affiliations in some areas that might make it easier / cheaper.
  3. No worries. Ultimately, if you want the student life experience, obviously moving out will be the best way to get it! Even if you choose UofT, you could find a place with others who are entering the PT program to reduce the rent. Wherever you go and whatever you choose, just be sure to make the best of it because time flies!
  4. Hey, A lot of questions here! I went to U of T for undergrad (kin) and now in year 1 Queen's PT, so I'll try my best to give some general responses: 1) Job prospects: Once you're a registered physio, I don't think you'll have trouble finding a job based on the school you went to. PT is a very practical profession, so I'd imagine that the other schools get a lot of hand-on learning too! If you went to UofT, you may or may not make connections that lead to job offers in your last couple of placements, it's tough to say. Who knows, you may not even want to work there afterwards. Anyway.. I can't comment specifically on job prospects since I'm still in school. 2) Placements: You're right in that there are numerous top hospitals/facilities in Toronto / GTA. I assume that those will be everyone's top picks when it comes to placement selection haha.. so there may be some placements where you get one of your top picks and others that you don't. That's how it works at Queen's and I assume the process is similar at other schools to keep it fair. At Queen's there are some placements available in the Toronto / GTA area. My 1st placement was GTA. PT students in Canadian programs can also apply "out of catchment", meaning they can apply to another university's catchment area (once per year). 3) Community / social life: Vibe with our class is great as we spend so much time together. Everyone's pretty close-knit in that sense. I've found that it's a better sense of community compared to my undergrad at UofT - my classes were bigger at UofT and I commuted from home (Toronto), so it's like comparing apples to oranges. Kingston is awesome, and it's cool being right by the water. I lived in Toronto my whole life so I'll always love it too lol. I can't comment on UofT's PT class, not having the experience. Class size is a little bigger (approx 30 students), but I imagine they spend a lot of time together too. Bottom line: I believe you will get great education in any Ontario PT program! This probably hasn't helped much, but best of luck!!!
  5. Hey all! I'm not an OT, but a 1st year PT at Queen's so I'll try to chime in. If PT or OT is your dream, I'd say don't let something so small like catchment area take that away from you! I imagine the placement process is similar across different schools - you rate your top choices from a list and sometimes you get your #1, sometimes another top choice, and sometimes none of your top choices. I imagine this happens at all schools and is just a reality of our programs. Yes, Queen's has a large catchment due to it's location, but there are several options. For PT, we have several options in Kingston (which are most popular of course), some that are driving distance, and some not. If it's far, your classmates might have family or friends that live in an area and can possibly make arrangements. We've had people go to places like Cornwall and have ended up loving it - they connected with someone living there through a classmate. It's easy to ask around your class because everyone is close knit. There's also other opportunities, such as applying "out of catchment" (to other Canadian universities' catchment area) and options to apply abroad. I'm not sure how the OT program differs from the PT program... but all I'm saying is try not to stress out too much about it. We've all been there and can totally understand what you're feeling!
  6. It means they were audited this past Fall and have to make some adjustments to meet PEAC requirements. I believe U of T and Ottawa are also currently in probationary status and Western was until this past Fall. It seems they are doing fine in reaching their goals and I don’t think it’s much of a concern!
  7. I don’t miss this stress haha. Good luck everyone!!!
  8. Sounds good. As long as the program is accredited and you can do the national to become a registered PT, institution shouldn’t really matter.
  9. I applied to some UK schools for PT last year, one of them being Oxford Brookes. Most of the UK interviews I had were pretty relaxed. They asked me things based on NHS core competencies (ie describing a situation in which I demonstrated compassion), general background info about myself, why I want to become a physio, what qualities I think are important for being a good physio, what I like about their specific school/faculty, and asked about my work/volunteer experiences from my personal statement... OBU also sent me a physio-related video ahead of time and asked a couple questions about it. That's pretty much all I can remember... honestly half the interviews were them just getting to know you and pretty quick. I got a couple random questions here and there... ie asking me to define a word, such as "empathy" or "diversity".. So I'd say go over the following: -Review the NHS competencies -Think of some of your past OT-related or any school/work/volunteer experiences, so that you can pull from them if they ask experience-related questions. ie "Describe a situation where you worked with a team that was not working well. What did you do and what was the end result?".. or describing situations that were problematic, or presented ethical issues, etc.. -Do some research on the schools; things like campus, faculty, cohort/class size, program design.. so that you're prepared to tell them what you like about their school, if they ask -Why you want to become an OT and important qualities of being an OT -What you bring to the table. Basically why the school should choose you -Some of my interviews were Skype interviews and I made some notes ahead of time and quickly referred to them when needed -Also, if you have any Skype interviews, just check ahead of time that everything looks good on your webcam.. lightning, noise, environment (not messy), distance from screen, etc. Hope this helps!
  10. Lol what? The way you started your original post did come across pretty snobby dude. Just saying.
  11. Agree. Also depends where you live - will probably vary in big cities vs smaller towns. It will also depend on environment - private practice vs hospital for example. There’s a lot of conflicting info online. Some physios I’ve spoken to in Toronto private practices (msk) have said they started at $70k+ working full-time hours, and mentioned it should be at least $60k.
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