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  1. One thing that I would suggest would be to volunteer/ get involved with as many different populations as you can; indigenous, children, elderly, pregnant women ect another avenue that the profession is moving towards is primary prevention... getting involved with local community programs would be a great start for this. You want to try and create a "well rounded" application and particularly for Mac being able to discuss experiences with different populations would be really valuable in the interview. Another tip for Mac would be to get as much teamwork and leadership experience as you can, this will tailor your application to the program which has a lot of group based, self directed learning. You want to be able to speak to the fact that you have done and are good at many of the skills you will need to be successful in the program (working with others, leading group projects, facilitating groups ect)
  2. It was shared with current students that they offered the same amount of seats as they always have.
  3. Mac offered the same amount of seats as they always do this year (for PT I cant comment for OT)
  4. Majority of the cohort lives west of the school towards the borders of Dundas and Ancaster as well as in Westdale (lots of apartment buildings that are not houses of 7+). In regards to living downtown it has its perks ie close to restaurants but is also a longer commute (bus system is good but also not perfect) really depends what you value more!
  5. Wait list positions are released in blocks, only after the initial offers expire will the first round of waitlist spots be released if someone gets off the waitlist they will have X amount of days to accept or decline and so forth ie if someone declined a spot 5 days ago nobody will have received any notification to get off a waitlist until after June 12th.
  6. To answer how many students each Hospital takes - it varies a lot per clinical placement, the hospital doesn't make the decision on how many students to take, this is up to preceptors offering students clinical placements. I have seen as high as ~6 clinical placements offered at one hospital (all on different units) and sometimes the same hospital doesn't offer any, it really just comes down to preceptor availability. In regards to the list of partners I would guess this is not a list that is updated very frequently, the faculty is constantly recruiting new preceptors and preceptors change when they offer placements to students all the time so this would be difficult to tract but I am sure it gives a rough idea of the options !
  7. @GivinPTaShot Not sure what you mean by limited, quantity or quality of placements? We have not had any issues with getting enough placements for our cohort, in terms of options I can't speak to UofT's as I am not familiar but we have lots of teaching hospitals in Hamilton including a children's hospital. We also span into the Niagara region and Guelph (along with many others) further increasing the # of Hospital placements. Keep in mind Mac has the northern studies stream and thus some classmates go up north each placement. How placements are assigned: You get assigned placement settings in each of the 4 placements (need to have one acute, rehab and community) within your assigned setting you rank from 1-10 your placement preferences and you get assigned based on a ranking system that takes into consideration what placements your peers ranked as well.
  8. Spiral Curriculum in short: Every unit you learn some MSK, cardio resp and Neuro each unit (5 in total) and they built in complexity as you progress. This means that each clinical exam you will have all 3 components tested which simulates the national exam very well in my opinion (need to be able to switch from MSK to neuro ect very quickly) Year 1 your research classes focus on interpreting evidence and how you can incorporate this into your tutorial groups, you progress to learning about systematic reviews and scoping reviews and in year 2 under the guidance of a supervisor you complete either of those 2 projects. Have a very high chance for publication Electives: Only available in year 2 in either of the last 2 units some examples are advanced MSK, women's health & paediatrics but these could change based on feedback as they've only been implemented for one cohort so far (its new for the curriculum)
  9. In regards to the learning gap, graduate studies is fairly different compared to undergrad and thus a natural learning curve occurs at the start, I wouldn't say its worse due to PBL. As well lots of students come from non traditional programs and do well within the model so I wouldn't be concerned about that. Keep in mind PBL is a new concept for almost everyone entering the program unless they were exposed to it in undergrad so your "background" doesn't really play a big role. For online learning it was a smooth and easy transition! The workload is fairly intense but you need to remember youre preparing for your future career, this should be material you are passionate about which helps with the high expectations. I work harder compared to undergrad because this is what I am invested in, you simply don't do the courses just to "get by" at the end of the program you will be a respected health care professional (after the national exams) so the material has a lifelong importance ! In regards to the amount of in person classes, it tends to be fairly less compared to other classes due to problem based learning/ self directed. In the early units you are in class a lot more frequently but as you progress this decreases significantly to around 18-20 hours depending on the week (schedules change a lot)
  10. Can speak in regards to Mac; for paeds placements they are offered and historically are fairly popular but they do exist, and you start your first placement in January of your first year so spend unit 1 from august - Dec in the class. Placements alternate with academic units, 5 academic units and 4 placements this is different compared to Queens which ends on back to back placements. If you are interested in paeds Mac offers electives in year 2 (advanced MSK, paeds and women's health to name a few) this is a chance to further pursue specific studies which you may be passionate about! Con about the program, which is the same in a lot of schools is a large catchment area. But usually you have classmates in a lot of towns that rank the out of hamilton placements high and this helps (ie Niagara region, oakville ect)
  11. I dont believe OTs have the same number of OSCEs as in the PT program. I am in PT at Mac but have friends in OT and it doesn't seem like its the same practical testing in the sense of an "OSCE" where its 12-14 stations in the PT program. I do believe they have some form of clinical testing but can't comment to its full extent. It would be less compared to the 10 in the PT program, keep in mind OT's don't need to do a practical exam after graduating in Canada. * this info is second hand so don't quote me on this and if someone has more info knowledge by all means share it!
  12. A note on international placements; all Ontario schools offer these
  13. For the program we are all very close with one another, PBL helps to create that atmosphere with the amount of small group work! A lot of walking trails, and hiking spots are in the west end hamilton (including Dundas and Ancaster). I would say more people spend most of their time outside of the downtown compared to non. For parking it really depends on where you live and what streets some are limited year round vs others not. In terms of do I feel prepared to enter the work field, I feel confident in my abilities to clinically reason and to problem solve which is something that really is emphasized within the program. In regards to skills in particular I feel that confidence for that just comes with repetition! I also really don't feel like we are left on our own to learn the material, each small group has an experienced tutor which helps guide you in the right direction. We definitely still have lots of assigned readings and textbooks that cover the basis. I would agree with you that people are used to didactic learning mainly from undergrad experiences, we definitely are taught backwards where you are given a case and need to come to a diagnosis (or clinical picture) instead of being given a condition first. To me this is what helps prepare Mac grads as it helps to reinforce problem solving/ clinical reasoning. But with that said Mac isn't for everyone and thats totally fair !
  14. One of the reasons why I choose Mac was for the new spiral curriculum, in the old curriculum (much like other programs I believe correct me if I am wrong tho) you would learn all MSK one unit, all CR another and all neuro another ect. New curriculum is you learn some MSK, some CR and neuro every unit and the complexity builds on itself. This is great as it simulates how we are tested in the national exam ie in each room it could be someone with a different system condition (helps you to practice switching from MSK to neuro very quickly). Mac also has 10 OSCEs (clinical exams) 2 in each unit, the midterm ones arnt as formal as the final in regards to stations and simulations of the real practical exam we all need to pass, but 10 clinical exams is a fair amount of practice you get for the national exam (I am unsure of how many clinical exams other programs have)
  15. Housing was fairly easy to find in my experience, most of the class ends up living together to be honest with you. Some areas to look into would be Dundas and West end hamilton (this is where the majority of grad students live). Once the class is finalized an official facebook page will be made which will help with getting in touch with classmates !
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