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  1. Wow that's a good MCAT score! I'm in a similar boat as you albeit with a lower MCAT score. I'm not quite sure how to improve the EC score with UofA. Would anyone with recent success with writing the PA section be able to shed some light on what type of writing they prefer in there? It seems to me UofA has recently shifted more weighing towards ECs in general.
  2. I would love to join! If anyone could PM me I’d appreciate it
  3. I’d be interested! Please DM me.
  4. U of A PT wait list usually moves 20-25 spots. They usually also tell you what spot you are. Best of luck!
  5. Is that common? It's odd that they never mentioned anything about that possibility in the rejection email
  6. Did anyone else get an interview invite after initially getting a rejection letter?
  7. It's a blast! There are 3 physical locations that you can be at. Edmonton, Camrose or Calgary. Camrose (10-12 peeps) and Calgary (20 ish peeps) are the satellites that more often than not join into the larger (80-90 peeps) Edmonton class for lectures and labs. It's a seamless process and I would argue being at the satellites is much better for all the hands-on labs as you have more 1-1 time with your instructors. The 'TA's for every specific hands-on labs are brilliant as they are all established and well-experienced CURRENT practicing physiotherapists that take time out of their busy work schedule to come into the labs and guide your hands in the labs. They are not just TAs that have learned the curriculum and are there to help. Socially it's also brilliant. There's a lot of social activities that you can choose to be a part of. There's also no social pressure if you're also more of a lone wolf and tend to pick and choose your events to join. You spend most days 8-5 with the same people for 2 years and a half so everyone becomes a brother and sister in the program so it's really fun to just hang out with them doing stuff like curling, bowling, galas, game nights waterparks etc. OT/PT/SLP all kind of hang out in the same building (Corbett hall) so there's no worry in the winter of walking around -40 campus to get to anywhere. All and any classes are taught in there. That building becomes home. There is a fun lounge room that you spend most of your non-studying non-class hang out time in with all other PT/OT/SLP students. ALL instructors are brilliant. ALL instructors are very accessible. Some instructors teaching parts of your curriculum are world-renowned in their field of practice so it is extremely fortunate to have them teaching your their ways. Placements are generally awesome too. There is a good system in place to make sure that you have the most successful placements possible with minimal influence of a 'bad clinical instructor'. The person in charge to assigning everyone's placements works very hard to make sure she coordinates the best placements possible for very needy 110 students haha. Workload intensity varies on who you ask. Some people still haven't come to grips with the idea that you are no longer in 3.7-4.0 hunt mode. Your GPA really doesn't matter anymore. You do have to maintain a 3.0 (or 3.3 can't remember) but that really shouldn't be a problem as the courses are not set up to challenge you beyond a 3.0. The ones that generally feel flooded are the ones that are aiming for 4.0s for scholarships or still feel that their GPA defines their success. If you can teach yourself to become more comfortable with 3.3-3.6 you can enjoy a much better balance of life throughout the program. Save all your energy for placements because those are really what make you a physio I can type for hours about the program. If you got any specific questions feel free to shoot me a message!
  8. Long answer short: Not really. If you are to be a licensed physiotherapist in Canada, it doesn't matter where you get your education everyone ends up writing the exact same nation-wide certification exams. Having said that though, most physiotherapy students eventually end up getting a job at one of their placements throughout their program. More 'established' institutions have a wider and more expansive network of clinics/hospitals which means you would have greater exposure and potential with them. Once you have graduated though, it's all fair game. You're as much as a physiotherapist as any other
  9. Hey there! Nice job at reaching out and trying to get help for yourself. You are right, prevention will be your best medicine while you're still as young as you are. I am based out of Alberta so I'm not 100% sure how physiotherapy works over in Mississauga. However, I am pretty sure you still don't need a doctor's referral for consulting a physiotherapist. The best way to go about addressing all your specific questions is to do a quick google search of physiotherapy clinics in your area and give them a call. They would love to answer all your insurance/funding/injury inquiries that you have. Physiotherapy will definitely help with your pain and a good physiotherapist will equip you with all the right personal tools and exercises to make sure you can stay in control of your body at all times Feel free to shoot me a message if you have any other specific questions.
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