AspiringPT reacted to cubes868 in Personal PT Program Experiences
U of T revamped the curriculum for class of 2021 and it was a learning curve. However, I truly love it. We have a mix of lectures and small group learning. In the labs when learning/practicing hands on skills they provide it via a case study in order to stimulate our learning and get us thinking. We have numerous clinicians from the community to come in and be TAs. This serves two great purposes 1) making connections and 2) give "real world" advice. But, what I really love at U of T is the exam testing. We are no longer required to memorize small, pointless facts (like stress-strain curve). We only have one exam per unit and it is a clinical exam. For example, a question could be: "You are seeing Mr. X, he complains of xyz and has xyz. What are your top 3 priorities when treating Mr. X" and you have about 6 options to choose from. The longer answer focuses on a case and preparing a treatment plan for a patient as well as creating short and long term goals for the patient. This type of testing is so much more useful than what other schools currently do. As far as I am aware Western PT still has like 5 courses with 5 different midterms and exams (very similar to undergrad). Additionally, at U of T we now have ACE days. Thus, for each unit we are given one day off to go shadow for 3 hours. The program sets you up at a site and you attend that site every Thursday for 3 hours. It was super beneficial to be able to apply what we were learning at our ACE days. This is also helps the fact that we get clinical exposure early even though our first placement isn't until June. I was in the hospital shadowing my 3rd week being in PT school which is awesome.
How was U of T's response to COVID? I think it was great. We adapted an online curriculum quickly and we pushed ahead the content that we could learn (we were about to start neuro when schools shut down). We did all of the "theory" for neuro but when we couldn't get back to class they shifted another unit ahead that involved theory (Critical Thinking). We currently just started research as that can be done online. The plan is that once we come back we will do the lab portion of neuro and critical thinking. We have townhall meetings once a week for the program director to update us which has been great. She has said that no matter what, she wants to ensure that we get the same quality education as if we did not have COVID. This is a reason why we haven't switched to online labs. She doesn't want to compromise our learning experience. Thus, she is willing to extend the program and we won't be paying extra tuition. SSM (the program director) is such an amazing person. Everyone in our class loves her.
U of T is shifting to a PBL model as well. We still have lectures but we have small group sessions throughout the week to discuss a case and during the labs we are required to do the pre-work to review what we are doing. This was extremely frustrating at first because the faculty wouldn't just give us the answers. They would review how to do it after we all had a chance to try it and ask the TAs for help. However, that being said all PT schools in Canada do an amazing job of preparing you. As long as you're willing to put in the effort, you will be fine! Pick the school where you see yourself excelling the most (considering your own learning style, and the city). I picked U of T and I have 0 regrets. Living in Toronto is very expensive but there is always something to do. Such an amazing city to live in at this age and the amount of specialists in the area is amazing. Message me if you have anymore questions.
To add, U of T does not place any less emphasis on MSK than the other units. We do MSK from middle/end of September to middle of December. Cardioresp from January to early March and then neuro from mid-march to end of May. Thus, you can see the units are evenly spread out.
AspiringPT reacted to NKBY in OT/PT accepted/waitlist/decline 2020 cycle
Also, for anyone in PT freaking out about which UofT campus they got into, I don't know what other people on this forum were talking about. I called UofT they confirmed they only have one PT campus, so if you got accepted you're at the St. George Campus! The only people at different campuses are for OT. Hope this can alleviate some anxiety!
AspiringPT reacted to PTPebbles in OT/PT accepted/waitlist/decline 2020 cycle
Hey everyone! Just wanted to say good luck to everyone who applied to Ontario schools for this week! It's the week we have all been waiting for and to have made it this far in your educational journey is already a big accomplishment, so be proud regardless. If you don't get in this year, just keep trying and hopefully next year will be your year!
AspiringPT reacted to J.H in OT/PT accepted/waitlist/decline 2020 cycle
Not OT, but here's my experience:
I took a year between high school and college to travel and volunteer, it remains one of the best decision I've ever made. I started post-secondary at a college, and my first degree took 5 years.
I took a year between finishing my first degree and starting my second to travel more and work and live somewhere different, and I'm glad I did then too. My second degree (education) took two years.
After my second degree, yep, I took some time to travel. I worked in wildfire during many of these years, and then as a substitute teacher. I really hadn't thought of OT or PT as a career, ever. Maybe the thought crossed my mind for a second... like "hmmm maybe I'll be a photographer, maybe I'll be a marine biologist, maybe I'll be a PT." But things can change pretty drastically...
I had a ski accident in my last semester of my ed degree (2016), it took an 8.5 hour surgery, a week in the hospital, 2 years of follow up appointments with my surgeon, and now 4 years of physiotherapy, and things are still not quite right. I know I will never be without pain (chronic pain sufferers whatup!), and will never have quite the mobility or strength I had before. But physio helps me, so I keep doing it. Then, about 9 months after my accident, I went travelling (again) and got incredibly sick in Morocco. Now, having been sick in other countries before, I know that, for me, it usually only lasts a couple days. This time, it lasted much much longer. I came back to Canada, still sick, couldn't work for months, went to every specialist in the province (Alberta), and had every test that I didn't even know existed. No one could figure out what went wrong. It took a lot of time (I still have the occasional relapse) but I eventually improved.
These things, like a lot of our life events, can change you. So, somewhere along the way I started to realize I needed a career change. This is when I really started to look at PT, it helped me so much, and the more I looked into it, the more it fit what I was looking for at this point in my life, and looking forward as well.
Now I'm 30, and I've been doing pre-req courses, and I'm waiting on admission decisions. I'm glad that I'm doing this now though. I know what I want, and why; I've been through enough stressful situations (especially working in emergencies/wildfire) to know how I react and handle stress; I know what its like to be a patient, to be in pain, or to not speak the language, or to be frustrated with the medical system; and I travelled until I burned off enough of the wanderlust that I am more focused now than I ever was during undergrad.
TL; DR: It honestly will be okay if things take a bit more time, I know it doesn't always seem like it. Best advice I've received: just take advantage of the time you have.