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  1. Look forward to meeting all of you who accepted and hope that those of you who chose elsewhere enjoy the heck out of your MScOT experience!
  2. Unfortunately, I can't help you there, that's a personal decision and it kind of comes down to what you value. When I faced the same question I chose Toronto over London because the bigger city suited my lifestyle better and I really liked the placement opportunities and (relatively) accessible options that UofT's catchment area offered. That being said, UofT's campus is integrated within the city whereas Westen's is more of its own thing. If possible, I'd recommend visiting each and getting a feel for what each city has to offer. Doing that certainly was beneficial in my decision-making proc
  3. Hey there, I actually believe I just posted my response to this on the UofA vs UofT thread but I'll post it here as well for anyone else who may be curious. I would have posted a little sooner but I got pretty swamped. Unfortunately, I can't speak to the likelihood of you getting that placement but what I can do is explain the process for out of catchment placements as I understand it. So, for your first placement, you're going to be placed within UofT's catchment area. After that; however, I believe you have the option of applying to be placed elsewhere. For instance, there are several
  4. Unfortunately, I can't speak to the likelihood of you getting that placement but what I can do is explain the process for out of catchment placements as I understand it. So, for your first placement, you're going to be placed within UofT's catchment area. After that; however, I believe you have the option of applying to be placed elsewhere. For instance, there are several fieldwork placements up in Northern Ontario that are facilitated through UofT. Also, you are eligible to be placed internationally, should you choose a country and work with the department to find a fieldwork opportunity. Whe
  5. Current UofT OT1 student here. I was trying to choose between Western and UofT last year and ended up going with the latter. Here are some thoughts I shared with a student in a similar situation on another thread. I'm not sure if it's the greatest breakdown of UofT's program or not but it's a start. When I was choosing, I went to UofT's open house and had a few lengthy conversations with the program supervisor at Western and found both resources to be helpful for me. After speaking with some OT2s, I think you can ask for placements in places like hand therapy but I'm uncertain as to the effec
  6. No problemo! If you have any more questions feel free to ask. Others may be wondering the same. I started this thread as a welcome and also because it's something that I wish I had last year when I was trying to make up my mind. We're here to help! Remember, whatever you decide will be the right decision for you. I'm sure every OT program out there has its merits and will be filled with bright and benevolent future OTs
  7. Current UofT OT1 student here. In a nutshell... PRO: UofT offers a wicked catchment area (no moving required, all accessible via transit), good research opportunities, a highly respected staff (some of the books you'll use are legitimately written by the staff here - e.g. "Enabling Occupation II"), facility isn't half bad either, and Toronto's a pretty cool area. CON: Housing can be expensive (though you can find reasonable places to live that won't blow your budget out of the water too) and UofT is big on research and theory, so if that's not your thing, you may feel yourself getting a
  8. So 'Chillz' did a pretty great job at answering and summarizing all of your questions but just a bit more information (that is hopefully correct haha). First off, I'm pretty sure all OT programs are required to do some form of research. A year ago, I remember looking at Western and the only difference was that, just like their placements, research was spread over two years as opposed to being backloaded like UofT's is. Also, I know that a few years back when my sister was an OT student at Queens, she too had some form of research to complete. From my understanding (which I'm sure must be bias
  9. O-Week is still a work in progress but, rest assured, we've got good people working to make it as fun, inclusive, and accessible as possible. Last time I checked, I believe September 1st was being targeted as the start date. After you submit your acceptance you should receive a package of UofT info which should include an O-Week flyer. If you decide you want to go or have more questions, there will be an email address included where you can send any further inquiries. Also, you do not have to attend all of the different events so if you miss the first one, you can always catch up with everyone
  10. Choosing which university to attend can be a daunting task, especially when you're about to commit yourself to spending most of the next two years on campus and in the surrounding city. A year ago when I was trying to decide, I got my, sister who's actually an OT (went to Queens), to print off the curriculum and schedule of the universities I was considering and then redact any university identifying information so that I could try to evaluate each program in as unbiased a way a possible. We went through each, labeled pros and cons of each and then started looking at university specific things
  11. If you've decided to accept you UofT offer and want to join the facebook group for the 2019 class, send me a DM and I can link you.
  12. Congrats! I just saw your post on the other thread, looks almost identical to my experience a year ago. Looking forward to meeting you and hope we start to see a few more people popping up on here soon
  13. A little early (don't worry, still a couple hours before the first acceptance emails go out, you haven't missed anything) but there is a new thread open for those students accepted into OT @ UofT. The idea of this forum is to let students connect and get to know each other a little bit ahead of time. Also, maybe answer a few questions from a current student's perspective. Accepted 2017: Occupational Therapy @ University Of Toronto http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/95416-accepted-2017-occupational-therapy-university-of-toronto/ BEST OF LUCK!
  14. Hello, successful UofT applicants! First of all, congrats! I’m sure the last few months of waiting weren’t the least stressful of your life but you’ve made it through. I’m presently an OT1 at UofT and also part of the O-Week Team for next September. With any luck, I’ll be an OT2 by the time you all join us in the Fall. I just wanted to open up this forum an opportunity for newly accepted OT students at UofT to get to know each other a little bit ahead of time and maybe answer a few questions (from a student’s perspective) along the way. After you have accepted your offer letter t
  15. Firmly Accepted the OT offer from UofT. UWO waitlist should move up as a result. Best of luck to everyone! Welcome event was good. I'd be lying if I said it didn't influence me at least a bit. It was basically an introduction to the program (studies, placements, etc...), a few testimonials from students, Q&A, and a tour of the Rehabilitation Sciences building (where most of our schooling will take place).
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