Exam Skills Preparation Workshops (ESP)

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Workshop Dates:

Session Dates Deadline to Register
MCQ Workshop Saturday November 5, 2016 – Full Day November 2, 2016
OSCE A: Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Full Day September 21, 2016***
OSCE B: Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Morning (Blue Bank) ***
OSCE B: Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Afternoon (Blue Bank) ***
OSCE B: Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Morning (Red Bank) ***
OSCE B: Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Afternoon (Red Bank) ***
OSCE B: Sunday, October 30, 2016 – Morning (Red Bank) ***
OSCE B: Sunday, October 30, 2016 – Afternoon (Red Bank) ***

***We recommend you register early as these workshops fill quickly.

Please Note:

ESP Workshops will be delivered on the above dates only if minimum enrollment numbers are met.
If the course reaches the maximum number of participants before the deadline, registration will close.
The Cancellation deadline for the MCQ and OSCE A Workshops will be 2 weeks before the workshop dates.
The Cancellation deadline for all of the 2016 Fall OSCE B Workshops will be October 7, 2016.


 

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exam Skills Preparation Workshop

The Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exam Skills Preparation Workshop is a skill development workshop to assist participants in preparing for and completing a competency-based multiple choice examination. These skills are valuable for those who are preparing for the written component of the physiotherapy qualifying exam. Practice tests during the workshop will be conducted on a computer-based platform.

The focus of the workshop is on exam-taking preparation.  The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or “upgrading” content for physical therapy practice in Canada.

Workshop Objectives
In the course of the workshop, participants will:

  • Independently challenge a set of computer-based multiple choice questions (MCQs) relevant to physical therapy practice in a timed setting
  • Review test answers and identify potential gaps in participant knowledge, approach, and/or clinical reasoning skills
  • Understand MCQ structure and strategies for successful studying for and writing of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) written component
  • Hear from a recent, successful candidate of the PCE written component about his or her study strategies

Fees: MCQ ESP Workshop: $200
Workshop Time: 8:30am –  4:30pm

Link to register for MCQ ESP Workshop 


 

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Exam Skills Preparation Workshops

The OIEPB Program and the Department of Physical Therapy offer two different skill development workshops for participants who are preparing for and want practice performing an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). These skills are valuable for those who have passed the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and are preparing for the Clinical Component. OSCE A and OSCE B Workshops target the different needs of participants at different time points before the PCE Clinical Component.

OSCE A: Preparation and Practice

This workshop assists participants in identifying a study plan, study strategies, and knowledge or skills that are required for successful completion of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) such as the Clinical Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam.

The workshop is focussed on performance tips and study strategies. The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or “upgrading” content for physical therapy practice in Canada.

Workshop Objectives: OSCE A: Preparation and Practice

In the course of the workshop, participants will:

  • Review performance tips and pitfalls commonly encountered by OSCE participants
  • Practice OSCE stations with peers
  • Review their own OSCE performance on video
  • Create OSCE-style stations, and gain a resource of study stations and learn thinking strategies useful in approaching new stations
  • Learn strategies for creating a study plan in preparation for the Clinical Component PCE

As this workshop is scheduled ~2 months prior to the PCE Clinical Component, participants will still have time to adjust their performance strategies and refine their preparation methods prior to challenging the PCE.

Fees: OSCE A: Preparation and Practice Workshop: $225
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Link to register for OSCE A: Preparation and Practice Workshop

OSCE B: Practice Exam

This half-day OSCE workshop provides the opportunity to cycle through multiple formal OSCE stations, both written and practical, with standardized patients and skilled clinicians as examiners. This workshop will build on the skills learned in OSCE A: Preparation and Practice, but can be taken without completing OSCE Part A.

The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or “upgrading” content for physical therapy practice in Canada.

Workshop Objectives: OSCE B: Practice Exam

In the course of the workshop, participants will:

  • Perform formal, timed OSCE stations: both practical and written, 5-minute and 10-minute in a mock exam experience
  • Receive feedback on personal performance from skilled clinical examiners
  • Recognize key performance strategies for success in an OSCE-style examination
  • Identify strategies to improve personal performance

The OSCE practice stations are representative of the topics, subtopics and type of questions found on the Alliance Blueprint.

Two different Practice Exams are available. The Blue Bank of stations consists largely of stations we have offered, tested and refined in previous sessions of the workshop. The Red Bank stations are new this session. The Red Bank and Blue Bank contain different practice OSCE stations.

 

Fees: OSCE B: Practice Exam Workshop: $350
Times: Two timeslots are offered on each date:

  • Morning Session: 8:15am – 12:15pm
  • Afternoon Session: 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Link to Register for OSCE B Practice Exam Workshop


 

Registration Instructions

There are two steps to register for the workshops:

  1. Complete the registration form and proceed to the online payment form.
  2. When you receive your confirmation email complete the Participant Profile survey.

For assistance please email iept.courses@utoronto.ca or call 416-946-3414.

Register: MCQ Exam Skills Workshop  

Register: OSCE A: Preparation and Practice Workshop

Register: OSCE B: Practice Exam Workshop


 

Workshop Preparation

All participants who are preparing for the Physiotherapy Competency Exam are recommended to review the materials and resources posted by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators on their webpage Preparing for the Exam.  Sample multiple choice and OSCE questions can be found in the Essential Guide for Candidates to the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and the list of content covered in the exam is shown in the Exam Blueprint.

Additional Details

Location

Department of Physical Therapy
Rehabilitation Sciences Building
University of Toronto
500 University Avenue, Toronto

Directions

By Subway: Travel to St. Patrick Station on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina Line). Exit on the NORTHWEST corner of University Ave. Walk north to 500 University Ave, the Rehabilitation Sciences Building (1 minute).

Driving: Parking is available in the parking garage behind 500 University Avenue on Simcoe Street. Simcoe Street is one block west of University Avenue and is a one-way street going north. To access the Parking Garage, turn north off Dundas Street onto Simcoe Street – the Parking Garage will be on your left. (Currently, parking at this garage costs $5 for the day).

GO Train: Walk or take the subway from Union Station to University and Dundas Street West and walk north on University Avenue to the Rehabilitation Sciences Building at 500 University Avenue

Cancellation Policy

Individuals who withdraw on or before the cancellation deadline will receive a refund to the credit card the original payment was made minus a $50 administration feeNo refunds will be issued to individuals who withdraw after the cancellation deadline or who fail to attend.

Full refunds will only be given if the workshop is cancelled.

 

Workshop Participant Shares His Experiences With Our Modular Programs

Here is a video of Farooq Ahmed, an internationally trained physical therapist who successfully completed modular courses in the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging (OIEPB) Program. He speaks about how the online courses and workshops enabled him to develop essential skills and knowledge to be a successful physical therapist in Canada.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the workshops, hybrid and online courses, please contact the Program Administrator by email at iept.courses@utoronto.ca or call 416-946-3414.