Exam Skills Preparation Workshops (ESP)

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Workshop Dates:

Session Dates Deadline to
Register
Written Component Workshop (MCQ)
Sat., March 11, 2017
Full Day
March 8, 2017
Written Component Workshop (MCQ)
Sun., June 11, 2017
Full Day

 

June 7, 2017
Clinical Component Workshop A
Sat., April 1, 2017
Full Day 
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Clinical Component Workshop B
Sat., April 22, 2017
Morning (Blue Bank) 
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Clinical Component Workshop B
Sat., April 22, 2017
Afternoon (Blue Bank) 
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Clinical Component Workshop B
Sun., April 23, 2017
Morning (Red Bank) 
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Clinical Component Workshop B
Sun., April 23, 2017
Afternoon (Red Bank) 
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***We recommend you register as early as possible, as these workshops fill quickly. Once the session is filled and no more spots are available, you will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if a spot opens up.

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.

Individuals who withdraw on or before the cancellation deadline will receive a refund to the credit card on which the original payment was made minus a $50 administration fee.

No REFUNDS will be given if you withdraw after the cancellation deadline or fail to appear on the session date.
The Cancellation deadline for the Written Component Workshop (MCQ) and the Clinical Component Workshop A will be 2 weeks before the workshop dates.
The Cancellation deadline for all of the Spring 2017 Clinical Component Workshop B will be April 7, 2017.

 


 

Written Component Workshop (MCQ)

The Written Component Workshop (MCQ) 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 Competency Exam (PCE). Practice tests during the workshop will be conducted on a computer-based platform.

The focus of the workshop is on answering multiple choice questions (MCQs), effective study techniques, and exam-taking preparation.  The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or “upgrading” content for physical therapy practice in Canada. 

This workshop was previously named MCQ Preparation Workshop.

Workshop Objectives
In the course of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Independently challenge computer-based multiple choice questions (MCQs) relevant to physical therapy practice in a timed setting
  • Review test answers and identify personal gaps in participant knowledge, approach, and/or clinical reasoning
  • Learn evidence-based strategies for effective studying  and identify key strategies to avoid
  • Hear from a recent, successful candidate of the PCE Written Component about his or her study strategies
  • Gain a network of potential study partners
  • Learn about additional resources that may help to fill personal knowledge gaps and improve study techniques

We have created the practice test questions to be representative of the distribution of topics and subtopics outlined in the Exam Blueprint published by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR).

Fees: Written Component Workshop (MCQ): $200
Workshop Time: 9:00am –  4:30pm

Link to register for the Written Component Workshop (MCQ) 


 

Clinical Component Workshops (OSCE)

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 PCE Clinical Component. Clinical Component Workshops A and B target the different needs of participants at different time points before the PCE Clinical Component.

Clinical Component Workshop A: Preparation

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

This workshop is focused on performance tips and study strategies. We recommend participants take this workshop as early as possible in their preparation, so that these strategies can be applied. The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or “upgrading” content for physical therapy practice in Canada. 

This workshop was previously named OSCE A: Preparation and Practice.

Workshop Objectives: Clinical Component Workshop A: Preparation

In the course of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Review performance tips and pitfalls commonly encountered by OSCE participants
  • Practice practical OSCE stations with peers and gain feedback on personal performance
  • Review personal OSCE performance on video
  • Practice written OSCE stations and gain strategies for effective answering
  • Gain insight into how to read and interpret OSCE stations by creating and evaluating OSCE-style stations
  • Gain a resource of study stations
  • Gain a network of potential study partners
  • Learn strategies for creating a study plan in preparation for the PCE Clinical Component

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: Clinical Component Workshop A: Preparation: $225
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Link to register for Clinical Component Workshop A: Preparation

 

Clinical Component Workshop B: Practice Exam

This half-day workshop provides the opportunity to cycle through multiple formal objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) stations, both written and practical, with standardized patients and skilled clinicians as examiners. This workshop will build on the skills learned in Clinical Component Workshop A: Preparation, but can be taken without participating in Clinical Component Workshop A.

This workshop is focused on providing a simulated exam experience to help participants develop effective techniques in dealing with exam anxiety, time limits, and thinking clearly under pressure. The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or “upgrading” content for physical therapy practice in Canada.

This workshop was previously named OSCE B: Practice Exam.

Workshop Objectives: Clinical Component Workshop B: Practice Exam               

In the course of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Perform formal, timed OSCE stations: both practical and written, 5-minute and 10-minute in a simulated exam experience
  • Receive immediate, targeted feedback on personal performance from skilled clinical examiners
  • Identify strategies to improve personal performance
  • Practice coping with the challenges of a high-stakes practical exam: time pressure, mock patients, formal examiners, thinking clearly while under pressure
  • Recognize key performance strategies for success in an OSCE-style examination

We have created the OSCE practice stations to be representative of the distribution of topics and subtopics outlined in the Exam Blueprint published by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR).

Two different Practice Exams are available: the Blue Bank and Red Bank of stations. The Blue Bank and Red Bank contain different practice OSCE stations, both refined through testing, and distributed to our best ability according to the CAPR Exam Blueprint.

 

Fees: Clinical Component Workshop B: Practice Exam: $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 Clinical Component Workshop B: Practice Exam


 

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: Written Component – Workshop (MCQ)  

Register: Clinical Component Workshop A: Preparation

Register: Clinical Component Workshop B: Practice Exam


 

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 (CAPR) 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, Ontario M5G 1v7

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 approximately $6 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 on which 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.

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