A Call For Research Projects!

Deadline for Submission – Monday May 14, 2018

The Department of Physical Therapy is preparing for the 2018/2019 Research Component of the MScPT Program and invites physical therapists with a Professional or Research Masters or PhD to submit a project outline and participate as research advisors to one of 18 MScPT student groups.  Each group will be comprised of approximately 5-6 students.  Research advisors will be paired with an established researcher (PhD) from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, referred to as the faculty advisor, who has experience with graduate student supervision.

The content of the research component of the MScPT program, entitled “Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice”, is amortized over three Units (Units 6, 10 and 12).  In Unit 6 (September 24, 2018 – October 12, 2018), the student groups will develop the research protocol and submit the protocol for Ethics approval.  The role of the research advisor is to facilitate this process with the support of the faculty advisor and a teaching assistant.  Due to the short duration of Unit 6, advisors are expected to meet weekly with students and review the final ethics protocol with a quick turnaround time of 1-2 days. To enable effective communication, we recommend a maximum of three advisors (not including the faculty advisor).  Note: We also ask that research and faculty advisors meet with student groups once in September 2018 prior to the start of Unit 6 to review study objectives and provide guidance on background literature for students to review in preparation for Unit 6.

Students will work on their projects throughout Units 8A (January 7, 2019 – April 5, 2019) and 8B (May 20, 2019 – June 14, 2019) having Mondays as protected research time.  Throughout this period, advisors maintain contact with students through email, phone and meetings as the project requires.  In Unit 10/12 (June 17, 2019 – July 26, 2019), the groups will analyse their data and complete a draft of a manuscript for publication and a poster.  Advisors facilitate data analysis and review drafts (no more than 2 drafts) of the manuscript and the poster. Faculty advisors provide guidance and support in the analysis and write-up phase.  Formal presentations and submission of the final manuscripts occur at the end of Unit 10/12. 

Potential projects for the MScPT Research Component must be relevant to physical therapy and can include:

  • Chart Reviews
  • Surveys
  • Program Evaluation
  • Pilot Studies (Quantitative or Qualitative)
  • Qualitative Studies (example: focus groups or in-depth interviews)
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • No Literature or Systematic Reviews
  • No mixed methods – projects requiring both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis are not feasible for the MScPT curriculum.

University of Toronto T-Space Initiative

T-Space (https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca) is University of Toronto (U of T) open access web space devoted to showcasing and preserving scholarly work accomplished at U of T.  The Department of Physical Therapy posts the scholarly products of each MScPT research project, including abstracts, conference citations and published articles, on T-Space.  This effort is to raise the profile of the research accomplishments made possible through successful collaboration among faculty, students, and the clinical community.

Online Project Submission

To submit a project:

  1. Click on the following link: https://app.rehab.utoronto.ca/ptresearchproject/

If the website does not open automatically, then cut and paste the URL into your Internet browser.

  1. Create an account to obtain a username and password.  If you created an account last year, your same username and password will still apply.
  2. Once you logon, click “Submit a new project” and complete the online form.  We recommend that you circulate a draft of your project description in Word to your co-advisors and when ready to submit, copy and paste into the online form.  You may save your project on the online form and revise at any time using the “Save” button.  When you are ready to submit the final version, click “Submit”.
  3. Links to examples of a qualitative and quantitative project outline are included on the website to provide a guide to the level of detail to include in the outlines.
  4. We’ve included a checklist for advisors to ensure their project outline meets the requirements for the MScPT curriculum.  Click on the link in the online form to access the checklist.

We are receiving an increasing number of project outlines each year. Selection will be based on the:

  • Quality of the project description,
  • Relevance of the project to physical therapy, and
  • Feasibility of the project in relation to the timelines of the MScPT research curriculum and the research capacity of the students.

The deadline for submission of projects is Monday May 14, 2018.  Please contact Nancy Salbach at 416-946-8558 or nancy.salbach@utoronto.ca or Cheryl Cott at 416-978-0301 or cheryl.cott@utoronto.ca if you have questions.