MScPT Curriculum Update and Modelling a Culture of Thinking Module – January 10, 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!  We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a brief update on our Renewed MScPT Curriculum that launched in September 2019.  To date, the students have completed Unit 1 – Critical Foundations in Physical Therapy and Unit 2 – Physical Therapy 1 which focused on the introduction and development of the physical therapy knowledge, critical thinking, assessment and treatment skills required to address common orthopedic conditions.  In addition, the students have completed 10 half day Active Clinical Exposure (ACE) site visits.  We thank you all for your support in hosting our students in the clinical environment, facilitating small groups and assisting in the labs.  The students love every opportunity to interact with the clinical community.

This week, the students began Unit 3 – Physical Therapy 2 which will provide students with the opportunity to integrate principles of cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, clinical pathobiology and dysfunction into the assessment and treatment of clients with cardiovascular, respiratory, and multi-morbidity conditions.  Our pillars of critical thinking, developing an inquiry mindset and professionalism continue to be at the forefront of all our curriculum design.

Our next online faculty development module is designed to help you develop your teaching skills: Modelling a Culture of Thinking.  In this module, we discuss what it means to establish a culture of thinking and its benefits to teaching and learning.  We will then take you through examples of what we mean by “thinking” in the profession of physical therapy, and explore ways of thinking that support deep and meaningful understanding.  Throughout the module, we consider concrete strategies that can be adapted to your own specific teaching and learning context. This module is designed to take anywhere from 25 to 60 minutes.

We look forward to working with you as we continue developing our Renewed MScPT Curriculum.