Exercise Training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: a Practical Approach – Fall 2016

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This hands-on course is offered on November 12th-13th, 2016 by the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. The course also includes an interactive online component prior to the hands-on weekend workshop.

This course will provide an evidence-based overview of pulmonary rehabilitation with a special focus on exercise that will be relevant for rehabilitation and exercise professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about exercise limitation and general training principles. They will administer and interpret the results of various exercise and functional tests commonly used in pulmonary rehabilitation programs such as field tests (6 Minute Walk, Incremental Shuttle Walk and Endurance Walk Test), strength, balance and inspiratory muscle testing and training. Oxygen therapy in the pulmonary rehabilitation setting will also be presented. A case study approach to exercise prescription will accompany the hands-on components.


The course will be taught be internationally-recognized experts in pulmonary rehabilitation.

Dr. Darlene Reid is a Professor and Chair of the Dept of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Dr Reid’s research themes have focused on dysfunction of the inspiratory and limb muscles in chronic lung disease that involves quantification of muscle structure and function at the cellular and macroscopic level. Recently, she has examined muscle oxygenation and the experience of pain in people living with COPD. Dr. Reid’s was the senior editor of the recently released second edition of the textbook Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy: Management and Case Studies.

Dr. Dina Brooks is a Professor in the Dept of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Rehabilitation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Dr Brooks’ research in the area of chronic lung disease includes several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different components and modes of delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr. Brooks teaches Cardiorespiratory and Exercise Physical Therapy in the MScPT program.

Dr. Sunita Mathur is an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her research examines skeletal muscle dysfunction in people with COPD and she has published extensively on this topic. She has also presented her research on COPD at national and international conferences. Sunita teaches exercise physiology and prescription in the MScPT program.

Dr. Mika Nonoyama is one of the few respiratory therapists in Canada to have completed her PhD in clinical-based research (oxygen therapy for COPD), through the Rehabilitation Science Institute at the University of Toronto. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She currently is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She also holds a status-only assistant professor position in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and a project investigator position in respiratory therapy and Child Health Evaluative Sciences at SickKids.

Lisa Wickerson has a BScPT and MSc from the University of Toronto, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute with a research focus on oxygenation in individuals with interstitial lung disease during exercise. Lisa has over 15 years of clinical experience in functional assessment and exercise prescription in the Lung Transplant Program at the University Health Network. Lisa is a lecturer in the cardiorespiratory unit of the MScPT program, and an instructor for the Oxygen Titration continuing education course at the University of Toronto.

Course Dates and Times

Sat Nov 12th, 2016, 9am to 5pm (registration at 8:30am)
Sun Nov 13th, 2016, 9am to 12pm

Pre-course learning

Online component begins Oct 17th, 2016 (Updated) with weekly lecture recordings, which can be viewed on your own time and at your own pace. You may register after October 17th, you will need 3 – 5 hours to complete the pre-course learning materials.

  1. There will be 6 online recorded lectures (including the intro to the course) – 3 of them are between 15-20 minutes, and 3 of them are around 30 minutes. They will be released 2 lectures per week starting 1 month before the course.
  2. After each lecture there will be a few (4-5) MCQs for the participant to test their understanding, and depending on the software we are using, we want to allow question/answer on a discussion board.
  3. Pre-readings, articles will be provided for background reading.


Registration has closed for this event. – Complete our online registration form and submit the required payment. Registration includes light refreshments (for mornings and breaks), lunch, access to online resources and a course manual.

Registration closes on November 7th, 2016.

Early Bird Registration (before September 15th 2016): $405.00
Regular Registration (on/after September 15th 2016): $450.00

Special Rate for U of T PT faculty with current Status-only appointment
Early Bird (before September 15, 2016): $375.00
Regular (on/after September 15, 2016): $420.00


Rehabilitation Sciences Bldg, 500 University Avenue, Toronto


For further information, please contact pt.coned@utoronto.ca

Refund for withdrawal from the course is subject to a $50.00 administration fee and must be made 5 days prior to the commencement of a course.