Sharon Switzer-McIntyre, BPE, BScPT, MEd, PhD
Program Director & Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Director, Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program
Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7
Sharon Switzer-McIntyre is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine where she is the MScPT Program Director and the Director of the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program.
Sharon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy a Master’s degree in Adult Education with a focus on Organizational Development and a PhD with a focus on Occupational Health and Function all from the University of Toronto.
Kalu, M, Switzer-McIntyre, S, Quesnel, M, Donnelly, C, Norman, K. (2020). Clinical instructors’ perceptions of internationally educated physical therapists’ readiness to practice during supervised clinical internships in a bridging programme. Physiotherapy Canada – in Press. CSRA
Kalu, M, Switzer-McIntyre, S, Quesnel, M, Donnelly, C, Norman, K.(2019) Clinical Performance Scores of Internationally Educated Physical Therapists during Clinical Education in a Bridging Program Physiotherapy Canada (vol. 71, issue 3) CSRA
Hassan, S., Sidrak, H., Stevens, B., Watt-Watson, J., Switzer-McIntyre, S., Babineau, J., Furlan, A. (2018) Clinicians’ knowledge in chronic pain: A systematic search and critical review of existing questionnaires. Journal of Pain Management, Volume 11, Number 2, pp.99-112 C
Melling, M, Duranai, M, Pellow, B, Lam, B, Kim, Y, Beavers, L, Miller, E, Switzer-McIntyre, S. (2018) Simulation Experiences in Canadian Physiotherapy Programs: A Description of Current Practices. Physiotherapy Canada; Physiotherapy Canada, Volume 70 Issue 3, Summer 2018, pp. 262-271 SRA
Tambosso, L., Manning, C., Ong, T., Zacharchuk, R., James, J., Switzer-McIntyre, S., Matmari, L., Quesnel, M. (2018) Clinical Instructors’ Perspectives on the Clinical Education of Internationally Educated Physical Therapists: Diversity’s Impact on the Experience. Physiotherapy Canada; Volume 70 Issue 1, Winter 2018, pp. 72-80 CSRA
Sharon’s current research interests focus in the area of curriculum design and implementation for both the entry level to practice MScPT and Bridge education as well as the integration of internationally educated physical therapists into the Canadian workplace.
Sharon teaches in both the entry level to practice MScPT curriculum and the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program in the musculoskeletal area.
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that education encompasses teaching and learning which are a shared responsibility that must engage both learners and teachers in the co-creation of knowledge. As a lifelong process learning is influenced by an individual’s self-awareness, unique perspectives and interpretations. I value my relationship with learners and strive to create a safe, yet challenging environment in which they can openly explore their opinions, questions and trepidations as well as challenge ideas to assist them to move to the next level of understanding.
I see my role as a teacher in both the MScPT and the OIEPB Program to create learning environments that provide safe yet challenging opportunities to acquire knowledge, facilitate understanding, apply the best available science and theory to practice and encourage creative experimentation while maintaining balance and fairness in supporting a wide diversity of learners and learner needs. I strive to create a true harmonized teaching and learning environment where knowledge and skills are co-created optimizing continuous learning for all parties.
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Program Director, MScPT Program, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Program Director, Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program, University of Toronto
Associate Member, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto
Affiliate Scientist, The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
Scientist, Centre of Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD)