Department of PT has Strong Presence at CPA National Congress

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s National Congress was held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal May 24th-26th, 2013. Once again the Department of Physical Therapy had a very strong presence at the event, and many students and faculty members were honoured with awards. Here some of the highlights:

Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Award – the Ann Collins Whitmore Memorial Scholarship: Brenda Mori, Director, Clinical Education and Community Affairs, Department of Physical Therapy.

Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Award – 2013 NSD-PFC Research Grant in Neuroscience: Kara Patterson, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical therapy.

People’s Choice Poster Award (3rd Place): Maegan Bell presented the poster on behalf of her group which included MScPT 2012 graduates Lindsay Bays, Kaitlin TurnerClara Oi Yan Lai, and Carmen Lau for the project entitled: ‘Assessment of professional behaviors in PSEs using specific item evaluation and global ratings scales.’

Silver Quill Award for Best Student Paper Published in Physiotherapy Canada 2012: Martine Quesnel received the award for her paper: ‘The Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Canadian Master of Physical Therapy Students Regarding Peer Mentorship.’

The Ann Collins Whitmore Student Competition: Sachi O’Hoski presented the poster on behalf of her group which included MScPT 2012 graduates Taimoor Tariq Agha, Sachi O’Hoski, Bonnie Winship, and Lauren Herridge for the project entitled: ‘The Balance Evaluation Systems Test: Responses in Healthy Canadians.’ The group was one of three finalists for best student paper across Canada.

Also of note, current MScPT students, Abdullah Imam and Carrie Lau, the Professional Development representatives for the University of Toronto Physical Therapy Student Council, attended the Congress. They wanted to help represent the University of Toronto Physical Therapy program, and felt it was important for them to share their experiences of Congress with their classmates.