Notable Alumni: Susan Glover Takahashi

Dr. Susan Glover Takahashi is no longer active in Physical Therapy practice, but has maintained a strong presence in the Physical Therapy Community.

In 1994, Susan became the first Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. During her tenure, she oversaw full implementation of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination, and implementation of best practices for accreditation of internationally educated Physical Therapists. She was instrumental in publishing the first joint Physical Therapy competency profile with regulators of Physical Therapy and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and in establishing a national accreditation process for Physical Therapy education.

In 2004, Susan moved to postgraduate medical education, first as the director of Medical Testing for IMG-Ontario, and more recently as the Director, Education, Integration and Research for Postgraduate Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Susan’s teaching and education activities build capacity to teach new health professionals. As a collaborator and author, she has participated in development of curricular solutions that support health professionals and health professions educators. 

Susan’s research activities are guided by her interest in understanding and supporting health practitioner competence. These include two books edited, nine book chapters, nine peer reviewed publications, and 18 monographs, and numerous presentations, posters, and workshops for a wide number of health professional organizations.

From 2008 – 2014 Susan was cross appointed to the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and served as a curriculum committee member. In addition to her professional contributions, Susan has been a volunteer with the Royal Lifesaving Society, and has received many national and Commonwealth awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003.