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    School of Rehabilitation Science Impact Report 2016-2017

  • The School of Rehabilitation Science aims to provide exemplary educational programs for students in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language

    pathology, rehabilitation science and health management. The School will contribute to the advancement of health care in general and rehabilitation science in particular through excellence in collaborative research and service initiatives.


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    4 Introduction: Patty Solomon, Associate Dean and Director, Rehabilitation Science

    6 Physiotherapy Program

    8 Occupational Therapy Program

    10 Rehabilitation Science Program

    12 Master of Health Management Program

    14 Speech-Language Pathology Program

    16 Preparing tomorrow’s healthcare professionals

    18 Engaging beyond the SRS

    20 Rehab as a core health strategy

    22 International influence

    24 SRS – in the headlines

    25 Giving within the SRS community

    26 Awards and accolades

    27 Alumni profiles

    28 Student experience

    30 Faculty profiles

    34 SRS Staff

    35 Clinical placement facilities – OT

    37 Clinical placement facilities – PT

    39 Part time faculty appointments

    40 Faculty publications

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    Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher is widely credited for coining the phrase, “the only constant in life is change”. As I review the accomplishments of the School of Rehabilitation Science I am reminded of how this is as true today as it was in 475 BC!

    In the circle of academic life we said a fond farewell to three longstanding faculty members, Debra Stewart, Joyce Trysennaar and Paul Stratford. While they will be missed, their outstanding contributions to the School over the decades live on in many aspects of our educational programs. We have welcomed several new faculty including Lyn Turkstra, Luciana Macedo, Ayse Kuspinar, Marla Beauchamp, Justine Hamilton and Nadine Graham.

    Change is also coming to the mix of educational programs within the School with the start of the new Speech Language Pathology Program in September 2017. In the Rehabilitation Science Program we have started new combined PhD/OT and PhD/PT degrees. The Master of Health Management is starting a new full time option to meet the needs of students who want to complete the program in a calendar year. Faculty in the Physiotherapy Program have been hard at work developing a new curriculum while both the Physiotherapy Program and the Occupational Therapy Program are working towards a new admissions process. Change indeed!

    Innovation is often a necessary prerequisite to change. At the core of its strategic plan, the School of Rehabilitation Science seeks to promote rehabilitation as a core health strategy through innovations and partnerships. In our research endeavors faculty continue to lead the way to find innovative ways to engage the community to change the way health care is delivered.

    One thing that has not changed is the partnership and support of our community. Whether in research, education, clinical practice or serving on committees our community partners are a constant which contributes to the excellence of the School in many ways.

    I invite you to read further about the change and innovation that have occurred in the School of Rehabilitation Science over the past year. Enjoy!

    Patty Solomon Associate Dean & Director School of Rehabilitation Science

    Change and innovation

    Strategic themes


    Advance as leaders in rehabilitation

    as a core health strategy


    Leverage our breadth of knowledge

    and experience through active



    Strengthen SRS community

    to enable leadership and


    The only constant in life is change.

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    “When the music changes, so does the dance” (African proverb)

    The Physiotherapy (PT) Program has undergone much change and continues with its transformation. We adopted a new SRS/PT Program administrative organizational structure and welcomed Jessica Gasewicz, SRS Program Manager; Liz Dzaman, PT Program Coordinator; Sarah Ferri, Curriculum Assistant, and Amanda Benson, Clinical Education Assistant.

    We said good-bye to: Gabi Watson (Curriculum Assistant), now Program Coordinator, Online Graduate Diploma Clinical Epidemiology; Dr. Monica Maly, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo; Dr. Michael Pierrynowski, who retired from academia; Dr. Joy MacDermid, James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Health, Western University. We also said good-bye to Professor Paul Stratford – Paul, who has been with the PT Program since the Mohawk days, finally decided to be ‘gone fishing’, retiring June 2017.

    We welcomed Marla Beauchamp (and baby Maeve!), Luciana Macedo and Ayse Kuspinar to the PT Program Faculty Team! As well, we welcomed Nadine Graham to a contractually limited appointment.

    The PT Program underwent a very successful Institutional Quality Assurance Program (IQAP) review – the success of the IQAP review highlights the strengths, dedication and caliber of our faculty, staff, and clinical and sessional instructors in delivering a high-quality Master’s level program.


    The PT Program continues to focus time and energies on curriculum renewal, with the new curriculum set to launch September 2018 pending approval. While retaining many of the positives of the current curriculum, the new ‘SPIRAL’ curriculum will be comprised of five (longer) units over 24 months; and, will focus on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for PT practice of the future and for the emerging PT roles in an ever- changing health care system. The new curriculum will include: dedicated evaluation/examination weeks, variable length clinical placements (5 to 8 weeks), elective courses, and enhanced integration of technology across the curriculum.

    We adopted new PT Program vision, mission, values, and student and program outcome statements to guide our future success, and we committed to a new admissions process (KIRA) to align with our re-defined mission, vision, values and outcomes, our revised curriculum, and our vision of the McMaster graduate of the future. Stay tuned for the launch of our new website to keep apprised of the changes and next steps.


    The PT Program hosted its 2nd annual alumni reception at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress in Victoria (May 2016). The 2016 event was extra special, as we celebrated Paul Stratford, recipient of the 2016 Enid Graham Award. We continue to support student attendance at provincial and national professional meetings – it is terrific to see Year 1 and 2 students, Travel Scholarship awardees, and past graduates proudly wearing their McMaster PT Program ribbons while networking, attending educational sessions, and leading the way in presenting their research!

    The evolution of the PT Program is a testament to the quality of our students, alumni, faculty, sessional and clinical instructors, and administrative staff. Our accomplishments are the result of a very strong Program team and I would like to acknowledge and thank all past and present students, faculty, and staff for their contributions to our achievements and continued innovation trajectory, and for their ongoing commitment to the changing ‘music and dance’.

    Physiotherapy Program

    The evolution of the PT Program is a testament to the quality of our students, alumni, faculty,

    sessional and clinical instructors, and adminstrative staff.

    Dr. Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, Assistant Dean

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    Personnel spotlights

    Kaitlyn McLeod Physiotherapy Student, Class of 2017

    The problem-based learning classes in each unit give you the opportunity to work with a new group of people.

    This has improved my ability to take on different roles within a team setting as well as adapt to different group dynamics and personalities. The collaborative PBT learning environment has helped me be more confident when advocating for patients or developing treatment plans during inter-professional rounds and family meetings. The clinical placements experiences are also a great opportunity to consolidate and integrate information learned throughout the unit.

    Paulette Gardiner Millar Practicum Clinical Instructor

    The relationship between a clinical instructor and student is symbiotic in nature. Every placement allows me the

    opportunity to collaborate with a new, bright student, who brings with them varied past experiences and skills. I’ve always felt that the best way to become a content expert is to teach it and having a student allows me to do that. I believe they come away feeling they’ve learned things they would not have otherwise been exposed to. I know that I learn from each of them and consider them lifelong colleagues.

    Katie Schulz Problem Based Tutorial Tutor

    I graduated from the MSc Physiotherapy program in 2006 and got involved as a PBT tutor shortly after graduation. I

    enjoyed learning in small

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