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OS&OT Program Information Session

Interested in applying to our program for the 2019 admission cycle? Want to learn more about what we have to offer?

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, along with the Department of Physical Therapy, will be holding information sessions in October at the Rehabilitation Sciences Building located at 500 University Avenue, in Room 140.

Prospective applicants have an opportunity to learn about the professions from faculty members and ask admission questions directly to the Student Liaison Officer. Prospective applicants also have an option of participating in a facility tour given by our current students.

Date for Admission Cycle 2019-2020: October 25, 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED

• Registration begins at 3:30 pm
• Presentation begins at 4:15 pm
• Entire session ends at 5:45 pm (including the tour).

Registration is now closed. If you registered for this event.

Information about applying for our MScOT program can be found here.

TA Positions in September

There are 1-2 Teaching Positions coming available in September for the OCT1262Y Course Enabling Occupation with Adults: Part II
The course focuses on enabling strategies and interventions related to a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and mental health issues across a variety of practice areas and settings.
The deadline for applications is July 23rd. This is a term position from September 2018 to April 2019.

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Dr. Patty Rigby Awarded 2018 CAOT Life Membership

Congratulations to Dr. Patty Rigby, who has just been honoured with the 2018 Life Membership Award from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the profession of Occupational Therapy in research, practice and teaching.

Patty obtained a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 1976, her MHSc from McMaster University in 1991 and her PhD in Health Sciences from Utrecht University, in the Netherlands, in 2009.  She joined the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OS&OT) in 1994. Upon her retirement in 2017, she was awarded Professor Emeritus status, in recognition of her long service and exemplary leadership.

Patty’s research was critical in the development and advancement of one of the most widely recognized OT practice models, the Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) model, which recognizes the importance of environment as a contributor to occupational performance and health. Through her own research, practice and writing of textbook materials, she also contributed to a ground-breaking shift in our occupational lens: transforming it to encompass and promote the development of children’s ‘play’ as a meaningful occupation, developmental process, and outcome of importance. Her work helped uncover the value in children’s playfulness, influencing the focus and development of future treatment programs and evaluation tools. She has contributed extensively to the literature and evidence base for occupational therapy, producing many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters over the course of her career.

Dr. Rigby is a highly skilled instructor. Her teaching methods and content expertise are greatly valued by students in both the OS&OT program and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. She was the Graduate Coordinator of UofT’s new MScOT program, from its inception in 2000 until 2007. Her efforts led to the Department awarding her its 2007 Excellence in Service Award. She also oversaw the development of the Student Affairs Committee (SAC), which administers recruitment and admissions, student awards and bursaries, the student handbook, student resources and supports, convocation awards and career preparation sessions for our graduating students.

In her clinician and clinical researcher roles, Patty made significant clinical contributions to pediatric practice during her time at Holland Bloorview, where she worked from 2005 to 2013. Her work has led to advancements in the development and evaluation of assistive technology for children with physical disabilities, which in turn, facilitates their engagement in daily life. As a valued Senior Scientist at Holland Bloorview for 8 years, Patty was awarded their highest honour, the Circle of Honour Award, in 2008.

Beginning in 2011, Dr. Rigby assumed leadership of the OS & OT Department’s alumni relations at U of T, despite earning all her degrees from other universities. Through her organization of events and oversight of media broadcasts, she has been responsible for attracting greater interest and involvement of alumni. She created an alumni page within the Departmental website to profile OT alumni achievements and assembled groups of alumni to plan and organize events, resulting in more active engagement of OT alumni in the Department’s affairs and alumni networking. Patty continues to take a leadership role in planning and organizing events and activities to celebrate the centenary of occupational therapy education at the University of Toronto throughout 2018. Her mentoriship of others through these service activities, and her teaching and research, has been extraordinary.

Dr. Rigby is truly a gift to our profession. Her work and personal influence has been and continues to be important to the development and advancement of occupational therapy, both within Canada, and on an international level.

We could not be happier or more proud to celebrate the achievements of this worthy recipient of CAOT’s Life Membership Award!

Class Of '97 Reunion

Class of ’97 Reunion

On November 4, 2017, a reunion was held for the Class of 1997. The first class to graduate in the fall, the students were in what was called the “2+2+ program” (two years undergrad plus 2 years plus in OT). It was a way of restructuring the program in preparation for the MScOT which was phased in a few years later.

photo of Mary Law

Dr. Mary Law Appointed to Order of Canada

 
The Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy congratulates Dr. Mary Law on her appointment to the Order of Canada for her work in the field of occupational therapy.
 
Dr. Law has been instrumental in setting the standard for OS&OT research and shaping clinical practice in Canada. It is a well-deserved appointment!
 
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Nominations for Alumni Achievement Awards

Nominations are now open for the University of Toronto PT & OT 2018 Alumni Achievement Awards.

The Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Achievement Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding alumni who have made exceptional contributions in their professions. The awards will be presented by the PT & OT Alumni Association at Alumni Reunion in June.

Nominations are due by 12:00 pm on March 15, 2018.

Download the nomination package to learn more about the awards, process and documentation required for submissions.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful contributions.
 
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SCHOOLFirst Project Supports Youths with Concussion

Holland Bloorview’s SCHOOLFirst project has received $125,000 in funding from the Federal Government. Dr. Nick Reed, Assistant Professor at OS&OT and co-director of Holland Bloorview’s Concussion Centre, is part of the team developing the SCHOOLFirst project whose goal is to support youths returning to school after a concussion.
 
Read the announcement from Holland Bloorview >>
Read the Press Release from the Government of Canada >>
 

Pictured from L to R: Dr. Nick Reed, co-director of Holland Bloorview’s Concussion Centre and clinician scientist; Becky Green, superintendent of education, student achievement and school operations, York Region District School Board (involved in SCHOOLFirst project); MP Rob Oliphant; Rose Kristiansen, CEO, PACE Concussion; and Stewart Wong, vice-president of marketing, communications, and advocacy, Holland Bloorview. (photo courtesy of Holland Bloorview)

Linda Petty and Sarah Ko

Alumnus Receives Funding to Review AT Interventions

Congratulations to Linda Petty (BScOT ’80, MScOT candidate) and co-investigator Sarah Ko, recipients of the 2017 OSOT Research Fund Occupational Therapy Research Grant for their study “Assistive technology accommodations for post-secondary students with mental health disabilities: A scoping review.” This review will map the literature regarding AT interventions to support young adults with mental health disabilities in post-secondary institutions such as universities and colleges. The investigators anticipate that results will identify gaps for future research, demonstrate the value and feasibility of undertaking a full systematic review and encourage more occupational therapists to assume innovative and leadership roles as subject matter expert professionals in prescribing and recommending AT accommodations to young adults with mental health disabilities.
 
Petty, the Assistive Technology Consultant at UTSC’s Accessibility Services, is from the first cohort set to graduate from our MScOT Advanced Standing Program this November. Sarah Ko (MScOT, Queens University) is the Practicum and Professional Development Officer in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto.