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Dr. Emily Nalder ACRM Award Recipient

Dr. Emily Nalder will be receiving the 2017 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).
Supported by CARF International, the award recognizes the contributions Emily has made to the field during her early career work.

Emily will present the Deborah Wilkerson Award Lecture during the ACRM 94th Annual Conference in Atlanta where she will receive her award. The conference will take place in October 2017.

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R. Renwick, Y. Hamdani, B. Gibson

Dr. Yani Hamdani Wins Bloorview’s “Pursuit Award”

Dr. Yani Hamdani has won a 2017 Bloorview Research Institute Pursuit Award for her doctoral dissertation: “Problematizing Transition to Adulthood for Young Disabled People.”

This prestigious award is presented following an international competition. The award acknowledges and supports “outstanding achievements in the field of childhood disability research”.

Dr. Hamdani completed her PhD studies and research in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her proud supervisor and committee members are Dr. Rebecca Renwick (OS&OT Faculty), Dr. Barbara Gibson (Dept. of Physical Therapy), and Dr. Cameron Norman (Dalla Lana School of Public Health).

Yani is also an Occupational Therapist, and a guest lecturer and member of the Professional Curriculum Committee in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Congratulations, Yani!

Dr. Lisa Richardson

Thelma Cardwell Research Day

The keynote speaker for this year’s Thelma Cardwell Research Day is Dr. Lisa Richardson, from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Richardson’s address, “Good Medicine: Lessons from Indigenous Health Education” will draw on her expertise as co-lead in Indigenous Medical Education.
 
We are thrilled to have Dr. Richardson as our guest and eagerly anticipate her presentation on a topic of such importance.
 
The Annual OS&OT Thelma Cardwell Research Day, a presentation of our 2nd year students’ research, will be held on Wednesday June 28th at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.), 252 Bloor Street West.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
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Alex Mihailidis Addresses Standing Senate Committee

On March 9, 2017, Dr. Alex Mihailidis made a presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. The committee has been examining the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the health care system. Alex was representing AGE-WELL, the Network of Centres of Excellence of which he is a Scientific Director.

Alex’s presentation and his answers to questions from the committee may be read in the Senate of Canada website.

Tsering Wangmo

Colleen Tate Memorial Bursary

On January 30, the Department presented the annual Colleen Tate Memorial Bursary to Year 1 student Tsering Wangmo after receiving several nominations from her classmates. The award is presented to the student, chosen by his/her classmates, who is in good academic standing and who best exemplifies the qualities that Colleen was known for. These include being generous, kind-hearted, accommodating, and outgoing.

Congratulations Tsering!

Susan J. Wagner and Amy Derochie

Amy Derochie (MScOT ’16) Receives “Susan J. Wagner Award”

Amy Derochie (MScOT ’16) is the recipient of this year’s “Susan J. Wagner Award for Student Leadership in Interprofessional Education.” This award honours a health profession student at the University of Toronto who demonstrates leadership, dedication, and excellence through promotion and engagement of interprofessional education and care.

With a key interest in promoting the role of the client/consumer, Amy was a member of the team in health profession education. Her research paper focused on the experience of the client/consumer and their understanding of partnering with health care professionals. She and her fellow students on the team, used transcripts of interviews with clients to create a Verbatim Theatre script titled, “Your Partners Will see You Now”, that was subsequently used to create an impactful learning experience for students in many of the health professions. As part of the team, Amy has presented this work at six international and national conferences.

While a student in the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy program, Amy was the representative for her class in the Interprofessional Health Science Student Association (IPHSA). Here she was involved in a variety of activities, including work on expanding the constitution to include students from other professional programs. Amy was also the Interprofessional Education Representative on the Occupational Therapy Student Council, where she guided students in developing IPE elective learning activities.

In addition, Amy served as the University of Toronto’s IPHSA representative on the National Health Science Student Association (NaHSSA), where she collaborated with students across the country and served as the liaison between the national and local University of Toronto association. She also joined the executive council of NaHSSA, where she coordinated and communicated events and initiatives to members across Canada.

We extend our sincere congratulations to Amy for this well-deserved award!

Dr. Helene Polatajko

Dr. Helene Polatajko at TEDxToronto

On October 27th, 2016, Dr. Helene Polatajko spoke at the 2016 TEDxToronto conference. Recognized internationally for her work in cognitive-based treatments for children and adults with occupational performance challenges, Dr. Polatajko’s approach – known as CO-OP (Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance) – has become a standard throughout the world.

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