Research led by Dr. Angela Colantonio on females with concussion has been highlighted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research team found that ‘girls with a concussion are more likely than males to have a neck injury’. The NIH-funded study has recently been published in the Journal Women’s Health: Neck injury comorbidity in concussion-related emergency department visits: a population-based study of sex differences across the life span.
Registration is now open for the 2019 Fieldwork Education Awards Breakfast and Clinical Education Workshops. The event takes place February 20 this year, with an appreciation breakfast and awards ceremony, followed by your choice of two excellent workshops. Registration closes February 11. Click here for details of the workshop and registration.
Associate Professor Emerita Patty Rigby, a national leader and a beloved member of our Department, passed away on October 7, 2018.
Prof. Rigby was a paediatric occupational therapist and long-time clinician and researcher at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Prof. Rigby has been an integral member of the Department since 1994, when she first joined the Department as a lecturer. She was the Graduate Coordinator of the MScOT program when it was initiated in 2001.
Professor Bonnie Kirsh contributed to the Doctors’ Notes column in the Toronto Star, November 19: Be empathetic about mental health in the workplace.
Doctors’ Notes is a weekly column written by members of the Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine recently profiled members of the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy whose research addresses mental health. Read about the work of Prof. Angela Colantonio, Prof. Helene Polatajko, and Prof. Emerita Judith Friedland.
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Karen Goldenberg, CM, BScOT (’81), DipPTOT (’66) is a co-founder of Community Occupational Therapy Associates (COTA) and a strong advocate for community-based occupational therapy mental health services and for creating safe, non-judgmental and supportive environments. Karen was featured by the Faculty of Medicine’s Faces of U of T Medicine series.
Extraordinary occupational therapist Paula Szeto is remembered by the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy for her commitment to outstanding education, her consistent kindness, and her strong advocacy. Paula passed away on September 5, 2018.
After graduating from the occupational therapy program at the University of Toronto in 1997, Paula started her career at Community Occupational Therapy Associates (COTA) and later worked at St John’s Rehab. She joined Hillcrest Hospital in 1998, which merged with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network (UHN)’s University Centre in 2013, and was a vibrant member of this team.
Paula was a superb educator in her program at UHN, and at the University of Toronto. She was a status-only lecturer for many years and brought warmth and energy to teaching and research. Her passion, teaching ability, and humour in the classroom made her a memorable instructor. She was active in many courses, always willing to participate when needed in classes, labs, workshops, and other learning activities.
Paula was a favourite mentor in the mentorship course, and dozens of students in her mentor groups benefited from their special connection with her. She welcomed students on fieldwork placements and always encouraged students to engage in excellent practice. She was an elected representative of the Council of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. The Interprofessional Education program was not exempt from her special contributions – she provided innovative ideas and education to students from many of the health disciplines at University of Toronto and other universities.
Paula won several awards as an educator, including her most recent award — the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Community Partners Award for Exceptional Fieldwork Teaching — that recognized her sustained excellence in fieldwork teaching for over 15 years. Paula also received a Fieldwork Supervision Recognition Award from the Department, and the 2018 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ Fieldwork Educator Award of Excellence, ‘to acknowledge the contribution of a practice educator who demonstrates exceptional performance in student practice teaching and in student mentoring in the workplace, and who represents a gold standard in inspiring students to passionately pursue professional practice’.
Paula will be remembered as someone who was always a pleasure to learn with, and to be with. She recognized the strengths in others and helped them, through encouragement and teaching, to develop to their fullest capacity. She will be remembered as a brilliant, compassionate, capable, effervescent personality who had a big smile and a wonderful sense of humour.
Paula will be sadly missed, and always remembered, by the Department’s faculty, staff, and students.
Teaching opportunities for our clinical community partners are now posted, for both St. George (downtown) and UTM campuses. A description of each opportunity, and contact information for the course instructors, is posted at Clinical Community & Continuing Education-Teaching Opportunities. If you hold a status only or adjunct lecturer appointment, your service will contribute to your appointment hours.