College of Rehabilitation Sciences expands annual symposium
The event, previously called the Master of Occupational Therapy Independent Study Symposium, has been opened up this year to include student presentations from all programs housed within the college: Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy, Master of Science (Rehabilitation) and Applied Health Sciences PhD.
Dr. Barbara Shay, head of the physical therapy department and one of the event organizers, said the symposium will continue to include all programs in the future, as it enhances inter-professional collaboration and consolidates research.
“All of the professional programs have a capstone project requirement related to research, and there is a natural fit with the thesis-based graduate programs which highlights the students’ accomplishments,” said Shay.
The event will begin with a keynote address from Dr. Patty Thille, assistant professor in the department of physical therapy. Thille’s research focuses on stigmatization, clinical communication, health behaviour change and chronic disease management in primary care and rehabilitation settings.
The Student Research Symposium will feature over 50 paper, poster and interactive sessions in the Brodie atrium (morning) and College of Rehabilitation Sciences building (afternoon).
More information, including a downloadable program, is available here.