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UBC Master of Occupational Therapy graduates embark on the next stage of their professional journeyNovember 27, 2014  This November, graduates of UBC’s Master of Occupational Therapy class have a lot to celebrate. As they crossed the stage, armed with degrees in hand, at this year’s convocation on November 26, they were reminded of all that they’ve accomplished over the course of their student journey here at UBC. And, while they are […] Read More

UBC wins the 2014 gOT Spirit ChallengeNovember 10, 2014UBC’s MOT students once again bask in the glory for winning the gOT Spirit Challenge since their last victory of 2012. Well Done!!! Read More

OSOT Postdoctoral FellowsNovember 4, 2014The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is always delighted to welcome postdoctoral fellows to engage in research in the department alongside faculty. The following are OSOT’s current postdocs and their research interests: Dr. Paula Mahon has worked in the BC Children’s Intensive Care Unit for 25 years as both a staff nurse and […] Read More

Well done to Alison Gerlach, MSc (OT), UBC Alumni 2003October 29, 2014The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy has recently published a list of top-read articles to celebrate OT month, with accompanying links for free access.  Well done to Alison Gerlach, MSc (OT), UBC Alumni 2003, who is among the celebrated authors of one of these top-read papers.  Her paper titled “A Critical Reflection on the Concept […] Read More

Congratulations to Dr. Brodie SakakibaraOctober 29, 2014Dr. Brodie Sakakibara (former PhD student of Dr. Bill Miller) who won the CIHR post-doctoral prize for best poster at the Canadian Association of Gerontology Annual Scientific Meeting.  The poster, “The prevalence of low mobility and self-management self-efficacy in manual wheelchair-users aged 50 and older” is based on his doctoral research.  Brodie is now completing […] Read More

Congratulations to Tal and her team,October 27, 2014who attended the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) annual celebration day on October 9th, 2014 and won the “most thought-provoking poster” prize for their poster titled “My Accessibility Plan: Facilitating Access to Health and Human Service Education   Well done!” Read More

It’s back to school: meet some of this year’s incoming MOT studentsSeptember 3, 2014As part of the Faculty of Medicine’s back-to-school series, we sat down with three of our incoming MOT students — Darren Wiebe, Hina Mahmood, and Kirsty Cameron — to talk about their interest in pursuing a career in occupational therapy, what excites them about the upcoming year, and where they see themselves in five years […] Read More

More than a craft: OT student research on knitting demonstrates therapeutic benefits for the chronically illSeptember 3, 2014Cabling, purling, and twisting. A year ago, if you were to have asked Laura Brooks and Kim Ta about knitting techniques – they probably wouldn’t have had much to say. But today, Brooks and Ta can both speak volumes about the craft. “Knitting has made a come-back in both the craft world and health care,” […] Read More

How occupational therapy influences life: Author of Franklin the Turtle, Paulette Bourgeois, shares her personal journeySeptember 3, 2014When Paulette Bourgeois, best-known for creating the Franklin the Turtle series, walked up to the podium at this year’s annual Occupational Therapy (OT) Capstone Conference, there was one question on everybody’s mind: What is a world-renowned children’s author doing at an OT conference? And serving as the keynote speaker nonetheless? As it turns out, this […] Read More

Dr. Ben Mortenson to begin Pilot StudySeptember 3, 2014Congratulations to Dr. Ben Mortenson, Assistant Professor, who received $100,000 from the Rick Hansen Institute for a pilot study to examine the use of a mobile platform in the rehabilitation of people with acute spinal cord injury (SCI). The mobile platform, Patient Storylines, is designed to 1) empower the SCI patient through bite-sized information provided […] Read More