Please see our Winter 2016 Newsletter here.
Posted by Mark Meheriuk on September 20, 2016
Want to be an OT? Thinking about applying to the MOT program? This opportunity will assist you to learn more about the MOT program and ask questions about applying to the MOT program directly to OT faculty & instructors! Come build your volunteer work resume with us!
Volunteers are needed to act as a patients or clients in the Master’s of Occupational Therapy program practical exam for Patient Lifts and Transfers. Volunteers will receive brief training on how to roleplay a person with a particular injury or disability from OT faculty & staff. Then OT students will assist you to transfer to and from a hospital bed to wheelchair and teach you some basic self-care skills such as dressing.
Time Commitment: Nov 4th , 8:00-12:30 or 1:00-4:30
Please email course coordinator Kathy Elissat at email@example.com for further information, questions or to volunteer.
Posted by Mark Meheriuk on August 2, 2016
The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is very proud to acknowledge Master of Occupational Therapy student Kristy Inouye, who has won a UBC Affiliated Fellowship. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers approximately 50 Affiliated Fellowships each year to meritorious students on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Congratulations, Kristy!
Posted by Mark Meheriuk on July 11, 2016
This summer sees a number of members of our department receiving prestigious research grants and awards. We recognize and congratulate winners of:
CIHR New Investigator Award
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Salary Award program provides outstanding new investigators with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their independence in initiating and conducting health research through provision of a contribution to their salary. Congratulations to Ben Mortenson and Jill Zwicker for their success in the 2015-16 competition.
FRQS Postdoctoral Award
The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) postdoctoral award targets recent PhD recipients, enabling top new researchers to experience new scientific environments, to acquire new research methodologies and management and communication skills, and to supervise students. Congratulations Delphine Labbé on your success in this competition!
UBC Public Scholars Award
The UBC Public Scholars Award recognizes outstanding doctoral students and enables them to explore innovative or collaborative scholarship. This award is part of the UBC Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) which intends to build connections, community, and capacity for doctoral students who are interested in explicitly linking their doctoral work to an arena of public benefit and integrating broader and more career-relevant forms of scholarship into their doctoral education process. We are proud to announce that two of this year’s 30 new Public Scholars are Laura Bulk and Stephanie Glegg. Stephanie has also won a CIHR Doctoral Research Award.
Congratulations to these hard-working new and emerging researchers.
Posted by Mark Meheriuk on June 7, 2016
The results are in: Alumni and faculty join forces in record-breaking match campaign
Between June and January 2016, the UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OSOT) set a new record for generous contributions to the Department’s initiatives. With support from the majority of its 12 exceptional faculty members, this year’s campaign philanthropy exceeded all previous years’ giving, reaching a total of $16,932—up more than 150% compared to the same period last year.
Funds from the matching campaign are put to use in innovative research and teaching initiatives led by the Department. This year, the generosity of our faculty and alumni will expand education and research opportunities to new heights.
The majority of the matching campaign funds will be used to support students in their learning and research endeavors, which are critical to the success of the Department and the health of new generations of patients. Included in the Department’s student support initiatives are funding for the annual Capstone Conference, a day for students to share and showcase their Master of Occupational Therapy research projects, the Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Bursary, and other awards specific to OSOT students.
To many students, funds from donors are critical to their success in the OSOT program. They help Masters students like Kelly Sutton reach their professional goals by reducing the financial burden of graduate education.
“What I enjoy most about the program is working with clients – getting a sense of who they are, what they’re motivated by, and how we can work together to enable their participation in meaningful activities,” Kelly reflects. “I’m very interested in working with children, and I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to complete a pediatric research project with Dr. Jill Zwicker, looking at the motor and cognitive developmental outcomes in children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The skills and knowledge I gain through this process will surely benefit me in my future occupational therapy practice.”
Research initiatives supported by this year’s matching campaign include a project to improve strategies for managing cognitive difficulties in MS, and a study to determine the efficacy of Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP) therapy on preterm preschool-age children with developmental coordination disorder. Both studies received funding through the first OSOT Research Initiative competition. The MS study, led by Dr. Sinead Hynes, post-doctoral fellow working with Dr. Forwell, will examine and address the experiences of people with MS and their health care providers to improve the way therapeutic strategies are designed for this vulnerable group. Ultimately this research promises to enhance daily wellbeing for people with MS. The developmental coordination disorder study, led by Dr. Jill Zwicker, Assistant Professor, aims to use the tested CO-OP therapy method on a younger age group to determine its results earlier in development outcomes.
Thank you to our wonderful alumni and faculty for your support, which is enabling the Department to grow and thrive, while enhancing occupational therapy in BC and beyond.
Posted by Mark Meheriuk on April 18, 2016
Posted by Mark Meheriuk on March 29, 2016
Dr. Ben Mortenson’s CIHR-funded mobility scooter training study was recently profiled by the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, as well as in the Vancouver edition of 24 Hours. Although the numbers of mobility scooters are increasing with Canada’s aging population, the training that is provided for users of these devices is limited, and accidents, falls, and collisions are too common. Mortenson’s community-based research will help users of mobility scooters to navigate their homes and neighbourhoods safely and with confidence.