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MD/PhD Student Chloe Gao receives a Vanier Scholarship

MD/PhD Student Chloe Gao was awarded a prestigious Vanier Scholarship to pursue research in mental health and substance use under Dr. Skye Barbic’s supervision.

MOT Graduates create new OT position

MOT graduates recently contributed to the creation of a new position in OT at Alderwood Family Development Centre.

OSOT Faculty receive SSHRC Insight Development Grants

Several of our researchers have received funding to advance knowledge in the social sciences.

We will triple your donation to the Research Initiative Fund

Support the Department and maximize your gift as part of our crowdfundraising campaign!

Dr. Tal Jarus featured as an EDI Champion and Ally

Find out more about our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Champion, Dr. Tal Jarus and her motivation, challenges and vision on the same.

Calling alumni taught by Margaret Hood

Did you know there is a scholarship in Margaret Hood’s honour?

Protected: More Fieldwork Placements Needed

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Surb Atwal: Winner of the 2022 Chris Courtney Excellence in Fieldwork Education Award

Congratulations to our clinical instructor Surb Atwal, who won this year’s prestigious fieldwork education award.

Welcome to our new faculty members

Meet our accomplished new faculty members who joined the department in September.

Katie Lee Bunting’s values-based teaching celebrated by UBC Today

Find out more about Katie’s value-based teaching and read the in-depth UBC Today profile of her approach.

Student Stories: Christine Hsin’s experience of WOSC and entering her second MOT year

In this interview, Christine Hsin shares her experiences of volunteering at this year’s inaugural WOSC and entering her second year of the MOT program.

Recruiting OTs for a Study of Artificial Intelligence

An OSOT research team is seeking OTs to share their views on artificial intelligence.

UBC MOT Info Night 2022: Thursday October 20, 6pm–7pm

Come along to a free information session and learn how you could become an occupational therapist.

MOT Class of 2022 celebrates with heart

Our MOT class of 2022 created a beautiful commemorative mural to present to the faculty team.

Recruitment: Postdoctoral Researcher for Knowledge Mobilization Program

New faculty member, Dr. Stephanie Glegg, is currently recruiting for a postdoctoral researcher. Find out more.

OSOT faculty contribute to the WFOT Congress 2022

This August, faculty members travelled to take part in the WFOT International Congress and were inspired by OT colleagues from around the world.

OSOT hosts the inaugural World Occupational Science Conference

WOSC takes place this week – find out more about the conference program, special events, book of abstracts and a forthcoming call for papers.

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellow, CEDAR Brain Injury Lab

The CEDAR Brain Injury Lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow. Find out more about the details of the role.

Innovative Ideas for Enabling Occupation: Our 2022 Capstone Conference

This year’s Capstone Conference included thirty student projects, two invited speakers, and profound reflections on the meaning of occupation.

Dr. Julia Schmidt receives Spring 2022 CIHR Project Grant

Dr. Julia Schmidt has been awarded a CIHR Project Grant to investigate the impact of peer support on people living with traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Suzanne Huot part of SSHRC Partnership Grant

Dr. Suzanne Huot has a leading role on a successful SSHRC Partnership Grant.

OSOT Department Photography call (with optional headshots)

We are refreshing our departmental photography on the OSOT website and in the OSOT quarterly newsletter, and we are holding an afternoon indoor photography shoot. Participants in the main shoot are also offered the opportunity to have outdoor professional headshots taken after the shoot (optional). Key details Date: Wednesday July 13 Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm (optional headshot session […]

Graduate Teaching Assistant Roles – MOT Academic Year 2022-2023

Send your CV and cover letter by July 12 to be considered for a 2022-2023 GTA role.

Make a difference: It’s the 40th Anniversary of the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Bursary

Read more about the impact of this alumni-started bursary and consider helping to sustain its legacy.

Student Stories: Rosemary Cheung

In this profile, Rosemary Cheung (MOT 2020) describes her entry into clinical practice as a new OT.

May Graduation

Congratulations to our May graduates including from the Rehabilitation Sciences MSc and PhD programs and our MRSc program.

New undergraduate course: OSOT 301 Introduction to Human Occupation

Read more about our new undergraduate course for UBC students, which starts in September.

Celebrating the achievements of faculty and clinical faculty

Four special individuals from the Department were honoured at the 2022 Faculty of Medicine Academic Gowns and Emeriti Recognition Ceremony.

Student Stories: Tessa Goldberger

Read on to learn about Tessa Goldberger’s experience as a recent graduate (MOT 2020) in private care.

Drs. Ben Mortenson and Jill Zwicker recognized with CAOT Awards

At their 2022 conference, CAOT honoured Drs. Mortenson and Zwicker with awards for their contributions to occupational therapy.

Register now for the 2022 Capstone Conference

This year’s conference takes place on Tuesday, July 26. Find out more.

Student Stories: Erina Cho (Part 2/2)

Read on to learn Erina’s advice for thriving as a new OT.

Student Stories: Erina Cho (Part 1/2)

Erina’s story details her entry into clinical practice.

‘Alone in the Ring’ wins the 2022 D2L Innovation Award

Read about the play’s innovative approach to learning, empathy and activism.

Linda Del Fabro Smith wins UBC CAOT Award for Fieldwork Education

One of the cornerstones of our MOT program is fieldwork placements, in which students get to practise their clinical skills and build on their clinical reasoning for several weeks at a time under the supervision of our fieldwork educators. Without our clinical faculty, these placements would not be possible, and we are immensely grateful to […]

Leadership change for the Rehabilitation Science Online Programs (RSOP)

After four exemplary years of dedicated leadership of the Rehabilitation Science Online Programs (RSOP), Dr. Leslie Duran is stepping down as the Director of these important graduate programs.  We are most grateful for Leslie’s creativity, calmness, and professionalism over these years as well as her sophisticated approach and attention to detail in the nuanced aspects of […]

Student Stories: Sarah Patrick

The transition from being a full-time MOT student to working your very first job as an OT may seem daunting to those immersed in placements and classwork: the demands of new roles in OT are different, the learning curve can be steep, and the expectations that we place on ourselves can be overwhelming. We sat […]

Student Stories: Rebecca Milligan

Rebecca Milligan (MOT North, class of 2022), who grew up in Quesnel in Northern BC, took some time out of her current placement in Vancouver to reflect on her experience as a student occupational therapist at a hospital in Whitehorse (Yukon) and on her placement in the community in Terrace. Northern placements have provided the […]

Student Stories: Emilie Bourque

Emilie Bourque (MOT, class of 2023) had never visited the Yukon before her recent placement in Whitehorse, where she worked as a student OT in a newly-built, long-term care facility called Whistle Bend Place. “Most of the OT’s role at that facility was seating and skin integrity interventions. At the time that I was at […]

Nominations for the Faculty of Medicine Teaching Awards

In 2020, we were thrilled to see MOT alumna Denise Kendrick recognized by the Faculty of Medicine with a Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. In order to find out more about Denise’s approach to teaching, we asked her what she enjoys about being a member of the clinical faculty and whether she had […]

Research round up: Dr. Skye Barbic

With news of her promotion to Associate Professor, we thought we’d take the opportunity to highlight Skye’s most recent research projects and initiatives. Skye’s research interests at a glance Mental health Mental health rehabilitation Health outcomes measurement Skye’s Roles & Connections Foundry BC (Head Scientist) CHEOS (Scientist) Michael Smith Health Research BC (Scholar) Skye’s research […]

Decisions on Driving with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

Have you ever wondered about the life cycle of a Capstone project? These projects, which are central to the MOT program, are designed to enhance students’ knowledge of research and use of evidence for practice; they begin in Term 2 of students’ very first year, and they give students the hands-on experience of collecting, analyzing, […]

Join our clinical faculty

Have you considered joining our clinical faculty? Do you have a colleague who would be a great fieldwork or classroom educator? We have a growing community of approximately 350 clinicians who hold part-time, unpaid appointments with the department. Our clinical faculty members are a key part of OSOT’s learning ecosystem, whether working with students on […]

Support the Louise McGregor Memorial Scholarship in Neurorehabilitation

Dr. Susan Harris, Professor Emerita with the Department of Physical Therapy, is encouraging donations to the McGregor Scholarship Fund that she endowed in 2005. The Louise McGregor Memorial Scholarship in Neurorehabilitation is endowed in memory of Louise McGregor, a former faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. This award is offered to a MSc […]