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Spring 2017 OIEPB Program Update

Please circulate to all internationally educated physiotherapists and Canadian physiotherapists trained abroad preparing to challenge the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exams

We hope you are all enjoying the warmth of the Spring weather and looking forward to the hot summer months. Spring brings the start of our new program year for 2017-2018. The bridging program continues to be supported by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to offer assistance to internationally educated physiotherapists including Canadians trained abroad to meet licensure to practice physical therapy within Canada.

The graduating Class of 2017 celebrated their successful completion of the bridging program with an awards and recognition ceremony in March. They are now preparing for the upcoming Physiotherapy Competency Exams (PCEs) conducted by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). The new incoming Class of 2018 have started their classes and completed their Academic Residency Week in April and  are now fully immersed in Term 1 focusing on cardiorespiratory practice.

We continue to offer the CAPR approved online course Physiotherapy Practice Within the Canadian Health Care Context and Written and Clinical Component Workshops for Canadian and internationally trained physiotherapists preparing for the PCE.

We hope you continue to connect with the bridging program and check our website periodically. We post updates as they happen and there will be new changes to our website coming soon so stay tuned! You can also connect with us on social media through Twitter @UofT_PT and Facebook @UofTPT.

We wish you all a safe and happy Spring and Summer!

Warm regards,
The OIEPB Team

OIEPB Graduating Class of 2017

On March 22, 2017 the graduating Class of 2017 celebrated their graduation with an awards ceremony and reception held at The Faculty Club at the University of Toronto. Faculty, guest speakers, community partners, family and friends were in attendance to recognize these internationally educated physiotherapists as they celebrated their successful completion of the Comprehensive Bridging Program. 

Dr. Sharon Switzer McIntyre, OIEPB Program Director, Department of Physical Therapy welcomed honoured guests and speakers Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Parliamentary Assistant to Honourable Laura Albaneses, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Prof. Elizabeth Smyth, Vice-Dean, Programs in the School of Graduate Studies and Dr. Darlene Reid, Chair, Dept. of Physical Therapy.

Each of the esteemed guests shared inspirational stories, words of wisdom and offered congratulations to the graduates. The Honourable Laura Albanese sent a video greeting and message to the graduates. To watch the video from the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, please click here.

Each year the top learners for academic and clinical excellence are recognized.  This year’s award recipients were Ka Sing Leung (left photo) receiving the 2017 Academic Excellence Award and Adiilah Heenaye-Sumser (right photo), the 2017 Clinical Excellence Award recipient. Congratulations to both of these outstanding international physiotherapists from Hong Kong and Mauritius!

Following the presentation, Class President Adiilah Heenaye Sumser spoke on behalf of her fellow classmates. She expressed gratitude to everyone involved with and in support of the bridging program and shared how the program impacted their lives professionally and personally. To say ‘Thank You', the class produced a video spoken in languages representing some of these countries: Hong Kong, India, Iran, Mauritius, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland and South America. Click here to watch this video.

Once the speeches were concluded, a reception was enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2017!

To learn more about the OIEPB Program, watch the OIEPB Alumni - Journey to Licensing and Employment video by clicking here.
Welcome OIEPB Class of 2018!

These internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) from Brazil, Colombia, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Palestine, Philippines, Thailand, UAE, UK and Zambia were excited to begin the bridging program. This program is filled with online learning opportunities, onsite sessions to practice clinical skills and two full time clinical internships.

These learners are committed to the program; many travelling from outside of the Greater Toronto Area to attend Academic Residency week held at the end of April.
During this busy week, they become familiar with many aspects of the program’s curriculum, clinical education and university life.

They heard presentations by the Canadian and Ontario Physiotherapy Associations and The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. They even experienced the Simulation Unit; refreshing their knowledge and gaining some hands on cardiorespiratory practice. 

These IEPTs became fast friends during the week and elected their Class Co-Presidents, Fabio Carnevale and Pavlos Bobos.

To end the week, everyone brought in their favourite dish for the traditional cultural potluck lunch.  It was a  feast enjoyed by all with many more potlucks to come throughout the program.

Term 1 is underway and continues until the end of the summer when their first clinical internship begins in September. We look forward to an exciting year with the Class of 2018!

OIEPB Comprehensive Program Admissions

We are now accepting applications for the next program year 2018-2019. Visit our website to learn more about the admissions process.  Click here to apply.

Information Sessions
An information session at the University of Toronto will be held in the Fall. The next scheduled info night will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at 500 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1V7. These sessions are free! Click here to sign up online if you're planning to attend.

Health Force Ontario
Health Force Ontario will be holding an  Information Session called Orientation to Licensing for Internationally Educated Physiotherapists. Dr. Sharon Switzer McIntyre, OIEPB Director will be a guest speaker along with representatives from the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. If you are interested and would like to learn more, sign up for the free session held on May 25, 2017 at 10am by clicking here.

Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT)

Are you NEW to Canada? Improve your Workplace Communication Skills

Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) is offered for free to newcomers at 16 colleges across Ontario. Participants must be permanent residents or protected persons and have training or experience in a specific occupation or sector, but need to improve their occupation-specific communication skills.

George Brown and Centennial Colleges are two of the colleges offering the OSLT courses. Visit their websites below to learn more and sign up for the next session starting this May.
George Brown College
Centennial College

Physiotherapy Practice within the Canadian Health Care Context online course

This 6 week online course is approved by The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators to satisfy gaps in “Knowledge of the Practice of Physiotherapy within the Canadian Healthcare System”. Each of the 6 interactive modules are facilitated by a practicing Canadian physiotherapist. This is a great way to also network with other internationally trained physiotherapists from around the world.  

Summer Session:
June 8, 2017 – July 20, 2017 –
Click here to register 

Fall Session**:
September 21, 2017 - November 2, 2017
**Registration opens after the Summer Session closes

Written Component Workshop

The Written Component workshop is a skill development workshop to assist participants in preparing for and completing a competency-based multiple choice examination. These skills are valuable for those who are preparing for the written component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE). Practice tests during the workshop will be conducted on a computer-based platform. The focus of the workshop is on exam-taking preparation. 

Only a few spots left for the 1-day June workshop! 
Written Component Workshop - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Click here to register

Written Component Workshop**
Saturday November 4, 2017

**Registration opens after the June workshop closes


Clinical Component Workshop A

This Clinical Component Workshop A assists participants in identifying a study plan, study strategies, and knowledge or skills that are required for successful completion of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) such as the Clinical Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam. The workshop is focused on performance tips and study strategies.
This workshop is very popular and fills up quickly. Apply now so you won't be disappointed.

Next workshop date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Register here.



Clinical Component Workshop B

Take this half-day Clinical Component B Workshop to build your skills learned in Clinical Component A and cycle through multiple written and practical stations. You will be timed at each station similar to the PCE and each station will have a simulated patient and an experienced Canadian physiotherapist as the Examiner. Once you complete the station, you will receive valuable Examiner Feedback to help you succeed with the PCE!

Choose from the Red Bank or Blue Bank of stations. Sign up for a morning or afternoon session. Take both banks for more practice!

Customize your workshop. Register early* so you can choose the session that best fits your schedule. These workshops fill up months in advance so don't delay your registration and be disappointed.

 *Once the workshops are filled, registrants will be placed on a waitlist

Upcoming Clinical Component B Workshop Dates:

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Morning (Red Bank)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Afternoon (Red Bank)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Morning (Blue Bank)
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Afternoon (Blue Bank)

Clinical Component Workshop B:
Register here.


We hope to see you at one of our courses and/or workshops and Info night!  
Until next time, enjoy the weather and have a wonderful summer!  
The OIEPB Team  
If you would like to contact the OIEPB Program for more information you can email us at or visit our website at   

Our mailing address is:
OIEPB Program, University of Toronto
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 1V7


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