Rehab Med COVID-19 Updates

May 7, 2020

New information is available about continuing research activities in the faculty, including new studies related to COVID-19 and new distance recruiting for existing studies. View the webpage.

April 23, 2020

Since mid-March the University of Alberta has reduced its operations to essential services only on all our campuses. This has resulted in cancellation of all in-person classes and significantly reduced our research activities. 

We acknowledge and appreciate our staff and faculty members' hard work and commitment to move Winter Term academic courses online with only a few days' notice, and the flexibility of our instructors and our students to make the shift. Upcoming Spring and Summer Term academic courses will also be offered using an online format.  

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Our faculty, staff and alumni are hard at work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest on our COVID-19 News page

Events: Rehab Med Live 

Rehab Med Live is a series of free, live-streamed presentations designed to connect you with the expertise of our faculty and alumni at a time when it's needed more than ever.

Academic Course Delivery 

Upcoming Spring and Summer term academic courses will be offered using an online format and work is underway to adjust timetables to ensure our students can continue to progress through their studies. 

Student Clinical Placements

The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on the delivery of rehabilitation services and consequently on our students’ clinical and fieldwork placements. 

The final-year MSc Speech-Language Pathology students who were completing practicums in the Winter Term had their placements suspended several weeks ago. We are working with our affiliated clinical education partners to assess each site’s ability to restart placements or book new placements as needed.

MSc Physical Therapy students who were scheduled to start placements in late April will complete academic courses online instead. MSc Occupational Therapy placements that were scheduled to start in mid-May have been postponed until January/February 2021. Work is under way to proceed with previously scheduled placements in July and August and/or schedule new placements for final-year OT and PT students from July through December. Additional placement requests for this time period are being added to HSPnet. 

We welcome inquiries from existing or new sites who are interested and in a position to host students, from any of the 3 disciplines in the months ahead. Contact us:

Continuing Research Activities

Many of our researchers are responding to the need for new information and knowledge created by the pandemic. Other researchers and graduate students are able to continue their important research activities addressing the rehabilitation science questions supporting our broader community. Learn more about these ongoing research activities and how you might contribute to this impactful work.    


Find up-to-date information related to each of our academic programs:

Continuing Professional Education for Clinicians

Registration is open for Continuing Professional Education online learning opportunities. In response to the pandemic, we are offering a non-credit course for clinicians who would like to learn more about the use of telerehabilitation: Introduction to Telerehabilitation for Clinicians. This course is being offered at a reduced, cost-recovery rate. 

We have also made Free Telerehabilitation Video Resources available online.

Assist our Students

Looking for a way to financially support our students during this difficult time? Find out more about how you can give to the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.