Graduate Certificate in Bridging to Canadian Physical Therapy Practice

OSCE Workshops 2020

 

*YOU MUST BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE PHYSIOTHERAPY COMPETENCY EXAM (PCE) TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OSCE WORKSHOPS

The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine is pleased to offer continuing education for internationally educated physical therapists (IEPTs). Our Faculty has both a Canadian accredited MScPT professional entry-level program and a Graduate Certificate in Bridging to Canadian PT Practice. In addition, we have been helping IEPTs with both written and clinical examination preparation through workshops for several years.

Our instructors have clinical content expertise as well as expertise in teaching and examining.  With many years of IEPT educational programming in our faculty we are very knowledgeable about the learning needs of IEPTs. Our programming is focused on facilitating the professional growth of IEPTs who are planning to work in Canada. 

Registering shortly for:

  • 16 Station Full OSCE Workshop (Edmonton, Corbett Hall) workshop: Sunday April 5, 2020
  • 6 Station OSCE Workshop (Calgary, UofA Downtown Campus in Calgary) AM session + Clinical Stations:  Saturday April 4, 2020
  • 6 Station OSCE Workshop (Edmonton, Corbett Hall) AM session + Clinical Stations:  Saturday April 4, 2020
  • 16 Station Full OSCE Workshop (Edmonton, Corbett Hall) workshop: Sunday April 5, 2020 AND 6 Station OSCE Workshop (Edmonton or Calgary) AM session + Clinical Stations:  Saturday April 4, 2020

Contact sdrefs@ualberta.ca for more information.

Note: The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or a content review of physical therapy practice in Canada, but rather strategies for any OSCE exam. Attendees will develop skills and strategies for writing OSCE examinations.

Register HERE for one of the upcoming Clinical Exam Preparation (OSCE format) workshops(space is limited).

  • OSCE April 4 2020 (Edmonton & Calgary)

    The OSCE workshop is aimed at participants who would like to further develop their understanding of the process of the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation) as an assessment of competency for physiotherapists.  

    The workshop includes a morning and afternoon session. The morning session is a lecture/seminar focused on the basic skills required, how to read and interpret station instructions, strategies for performance within the station and application/discussion of these with practice scenarios. This session should be completed first, if possible, to achieve better understanding of how to study for an OSCE.  The afternoon session will be a Clinical Skills OSCE exam including 6 stations. For these Clinical Skills OSCE workshops, attendees will complete each station and receive immediate feedback and improvement tips from the station examiner.

    Date: Saturday April 4th, 2020

    Location: University of Alberta Edmonton, University of Alberta Calgary Campus, Edmonton, AB AND Department of Physical Therapy, U of A Calgary Campus, 906 - 8 Avenue SW MAP Calgary, AB  

    Maximum number of students: 12 at each location

    Fees:  Registration: $425 to attend the full day in Edmonton or Calgary, $200 to attend Edmonton A.M. session

    Instructors:  Michelle Barnes, Bernadette Martin, Barbara Norton, Gabriela Abbud

    Location: University of Alberta, 8205 114 Street, Corbett Hall, Edmonton, AB AND  Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta - Calgary Campus, 906 - 8 Avenue S.W.. Calgary Alberta

    Cancellation Policy:  If there is insufficient registration the workshop will be cancelled and refunds given. If there is sufficient registration no refunds will be given to those who fail to attend.

  • 16 Station OSCE April 5 2020 (Edmonton)

    The Exam on April 5th is a structured performance OSCE that uses 16 client interactive examination stations depicting various physical therapy clinical scenarios. These scenarios use standardized patients to provide real-life interactions with the examination candidate

    There are 8 stations that are 10 minutes in length and 8 stations that are 5 minutes in length. The 5+5 stations are complemented by written questions and the 10 minute stations with verbal questions. The questions relate directly to the preceding client interactive encounter and address diagnosing and/or managing the specific client concern or complaint.

    Following the OSCE, each candidate will receive a report including their station scores. As well each candidate will have an individual debrief by phone or skype with one of our IEPT Program instructors. The candidate’s performance on each station will be reviewed and study strategies will be discussed. 

    The 16 station OSCE on April 5th will also provide participants with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the facility, exam process, timing, and will encourage participants to venture outside their 'comfort zone'. At the University, students who had been through proper OSCE practice felt more prepared and ready for the OSCE, some of them reported feeling calmer and more mentally prepared. Taking the necessary physical and mental steps to prepare for the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) OSCE by practicing a 16 station Clinical Exam in April is a great way to look at what steps need to be taken to ensure success on the June CAPR OSCE. 

    The OSCE takes approximately 4 hours, which includes time for registration and breaks. 

    Date: April 5, 2020
    Location: University of Alberta Edmonton, AB
    Fees:  $750
    Maximum number of participants:  22 (all spots in Edmonton). Space is limited
    Instructors:  Michelle Barnes, Bernadette Martin, Barbara Norton, 
    Cancellation Policy:  If there is insufficient registration the workshop will be cancelled and refunds given. If there is sufficient registration no refunds will be given to those who fail to attend.

  • OSCE Instructors

    Michelle Barnes graduated from the University of Alberta in 2002 with her Physiotherapy Degree. Prior to that, she completed degrees in Education, and Physical Education. She started her career in private practice, working in a clinic in suburban Edmonton for 9 years before taking a position at the Glenrose in 2011. While at the Glenrose, Michelle had the chance to switch from treating the ‘typical’ musculoskeletal injuries seen in private practice, to treating an outpatient neurology population including people who had experienced a stroke or traumatic brain injury. 

    While at the Glenrose she also had the opportunity to work as the site Clinical Coordinator for Student Placements, providing student orientation and generally helping to arrange clinical placements. She was also a teaching assistant in the University’s spinal mobilization class, an opportunity that eventually led her back to the University of Alberta in 2013 when she took on the role of running the student physiotherapy clinic. And then the Alberta Internationally-Educated Physiotherapist Bridging Program (now the Certificate Program) opportunity came along. Michelle’s role is to develop and instruct the Saturday labs, coordinate the mentorship component of the bridging program, and serve as the clinical placement coordinator. 

    Barbara Norton has over 30 years of clinical, leadership and teaching experience. Clinical work included both hospital based and private practice experience as well as management and professional practice leadership.  17 years of educational experience includes designing curriculum, evaluation and teaching in both the MScPT and bridging programs at the U of A in the areas of  foundations of physiotherapy practice, communication, ethics and professional practice

    Bernadette Martin is a long time physical therapist who has been with the Faculty of Rehab Med since 2005. Berni was lead for the MScPT Program from 2007-2016 and has been the Academic Advisor for the FRM Bridging Program and Certificate since its inception. Berni brings experience in curriculum, course and assessment development. 

  • Schedule & Fees

    Register now for the Clinical Exam Preparation (OSCE format) workshops. These are offered at our Edmonton and Calgary sites. The workshop schedule for 2020 includes: 

    2020 OSCE DATES

    COST

    Sunday April 5, 2020

    16 Station Full OSCE in Edmonton

    $750

    Saturday April 4, 2020

    - Edmonton AM Session/6 Clinical Stations OR Calgary AM Session/6 Clinical Stations

    $425

    Saturday April 4, 2020 AND Sunday April 5, 2020

    - 16 Station Full OSCE in Edmonton AND AM Session/6 Station OSCE Workshop (Edmonton/Calgary)

    $900

     October 19th in Edmonton (AM session only)

    - Edmonton AM Session (lecture) on April 4, 2020

    $200