Orientation 2015

Hello new grad students,

We are back for another academic year that will be filled with a lot of work, learning and tons of activities. The GRSS takes pride in organising academic and social activities to enrich graduate school life. To get oriented to academic life as well as the other important things needed to survive grad school, please make sure you attend the orientation session organised by the school.

When: September 8, 2015

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Where: School of Physical and Occupational Therapy


GRSS council


Comprehensive exams workshop-held on November 27, 2014

The comprehensive exam workshop entitled- “strategies to successfully sail through the comps” was organised by the GRSS council to help students, in the PhD program, who are planning to take the exams in the near future. The workshop was held in room 614 of the Education Building on McTavish.

The seminar lasted for about 2 hours, with Dr. Isabelle Gelinas being present to help us know the administrative as well as faculty perspective on the exams. She ensured the information that was being given out by the panellists was consistent and true to the nature of the exam as well as to the evaluation of the students papers.

We had four panellists- Tatiana Ogourtsova, Riany Sena, Sabrina Figueiredo and Kedar Mate. All four members have recently completed their comprehensive exams. They graciously shared their experiences and gave students tips and useful advice on how to tackle the comps. The panellists also provided the students with resources such as approaching the librarian and the writing centre, to help improve their answers. Gayatri Aravind acted as a moderator for the session and Gianluca Sorrento also shared information and strategies from his own experience as well as based on the discussions from previous years comps workshops.

The students who attended the workshop found it useful and assuring. The overall take home message was- do not think the comps to be this excessively scary experience, but rather an extremely enriching and enjoyable 3 months that is only laying the foundation to what is likely to be the stepping stone to a career in research.

The comps workshop was a success and the feedback received from the attendees was positive. The pizza lunch topped off with coffee and timbits were an added bonus to this workshop. No one can say no to pizza and timbits, can they?

The GRSS council wishes all the students who are to take their exams soon, the very best!! We hope that the workshop helped ease your worries and anxiety about the comps.

For those of you who hadn’t had the chance to listen to the speakers, we will attach a recording of the entire session here, shortly. We thank Dr. Gelinas, the panellists, Gayatri and Gianluca for their valuable inputs.


Noesis discussion group Nov 26, 2014

Please see the message below from Hiba Zafran.

Noesis Discussion Group: Save the Date
Nov 26, 2014, 12-1, Rabinovitch House
Bring your own lunch
Noesis is a discussion group where graduate students and faculty can come to share and reflect on tensions, questions, and problems that they are experiencing in their qualitative or mixed research projects.
Discussion theme offered by: Dr. Keiko-Shikako Thomas
Topic: How to maintain epistemological rigour when mixing methods
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Melissa Park & Dr. Matthew Hunt
If you would like to propose a discussion topic, please email hiba.zafran@mcgill.ca
No homework or readings required! Just a 10-15 min chat where you present what you are struggling with, and the group engages in dialogue around this theme.
Hiba Zafran

Protocol presentation Winter 2014

The next protocol presentation day for Masters and PhD students is 11th Decemeber, Thursday.

Students who are presenting good luck!!

Attendance for other students is mandatory. For those who have not yet presented their proposal, it is a great opportunity to understand the process of the presentation. The exposure to the process will help you do well in your own!

So please be there to support the students who are presenting as well as learn from the various sessions and expert faculty members.

Systematic review workshop Nov 11, 2014 (9am -12pm at Cybertheque)

There is another exciting workshop on systematic review this year that is spread out over two semesters. Please try to attend these workshops as they are great stepping stones to understanding how to build a search strategy and write a high quality systematic review. It also helps you find more literature in your own area of interest that will later help in your writing.

Please make sure you submit your names to Maria at graduate.rehabilitation@mcgill.ca

Dont miss the opportunity!


Noesis Discussion Group

On behalf of Hiba Zafran
After multiple requests to organize further discussion groups,  students and faculty are once again invited to participate in the Noesis group.
Noesis ~ From the Greek ‘mind’, an idea, a concept, understanding – that which gives sense and meaning to the content of our minds and intentionality
The purpose of establishing a ‘noetic space’ in the Rehabilitation Science program is to create a safe opportunity for discussion amongst faculty and students interested in exploring concepts, ideas, ways of knowing, theoretical commitments, and research actions and reactions. The discussion group focuses on research questions and issues that arise from interpretive and qualitative inquiry, and which can critically inform various questions in rehabilitation research.
Our first two meetings covered the themes of boundaries in data collection and analysis, researcher and participant vulnerability, and multiple positions/selves and ways of knowing. We began to articulate the mission and structure of the group, and are maintaining an expanding bibliography.
Ethics and Moral Action Lab – Rabinovitch House
3640 de la Montagne, Rm 101 (simply buzz in – and feel free to bring your lunch)
Topics TBA with  reminder invitations
Chair  Hiba Zafran, PhD candidate

CAOT Conference 2012

Quebec, QC June 6-9, 2012 Hilton Quebec

Occupation and practice through time

Join the Fun of Conference 2012 Register by Monday May 14th for your best rate! 


Noesis Discussion Group

Theme: Research Boundaries and the Researcher’s Multiple Identities

You are invited to share stories and reflect on the multiple selves (clinician, researcher, student, parent, teacher, sibling, immigrant…) you bring into your research process, and experiences bumping against perceived boundaries with research participants, study designs and data analysis (even in statistics).

May 22, 2012: 12-1

Ethics & Rehabilitation Lab

3640 de la Montagne, Rm 101 ~ Rabinovitch House, Buzz: 101

Feel free to bring your lunch.

Chair: Hiba Zafran, PhD candidate

Contact: hiba.zafran@mcgill.ca

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Melissa Park, Dr. Matthew Hunt

Moving Research into Clinical Practice: April 16th, 2012

You are invited to attend an educational event on April 16th, 2012 which is sponsored by the Richard and Edith Strauss Canada Foundation and hosted by McGill University’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. Attached are two programs with detailed information regarding this event. The event will consist of the following:

1) KT WORKSHOP from 10:00am-2:30pm at Thomson House
-Speakers: Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky; Anita Menon; Ana Maria Rodriguez
-Content: Strategies for moving research evidence into your clinical practice and at your site

2) PROJECT PRESENTATIONS from 3:00pm-6:00pm at Thomson House
-Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sharon Straus; Dr. Dianne Russell (KT/evidence-based practice experts)
-Content: Twelve funded research teams will be presenting results from their KT-related clinical projects(oral/poster). A wine and cheese reception will follow thereafter.

Please join us for an opportunity to learn about and discuss knowledge translation in rehabilitation.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER NOW for this FREE EVENT: www.opt-kt.mcgill.ca

For any questions, please contact Anita Menon/Ana Maria Rodriguez by email or phone.
Project Directors- Edith Strauss Rehabilitation Research Projects
School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (Hosmer 307)
McGill University, 3630 Promenade Sir-William-Osler,
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y5
T: (514) 398-4400 ext. 09310

Systematic Review Workshop

The Systematic Review Workshop is ready to go! It will take place over two days on April 30th and May 2nd from 9am-3:30pm. If you are interested and are able to attend both days, please register with Skye Barbic by sending her an email at skye.barbic@mail.mcgill.ca. Once the final list of participants is gathered, details about workshop location and preparation instructions will be sent out.

All the best
Skye Edwards Barbic, PhD candidate, MSc, BScOT


Workshop Description
This workshop is intended for Master’s and PhD students in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. Students will be exposed to the major features of a systematic review through a combination of lecture and workshop. This workshop will have two parts: (1) how to complete a systematic review; and (2) how to critically appraise a systematic review and apply findings to guide future research and best-practice in the clinical setting. In the first part, this workshop will briefly review criteria for a good research question, research design, and criteria for judging study rigour. Following the review of these principles, this workshop will cover the key steps for completing a systematic review including: formulating a research question, conducting a comprehensive and reproducible literature review, selecting relevant studies, extracting relevant data, assessing study quality, statistical reporting, and report writing. In part 2, students will also learn the methods for assessing and interpreting evidence in order to critically appraise systematic reviews.

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