So you are being seen by a Physiotherapy Resident, what is that exactly?
What is the difference between a Physiotherapy Resident (PT Resident) and Physiotherapist?
The short answer is: not much! They are both physiotherapists. Both hold physiotherapy degrees from an accredited university and are licensed by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. The difference is that PT Residents are in the process of studying for/waiting for results from the final level of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam. During this transition period, the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario requires that the title “Physiotherapy Resident” be used until the passing grade is official.
Advantages of seeing a PT Resident:
PT Residents recently completed about 1200 hours of clinical placement where they worked with real clients and gained valuable experience. They are trained to take a biopsychosocial approach to care, meaning that they are trained to recognize that you are not just a bag of bones – psychological and social aspects of your life are taken into consideration during assessment and treatment planning! Along with clinical placements, they completed full time studies in the latest physiotherapy theories and techniques. Furthermore, they conducted novel research projects, some of which are in the works of being published.
The advantages to studying for the National Physiotherapy Exam are that all knowledge and skills are fresh in the mind! To quote one of Bellefleur Physiotherapy’s well-loved Physiotherapists, Arifa: “PT Residents are like walking textbooks! It’s great!”
Additionally, PT Residents have already had the opportunity to complete postgraduate courses to add to the skills and knowledge learned in physio school. For example, Dior completed her Orthopedic Division Manual Therapy Level 1 and Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant courses while still in physiotherapy school, and Samantha is currently working on a certificate in “Introduction to Dance Medicine and Survey of Dance Injuries.” In a nutshell, they worked on their degrees full-time, whilst gaining clinical experience, participating in extracurriculars, and post-graduate courses to begin adding to their skill toolbox. Phew! What hard workers!
What does this mean for you, the client?
The PT Residents are eager and qualified to help each of their clients achieve their physiotherapy goals.
The team at Bellefleur Physiotherapy has PT Residents every year. They bring such fresh knowledge and eagerness to the team, which not only creates a great environment for staff but also for the client who is looking for the newest breakthroughs in treatment. They add such great value to the clinic that it would be a shame to not have them on the team!