Below are the Physiotherapy clinical placement dates for the 2019-2020 academic year. Some dates listed exceed the amount of time students are required to be on placement. This allows flexibility to accommodate clinical instructor schedule/vacation if necessary. The learning objectives will provide you with an idea of what the students have learned in the academic part of the curriculum during the given placement unit.
McMaster’s catchment area allows student to gain valuable clinical experience in both urban and rural areas. Students are expected to travel outside of Hamilton, Ontario for mandatory teaching sessions and clinical placements. Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete program requirements. Some placements may be located in rural, under-serviced and remote areas. In certain placement streams, there may be some external funding available.
The McMaster catchment area extends to:
Students can expect to complete placements within all areas of the designated McMaster catchment. There may be opportunities to complete placements in other areas of Ontario and Canada. Students may also have the opportunity of completing an international placement in their final term of study.
Should you wish to make a recommendation of clinical facility within the McMaster catchment, please complete and submit the Clinical Facility Recommendation Form.
Clinical Education team is always looking for new placement facilities. If you are interested in offering a Physiotherapy Clinical Placement at your facility, a step-by-step process guide is provided below.
In order to provide excellent clinical experiences for our students, we have the following guidelines for physiotherapists that are interested in supervising students for clinical placements:
Once a physiotherapist has committed to take a student for a clinical placement, specific responsibilities and objectives related to that placement will be outlined prior to the start of the placement.
We encourage all prospective clinical instructors to review the MSC(PT) Clinical Education Manual, which will provide you with a general over of the MSc(PT) program and clinical education aspects.
Professional Associate (PA) appointments are available to clinicians that volunteer approximately 150 hours of their time to the PT Program over a 3-year period. For clinical instructors, this equates to supervising at least 2 student placements every year for 3 years.
PA status can be indicated on curriculum vita / resumes and recorded in Professional Portfolios to demonstrate a commitment to education. It will also provide you with the opportunity to receive access to the McMaster library with which includes on-line capabilities for you to search the latest literature from your own computer.
Clinical instructors that would like to be appointed as a Professional Associate can contact the DCE, click here for more information.
Clinical Instructors are eligible to receive an honorarium for supervising students on their clinical placements. In keeping with the McMaster philosophy of self-directed, life-long learning, allocation of this money will be to support preceptors’ professional development.
Clinical Instructors are allocated $50/week per student (e.g. if a preceptor supervises 1 student for a 6 week placement they are entitled to $300). Instructors will receive an annual payment before December 31st each year. This will include the sum of any placements which occurred before September 30th of the same year.
Clinical Instructors who have not previously received payment will be required to submit an Honorarium Information . This form is also available by request from either the Clinical Education Assistant or Director of Clinical Education.