The pathways to a career in physiotherapy are many and varied. For Jamie Deloyer, a 2016 graduate of the Physiotherapy program, working as a student trainer for the men’s varsity football team while a Kinesiology undergrad at Western University brought his career aspirations into a sharper focus.
As a physiotherapist at the Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre in Angus, Ontario, Jamie is putting his skills to excellent use every day. McMaster’s model of problem-based learning (PBL) was a definite plus considering Jamie’s preferred learning style and a major asset in his practice, providing him with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to address each client’s individual needs and formulate treatment plans, often requiring creative solutions to unique problems. Importantly, Jamie’s experience with PBL provided confidence in his problem-solving skills, even when the issue is unfamiliar. “That’s a great question, you should look it up” was an oft-repeated phrase in tutorials and labs, and an important one for young PTs entering the profession, reinforcing that it’s okay to not know everything, there are plenty of way to solve emerging problems and they all start with formulating a learning objective, then investigating the issue.
Jamie’s advice to prospective students? It’s a very competitive program, but believe in yourself 100% and don’t give up if it’s what you truly want to do.