Marissa Constand started in the MSc(PT) program in 2013 having previously completed her Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Science (Rehabilitation Science) at McMaster. Marissa has a great appreciation for the impact problem-based learning can have on one’s education. She chose the McMaster University PT program because she wanted to continue to learn in a problem-based environment that placed an emphasis on evidence-based practice.
The Physiotherapy program definitely met her expectations, “I feel that I am completely able to apply evidence and best practice guidelines in a variety of clinical placement settings, “said Marissa. She feels the self-directed and problem-based learning format enhanced her learning experience. “Self-directed and problem-based learning requires one to constantly ask questions and access appropriate resources to seek answers to those questions. As an independent practitioner, one employs this process when thinking critically about a patient’s clinical presentation. Early exposure to this process throughout my education has allowed me to hone these skills early on in my career”.
She was able to have a wide variety of clinical education experiences in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, complex continuing care, outpatient hand therapy, orthopaedics, and oncology. These experiences aided in her learning because they allowed her to appreciate a physiotherapist’s role in the care of musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiorespiratory conditions.
Having recently graduated from the program in November 2015, Marissa is now currently employed in the inpatient spinal cord rehabilitation at Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.