Patrick McPhee, PhD candidate in the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program, has some stellar advice for prospective students: reach out to faculty! Patrick’s experience over the last four years spent working toward his degree have shown him just how approachable, engaged and interested SRS faculty are in good supervisor fit and student success. Checking out the annual RS Open House is also a must, giving prospective students the opportunity to discuss the program and their interests not only with potential supervisors, but with current students as well.
Patrick joined the RS program after obtaining undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology, and considering his research focus of risk and prevention of cardiovascular disease in individuals with cerebral palsy (CP), found himself particularly enticed by the clinical research opportunities on offer. The CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research has allowed for studies highly relevant to his focus and exposed him to knowledgeable experts and a platform through which to conduct his research activities and disseminate important and interesting findings. The monthly RS Research Rounds are a favourite, providing a regular opportunity to access the excellent and extensive learning resources that are the SRS faculty and fellow students, while learning about and engaging in his colleagues’ research activities. Patrick’s excellence in research recently earned an Outstanding Oral Presentation Award at the 2018 FHS Research Plenary for findings related to physical activity, sleep and nutrition in individuals with CP.
Patrick has also been a wonderful asset to the teaching activities in the School of Rehabilitation Science, acting as a teaching assistant (TA) for both the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy programs. We know that the SRS teaching faculty will miss his highly organized and collaborative nature and his leadership after he completes his degree and begins the next chapter in his career, which may include postdoctoral studies and is almost certain to involve clinical research.