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Hosmer House

one of two buildings housing the SPOT

Hosmer House

an example of Edwardian architecture, typical of Montreal's Golden Square Mile

Davis House

Benefactors' Lounge

Hosmer House

often used as a movie set

Hosmer House


Hosmer House

SPOT Director Dr. A. Majnemer

giving a toast to the 2013 graduates

Welcome to the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT)

Excellence in research and teaching is the foundation and tradition of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, situated on McGill University's upper campus in a gracious downtown area of the beautiful city of Montreal, Quebec.The Faculty educates rehabilitation professionals and, through research, generates the body of knowledge which guides our professions to advance the health, function and participation of the individual in society. Welcome to the School!




SPOT in the news

McGill Homecoming 2014

... was a success with a very well-attended Director’s Wine and Cheese Reception. Celebrating all alumni, but specifically those from 5, 10, 15, … to 55 years ago, here are some of our favourite photos:


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Dr. Dorothy Thomas-Edding with Dr. Annette Majnemer

McGill’s 2014 Alumni Award of Merit

Congratulations to Dr. Dorothy Thomas-Edding, retired professor in the PT Program at SPOT and tireless promoter of physical therapy and rehabilitation, on her nomination for the 2014 SPOT Alumni Award of Merit. The Medicine Alumni Global Awards, launched in 2009 by the Dean’s Leadership Council, are bestowed upon alumni from McGill’s Faculty of Medicine who have made extraordinary contributions to the health care professions, to McGill University and to their local and global communities. Annually, the Alumni Award of Merit is presented to alumni who have enhanced the reputation of McGill University and their profession/research discipline through their contributions of exceptional leadership, community service and/or scholarly excellence. For more information on the awards, click here.

McGill’s 2014 Lois Radcliffe Memorial Award

Alexander Trotsky with Dr. Annette Majnemer

Congratulations to Alexander Trotsky, SPOT’s inaugural recipient of the Lois Radcliffe Memorial Prize, shown here receiving the award from SPOT Director and Associate Dean, Dr. Annette Majnemer. This award was established in 2013 by the family of the late Lois Radcliffe, in recognition of the importance of excellent practitioners in the field of Physical Therapy.  Lois Radcliffe, Dip (PTH) 1948, was one of the earliest graduates of our School’s pioneering program in Physical Therapy that began in 1943. Born in Ottawa, Lois grew up in Montreal West, when she attended McGill’s program. After she married, 1950, she and her husband moved all over the country before settling in Calgary. During her 20 plus years in Calgary, Lois held many important offices, including President of the Alberta Hospital Association. This prize is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student entering the Master’s in Physical Therapy program on the basis of high academic standing, excellent clinical skills and commitment to the profession.


The SPOT kiosk welcomed 140 potential students, their families, parents, brothers and sisters, cousins and grandparents. A fun time was had by all, highlighting all the interesting things going on at the School, describing the various programs, explaining the admissions procedures, and meeting so many great people!

Our annual showcase event, the Edith Aston-McCrimmon Lecture did not disappoint!

Dr. Gaétan Tardif spoke to the assembled crowd on the value of diversity among all people.


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SPOT represented at CPA Congress in Edmonton!

SPOT Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate student, Cyndi Otfinowski’s poster won the Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) Student Research Award. She is co-supervised by Dr. Jadranka Spahija (in photo below at left) and Dr. Joyce Fung. Cyndi has been invited to submit an article to the CPA Cardiorespiratory Division Newsletter. The topic of her poster, “The relationship between the depth of breathing and walking speed in individuals post-stroke,” was also mentioned in the plenary session by journalist Alison Myers!

SPOT professional master’s (PT) student, Meghan Straub’s poster earned first place in the poster competition, and Catherine Riendeau’s poster won second place. Shown here in the photo above with other McGill students and faculty Dr. Jadranka Spahija (on left) and Prof. Adriana Venturini (front row, far right) and Prof. Sarah Marshall (standing, far right), are Catherine (second from left), Meghan (third from left), and Jacqueline Lam (front row, third from left), finalist in the Ann Collins Whitmore Student Competition.   

Are you looking for SPOT classmates?

The School wants to help you reconnect with old classmates, network for career opportunities, and maybe even learn about SPOT's programs and newest research! The School wants to stay in touch with you, whether you are currently working in the field or not. Did you know that there are now more than 50 faculty members, 700 students, and 5 diplomas or certificates at McGill's SPOT? If you are on Facebook, please join the McGill SPOT group.

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