M1 OT Students enjoying alternate transportation at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Stone Town, Zanzibar,Tanzania.

M1OT students at Joie de vivre universelle special needs school in Beau Bassin, Mauritius

M1OT students in Bogata, Columbia with Canadian supervisor Clara Carpintero, OT.

M1OT students in Bogata, Columbia with Canadian supervisor Clara Carpintero, OT.

Marika Demers, PhD OT (candidate) demonstrating techniques to rehabilitation technician students in Haiti.

M1OT students in Bogota, Colombia exploring the city during their leisure time.

M1OT Students with Mrs. Syd Birch Prescott, OT of Black Rock Psychiatric Hospital in Barbados.

Global Health Rehabilitation Initiative Capacity Building at SPOT

Global Health Rehabilitation Initiative (GHRI) Capacity Building

The School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT) faculty are actively engaged in initiatives to build capacity at the intersection of global health, rehabilitation and disability.

Members of SPOT take part in knowledge sharing and train-the-trainer initiatives and many SPOT students in the professional programs also conduct fieldwork placements in low or middle income countries or with new immigrants and underserved communities across Canada. Click below to learn more.

Global Health Fieldwork

SPOT Students in the professional Master’s programs in Occupational and Physical Therapy have the opportunity to participate in global health fieldwork placements, as part of their training requirements. Many of these fieldwork projects are associated with efforts to build sustainable international partnerships for fieldwork and a variety of supervision models are used to support student learning. International collaborations for 2013-2014 included such locales as India, Tanzania,South Africa, Barbados, Trinidad, and Colombia. More information is currently being updated, please visit again soon.

Global Health and Rehabilitation Training at McGill


Interprofessional Global Health Course

Students from SPOT participate in and help coordinate a 10 week, student-run, not for credit interprofessional global health course. The IGHC has been in existence for nearly a decade and includes students from physical & occupational therapy, medicine, nursing, dentistry and nutrition, and focuses on a range of topics related to global health. For more information visit here.





Capacity Building beyond McGill


Supporting the training of rehabilitation providers in Haiti

SPOT faculty and students are engaged in a partnership with Handicap International and local institutions to support the training of rehabilitation technicians and provision of continuing education for rehabilitation providers in Haiti. A new initiative by the McGill team in 2014 was the launch of a mixed methods evaluation of the employment profiles of graduates from the three rehabilitation technician training programs in Haiti. This program maintains sustained contact between McGill and partners in Haiti and involves two to three trips to Haiti each year by members of the SPOT team.

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