- Delivers 33 placements per year for OT students and 33 for PT students. By the end of their education, one half of each PT and OT class will have had a placement and/or academic education opportunity in the north.
- In addition to placement, the NSS program offers the opportunity for 12 PT students to complete an academic unit in the North, followed immediately by a clinical placement. This academic unit is 8 weeks in duration followed by a 6 week placement. These semesters are synchronized with the McMaster Campus.
- NSS Coordinators are McMaster University Faculty members
- Faculty employ strategies to ensure consistency including: use of video and audio conferencing technology, shared marking of evaluations and on-going communication between the unit/term chair, course coordinators and the NSS coordinator.
Preceptors and local clinicians:
- Preceptors are recruited and supported by regional physiotherapy Placement Coordinators in Northern Ontario.
- Involvement with the program allows local clinicians to participate in program delivery, curriculum development, examinations and the admissions process.
- Many local clinicians have McMaster University faculty appointments (professional associate) with the School of Rehabilitation Science as they contribute to both the academic teaching and the clinical teaching.
How successful is the NSS program?
Studies conducted by McMaster faculty in the north and other program staff have demonstrated that:
- Each year, anywhere from 12-33% of students who participate in the NSS program return to work in this region
- Studies have shown that retention is improved amongst clinicians who feel involved with education and supported in their professional practice. The NSS program provides both of these opportunities
- NSS program has consistently received excellent feedback from students.
How are current students selected to participate in the NSS program?
- An information session will be held for those students who may be interested in the Northern Studies Stream in the fall of the first year
- Amongst applicants, a random draw is held
- Students may be able to complete more than one placement in the north if sufficient spots are available.
Funding is provided to students for travel and accommodations through a grant provided the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Travel by Car: Mileage paid for one round trip from McMaster to placement community
Travel by plane: will be arranged directly by contacting our travel coordinator once student has indicated he/she will fly
Accommodations are provided by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Enquires about the Northern Studies Stream should be directed to:
Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science
Physiotherapy Coordinator, Northern Studies Stream