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UBC Physical Therapy
and Research Clinic

Faculty of Medicine

Support physical therapy students to learn — and community members to heal

Your gift will help deliver physical therapy services to those who cannot afford care, while training the next generation of physical therapists.

Many residents of British Columbia who face debilitating health challenges but cannot afford physical therapy services turn to the UBC Physical Therapy and Research Clinic for care.

The clinic offers one-on-one and group programs for adults with diverse healthcare needs, including general musculoskeletal injuries, concussion management, stroke and degenerative neurological disorders, mobility challenges, vestibular dysfunction, cancer rehabilitation, and complex and persistent pain. The clinic emphasizes providing care to those who cannot otherwise afford physiotherapy services.

These appointments and programs are run by a physical therapy student, under professional supervision, thus providing outstanding educational opportunities for physical therapy students to learn how to serve a diverse caseload of patients.

A gift to the UBC Physical Therapy and Research Clinic supports both students and the community. Each donation enables UBC to continue providing exceptional, evidence-informed physiotherapy services to those who cannot afford or access care throughout British Columbia.

Student and patient testimonials

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  • This was an amazing clinic to be able to practice evidence-based care. I got to implement many of the skills I learned in class on a population that varied in fitness levels, age and injury types. The clinic also got me ready to work in private practice right after graduation. My ability to independently manage a caseload while providing evidence-based care were the two skills that the clinic helped me with the most. The best part was being able to collaborate with the preceptors, other physiotherapists and our classmates. I don’t think any other clinical placement could have gotten me ready for work post-graduation as well as this clinic did!

    Kiren Student
  • My time at the clinic was unquestionably the most important of my learning experiences as a UBC Master of Physical Therapy student. From a student perspective, the clinic provided a diverse client caseload in all physiotherapy fields of practice while allowing students to learn and succeed in a supportive work environment. UBC has invested so much time and effort into forming the perfect practical experience which exposes students to their own clinical caseload while receiving mentorship from incredible clinicians. The diversity of clients at the clinic cannot be understated. There are very few clinics that can consistently offer students exposure to cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal clients during a placement, which was great for consolidating clinical skills. The affordability program truly allows those in need of physio to gain access to it, which made client interactions very rewarding as a student. I can truly say this was the most memorable period of my time as a student and I am thankful for the time I spent there.

    Brendan Student
  • From a surgery 21 months ago to remove a benign brain tumour that left me with balance issues and a myriad of other brain challenges, to the BC Brain Wellness Centre and Physical Therapy & Research Clinic at UBC, it has been a journey I never thought I would be taking. After the initial intake call, I was put in touch with Sally Anne. The absolute care and attention that I have received to-date has given me back my will, my hope to walk. First with walking sticks and now I walk without the sticks. The ongoing encouragement from the staff members and students has helped me regain my feeling “I am safe in my body!” It’s a good thing to be alive.

    Mel H. Patient

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