New ODR Online - "The Thoracic Spin: A Mystery or The Answer ?"

Orthopaedic Division Review - Nov - Dec 2015

We are pleased to provide three recent articles on the topic along with some very clinically relevant submissions from Diane Lee and Barham Jam. This edition will hopefully help shed some light on the mysterious thoracic region!

Read it here

Posted November 24, 2015

New ODR Online - "Pain sciences for the orthopedic physiotherapist: educating patients about their pain"

Orthopaedic Division Review - May - June 2015

The Sep/Oct edition of the ODR is now available for viewing. The theme of this edition is "Pain sciences for the orthopedic physiotherapist: educating patients about their pain"

Read it here

Posted September 19, 2015

2015 AGM Highlights

The 2015 Orthopaedic Division Symposium in , Nova Scotia was a great success! Below are highlights of the day. We look forward to seeing everyone in Victoria in 2016.

Posted August 5, 2015

New ODR Now Online - Interdivisional Collaboration 4: Oncology and Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Division Review - May - June 2015

The May/June edition of the ODR is now available for viewing. The theme of this edition is Oncological Physiotherapy and was a collaborative effort between the Orthopaedic and Oncology Divisions.

This edition, particularly our case study, serves as a perfect prelude to the rapidly-approaching Orthopaedic Symposium, the title of which is “TMJ Disorders and Craniofacial Pain: A Multidisciplinary Approach.” Two of our wonderful speakers will discuss cancer-related issues on this topic. For those of you who are undecided about attending, take a look at our great line-up here! ( For those who are already going, see you on Sunday in beautiful Halifax!

Read it here

Posted June 16, 2015

IPE 2014 Followup

After each exam session, the Examiners and Chief Examiners review topics of note to guide candidates, mentors and instructors.
Read the follow-up

Posted January 28, 2015

Advanced Exam 2014 Followup

After each exam session, the examiners offer a few pointers for therapists preparing for future Advanced Exams. We hope that these suggestions are helpful for you, your instructors, mentors and study groups.
Read the follow-up

Posted January 28, 2015

Updating Orthopaedic Division Syllabus Courses Manuals

The search is on for candidates to update the manuals for the Orthopaedic Division Syllabus courses. Interested parties are encouraged to look at this RFP for full details. Deadline for submissions is April 10, 2015.

Posted January 27, 2015

Student Profiles: Shining The Light

Melanie Desaulniers-Rioux

Hello! I am a 24 y.o. Physical Therapy student at McGill University. I will graduate in the fall of 2014. My hometown is Lac-Beauport, near Quebec City, but I was born and raised in Germany while my father played professional hockey there. Coming from a very athletic family, I myself competed in many sports: swimming, figure skating, rugby, rafting, and soccer.

Read more about Melanie...

Posted October 17, 2014

Student Profiles: Shining The Light

Steve Keefe

Born and raised in Tignish, PEI, Steve spent a lot of time playing sports growing up. He played many sports, with a focus on hockey and competitive volleyball. Having a strong love for sport and exercise, Steve moved to Fredericton, NB to enrol in the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program at UNB. With a strong interest in injury care and prevention, he spent many hours volunteering in the rehab environment.

Read more about Steve...

Posted September 25, 2014

Response to American Heart Association Article

The CPA and CAMPT have recently collaborated to develop a unified response to a recent article released by the American Heart Association. Want to know more? Click here

Posted September 7, 2014

Student Profiles: Shining The Light

Adam Piccinin

I choose physiotherapy because it is the perfect harmony of: my passion for physical rehabilitation, my career interest in healthcare, and my skill set as a healthcare professional. I believe it is important to follow what you love in life, and I am enamored by the complexity of the human body and how it heals itself from physical stress.

Read more about Adam...

Posted August 7, 2014



We are excited to announce the return of JOSPT for our members! As of January, 2015, you will once again receive JOSPT online access. As a CPA member, you will also retain the use of EBSCO. If you are interested in having online access from now until January 2015, JOSPT has offered us a discounted rate of $65.00/member. This is accessible through this link or clicking on the JOSPT logo on our website.

Posted July 2, 2014

Student Profiles: Shining The Light

Emma Plater

Physical activity has always been a large part of life for Emma Plater. She grew up playing many sports and is now a varsity runner and elite triathlete.

Read more about Emma...

Posted July 1, 2014

2014 Golden Hands Award

Congratulations to Richard Bourassa, the 2014 recipient of the Golden Hands Award.

View the presentation speech...

Posted June 28, 2014

30 Second Elevator Pitch Contest Winners

In our humble quest to engage the PT student membership, one project we took on this year was to initiate a 30-second elevator video contest. We had some great responses!

The winners are;

  • 1st Place: Corey Persic, University of Toronto $500 winner entitled "Ortho"
  • 2nd Place: William Rikenbach, Simon Dalle-Vedore, Melanie Rioux, Jennifer Khalil, McGill University $300 winner entitled "Old Spice Ad"
  • 3rd Place winner Melanie Rioux, Jennifer Khalil, McGill University $100 winner Entitled "# (Hashtag)"

Winner's videos will be presented at the Orthopaedic Symposium in Edmonton, AB on June 19th, 2014.

Congratulations to the all the participants!!!!We will be doing this again in the Fall 2014 so get your creative caps on. GO PHYSIO!!

Dr Michael Westaway -Ortho Division Chair

Watch the videos...

Posted June 13, 2014

Student Profiles: Shining The Light

Robyn Murray

Jordan Gillis is a second year physiotherapy student in the graduating class of 2014. Prior to beginning his study in physiotherapy he completed his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick.

Read more about Jordan...

Posted June 5, 2014

Student Profiles: Shining the Light

Robyn Murray

Robyn Murray is a first year physiotherapy student in the graduating class of 2015. Originally from Essex Ontario, Robyn completed a bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at the University of Windsor in 2011 and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013.
Read more about Robyn...

Posted May 6, 2014

Mentor Registration Now Online

Mentor registration is now online at

All individuals interested in continuing to mentor within the Orthopaedic Division Education System must now register online at

Registered Instructors DO NOT need to register as mentors as you are automatically added to this database. If you are a registered Instructor DO NOT register as a mentor as this will delete your instructor registration.

Any questions please contact (Mentorship Coordinator)

MENTORS (who are not also instructors) who are interested in attending the 2014 Instructor Workshop in Edmonton please contact Tamara Nailer, Mentorship Coordinator at for more information.

Posted April 4, 2014

Student Profiles: Shining the Light

Jared Maynard

We have a new student profile featuring Queen's University, Class of 2015 student Jared Maynard. Jared writes about why he chose to pursue physiotherapy as a career.

Read more about Jared...

Posted April 3, 2014

30-Second Elevator Pitch Contest

Hey Students! Ya you! Get your creative juices could win some cold hard cash for your Physiotherapy class. How much? $500 first place, $300 second place and $200 third place. Enough for a good pizza and beer party! The Orthopaedic Division of the CPA is sponsoring a contest for PT students only. We want to know why patients should pick Physiotherapy (Physiotherapists) as an orthopaedic treatment option. It's time to promote YOUR chosen profession. Become the next Steven Spielberg!

Send links or embed codes to

- View Contest Announcement by Orthopaedic Division Chair Michael Westaway

- View more details

Posted February 6, 2014



We periodically receive questions from members about JOSPT access. Please note that we no longer have a free service with JOSPT. In its place we now have access to an online database; Rehabilitation Reference Centre (RRC). We will be offering a tutorial on this very soon.

JOSPT does have a special offer where you can sign up with them for a reduced rate. Please click on JOSPT's logo to go to their website and receive this special offer.

Posted September 24, 2013


Orthopaedic Division Executive members Amy Fahlman & Allison Ezzat have teamed up to create a 5 minute power point presentation (with audio) that will walk you through how to use this new evidence-based resource! Learn how to perform searches, access full textbooks (including 'Therapeutic Exercise' By Kisner & Colby), download over 9,800 patient exercise images, and more!
Click here to learn what is available at your fingertips! (member login required)

Posted June 24, 2013


Did you know that the Orthopaedic Division has a Facebook Page? Please have a look and 'Like' us while you're there!

Posted October 1, 2012


The Mentorship Update Newsletters and the Mentorship Guidelines documents have just been updated. You can view them on the Education > Mentorship page.

Posted September 22, 2012


We will be using the online instructor registration process again for the 2012-2013 teaching year from Feb 1 2012 - Jan 31, 2013. Registration will be open from January 8th, 2012 through to February 5, 2012. The deadline to register is February 5th, 2012.

  1. Go to
  2. For returning instructors/assistants: Log in using the email address and password previously created. When you try to log in using your current password, it will redirect you to the registration page. If you have forgotten your password, click on 'forgot password?' to reset your password.
    For first time instructors/assistants: First time users will use the log in, with "manipulation" as the password to set up your initial account.
  3. Complete all fields of the application.
  4. Upload your curriculum vitae (CV) as a word or PDF document. Please name your file using your first and last name followed by the letters 'CV'. For example, EusonYeungCV.doc or EusonYeungCV.pdf. A teaching dossier is no longer required. You can download a CV template for you to use to format your CV.
  5. Instructor fee ($100): you will be instructed to submit your instructor fee of $100 through Pay Pal. You will then be redirected to the website when you are finished. A confirmation email will be sent to you from Pay Pal shortly after successful registration. ALL registrants are required to submit this fee. Those who serve on Orthopaedic Division committees can submit this fee in an expense report for reimbursement if applicable.

Please feel free to email me should you have any questions. Thanks. Have a good teaching year.

Credentials Chair

Posted January 8, 2012



The deadline for instructor applications will be March 31, 2011. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused. Please contact if you have any questions.

Instructions for online application:

  1. go to the
  2. sign in using the instructor username and password. This will take you to the online application page:
  3. complete the online application
    1. all fields must be completed
    2. "work phone" field: when filling in this field, please use numbers only (ie: no spaces or dashes)
    3. "examination information" section: you must fill this section in before submitting. If you don't know your number please fill in "?" for now. You can update that information later.
    4. "upload documents" section: please ensure that the documents you are uploading are .doc, .docx, or pdf files. I have attached a copy of the CV template and the Teaching Dossier template in this email. Please follow this format.
  4. Once you have submitted your online application, sign in at using your email and newly created password to ensure you are able to log in.
Posted February 10, 2011
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