Students pose with fieldwork educator in Pinaymootang First Nation.

Clinical Fieldwork Educator Appointment Program

The Clinical Fieldwork Educator Appointment Program recognizes the essential role that practicing clinicians play on the teaching team for the OT, PT and RT programs. A practicing OT, PT or RT clinician who shows commitment to the development of students through providing quality clinical fieldwork education will qualify for one of the following university appointments:

Benefits

  • Free UM library access
  • Gym membership at the reduced UM staff rate
  • Enhanced professional profile
  • Access to continuing professional development opportunities
  • Additional professional designation
  • Public recognition of the value of your role as an educator

Program criteria

It is widely recognized that providing clinical fieldwork education to students enhances a clinician’s teaching and mentoring skills as well as their clinical competence. The Clinical Fieldwork Educator Appointment Program acknowledges the sustained commitment of practicing clinicians to the provision of quality clinical fieldwork education to st

Clinical fieldwork educator requirements

  • Completion of application form (link)

  • Completion of accessibility training module
  • Completion of initial preceptor training (strongly recommended)
  • Therapists in site leadership roles may also apply; recruitment of offers are required in lieu of placement supervision
  • Individuals who are not members of the OT, PT or RT professions who have contributed significantly to student learning on placement may be invited to apply 
  • Specific Requirements for OTs and PTs:
    • Supervision of a minimum of one placement in the current academic year
    • Two unmatched placement offers count as one supervised placement
  • Specific Requirements for RTs:
    • Supervision and/or evaluation of a learner within the current academic year

Senior clinical fieldwork educator requirements

  • Completion of application form (need link)

  • Completion of accessibility training module 
  • Completion of initial preceptor training and evidence of ongoing preceptor or teaching education (contact cors-cea@umanitoba.ca for list of suggested activities such as courses and workshops)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Clinical fieldwork education philosophy statement
  • Recommendations from one colleague and one student who has completed a placement with the applicant (e.g. letters, emails, cards, etc.)
  • Therapists in site leadership roles may apply; recruitment of offers are required in lieu of placement supervision, and recommendations from two staff who have served as preceptors during the applicant’s current period of leadership are required in lieu of recommendations from one colleague and one student
  • Specific requirements for OTs and PTs:
    • Supervision of six placements within a maximum of six years
    • Two placements with shared supervision are considered equivalent to one full placement
    • Development and implementation of role-emerging placements for four students are considered equivalent to six typical placements 
  • Specific requirements for RTs: 
    • Supervision and evaluation of a minimum of six students per year, in any RT clinical course, for three consecutive years    
    • Applicants will be considered with proof of retroactive involvement in student preceptorship in prior years
    • Development and implementation of role-emerging learning opportunities (rotations) for three students are considered to be equivalent to six typical rotations

Notes

To renew at the Senior Clinical Fieldwork Educator level, service must be continuous over the three years of the current senior appointment. Interruptions to service will be considered on a case-by-case basis (e.g. College did not allocate student to placement offers, change of employer, change of clinical practice area, health/personal reasons, etc.).
Applicants are encouraged to contact their respective university placement coordinators with any queries regarding eligibility and process.

Accessibility training

Accessibility training is required training in Manitoba.
The Accessibility for Manitobans Act | Province of Manitoba (accessibilitymb.ca)

Occupational therapy

Placement dates

The department of occupational therapy recruits placements within Manitoba and Saskatchewan for all placement time periods. Placements are listed in chronological order from the start of the academic year (end of August).
 

Schedule for 2020-2021 academic period

Intermediate 1 (6 weeks) October 26 – December 4, 2020
Second year students who have completed one and a half years of academic studies and a four-week basic fieldwork. Students will be evaluated at an intermediate 1 level. 
Basic Fieldwork (3 weeks) November 30 – December 18, 2020
First year students who will have completed their first term of academics. Evaluated at a basic level.
Intermediate Fieldwork II (8 weeks) January 4 - February 26, 2021
Second year students who just competed Intermediate 1 before the holiday break. These students have completed one and a half years of academic studies, one four-week and one six-week fieldwork placement. Evaluated at an intermediate 2 level.
Intermediate 1 (8 weeks) May 3 – June 25, 2021 
First year students who have completed one year of academic studies and one three-week fieldwork placement. Evaluated at an intermediate 1 level.
Advanced Fieldwork (8 weeks) June 21 – September 10, 2021
Second year students who have completed all academic requirements, one four-week, one six-week and one eight-week placement. These students will transition to practice after this fieldwork placement. Evaluated at an advanced level.
Note: Dates may vary per individual student depending upon availability of placements. An eight week placement may occur at any time during this period. Students may also participate in part-time experiences over a longer time period or other types of flexible arrangements as may arise and are determined to be appropriate learning experiences to meet educational standards.
 

Fieldwork contacts

Rhonda van Veggel
Administrative coordinator of fieldwork placements 
204-789 3757
rhonda.vanveggel@umanitoba.ca 

Teresa Allison
Outreach developer 
204-789-3217
teresa.allison@umanitoba.ca

Physical therapy

Clinical education program

The clinical education program is a series of practice-based courses interspersed throughout both years of the MPT program. These courses provided students with the opportunity to transfer their knowledge and skills from the classroom into real life physical therapy practice, gain confidence and develop strong patient care skills. 

Students work alongside experienced clinical educators in the community. Opportunities are provided throughout the province in a variety of health care settings, including private physiotherapy clinics, community rehabilitation centers and acute hospital-based care.

Clinical education is guided by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Master of Physical Therapy program, clinical education policies. All information regarding program requirements, attendance, professional behaviour, evaluation, out of province/international opportunities and more can be found here:

MPT clinical education policies

General schedule for clinical placements

MPT Year 1 (April – August) - Six-week neuromusculoskeletal placement
MPT Year 2 (October – December) - Six-week neuromusculoskeletal and
five-week cardiovascular/pulmonary placement
MPT Year 2 (April – August) - Six-week neurosciences placement and six- week elective placement

Requirements of clinical educators

To be a clinical educator you must:

  • be a fully licensed physiotherapist in good standing with the regulatory body (College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba for MB clinicians)
  • have a minimum of one full year of clinical experience

We strongly recommend educators complete the training modules from Western University (available in the clinical educator resources section).
 

Expectations of clinical educators

As a clinical educator, you are expected to: 

  • be a positive role model
  • prepare your workplace/caseload in advance of the student’s start date
  • provide an orientation 
  • make time to assist the student and provide supervision based on the student’s level of experience
  • offer learning opportunities that allow the student to fulfill their learning objectives, as discussed with the student using the Clinical Learning Contract
  • provide feedback and encourage student self-reflection at appropriate intervals to promote continuous learning
  • complete the ACP evaluation tool at midterm and final with the student
  • contact the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education if you have any concerns about student performance

Resources for clinical educators 

Western University Preceptor Education Program (PEP)

Western University’s' Preceptor Education Program (PEP) is an online program designed to help prepare students and clinical educators for clinical placements. The feedback module is strongly recommended prior to the student placement commencing.

Past clinical educator workshops

Prior to the clinical rotations in the spring and fall, the clinical education team hosts workshops for new and seasoned clinicians to attend. 

For those who are unable to attend, past workshops are made available for viewing.

View the Spring 2022 “Setting up for Success” workshop. 

Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance (ACP) 2.0 Online Learning Module

The ACP is the evaluation tool used for all clinical placements at the University of Manitoba and is completed by both the student and the Clinical Educator at midterm and final. The ACP 2.0 online learning module is a self-paced module that provides insight into the tool and how to complete each section.  We recommend clinicians review the module prior to taking their student.

HSPnet

All ACP evaluations are completed on HSPnet for University of Manitoba students. Once a student has been allocated to you, you will receive an email from HSPnet with a link and instructions as to how to access the evaluation. Check your junk mail as this email is often filtered to the junk folder. If you have any issues related to HSPnet please reach out to us at ptclined@umanitoba.ca.

“The Secret to Giving Great Feedback, The Way We Work”, a TED series

Providing feedback is at the heart of clinical education. Cognitive psychologist, Dr. LeeAnn Renninger shares her scientifically proven method in this short, five-minute TED talk. You will pick up great tips to improve your ability to deliver effective feedback with improved buy in from the student. 

OT Fieldwork Educator Tips blog

Our occupational therapy colleagues at UM maintain a fieldwork educator blog covering many different topics related to supervising students during their fieldwork/clinical placements, such as tips for providing feedback, how to create safe learning environments, tips for 2:1 model, how to support the struggling student, and more.

Visit the Fieldwork Educator Tips blog 

Contact

Kelly Codispodi 
Academic coordinator of clinical education
Department of physical therapy 
kelly.codispodi@umanitoba.ca

Respiratory therapy

Clinical education program

The clinical education program is a series of practice-based courses that help students transfer knowledge and skills from the classroom into real life respiratory therapy practice.

Working closely with experienced preceptors in settings like intensive care units, emergency departments and medical surgical wards, community-based peripheral and rural hospitals, the operating room, long-term care facilities, community-based pulmonary rehabilitation programs and pulmonary diagnostic outpatient labs, students develop confidence and build the strong patient-care skills they’ll need for careers of their own.

Experiential education takes place in each year of the BRT program and can happen in any part of the province.

General schedule for clinical placements

RT Year 1 – May  – 4 weeks 
RT Year 2 – June  – 4 weeks
RT Year 3 – mid-August–April  –  32 weeks

Attendance and absences

Attendance is mandatory. To achieve a passing grade, students must attend all sessions, including orientation and debriefing/mid-rotation or end- rotation meetings.
Be punctual and adhere to the schedule arranged with your preceptor.
Time away for an unavoidable absence, must be discussed and approved in advance with both the clinical instructor and the clinical education coordinator.
Excused absences include legitimate illness, family emergency or sanctioned college events. All other reasons for not reporting to the rotation site as scheduled will be considered unapproved absences unless prior approval was obtained. Decisions regarding making up missed time are made by the clinical education coordinator, in consultation with the clinical sites.
In the event of inclement weather, students should contact their clinical instructors or Clinical site, if commute is determined to be unsafe or if they anticipate being delayed. 

Insurance

Students working at a clinical site as a required part of their program are generally covered for injuries sustained during and arising out of the practice experience under the Workers Compensation Act, (Manitoba).
When the practicum takes place outside Manitoba and the student is a non-resident of Manitoba, coverage may not be extended. Students in this situation are encouraged to contact the clinical education coordinator to discuss alternative arrangements.

Forms and requirements

Students must meet several requirements and obtain and or sign several forms to attend clinical courses.

Course manuals

All materials needed for your rotation will be available in UMLearn prior to the start of your placement.

Become a preceptor

Preceptors are skilled professionals with the insight and judgment only experience can bring. By mentoring students, you can share your hard-earned lessons from the field and give the next generation a head start on their way to careers as effective, caring health-care professionals.

Requirements

To become a preceptor, you must:

Expectations

As a preceptor, you will be expected to:

Benefits

In addition to the satisfaction teaching brings, you may be eligible to receive Continuing Competence credit through the Manitoba Association of Registered Respiratory Therapists upon completion of your preceptor training.

CompKeepr

CompKeepr is an online competency tracking management system that provides communication, accountability and tools for Instructors, preceptors, and students. It houses all preceptor, instructor, clinical rotation and student information, forms, and resources, and allows for correspondence between the clinical instructors, preceptors, and students. All student performance assessments are administered through Compkeepr.
For technical assistance or to reset your CompKeepr password, email cory.campbell@umanitoba.ca.

UMLearn for preceptors and clinical instructors

The RT department has developed tools to help enhance your knowledge and effectiveness as a clinical educator. To obtain electronic access to preceptor training resources please send an email request to the RT program assistant or clinical education coordinator. 

Western University Preceptor Education Program (PEP)

Western University’s Preceptor Education Program (PEP) is an online program designed to help prepare students and preceptors for clinical placements. 

Preceptor eLearning course

Dalhousie University offers online training for new and continuing pharmacy preceptors. The course is designed to provide comprehensive information and support for our preceptors in a convenient electronic format.

Fieldwork contact

Cory Campbell
Clinical education coordinator 
204-480-1370
cory.campbell@umanitoba.ca 

Contact us

College of Rehabilitation Sciences
R106 - 771 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada

204-789-3897
204-789-3927