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Supervising Physiotherapy Students - A Fireside Chat with Gabriela Abbud and Heather Bredy

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26 October 2023

Time: 12:00 PM


During this informal, ‘fireside chat’, Sean FitzGerald talks with the University of Alberta’s Gabriela Abbud and Heather Bredy about common myths and misconceptions about supervising physiotherapy students.

  • How much experience does a physiotherapist need before they start taking students?
  • How much of a time commitment should supervisors anticipate and how can supervisors manage common time and scheduling challenges?
  • What should potential supervisors know about student evaluation?
  • What resources are available to support supervisors?
  • What are the top tips and wise practices for managing challenging or ‘weak’ students?

How do physiotherapists benefit from supervising physiotherapy students? Join us for this fireside chat to learn more.


Gabriella Abbud PT

Gabriela Abbud, PT, Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine – Physical Therapy, Calgary Coordinator of Clinical Education

Gabriela holds a BSc PT from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and a MSc in Exercise Sciencefrom Concordia University, Canada. She obtained her physiotherapy equivalence in Canada in2009. Since then, she has worked in both the French and English environments, in differentareas, including acute care, outpatient neurological rehabilitation and return to work. She joinedthe University of Alberta in 2013 as a teaching assistant for the Internationally EducatedPhysiotherapist Bridging Program while continuing to do clinical work. In 2016 Gabriela joinedthe University of Alberta as a full-time Instructor at the Calgary Satellite.

Heather Bredy PT

Heather Bredy, PT, Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine – Physical Therapy, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Heather graduated from the University of Alberta and has worked clinically since that time. She joined the Department of Physical Therapy as a full-timeteaching professor in 2011.

Her teaching involvement is in the musculoskeletal stream of the MScPT program. She is currently the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Department of Physical Therapy.

Sean FitzGerald PT

In addition to his role as Practice Advisor with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta, Sean is the owner of Jasper Physiotherapy & Health Centre and is a frequent supervisor of physiotherapy students.

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