November 2012 Master of Rehabilitation Science Grads
Bring Practical Research Skills to the Workplace

Master of Rehabilitation Science Program Director Sue Stanton with graduate Tammam El-Khodor
at the November 24 2012 convocation ceremony. Missing: Kim Mullens and Mireille Delorme.

On November 23, 2012 Kim Mullens, Mireille Delorme and Tammam El-Khodor graduated with their Master of Rehabilitation Science. These occupational therapists join the growing UBC Master of Rehabilitation Science alumni who are making significant changes to rehabilitation practice across the country and around the world. Equipped with an advanced degree focused on clinical reasoning, assessment, scholarly practice, program planning and practice-based research, they not only bring new evidence to their workplace but know how to ensure it’s translated into every day practice. Our Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) blog features their joint valedictorian speech and provides us with an inside view of what it takes to complete the MRSc degree while working full-time and balancing family commitments.

About the Graduates

Kim Mullens is an occupational therapist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario. She embraced the challenge of a master’s program to increase her ability to practice from an evidence-based perspective and engage in practical research projects and program evaluation activities. It worked! Kim wrote, “I found that over the years in the program I gradually assumed more leadership and research related activities in the workplace.”

Read about Kim’s research: Knowledge and Attitudes towards the Recovery Paradigm in a Forensic Mental Health Unit

Mireille Delorme, who is also an occupational therapist, works at the Champlain Community Care Access Centre in Ottawa, Ontario as a Manager of Client Services. She wrote the following about the impact the Master of Rehabilitation Science had on her career:

Completing this degree provided me with a skill set and foundational knowledge about research methods, rehabilitation program development and evaluation, the critical evaluation of research studies, and the development of knowledge transfer plans from available research. Every appraised study and every completed research project contributed to broadening my vision, improving my confidence and reaffirming the need for honesty and candor in the search for and the development of evidence-based practice.

Read about Mireille’s research: Fall Prevention for the Elderly Community Dweller: An Exploration of the Roles Between Home Care Case Managers and Occupational Therapists

Tammam El-Khodor works as an occupational therapist in Montreal at the Jewish General Hospital. He began his master’s to learn more about evidence-based practice, improve his clinical skills, learn how to do research, and open the possibilities for teaching in the future. Tammam feels the best part of doing his master’s was the flexibility of learning online. When he first began the program he was living and working in Portland, Oregon. Tammam wrote that the master’s program improved his critical thinking skills, provided tools to effect change in this work setting and above all, taught him how to test his theories and rely more on making decisions based on data rather than personal assumptions.

Read about Tammam’s research: Nurses’ Perception of Occupational Therapy in an Acute Care Hospital