Role-Emerging Clinical Placements in a Community-Based HIV Organization – Opportunities for Interprofessional Collaboration: A Case Report Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Purpose: We describe the development, implementation, and outcomes of role-emerging (RE) clinical placements at Positive Living Niagara (PLN), a community-based HIV organization (CBHIVO), for two second-year, entry-level Master of Science (Physiotherapy) (MSc[PT]) students from McMaster University. Client Description: A national, not-for-profit organization , Realize, conducted outreach to identify CBHIVOs interested in developing physiotherapy (PT) student placements. Intervention: PLN responded to the outreach and worked with McMaster’s MSc(PT) programme and Realize to establish two part-time RE PT student placements. The placement description and expectations were developed collaboratively by PLN, Realize, and the MSc(PT) programme. All PT students participating in their third 6-week clinical placement were eligible to apply. A registered occupational therapist and physiotherapist and PLN’s programme services manager participated in a shared model to supervise the students’ clinical and administrative activities. Measures and Outcome: These first RE PT placements in a Canadian CBHIVO were completed between November and December 2016. The evaluation of the student and placement included a learning contract and the Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance. Over 6 weeks, the students collaborated with people living with HIV (PLWHIV) who were members of PLN to identify a role for physiotherapists at PLN and led two health promotion workshops for PLN’s members and staff. Implications: The RE PT placement identified future opportunities for physiotherapists at PLN. The experience also influenced one student’s decision to apply after graduation for a newly created PT position that included working with PLWHIV.


  • Wojkowski, Sarah
  • Ahluwalia, Puja
  • Radassao, Katrina
  • Wharin, Caitlin
  • Walker, Glen
  • Rushford, Nancy

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  • November 1, 2019