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Looking forward to accepting our first students in the DSc in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership

Looking forward to accepting our first students in the DSc in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership

The following is a guest blog by Dr. Marcia Finlayson, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

Through the spring and fall of 2017, the School of Rehabilitation Therapy received all of the necessary approvals from Queen’s Senate, Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance, and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to launch a new innovative doctoral-level program. The Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership (DSc RHL) is the first of its kind at Queen’s University. Our first cohort of students will begin their studies on May 1st, 2018.

Over the past two years, the faculty of the School has been working hard to develop this 36 month executive-style program. The program’s development and curriculum were informed by extensive consultation with stakeholders, including national-level healthcare organizations. We designed the curriculum to equip currently practicing rehabilitation and health professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently pursue career opportunities requiring advanced competencies in leadership, program development, applied research and evaluation, advocacy, change management, and knowledge translation. The program and its curriculum was developed to fill a recognized gap in the preparation of leaders in the rehabilitation and health sector that has evolved as demographic shifts, funding challenges and other factors are pushing transformations in service delivery. Current entry-level programs for rehabilitation professionals must focus on knowledge and skills necessary to enter the profession, rather than to advance through one’s career and into more demanding and challenging roles. Our goal is to prepare individuals who want to feel confident and flourish in these roles – or who want to move into these roles in the future.

Students admitted into the program will be able to continue working while completing the degree, through a blend of on-campus intensive sessions and online-learning. The program will offer a mix of core and elective courses so that students can tailor their programs to their career goals. In addition, we developed a unique applied thesis model specifically for this program through which students will identify a real-world problem in a rehabilitation or health setting, and design, implement and evaluate a process, program or system to address this problem. This approach will enable students to carry out applied research that can have a direct impact on rehabilitation and health programs and services in real-life contexts.

Because rehabilitation is by nature inter-disciplinary, the program is open to all professionals whose backgrounds or future career goals focus on advancing programs, services, and systems that will positively influence the everyday lives of people affected by or at risk of disability. Our applications are currently open – for more information, please visit the program website at http://rehab.queensu.ca/programs/dsc

All of the members of the School are very excited about this program, and look forward to accepting our first students!

Joy Hataley

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:13

Amazing! Terrific!!
Please assure me there is a substantial module on Grass Roots Movements and the necessity of same.

Joy Hataley

Thank you for your comment. The students will be completing a two-term leadership development seminar through which they will be exploring different models and theories of leadership, completing leadership evaluations, and discussing the strengths and limitations of different leadership approaches in different contexts. Grass roots leadership will be one of several approaches examined.

Marcia Finlayson

Lynne Sinclair PT'91

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:45

Congrats Marcia and team for this exciting new leadership program. This will be a great opportunity to help support our future leaders with the needed best practices for our complex environments. Bravo to all!

Lynne Sinclair PT'91

Thank you Lynne. We are very excited about this program and looking forward to the contributions our future graduates will make to organizations that work with people affected by or at risk of disability.

Marcia Finlayson

Bill Moore, Meds '62

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 20:10

Thanks Richard for sharing important progress at Queen's Health Sciences. Rehabilitation services and well-prepared leaders are what many of us will need. I hope recruiting for the Queen's Rehabilitation DSc degree will attract and nurture those who aspire to be leaders in their profession and that they will be successful..

Bill Moore, Meds '62

Thanks Bill, As you may well know, the School of Rehabilitation Therapy has been doing great things under the leadership of Vice Dean Finlayson.


Richard Reznick

The program will be addressing different models and approaches to leadership across the various courses. Grass roots leadership will be addressed as one of many.

Marcia Finlayson

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