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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Co-op

Fourth year, Kinesiology student, Alexandra Lukac, shares how taking action allowed her to navigate her co-op journey. 

By: Alexandra Lukac 1195 reads | 0 comments
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Laser Beams and Spinal Hygiene

Co-operative Education

I landed my first ever co-op placement as a Chiropractic Assistant and Laser Technician. Now, you may be asking what exactly is a ‘Laser Technician’ and how are lasers related to chiropractic? Moreover, what on earth does hygiene have to do with our spines and why is this important for rehabilitation?

By: Jennifer To 1103 reads | 0 comments
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IMS: A Beacon of Light for Petite Prospective Physiotherapists

Lynn Valley Orthopaedic & Sports Physiotherapy Centre

Have you thought about physiotherapy as a career option, or as part of your plan to rid your body of aches or pains? This article focuses on my own personal experiences with Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) at my co-op placement, and how it has affected my back pain as well as my future in physiotherapy. 

By: Sereen Hon 1215 reads | 0 comments
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5 Important Lessons I Learned From My First Co-op

rehabilitation

Nervous about your first co-op job? Don’t be! These five tips will help prepare you for success and boost your confidence levels in no time. Keep calm & read on!

By: Ellen Lu 2418 reads | 0 comments
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6 Reasons Why We Like Research

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

The department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK) will be hosting its 8th Annual Research Day on Friday, March 31. Twelve BPK undergraduate students were asked a simple question: What do you like about research? After compiling all of their responses, I present to you six reasons why we like research!

By: Olivia Aguiar 1643 reads | 0 comments
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What Does a Student Kinesiologist Do, Anyways?

Physiostation & Sport Injury Clinic

Looking through co-op job postings and have no idea what a job as a Student Kinesiologist entails? I didn’t either. Now that I’ve worked as one, I’m here to shine some light on the subject. 

By: Andrea Forer 3699 reads | 0 comments
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10 Tips for Working with Seniors

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

For some, seniors can be intimidating and difficult to work with. However, after working as a Student Kinesiologist with 6-8 different clients on a daily basis, I have compiled a list of 10 tips and tricks to help anyone working with seniors in any context, not just kinesiology.  

By: Matthew Butt 2821 reads | 0 comments
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Back Pain Myth Busters and Spine Hygiene

chiropractic

Do you do sit-ups and crunches to to either get or maintain that six-pack? This article sheds light on why learned habits such as this are detrimental for your back health. In addition, I discuss “Spine Hygiene”, which refers to the daily maintenance of the spine as necessary to prevent back issues.  

By: Karen Gitau 4276 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Big Secret: A Look into My Summer Working for the University

Co-operative Education

Find out more about my co-op job as a Research Assistant for SFU and discover how I learned to navigate the data, politics and presentations to appreciate a side of the university students don’t normally get to experience. 

By: Lauren Rietchel 14243 reads | 0 comments
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The Introvert’s Struggle: Conveying Your Ideas

SFU’s Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab

You have ideas to share, but you can’t bring yourself to interject. Sound familiar? It might be a confidence issue, fear of being wrong, or an unwillingness to seem impolite. Even though conveying your ideas can seem like a daunting task, I learned that it doesn’t have to be. 

By: Chantel Galang 1406 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 1

Seniors

Getting older is typically associated with a decline in health. That’s not the case for the Super Seniors—individuals 85+ never diagnosed with any major medical concern. Join Monique and Olivia as they travel Greater Vancouver and the Island speaking to some remarkable people for whom age is but a number.  

By: Monique Sekhon & Olivia Aguiar 1296 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 2

Seniors

Wanna know the secrets of living a long, healthy life? Find out what makes someone a Super Senior in Part 2 of Monique and Olivia’s co-op story as they share what was learned from these amazing individuals and their Essential Guide to Healthy Living, so you too may become a Super Senior!

By: Monique Sekhon & Olivia Aguiar 12712 reads | 0 comments
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Learning to Teach and Not Just Treat Patients

BPK 352

As a Laser Therapist/Clinic Office Assistant, Kim discovered that learning occurs every day and everywhere. Not only did she apply knowledge from school, but researched and learned about the different patient conditions she treated, teaching patients about their conditions and care. 

By: Kim Bautista 1460 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Career Exploration

There was a point in my degree when I started to question whether I had chosen the right path. Is this the career I want to spend the rest of my life in? Are these the people I want to surround myself with day-in and day-out? Find out how co-op answered these questions.  

By: Ashly Hill 1874 reads | 0 comments
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Who Knew Co-op Would Confirm My Career Choice and More!

Science

As a fourth year Biomedical Physiology student, I wished to pursue a career in family practice medicine. In this article, I share how my co-op at CHANGEpain Clinic confirmed my career path, but also went well beyond that. 

By: Amy (Amandeep) Gill 6812 reads | 0 comments
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Perspective is Everything: Experiences from Training My Replacement

Returning to SFU

What happens when you are responsible for training your successor at your co-op job? What about when you are responsible for training your successor knowing that you’ll be returning to the same job the following summer and that their job performance will directly impact you? In this blog post, I share my experiences training my replacement and how this taught me the importance of perspective. 

By: Garrett Hughes 9160 reads | 0 comments
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Experience: Turning a Good Therapist Into a Great Therapist

Workplace Success

In a clinic, like many businesses, personal-relational experience can turn a good therapist into a great one. Practicing excellent technique and skill is often not enough. It is by establishing rapport through strong communication and genuine concern about a patient’s well-being where one becomes a great therapist. 

By: Brendan Wong 9123 reads | 0 comments
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Not Your Everyday Shoe Store

Co-operative Education

Applying for the position of Pedorthic Assistant at Kintec, I was a bit hesitant since my previous work experience involved asking people if they want fries with that. I soon found that working at Kintec was one of the most relevant jobs to my degree as it's a lot more than just selling shoes. 

By: Daniel Ciarniello 7808 reads | 0 comments
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RebalanceMD 2016: Finding Common Ground with Your Clientele

physiotherapist

When a person enters a physiotherapy clinic for the first time, they can experience a wide range of emotions such as fear, despair and doubt. It is our job as healthcare practitioners to transition our clientele from fearing movement to love of movement. This post discusses how being honest and empathetic will help you achieve amazing things with your clientele.

By: Brandon Watson 8713 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Abilities with Developmental Disabilities Association

Career Exploration

Since applying to the Kinesiology program at SFU, I knew one day I wanted to work as an Occupational Therapist. I spent time volunteering in recreation-based work, but when it came time to apply for a co-op, I decided to expand into the realm of teaching life skills.

By: Lois Lee 9179 reads | 0 comments
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Changing Attitudes to Debunk Co-op Myths

Co-operative Education

Oftentimes, we allow ourselves to believe we are not good enough. In this post, I debunk 5 co-op myths of self-defeat allowing you to rise to any challenge.

By: Cherlene E. Chang 9788 reads | 0 comments
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Haiti Co-op Inspires Career Path

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Danielle Jeong, who receives a Governor General’s Silver Medal for her high scholastic achievement, says her SFU co-op experiences, which included a month in Haiti, were “life-changing”.

By: Anonymous 1906 reads | 0 comments
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Journey to the Centres

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

I was somewhat apprehensive to join the team  at the adult day centres but my 8 month co-op placement working with seniors  turned out to be one of the most valuable experiences that I have ever had. I was able to get involved with Vancouver Coastal Health's SteadyFeet®, form  friendships with seniors, and even learn some Cantonese! 

By: Evelyn Korompai 2141 reads | 0 comments
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Appropriate Workplace Attire: How To Dress Professionally Without Compromising Your Style

workplace wardrobe

I’m a young and trendy fashionista. A self-identified accessory-lover. A student. And I’m obsessed with how to make a great impression at my new co-operative education job without compromising my style. This article highlights my opinions on how to dress professionally, while still maintaining your sense of style. 

By: Amy Gill 6107 reads | 0 comments
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The Journey of Clinical Research

Survey

Joanne shares her co-op journey after working four months at Providence Health Care Research institute. 

By: Joanne Lau 2437 reads | 0 comments
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Margaret’s Co-op Experience: Two Job Positions with One Stone

CBI Health Clinic

Working at the CBI Health Clinic has certainly been a once in a life time experience. Taking on the challenge of working in a clinical environment that I was unfamiliar with has shown me skills I didn’t realize I possessed.  In gaining these skills, it helped keep me on board for an unexpected second term of co-op with a new position and new experiences.

By: Margaret Chang 4351 reads | 0 comments
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Severin's Tropical, Scuba Diving Co-op Adventure

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

In summer of 2013, SFU Biomedical Physiology student Severin Vaillancourt headed to The Bahamas as a Field Research Assistant with the school's Marine Ecology Lab. He shared recollections of his underwater adventures and more with International Co-op.

By: Kiran Dhanoa 32098 reads | 0 comments
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BC Easter Seals: The Campers Arrive

Co-operative Education

In the second of a three-part series, Rachael welcomes East Seals campers to Squamish, and offers advice to anyone thinking of spending the summer at camp.

By: rhutchin 3597 reads | 0 comments
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BC Easter Seals: Career Exploration

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

In the final entry of her Easter Seals Camp series, Rachael reflects on her summer spent in Squamish, sharing what she learned about herself, and her career path.

By: rhutchin 2757 reads | 0 comments
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Moldovan Memories Part 4: My Care Placement in the Village

Co-op

Moving from the city into a village in Moldova, Kerri Jang finds herself surrounded by animals and fruit trees as she lives with a host family, while organizing wheelchair basketball and tennis through The Motivatie Association.

By: Kerri Jang 3040 reads | 0 comments
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