Education & Academics

At GRSM, we are committed to mentoring students at the community college, university, and post-graduate levels.  All health care professionals and front desk staff support this commitment by volunteering their time and expertise to supervise students from a number of schools – local and abroad.
GRSM supports Conestoga College through the training and mentoring of students from the Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant program.
At the university level, GRSM mentors Physiotherapy students from Western and McMaster.
Family Medicine Residents from McMaster and Western are also mentored through GRSM, as well as Sports Medicine Fellows from McMaster.
GRSM receives many requests for volunteer opportunities from students enrolled in Kinesiology programs who are looking for volunteer and practical experience in physiotherapy.  Many kinesiology students will pursue a post graduate degree in Physiotherapy.  GRSM’s Physiotherapy Internship Program is a good fit for these students.

GRSM Physiotherapy Internship Program – FAQs
Who is eligible?
Students enrolled in a Kinesiology program and who are 18 yrs of age who want to gain practical experience in a physiotherapy clinic should apply.
What time commitment is required?
Students who can commit a minimum of 50 hours may be chosen for a semester (approx. 3 months) and may apply to one of our three locations.  Successful candidates will be chosen for an interview.  If selected, volunteer hours will be confirmed.
What will I learn?
Interns will be trained in the basic duties of a Physiotherapy Assistant.  They will be supervised and mentored by a Registered Physiotherapist who will assign specific areas of care that are within the scope of a Physiotherapy Assistant.  Depending on the GRSM location, the Intern will also be trained and mentored by GRSM Physiotherapy Assistants.
How do I apply?
Choose ONE GRSM location that is most convenient for you.  Contact the Student Supervisor for that location (details below).  It’s that easy!
GRSM Cambridge – contact Dana Snelling at
GRSM Downtown – contact Kaleena Yeung at
GRSM South – contact Steph Wong at

Teaching Affiliation to Higher Learning Centres

Several Associates at GRSM have affiliations/teaching positions with other academic institutions.

  • Dr. Trevor Hall – Dr. Hall is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Family Medicine and the DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.  Dr. Hall’s current academic and clinical teaching includes Sports Medicine Fellows (PGY-3 Residents), Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.   In addition, Dr. Hall presents seminars and workshops to community physicians on various sports medicine topics.
  • Dr. Laura Purcell – Dr. Purcell is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Dr. Purcell enjoys teaching fellows, residents and medical students. She also presents talks for community groups and medical conferences.

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