Physiotherapy at North York General Hospital (NYGH) offers an interprofessional team approach to patient care. We treat a diverse population whose ages range from infants and children to the frail elderly. Physiotherapists provide assessment and treatment for patients at three sites.

The General site is a 400-bed acute care facility. Physiotherapists provide coverage in the Emergency Department, Paediatrics, Mother and Baby unit and on varied medical units which include Cardiology, Respiratory/GI, ICU, Neurology/Stroke, Acute Geriatrics and Alternate Level of Care as well as on the Mental Health unit. Coverage is also provided on surgical units which include post-op surgical procedures and orthopaedics.

Weekend cardio-respiratory coverage is provided by the inpatient physiotherapists and a weekend Mobility/Discharge Team provides coverage on the medical units by external physiotherapists. Post-knee surgery patients at the General site may be referred by their orthopaedic surgeons for outpatient knee classes run by physiotherapy staff. Patients of the Total Joint Assessment Centre are screened by physiotherapists and referred to the orthopaedic surgeons as surgical candidates or to the community for ongoing physiotherapy treatment.

The outpatient Day Hospital at the Seniors' Health Centre requires a referral from one of our geriatric physicians. A physiotherapist is part of the team of this program. The Outreach Team that serves the community has two physiotherapists who assess and provide treatment in the patient's home and recommend resources in the community.

Rehabilitation assistants with an educational background of physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant combined are an integral part of our physiotherapy staff at the General site and at the outpatient Day Hospital at Seniors' Health Centre.
For more information visit:
Ontario Physiotherapy Association

Education program

For students enrolled in Physical Therapy we offer:
  • one-day Structured Clinical placements (SCS) for year 1 students
  • three-week Basic Skills placements for year 1 students and
  • five-week placements for year 2 students.

We accept students from the Toronto area (University of Toronto). Placements for students from other catchment areas need to be arranged through U of T.

For students enrolled in the Rehabilitation Assistant programs, we offer:

  • placements for four, five and six weeks as well as
  • one-day Clinic Day sessions (four hours)

Students must be from a two-year OTA/PTA combined program from affiliated colleges.

Seeking a placement

Student placement requests need to be arranged through your academic institutions (universities or colleges) by the student clinical coordinators or fieldwork coordinators and in communication with the professional practice leader for physiotherapy.

The academic institutions are required to have an established affiliation agreement with North York General Hospital. Please check with the student clinical placement coordinator at your academic institution to ensure a valid agreement is in place
See the NYGH contacts.

Starting a placement

Placement prerequisites
The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:
  • Mask fit testing
    You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration:
    Date mask fitted
    Location mask fitted

  • Immunizations
    Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

    If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.

    You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
    Immunization form

  • Workplace insurance

    Institutional Workplace Insurance Agreement
    The students from publically funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic
    institutions you do not need to do anything else.

    Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

    Not applicable
    • Observers
    • Students paid by NYGH

  • Vulnerable sector screen
    Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

    If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

  • Mandatory training
    All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion

Prior to first day

Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training program is designed to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies and to provide you with information required for your placement.

On the first day
Bring with you:
Registration documents
  • Mask fit record
  • Completed immunization form
  • Completed vulnerable sector screen
  • Workplace insurance – if applicable

Government issued photo ID — This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) — Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.


Daphne Flatt,B.Sc. (OT), M.Ed., OT Reg. (Ont.),
Collaborative Practice Leader, Rehabilitation Sciences
Tel: 416-756-6667

Centre for Education

Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education
6 North - Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1

Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805

Red Button

Access the Red Button, a quick reference for students and residents at North York General Hospital who find themselves in an emergency or crisis situation of various kinds.