Villa Medica is committed to the transfer of knowledge we have acquired in the past few decades. We do that by training the next generation of healthcare workers to ensure that future patients continue to receive the highest quality of care.

Training at the University Level

Many of our health professionals in physiotherapy and occupational therapy teach as part of the rehabilitation program at the Université de Montréal, and as part of the physiotherapy and occupational therapy program at McGill University. Our professionals are therefore always up to date on the latest developments in their field of expertise.

Villa Medica health professionals have won awards for the quality of their teaching

Training on the Treatment of Serious Burn Victims

As part of the Centre of Expertise for Serious Burn Victims in Western Quebec, Villa Medica is recognized among the region’s hospitals for its wealth of knowledge on functional and objective assessments and its approach on delivering effective evidence-based interventions. Burn patients require special care in terms of pain relief, the various medical complications that can arise as a result of burns, wound healing and scaring, and possible multiple surgeries. Part of the Villa Medica team’s mandate is to transfer their knowledge to various professionals from different institutions involved in the care of these patients. The ultimate goal is that each patient recovers their optimal functional capacity to ensure quality of life. These professionals also transfer their knowledge and expertise through a collaboration with the École de technologie supérieure de Montréal.

Training on BOBATH-based Rehabilitation (IBITA) and NER-21

The BOBATH concept is an approach to rehabilitation developed in the 1940s through the work and research of physiotherapist Berta Bobath (1907-1991) and her husband Dr. Karel Bobath (1906-1991), Neurologist.

This concept, based on the resolution of functional disability challenges, applies to all diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), such as stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and parkinsonian and ataxia syndromes.

It is a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach that refers to the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) of the World Health Organization (WHO). It aims to improve the capacity and performance of the person suffering from CNS diseases.

Villa Medica offers an annual training in the BOBATH approach to physical and occupational therapists from Quebec and elsewhere. These courses are taught by Michèle H. Gerber, senior IBITA instructor of the BOBATH-based-Rehabilitation concept.