I just graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, and I attended the one day boot camp in Winnipeg in October, 2018. I would definitely recommend taking this course. I found that part of my anxiety leading up to the practical exam was not knowing how to approach preparing for it; this course helped with that a lot. They provided a 250+ page manual that outlined how to tackle various types of stations and included some good review material. They also they called me before the course to discuss how to go about studying and answer my questions, and after the course Kash has been in touch via Facebook messenger a few times to check-in.
The boot camp itself was also useful. Basically they had organized 20 stations; for 10 you acted as the standardized patient, and for 10 you actually did the station like you would in the exam. The stations were timed, and then after each station everyone amalgamated in a different room to go through an examiner checklist together to see what the station was asking for/review any important points. They tried to give us a few practice scenarios for each of the major subcategories of the exam, eg msk, cardioresp…and then had a little “take home message” of tips and tricks for those kinds of stations as well. Our group was full of questions which made us run behind schedule, but Kash and his team stayed almost 2 hours late with us so that we were able to get through all 20 stations. Also, while the stations were happening Kash and 2 other members of his team were circulating so that they watched you do at least 1-2 stations and could provide more personalized feedback.
After the boot camp day, there were also several Facebook Live lectures that went through parts of the manual they had provided – for example, one was on pediatric physio, one on approaches for the written stations – as well as a general Q&A Facebook live. I found all of these helpful as well.
All in all, this course helped me to feel like I had a framework from which to approach this scary exam, as well as a chance to get extra practice and build my confidence a bit. Kash and his team were really encouraging, and I think this experience helped me to be successful.