Scholarship for Dr. Aurélie Houle

Funding provided: $50,000

The REA Foundation awarded a scholarship to Dr. Aurélie Houle to contribute to funding her fellowship.

This initiative will improve care for complex stroke patients.

The one-year fellowship will take place at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, in Paris. This institution is renowned for its expertise in neurology and neurological rehabilitation.

Dr. Houle’s duties will include:

  • managing the care of complex stroke patients in the acute phase in the vascular neurology unit,   and following them from their intensive functional rehabilitation to their return home
  • working in specialized clinics for stroke patients who present one or more complications, such as spasticity, bladder sphincter disorders, vestibular disorders and cognitive impairments
  • participating in clinical research with Dr. Pascale Pradat-Diehl, specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, to study post-stroke cognitive deficits and neurorehabilitation
  • participating in research projects on neuromodulation at the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders of the the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital
  • participating in departmental and neuroscience meetings to discuss subjects related to post-stroke rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation in general

Upon her return, Dr. Houle will:

  • offer highly specialized care at the cutting edge of knowledge for neurorehabilitation and for complications from stroke  
  • work on intensive functional rehabilitation with stroke patients at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal
  • offer highly specialized services in diagnosis and treatment of complications from stroke
  • pursue her commitment to research by elaborating France-Quebec multicentric research projects to optimize knowledge in neurorehabilitation

A collaborative approach

Dr. Aurélie Houle completed her doctorate in medicine and her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Université de Montréal. Next September, she will embark on a master’s degree in University Pedagogy for Health Sciences at Université de Montréal, so that she can specialize in the teaching of medicine.

She would like to be involved in training future physicians, and optimize knowledge-sharing between medical fields  and various health professions directly or indirectly involved in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

She also wishes to contribute to teaching patients and their loved ones about their disease and possible complications.

Thanks to the experience gained during this fellowship year, she would like to develop a fellowship program within the stroke program at the Institut Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal that would promote collaborations with other stroke rehabilitation programs nationally and internationally.

“Teamwork with the patient, their loved ones and health professionals is an integral part of my medical practice,” says Dr. Houle. “This collaboration is essential since, among other things, it makes it possible to offer an optimal interdisciplinary treatment plan adapted to the patient’s goals in terms of health, autonomy and quality of life. This principle of cooperation is particularly important in neurorehabilitation, a highly specialized field in physical medicine and rehabilitation that is of particular interest to me.”