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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

APTA-CSM Kicks Off!

Published February 10, 2009 12:35 PM by Elizabeth Puliti
LAS VEGAS--At 7:00 p.m. last night, physical therapists from all over the nation gathered in the world-famous Mandalay Bay for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) Ceremony for Recognition of Clinical Specialists.

Everyone stood and clapped as 835 newly-certified clinical specialists walked down the center of the audience to their front-row seats.

"It's a wonderful event...and don't these recipients look wonderful as well?" remarked R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, president of APTA.

Including those who had received board certification in 2008, there are currently 8,408 clinical specialists in 7 specialty areas: cardiovascular & pulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, geriatric, neurology, orthopaedic, pediatric and sports.

"Since 1985, when the first three clinical specialists were certified, there has been a substantial increase in physical therapists who pursue specialist certification each year," Dr. Ward stated.

In 2009, it will be the first time that physical therapists can sit for a Woman's Health certification.

Keynote speaker, Patty Sheets, PT, DPT, NCS has been a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy since 1994. She served on the Neurological Specialty Council and ABPTS.

Dr. Sheets told the audience that she was honored to be chosen by the ABPTS to speak about the importance of evidence-based practice.

"My comments this evening are actually about leadership," she said. "I see myself, first and foremost, as a clinician."

The theme of Dr. Sheets' speech was Leading Your Village in Raising Your Community.

"I believe that implementing evidence-based practice in physical therapy is not an impossible dream," she stated.

"If we simplify the job description of a physical therapist, then they will simplify their practice...Lets be sure we are holding our colleagues at a level of performance that [leads to] a depth of performance that our patients deserve."



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