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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Long Distance Learning

Published April 18, 2011 3:57 PM by Danielle Bullen

by Lisa Lombardo

You've likely seen the ads: A businessman rushing to catch a plane laments that he can't just attend his meetings or conferences while sitting behind his own desk at the office. He'd avoid all the travel hassles and save a lot of money to boot. Or the ones where people say they'd love to return to school-but with work and home life don't have the time and energy to devote to physically attending classes.

What once sounded like a pipe dream for many widespread managers, department heads, business owners and prospective students is now reality. The Virtual Conference is here to stay, and it's helping PTs, PTAs and many other clinicians get access to up-to-date knowledge in their fields just by going to work.

ADVANCE is proud to offer our first Physical Therapy Virtual Conference, Best Practices in Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine, on April 27, 2011. We offer:

  • FREE education sessions for CE credit: Participate from anywhere you can get online;
  • Navigate our virtual Exhibit Hall;
  • Enter to win a Visa Gift Card! We are giving away one $100 and one $200 gift card;
  • Cool prizes: Many vendors will be giving away great prizes during the event;
  • Chat with vendors: Each virtual booth has an open chat room;
  • Create a virtual business card with your contact information.

Find all the details when you register at

Here's the breakdown of our sessions and speakers:

12 PM to 1 PM | Session Group I

Opening Session: PT: The Doctoring Profession. Kathryn Zalewski, PhD, MPA, PT, takes a look at the impact of the DPT on the physical therapy profession and how it has changed PT education and the face of its workforce.

2 PM to 3 PM | Session Group II

Clinical: A Clinician's Perspective: Using Physical Agents in Rehabilitation (for CE credit). Amit Gaglani, PT, OCS, CSCS, examines the research and evidence behind using physical agents and modalities as an adjunct to traditional physical therapy.

Management: Maximizing Efficiency: Establishing an Outpatient Private Practice that Will Thrive (for CE credit). Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, teaches the moves, methods and approaches owners can take with marketing and niche exploration to secure their practices' success in today's climate and beyond.

4 PM to 5 PM | Session Group III

Clinical: Effective Therapies for Gait Assessment (for CE credit). Anne Grady Landers, PT, takes a look at the most effective and evidence-backed strategies for gait assessment using both recorded measurement tests and gait tools in the clinic.

Management: Best Practices in Productivity and Profitability (for CE credit). Jim Glinn, DPT, coaches directors of rehabilitation on how to capitalize on proper reimbursement approaches, coding, efficient scheduling and billing practices, using targeted treatment protocols, and maximizing staffing efforts.

6 PM to 7 PM | Session Group IV

Closing Session: Physical Therapy and Health Care Reform. Justin Moore, PT, DPT, discusses what impact will the Health Care Reform and Portability Act have on physical therapy access for patients, and what the profession can do to deal with changes.

Don't miss out! Join us on Wednesday, April 27. Register today at


KUDOS! Brilliant Idea!

Now why hasn't the APTA thought of it!?!?!

Dean Metz April 20, 2011 1:37 PM

This sounds like a wonderful opportunity.  I have registered.  As a physical therapist and working mom I feel I busy.  This makes finding and scheduling continuing education difficult.  

I am always looking for a way to learn more and improve my clinical skills in an efficient way.

Thank you and I look forward to giving this a try.



Jennifer, PT - Physical Therapist April 19, 2011 3:53 PM
Zeeland MI

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