The Cream of the Crop
Tampa-- A tradition at every annual conference, the honors and awards ceremony recognizes physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students in both areas who have made outstanding contributions over the previous year. People, many dressed to the nines for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Gala later that evening, packed into a ballroom at the Tampa Marriott on Thursday, June 7. New APTA President Paul Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS, announced the winners from the podium.
The evening began with recognizing the schools who competed in the 2011-12 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. Now in it's 24th year, the challenge urges students to come up with clever ways to raise money for the Foundation. A total of 65 physical therapy and physical therapist assistant programs participated, raising a total of $239,951 to support new research. Special kudos to all the schools, and especially to Sacred Heart University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Pittsburgh for being the top three finishers.
Next, Dr. Rockar honored the physical therapist assistants who achieved advanced proficiency over the past year. They joined a long list of their colleagues who have gone above and beyond in their clinical knowledge as PTAs. Multiple students received various scholarships, including four PT students and 1 PTA Student who were honored with the Mary McMillan scholarship for someone who shows academic excellence and great potential. 16 additional awards honored individual excellence in teaching, publishing, service and research.
The finale recognized the newly minted Catherine Worthingham fellows. This honor is the highest bestowed by the APTA. Last night, 11 physical therapists joined the illustrious group, generously applauded by their peers.