Bright Lights, Brighter Therapists
Each year, physical therapy professionals come together for one of the APTA's showcase events-the Combined Sections Meeting. From February 3-6, thousands of PTs, PTAs, and PT students will descend upon "Sin City" for a one-of-a-kind educational experiences-CSM 2014 in Las Vegas.
The bright lights of the strip won't be the only thing shining at this conference. After 2 days of in-depth pre-conference lectures, things kick off in the evening of Monday, February 3 with the annual recognition ceremony for clinical specialists. APTA President Paul Rockar will welcome the crowd. A reception, one of several throughout the conference, will follow, so PTs can start the week by letting their hair down.
Whether your focus is neurology, geriatrics, sports medicine, or one of the 18 other APTA specialty sections represented, CSM has something for everyone. Physical therapists from the Cleveland Clinic will discuss "The Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Concussion Care Path," sharing how their facility standardized treatment approaches. Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA and Robert Winningham, Ph.D will present a lecture sure to be of interest to PTs working in long-term care, "Motivating Apathetic and Depressed Clients." A panel of sports medicine specialists will present "Rehabilitation Considerations for the Female Athlete," offering evidence-based background for the special considerations needed for this population.
One key event every year is the Cerasoli Lecture. This year, Leslie Portney, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA will present "Choosing a Disruptive Path Toward Tomorrow." The lecture honors a physical therapist who has made significant contributions to physical therapy education. Portney, of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, will discuss how general issues affecting all of higher education specifically impact physical therapy programs.
Each Combined Sections Meeting is also home to the Linda Crane Lecture, honoring outstanding contributions to the practice of physical therapy. Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS of Arcadia University will talk about "More than a ‘White Hat.' Delivering the Substance of Physical Therapy's Value Proposition." Jewell will ask how physical therapists can stay relevant in our changing healthcare landscape.
And of course, the exhibit hall is a major part of the conference. Approximately 500 exhibitors will be presenting their products and services, so be sure to carve out some time to walk through. ADVANCE will be in booth 631, so stop by to renew your magazine subscription, pick up the latest issue and purchase one-of-a-kind PT gear from the ADVANCE Healthcare Shop. You might even run into staffers Jon Bassett and Danielle Bullen.
Yes, the ADVANCE for Physical Therapy editorial staff will be on site at Vegas. We'll blog about sessions, take photos, and update social media. Be sure to return to the ADVANCE Perspective blog the week of the conference and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news from the Venetian and Sands Expo Center.
Looking forward to seeing you in "Sin City!"