Thoughts on the APTA?
With the PT 2010 conference just wrapping up, I thought I would discuss the APTA. During college, it was mandatory for students to be members of the APTA - partially to learn the APTA positions on ethical practice and clinical standards, and partially to encourage responsibly promoting the profession. I was too busy in school with other projects, homework and studying to utilize the APTA for as much as it offered. I knew where to find a PT, look for jobs and download research articles for my classes.
When I was in school, and even now, the financial costs of APTA involvement make it difficult for me to openly participate. Obviously, the membership fee comes with many benefits - access to research studies, legislature and legal changes to support PT reimbursement, along with a community of other therapists for networking and mentoring. But with the economy the way it is, many "extras" need to take a backseat.
I remember one of my clinical instructors telling me once that the annual APTA conference was like a college reunion for her classmates. Many of her friends went to the conference not only for CE courses, but also to reconnect with old friends. So I ask you - are you a member? Does your employer reimburse you for APTA fees? Do you utilize your APTA membership fully? What do you think about the APTA?