To see cutting-edge technology, hear world-class speakers, meet alumni and connect with future colleagues, physical therapists should plan on attending the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). On February 15-18, 2017, over 14,000 health care professionals and students converged in San Antonio, Texas, for the 2017 meeting. This year’s conference hosted over 480 exhibitors and 300 sessions. Pacific physical therapy (PT) faculty, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students and alumni were among the presenters.

Todd Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS, associate professor of physical therapy, co-presented the session entitled “Evolution or Revolution? Physical Therapists in Prevention and Population Health.” Co-presented by Mike Eisenhart, PT and Christopher Hinze, PT, DPT the session proposed strategies for the role that physical therapists can play in implementing population health strategies.

Carl L. Fairburn III ’10, PT, DPT, assistant professor of physical therapy; Cathy Peterson, PT, EdD, professor of physical therapy; Anna Barrett ’16, PT, DPT and Patrick Cawneen ’16, DPT, presented “DIY Mid-fidelity Simulation: It Takes Less Space, Less Money and More Time Than You Think! Educational Platform Presentation.”

Justin Scola ’17, along with co-authors Panthjit Khosa ’17 and Dr. Davenport, presented the poster entitled “Initial Impact of Physical Therapy Hashtags on Twitter: A Feasibility Study and Descriptive Analysis.”

Rebecca Van Klaveren ’17 presented the podium talk entitled “Gender Distribution of Authors in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 2010-2014,” co-authored by Dr. Fairburn and Dr. Davenport.

 

Q&A with the DPT Class of 2017

What was something at the conference you were amazed or inspired by?

Alycia Clark ’17: “Attending CSM inspired my desire to pursue the newly developing specialty in physical therapy for oncology patients.”

Michael Ellis ’17: “The amount of people there who were actively engaged in bettering their profession in the pursuit of helping patients.”

Brendan Heary ’17: “The incredible number of physical therapists from all around the country, all gathered together for this one event.”

Hailey Kopps ’17: “I was inspired by the quality of current research, variety of content and level of passion I was surrounded by throughout our visit to CSM. I was overwhelmed by the sense of community and dedication to professional growth. I stand alongside 14,000 others with something to offer the field of movement science.”

Audrey Mott ’17: “The number of PT students in attendance and the passion for healing of all of the speakers.”

Helen Shepard ’17: “All of the new information presented in lectures about current research in our field.”

Megan Stiller ’17: “I was amazed at how many vendors and exhibitors were in the exhibit hall.”

Nina Zakharia ’17: “Getting to see how passionate everyone is about our awesome profession made it really fun.”

Describe a memorable interaction you had during the conference:

Ellis: “I enjoyed watching a classmate of mine interact with people during his poster presentation.”

Kopps: “I talked with a Pacific alumnus and learned about how integral experiences like this are in his practice, several years post-graduation.”

Mott: “Jessica Renzi from North Carolina. She is a travel PT who started a company with her husband to mentor new PT grads interested in travel PT. Awesome to talk to her and learn the ins and outs of traveling.”

Scola: “Speaking with many people involved with Twitter and PT advocacy.”

Stiller: “I talked to a Team Movement for Life staff member at a meet-and-greet event and I was able to have an extended conversion with her about the company.”

Max Yeagley ’17: “I met with a friend’s upcoming clinical instructor named Rosalie, who works at Lodi Memorial. She was very down-to-earth, approachable and very encouraging to us about starting our clinical rotations.”

Zakharia: “I met a PT from Texas who designed an electronic medical record. He was funny, but insightful.”

Did you connect with any alumni or former faculty?

Clark: “I met an alumna of the DPT program who now works at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara. She was incredibly friendly and shared with me about her job.”

Jessica Tom ’17: “Yes, it was inspiring to hear about where they all are in their careers and what helped get them to where they are.”

Zakharia: “I connected very easily with Margaret from the class of 1994!”

By: Anne Marie H. Bergthold

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