PT Student for 2 Years, an APTA Member for 4 Years
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When it comes to my experience with the American Physical Therapy Association, one of the first words that comes to my mind is "unusual."
I am now in my second year of physical therapy school at the University of Hartford, and I have been a member of APTA for four years. You might be reading this and wondering how the math on that works. During my undergraduate courses, I felt so determined to be a PT that I thought I may as well get the membership now.
Although access to research articles and APTA news and magazine articles was an interesting aspect to the membership, my favorite part was the chance to attend the 2017 APTA NEXT Conference & Exposition in Boston. Being an undergraduate student in this setting is a nerve-wracking experience; one man told me I was like a PT "unicorn."
What made me love this conference so much was the free goniometers and shirts, which we all know makes the conference. Jokes aside, I attended multiple presentations, but the one that left a lasting impression was the talk on membership, which had President Emma Stokes of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in attendance. Hearing how some students and practicing physical therapists did not see the value in an APTA membership was astonishing to me, and since then I have strived to become more involved with my membership and making others realize why a membership is not another obligatory payment.
Going through physical therapy school now, I have attended the 2019 National Student Conclave and the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association's annual conference. I've also met and listened to so many dedicated and hard-working professionals and students accomplish new and exciting things, which has solidified why I chose to be part of this profession. It makes me want to strive to be a better PT, and I hope that I can inspire someone else to feel this way when I attend the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine this September to present part of the research that I worked on during this year. Plus, you should never turn down an opportunity for more free T-shirts.
Jason Hubeny, SPT, is a second-year student at the University of Hartford. You can connect with Jason on Facebook and Twitter.
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