As we approach PT 2011 in National Harbor, Maryland, I am reminded of the first national APTA meeting I attended in Kansas City in 1983. As a young physical therapist, it was incredible for me to meet other colleagues who had experienced or were experiencing many of the same professional challenges and triumphs as me. I remember looking forward to seeing those friends again at a future APTA event and enjoying the occasional communications we had in between meetings. And many of those folks are still my dear friends today. Back then, those communications were in the form of snail mail or long-distance telephone calls -- so different from the daily and almost instantaneous conversations that are possible today via e-mail and social media.
Of course, nothing can take the place of an in-person meeting and the palpable sense of excitement you feel during opening ceremonies, the satisfaction you experience during an educational session when you learn a new technique you know will help your patients, or the camaraderie that is evident during a casual drink at the bar after an incredible day of learning. But through Twitter, Facebook, and blogs today, conference participants can share their experiences not only with fellow attendees but also with those who are following along from home -- and they can continue the conversation long after the final session closes or the last exhibit booth is packed up and shipped away.
This year at PT 2011, we'd like to help facilitate those important connections and conversations in a new way by recruiting attendees to use this blog to discuss their experiences during Annual Conference. We want you to share your perceptions and personal experiences during sessions, events, and other social activities while you're there, with the goal of expanding the impact of PT 2011, continuing that valuable exchange of ideas and knowledge that will help you and your colleagues grow as professionals.
I'd love to share this blog space with you, if you will in turn share your experiences with us. Guidelines for bloggers can be found here. If you're interested in participating, please let us know by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you -- now and during PT 2011.
As we prepared to storm the Hill today and advocate for our patients, students, and the profession of physical therapy, I am grateful to APTA and our leadership for this opportunity.
As Dr. Ward stated in his opening address last night, let's show them that we are extraordinary!
Posted by Alan Lee
on 6/9/2011 5:05 AM