Haven't Missed a Beat
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In February 2018 I attended my very first American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). I was in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans, and, well, you could say the rest is history. I fell in love.
CSM provided me with knowledge and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my career. During CSM I was forced out of my comfort zone by interacting with other attendees and exhibit hall vendors. I developed a passion for evidence-based practice and research, all of which I hoped to apply in the clinic. I was even more thrilled to attend lectures and hear from the most elite physical therapists (PTs) in the world. I was so energized by my CSM experience that I served as a volunteer at CSM 2019 in Washington, DC.
I have been fortunate enough to take advantage of every opportunity presented to me through APTA; I have not missed a beat.
In addition to conferences, I am extremely passionate about advocating for our profession. I have sent letters to Congress regarding student loan repayment and next year’s proposed cuts in Medicare Part B. I also have encouraged my classmates to make a difference by organizing and leading Mobile, Alabama’s, first-ever APTA Student Assembly National Advocacy Dinner (NAD).
Organizing our area’s first NAD was a unique opportunity for me. This role allowed me to be bold and take action as a student. To engage attendees, I arranged for 2 speakers to attend our dinner—both have positions in our state chapter. They discussed how we can advocate for our profession here in Alabama and nationally.
I want to thank each individual who continues to run this prestigious association. I love where we are and where we are going as a profession, thanks to APTA.
Want to share your APTA love story? Submit it here! Haven't had such an experience or moment? We encourage you to contact George James, SPT, Director of Membership, APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors to discover APTA value and opportunities.
Mason Baker, SPT, is a third year student at the University of South Alabama.