Students Gather to Move Profession, Careers Forward

17th Annual National Student Conclave Features Latest in Physical Therapist Practice 

ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 6, 2009 — Physical therapy students from across the nation will learn the latest in physical therapist research and treatment techniques during the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA's) 17th Annual National Student Conclave (NSC) at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, FL, October 30-November 1, 2009.

"This conference gives students critical resources and opportunities at a stage in their career when they are shaping who they will be as a professional," said APTA Student Assembly President Kate Hamilton, PT. "By providing each student with the opportunity to network with leaders in the profession and a nation-wide group of their peers, we are helping them transition into the work force and make the kinds of choices that will advance the profession in coming years."

Highlights include "Meet a Living Legend," with APTA member physical therapist Steven Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA, a renowned researcher, author, and presenter on stroke; keynote address by Scott Chesney, an international speaker, consultant, and life coach; panel discussions for new professionals, in-depth clinical sessions on physical therapy specialty areas, a résumé critiquing and mock interview sessions, and an exhibit hall featuring employers, manufacturers, and publishers.

NSC sessions will include "the Physical Therapist's role in Social Responsibility and Global Health Initiatives," "Risk Management: Understanding the Basics of Employment Contracts and 'Bonus' Programs," "Own Your Future: Is an Opportunity in Private Practice for You?," "Embracing Clinical Education Standards: A Work in Progress," and Financial Management: Protecting the Value of Your Prime Financial Assets - Your Degree and Career Earnings."

Elections for the 2009-2010 Student Assembly Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will take place at NSC, and all registered student members will receive a ballot. Attendees will meet with employers, manufacturers, and publishers in the two-day NSC Exhibit Hall.

Physical therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility -- in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. APTA represents more than 72,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice, education, and research. In most states, patients can make an appointment directly with a physical therapist, without a physician referral. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at