• The leading-edge event for physical therapy professionals with trend-setting programming, innovative content, and exclusive access to the profession's forward thinkers.

    Here's What's NEXT:

    NEXT 2018 Programming

    Explore: Educational Sessions.| Preconference Courses

    New for 2018:

    • Educational sessions begin Wednesday, June 27 at 2:30 pm. You won't want to miss the first session on crisis recovery and emergency management where we hear from PT and PTA volunteers who are on-hand during emergencies in Orlando and Texas this year. 
    • Handouts are available only through the NEXT 2018 App or via the website. Be sure to download the handouts before you leave for conference. Note: not all speakers provide handouts.

    Make the most of your conference with Guides to NEXT 2018 specifically for the individual who is:

    Early-Career (.pdf) | Mid-Career (.pdf) | PTA (.pdf)

    Preconference Courses

    Register for 1 of these courses for additional CEUs:

    • Addiction and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Strategies for the Tough Cases, sponsored by Florida Physical Therapy Association
      Speakers: Mark Bishop, PT, PhD; Eric Chaconas, PT, PhD; Ahmed Rashwan, PT, DPT
    • Addressing the Challenges of Physical Rehabilitation in Critically Ill Adults
      Speakers: Amy Pastva, PT, PhD; Heidi Engel, PT, DPT; John D. Lowman, PT, PhD; Amy Nordon-Craft, PT, DSc
    • Medical Imaging for Dummies….Like Me
      Speaker: Lynn N. McKinnis, PT, DPT


    Full conference attendance is worth up to 1.8 CEUs (18 contact hours/CCUs). Learn more.

    Community Service Opportunity

    APTA and Shoes4Kids are working together to provide brand new athletic shoes and socks for underprivileged children in the area. Learn how you can make a difference.

    Signature Events

    Opening Event Featuring Gabby Reece (Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm)
    Former pro volleyball star Gabby Reece will share the impact of physical therapist treatment throughout her life and inspire PTs and PTAs to be leaders in shaping a healthier and more active society.

    The 49th Mary McMillan Lecture – Wisdom and Courage: Doing the Right Thing (Thursday, June 28, 10:00 am-11:00 am)
    Laurita M. (Laurie) Hack, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA

    The 23rd John H.P. Maley Lecture – Lifecourse Health Development of Individuals With Chronic Health Conditions: Visualizing a Preferred Future (Friday, June 29, 10:00 am-11:00 am)
    Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA

    Honors and Awards Ceremony (Thursday, June 28, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm)
    Join your colleagues as we celebrate members' outstanding achievements in the areas of education, practice and service, publications, research, academic excellence, the Catherine Worthingham Fellows of APTA, the Mary McMillan Lecture, and the John H.P. Maley Lecture.

    The Oxford Debate: Is Good Nutrition the New Tradition? (Friday, June 29, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm)
    Will the practice of physical therapy incorporate nutrition as an essential part of treatment? Engage in a lively, innovative and educational debate.
    Chair: Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA

    Networking Events:

    Wednesday, June 27

    • First-Timers' Welcome: Navigating the Conference  
    • Opening Reception  
    • Stay Cool with PT-PAC at NEXT
      ICEBAR Orlando (9:30 pm-11:30 pm)
      Support PT-PAC with your friends at PT-PAC's evening event during NEXT. Tickets cost $40 each. The ticket includes drinks, appetizers, and a one-of-a-kind experience in the ICEBAR and Fire Lounge. You can buy your PT-PAC tickets when registering for conference online or call 877/585-6003. All PT-PAC Eagle club members receive one free ticket but please contact Michael Matlack to reserve your ticket.

      Contributions to PT-PAC are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. Contributions are voluntary. Your contribution will be used to support candidates for federal office who support physical therapy issues. The amount given by the contributor, or the refusal to give, will not benefit or disadvantage the person person being solicited.

    Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29

    • Experience Zone & Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall

    Thursday, June 28, Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30

    • Networking Coffees   
    • Oxford Debate Pre-Reception
    • Foundation for Physical Therapy: Orlando PT Party
      7:30 pm-Midnight
      The Foundation invites you to "Be our Guest" at the Orlando PT Party. At this year's event, there will be time for networking, enjoying a seated dinner with friends and colleagues, and honoring service awardees and student efforts. PT Pintcast's Jimmy McKay will liven up the evening as emcee and we'll finish out the night with dancing. Register online for this event. Please contact Emil Trinidad with questions.

    Educational Tracks

    • #BetterTogether
    • Career development
    • #ChoosePT
    • Leadership
    • #MovementSystem
    • Payment
    • Patient care
    • Unique populations

    Abstracts and Proposals

    The abstracts and proposals submission site for NEXT 2019 is now open. Submission deadline is July 23, 2018. Learn more.

    NEXT 2017 Programming

    Conference educational programming is scheduled for the following days (Click on the links below to view sessions for that day):

    View all events and educational sessions for NEXT 2017 | Download the Mobile App to View Programming  | Handouts | Onsite Program in Adobe PDF

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