NEXT Conference & Exposition Programming

  • NEXT is leading-edge event for physical therapy professionals with trend-setting programming, innovative content, and exclusive access to the profession’s forward thinkers. Browse educational programming and see previews of select lectures and sessions below, and then register to attend NEXT.

    Browse NEXT Programming

    Browse all NEXT educational sessions by day, speaker, or keyword!

    Opening Event - Wednesday, June 3 (Sponsored by HPSO)

    Featuring Keynote Speaker Billie Jean King

    Walk the red carpet to the NEXT Opening Event, featuring a keynote address by Billie Jean King, who in her illustrious tennis career won 39 of Grand Slam tennis titles, defeated Bobby Riggs in 1973's famous "Battle of the Sexes," and was named one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by LIFE Magazine. A trailblazer throughout her life, King is a perfect fit for NEXT, which is defined by its innovative content and access to the physical therapy profession's forward thinkers. King was the first female athlete in any sport to earn $100,000 in a single season ($117,000 in 1971). She was the first female commissioner in professional sports (World TeamTennis in 1984). And she was the first female athlete to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009). King’s championship spirit stayed with her off the court, as a leader in the fight for LGBT equality and recognition, as an advocate for those infected by or at risk for HIV/AIDS, and as a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, among other endeavors.

    The opening reception and event sponsored by:

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    Signature Lectures

    46th Mary McMillan Lecture - Friday, June 5 20th John H.P. Maley Lecture - Saturday, June 6


    Other Forward-Thinking Programming Includes ...

    Other Can't-Miss Events

    PT Day on Capitol Hill (June 3-4)
    Rally with your peers on Capitol Hill! Meet with your elected representatives. It's free! But you must register by May 14, 2015.
    PT Day on Capitol Hill sponsored by:

    The Oxford Debate: Mind Your Business (Friday, June 5)
    Is physical therapy a business? Must all physical therapists demonstrate comprehensive business management and marketing principles as an entry-level skill in all settings? Don't miss an entertaining debate!

    Alumni Events

    The online submission site for requesting space for alumni events is now closed. Confirmations to alumnae contacts have been sent via email.

    Networking Events

    • Opening Reception (Wednesday, June 3)
    • Honors and Awards Ceremony and Reception (Thursday, June 4)
    • Foundation for Physical Therapy Gala (Thursday, June 4 - 7:30 pm-midnight)
      The evening event includes dinner, a brief program recognizing Foundation service award recipients and national student fundraising efforts for PT research, entertainment and dancing provided by The Davis Event Group. Buy tickets as you register for NEXT or via the Foundation. Contact Erica Sadiq with questions.
    • Lunch in the Exhibit Hall (Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5)
    • Networking Coffee (Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6)

    The Honors and Awards Ceremony and Reception are sponsored by:
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    The lunches in the Exhibit Hall are sponsored by:
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    Preconference Courses

    Four preconference courses (with half-day and full-day options) are available for additional CEUs, Tuesday, June 2. See full course descriptions here.

    • Residency/Fellowship 102: Develop, Design and Accredit It, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm (0.6 CEUs)
    • Musculoskeletal Imaging Made Easy: Simplifying the Complex Field of Imaging to Enhance Professional Collaboration, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (0.9 CEUs)
    • Psychological Informed Physical Therapy Practice: Low Back Pain, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (0.9 CEUs)

    CEUs and Transcripts

    Your attendance at NEXT 2015 is worth up to 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours/CCUs). The number of CEUs awarded for each session will be listed in the onsite program. Learn more about NEXT CEUs, transcripts, and direct access hours.

    Abstracts and Proposals

    NEXT Poster Abstract Viewer
    Review NEXT poster abstracts as they were submitted in their original format. The viewer will be available until December 31, 2015.

    Abstract Viewing Instructions

    1. Access the online abstract viewer.
    2. The "Open or Create Itinerary" pop-up box will appear.
    3. Click on "Continue as Guest" at the bottom of this screen.
    4. At the bottom of the webpage, you will see "+ FRIDAY, JUNE 05, 2015." Click on the + ("plus") sign.
    5. Click the + "Plus" sign to the left of POSTERS and Poster Presentations to view all posters.
    6. Click on "View Presentation" to access the full abstract.

    NEXT 2016

    The abstracts and proposals submission site for NEXT 2016 is now open. Review deadlines and resources.


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