• The outline of the programming below is for the NEXT 2017 held in Boston, Massachusetts, June 21-24.

    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 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

    Wednesday, June 21, One-Day Preconference Courses:

    An Introduction to Therapeutic Yoga in the Health Care Setting
    Speakers: Janet Carscadden, PT, DPT, OCS, E-RYT 200; Andrea Trombley, PT, E-RYT 200; and Meagen Satinsky, PT, PYT

    Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral Skills into Clinical Practice
    Speakers: Kristin Archer, PT, DPT, PhD; Stephen Wegener, PhD

    PTA Faculty Boot Camp: Strategies for Success
    Speakers: Justin Berry, PT, DPT, MS; Tiffany Bohm, PT, DPT

    Let’s Collaborate! Optimize Health Outcomes in an Emerging Healthcare Market
    Sponsored by American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts
    Speakers: Cheryl Babin, PT, MHA, CAGS, Todd Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS, Aimee Perron, PT, DPT, and Reginald Wilcox III, PT, DPT, MS 

    Creating Integrated Systems of Care: Promises and Pitfalls
    Sponsored by Center on Health Services Training and Research. Learn more and register (via CoHSTAR).


    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 in the lives of these children and their families.

    Signature Events

    Wednesday, June 21

    Support PT-PAC Party at NEXT
    9:30 pm-11:30 pm
    The Barking Crab
    Tickets: $40 (includes drinks and appetizers)

    Support PT-PAC with your friends at PT-PAC's evening event during NEXT. This year's event will take place at the Barking Crab located on Fort Point Channel, a short walk from Boston’s Convention Center. You can buy your PT-PAC tickets when registering for conference online or call 877/585-6003. All PT-PAC Eagle club members receive 1 free ticket but please contact Ken Sprague at kensprague@apta.org 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 being solicited.

    Thursday, June 22

    The 48th Mary McMillan Lecture – Turning Over the Hourglass


    Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA
    Shields will articulate why we are a successful profession composed of dedicated physical therapists who have had a positive impact in health care. Calling upon his experience as a clinician, scientist, educator, and administrator, Shields will probe into key areas of research, education, and practice that he believes will be instrumental to meet the challenges beyond the year 2020. The role that academic physical therapy plays will be pivotal as new partnerships and commitments emerge in health care.

    Catherine Worthingham Fellows Forum: Societal Issue – Non-Communicable Diseases
    Julie Fritz, PT, PhD; Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA; Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, DSc (hon), FAPTA; Karen Paschal, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA; and Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD
    Annually APTA's Catherine Worthingham Fellows discuss an important societal issue using a framework that includes perspectives on education, research, policy, law/ethics, and clinical needs. Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are chronic diseases that are not passed from person to person, of long duration, and generally slow progression. This forum will help physical therapists and physical therapist assistants gain important insights about NCDs in order to develop a comprehensive strategy to help alleviate the negative outcomes of NCDs.

    Honors and Awards Ceremony
    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.

    Foundation's Boston PT Party
    Thursday, June 22 8:00 pm-Midnight

    Join the Foundation for Physical Therapy for a nontraditional twist on the former Foundation Gala. Mingle, network, and dance while enjoying interactive dining options. Featuring PT Pintcast's Jimmy McKay as emcee, and DJ Brian from All Star Entertainment, we'll highlight and celebrate the impact of physical therapy research. This event is graciously sponsored for the 17th consecutive year by HPSO/CNA. Individual tickets, half-table sponsorships (5 tickets), and full-table sponsorships (10 tickets) are available. Reserve your table by May 1 or purchase individual tickets at any time. For more information please contact Kathleen Ott.

    Friday, June 23

    Rothstein Roundtable - Does Physical Therapy Need an Industrial Revolution?
    Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA
    It can be argued that one of the physical therapy profession's biggest challenges is its lack of integration into health care systems and community-based health care organizations. Representing the practice and policy arenas, the panelists will discuss the reasons for and consequences of this lack of integration and strategies to overcome it. The Rothstein Roundtable is held every year at NEXT in honor of PTJ Editor Emeritus Jules Rothstein, who never met an issue he couldn't argue from both sides.

    The 22nd John H.P. Maley Lecture – Strike While the Iron is Hot


    Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, FAPTA
    Manal discusses her view of the greatest challenge to the recognition of physical therapists value: the unwarranted variation in clinical practice. The universal application of guidelines and multifaceted outcome measures in physical therapy care generates the critical data needed to identify the most effective, efficient, and valuable patient practices. Consistent practice built on evidence and systematic measurement unburdens clinicians and provides a springboard for innovation. Now is the time. As Leonardo da Vinci noted, Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

    The Oxford Debate: Jack of All vs. Master of One
    Celebrating 10 Years of Lively, Fun, Innovative, and Educational Debates on Topics Impacting the Profession and Your Practice



    Resolution: Be it resolved that physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students will demonstrate expertise in a specific focused area of practice immediately upon graduation.

    Moderator: Charles D. Ciccone, Chair, PT, PhD, FAPTA
    Pro Team (arguing for the resolution):
    Team Captain: Scott Euype, PT, DPT, MHS
    Jody Frost, PT, DPT, PhD
    Frederick Gilbert, PT, DPT

    Con Team (arguing against the resolution):
    Team Captain: Janet Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD
    John DeWitt, PT, DPT, ATC
    Shawne Soper, PT, DPT, MBA

    Networking Events:

    Wednesday, June 21

    First-Timers' Welcome: Navigating the Conference

    Opening Reception

    Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23

    Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

    Thursday, June 22, Friday, June 23, Saturday, June 24

    Networking Coffees

    Friday, June 23

    Oxford Debate Pre-Reception – 10th Anniversary Celebration

    Abstracts and Proposals

    The abstracts and proposals submission site for NEXT 2018 is now open. Learn more.

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  • Last Updated: 6/26/2017
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