• Detailed programming, including speaker and session information will be posted as it becomes available. Event location information and handouts will be posted to NSC app, which will be available the beginning of September.

    Programming Highlights

    Chesney, Scott

    Keynote: "Devotion to Motion" author Scott Chesney
    "Life is about movement...always has been and always will be." In his inspirational keynote, Scott will share his words of wisdom as a world traveler and navigator of life with paralysis for over 2 decades.

    Dunn, Sharon ChoosePT

    Town Hall with APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Specialist
    Ask the APTA president anything, and learn about your association.

    Money

    Financial Management Seminars
    Learn how to make your student loans affordable. Multiple sessions offered!

    Resume

    Resume Reviews
    Get the feedback you need for your resume to stand out in a pile of applications. (Participation in resume reviews is limited. Sign up during registration.)

    To see all programming, click through the tabs at the top of this page.

    Community Service Opportunities

    NSC is hosting a clothing drive, participating in a Special Olympics parade, and collaborating with Shoes4Kids to provide local children in need with athletic shoes and socks to keep them moving, this year to impact local communities. Learn how you can get involved.

    Volunteer

    Volunteers are needed for various initiatives at NSC. Sign up today!


    APTA Strategic Business Partners

    NSC programming for Thursday, October 27

    12:30 pm-5:00 pm

    GoBabyGo! Live Build

    3:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Attendee Registration

    2:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Community Service Project  (Special Olympics MATP Challenge Day)

    5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Thursday Night Ignite!

    7:00 pm-11:00 pm

    PT Pub Night/VCU-Marquette Challenge

    NSC programming for Friday, October 28

    8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Attendee Registration

    8:00 am-9:00 am

    FREE Continental Breakfast: Meet the Candidates

    9:00 am–10:00 am

    Opening Session & Keynote with Scott Chesney

    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    Exhibit Hall Open (Lunch provided)

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm

    Plenary Session: Florida Forum - Early Career Leadership Development

    1:00 pm-1:15 pm

    Break

    1:15 pm-2:30 pm

    Educational Sessions (Choose 1)

    • Exercise Your Money and Rehabilitate Your Debt!
    • You Are the Next Generation
    • Demystifying the Neurologic Patient
    • Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department: How Does it Work and How Can I Become Involved?
    • Be a Diagnostic Detective: Be Ready as a Primary Care Provider
    • Motivational Interviewing in PT Practice: Promoting Healthy Behaviors
    • What Your Patient Really Wants to Know: the "Secret Sauce" to Treating Patients in Pain
     
    1:00 pm-3:30 pm Shoes4Kids - NSC attendee volunteers deliver athletic shoes and socks to local charity.
     

     2:30 pm-4:30 pm

    Exhibit Hall

    4:30 pm-5:45 pm

    Educational Sessions II (Choose 1)

    • Exercise Your Money and Rehabilitate Your Debt!
    • You Are the Next Generation
    • Demystifying the Neurologic Patient
    • Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department: How Does it Work and How Can I Become Involved?
    • Be a Diagnostic Detective: Be Ready as a Primary Care Provider
    • Motivational Interviewing in PT Practice: Promoting Healthy Behaviors
    • What Your Patient Really Wants to Know: the "Secret Sauce" to Treating Patients in Pain
     

    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Town Hall with APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD  

    8:00 pm-10:00 pm

    PT-PAC Late Night

    Session Descriptions

    Plenary Session

    Florida Forum - Early Career Leadership Development
    Speakers: Steve Anderson, PT, DPT; Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD; Craig Hensley, PT, DPT, PhD
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Similar to the Graham Sessions hosted by the Institute of Private Practice Physical Therapy, this session will present a forum to discuss and debate issues driving our profession that are especially relevant and important to students. The theme of the session is "Early Career Leadership Development," and 3 speakers will present and explore topics for discussion: (1) mandatory residency requirement, (2) why work-life balance is a myth, and (3) lifelong learning; passion is the fuel to learn and grow and evolve your entire career. The overall purpose of this session is to allow students to discuss, debate, and explore challenging issues around leadership development to both better understand problems facing new professionals, and provide possible solutions to improve the physical therapy profession. Students will be invited to discuss their responses, thoughts, and perspectives. Students will learn and share with other students from across the country, providing a unique learning experience not obtainable in the traditional physical therapy classroom, and promoting thoughtful consideration of important issues facing students as they prepare to graduate and enter the profession.

    Educational Sessions

    Exercise Your Money and Rehabilitate Your Debt!
    Speaker: Leon Johnson Jr, MBA, DEd
    session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Just as physical therapy promotes health through movement, fiscal therapy exercises your money, remediates debt impairments, and promotes financial integrity to include goal attainment, financial strength/wealth, security, mobility, function, and quality of life. Education is a highly prized economic asset that adds value when properly financed and managed. For most, financing a physical therapy education represents one of the largest single expenses taken on in a lifetime. Arguably, for the typically indebted PT and PTA, there is nothing more important to your well-being and future success than understanding the basic principles behind the science and art of finance, and protecting the value of your biggest economic assets: your human capital, your degree, and your career now and your future earnings in 20, 30, or 40 years.

    Managing debt, especially education debt is a complicated and confusing process. For young professionals who are indifferent or overwhelmed by debt, recognizing how to begin righting one’s financial ship in an informed manner, with debt management and wealth building as priorities, can mean the difference between a successful career and "the ugly life."

    This session is designed to bring financial literacy, planning, science, and the art of finance into the management of all debt and income. This session will bridge knowledge with the behaviors and attitudes that create mystique around financial literacy, and demonstrate how the financial decisions you make today significantly impact the rest of your life.

    YOU are the Next Generation
    Speaker: Ramona A Carper, PT, DPT; Audrey M. Johnson PT, DPT; Janice Kuperstein, PT, PhD
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    The United States is facing greater pressure and demand on health and social services for our citizens and communities due to high costs of care and utilization. By embracing this shift, physical therapists are uniquely positioned to be agents of change across the lifespan. Employing the Triple Aim framework as foundation, this presentation will allow students to critically evaluate how to transform health in this new environment of health care. The purpose of this educational session is to engage physical therapist students and physical therapist assistant students as transformational agents in establishing the critical role of physical therapy in achieving the Triple Aim and improving the health of the nation.

    Demystifying the Neurologic Patient
    Speaker: Kathy Kumagai Shimamura, PT, DPT; Michael Wong, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for 2nd and 3rd year PT and 2nd year PTA students.

    Long gone are the days when patients with neurologic disorders are treated, based alone on diagnoses. This course will explain how to use movement analysis skills to recognize patterns of movement dysfunctions, and more quickly identify impairment and activity-based measures to include in patient assessments. This session will use patient videos, case studies, and an interactive neurologic examination app to facilitate focused assessment and formulate impairment-specific treatment strategies.

    Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department: How Does it Work and How Can I Become Involved
    Speakers: Michael T. Lebec, PT, PhD
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    For the past decade, physical therapists (PTs) have become increasingly involved in providing specialized expertise and benefits for many patients in the emergency department (ED). Though this practice is growing and has great potential for expansion, traditional ED providers, PT students, and even many practicing therapists have limited understanding of how therapists may provide expertise in this setting. The purpose of this course is to describe a framework for establishing and sustaining ED physical therapist practice. The presentation will provide an overview of ED physical therapist services, summarize supportive evidence, describe program development efforts, and illustrate examples in which services have resulted in improved interdisciplinary patient management. In addition, the presenter will summarize how physical therapist students may become involved in this developing area of practice.

    Become a Diagnostic Detective: Be Ready as a Primary Care Provider
    Speaker: Yoav Suprun, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Physical therapists have the potential to transform the primary care management of orthopedic conditions, including back and neck pain. Emerging trends in continuing education provide a large repertoire of tools for treatment, yet having diagnostic skills that reliably direct decisive interventions will be most critical for PTs as a primary care provider, and PTA's who work with them. More specifically, there has been increased focus on classification systems that identify specific subgroups that can be matched to specific interventions. A large body of evidence in the current literature will be used to make a case for spinal examination processes aimed at eliciting centralization and directional preference as the first important step (after the exclusion of red flags). This examination and evaluation process, as originated by Robin McKenzie and the foundation of the McKenzie system of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, creates a clear path to diagnosis and determines a sound, clinically reasoned intervention pathway. Starting the examination with patient generated forces will demonstrate the importance of treatment safety, as well as posture and patient education. This session immediately will provide applicable skills of active examination to classify, diagnose, and direct the right intervention for the right patient.

    Motivational Interviewing in PT Practice: Promoting Healthy Behaviors
    Speakers: Rose M. Pignataro, PT, DPT, PhD; David Toro, SPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Epidemiologic data reflecting the prevalence of chronic disease and disability demonstrate a strong need for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to play a primary role in reducing common behavioral risk factors, such as sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition and weight management, and tobacco use. These responsibilities are consistent with the mission of the American Physical Therapy Association "to further the professions’ role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions, and the enhancement of the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public." Effective strategies for promoting health behavior change involve a thorough understanding of theories regarding biopsychosocial determinants, including self-efficacy, locus of control, outcome expectancy, perceived barriers, and access to environmental resources. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can promote healthy behaviors by using techniques that focus on individual strategies to overcome barriers. Motivational interviewing is a tailored, patient- centered approach that enables people to set and achieve personal goals using open-ended questions, affirmations, and a nonjudgmental, collaborative perspective. During this 75-minute session, students will have the opportunity to apply tenets of motivational interviewing using small group interaction, illustrative case studies, and structured observational feedback.

    What Your Patient Really Wants to Know: The "Secret Sauce" to Treating Patients in Pain
    Speakers: Brett Neilson, PT, DPT, NCS
    Session Level: This session is intended for 2nd and 3rd year PT students, and 2nd year PTA students.

    One in every 4 Americans experiences chronic pain, which leads to $635 billion spent each year in medical treatments and lost productivity. This session is designed to update participants on the latest evidence and clinical application of treating patients with pain. Treating patients with chronic and persistent pain can be very challenging, especially for novice clinicians. Physical therapists, along with medicine, often place an enormous amount of stress on themselves to fix the patient or to produce an impressive result, which can lead to burnout. In a recent study, it was shown that physical therapists practicing less than 4 years are at the highest risk for burnout. The material presented will challenge this belief of "fixing" the patient by presenting the concept that all patients really want to know is the answer to 4 key questions: (1) What is wrong with me?; (2) How long will it take to get better?; (3) What can you do for me?; and (4) What can I do? The latest evidence concepts in patient management strategies will be presented to help novice clinicians better answer these key questions for their patients. This material will be immediately applicable to patient care and treating patients in pain.

    NSC programming for Saturday, October 29

    8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Attendee Registration

    7:00 am-8:00 am

    Faculty Coffee

    7:30 am-8:30 am

    FREE Breakfast & Coffee with APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT

    8:30 am–10:00 am

    Plenary Session: Find Your Purpose in Life & Candidate Interviews

    10:00 am-12:30 pm

    Exhibit Hall Open (Lunch provided)

    11:00 am-12:30 pm

    Resume Reviews (Ticketed event)

    12:30 am-1:45 pm

    Educational Session III (Choose 1)

    • Exercise Your Money and Rehabilitate Your Debt!
    • You Are the Next Generation
    • Demystifying the Neurologic Patient
    • Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department: How Does it Work and How Can I Become Involved?
    • Be a Diagnostic Detective: Be Ready as a Primary Care Provider
    • Motivational Interviewing in PT Practice: Promoting Healthy Behaviors
    • What Your Patient Really Wants to Know: the "Secret Sauce" to Treating Patients in Pain
     

    1:45 pm-2:00 pm

    Break

    2:00 pm-2:45 pm

    Snap Learning Spot I (Choose 1)

    • How to Create a TRUE Winning Team: the PT/PTA Team
    • Own Your Own Future: Is an Opportunity in Private Practice for You?
    • Wait, There's More? A Guide to Residency After Graduation
    • So, You Want to be a Leader?
     

    3:00 pm-3:45 pm

    Snap Learning Spot II (Choose 1)

    • Make an Impact: Use Your "Big Why" to Find the Right Job for You
    • Physical Therapy: 3 Keys to Creating Your Professional Identity
    • Enhancing Professional Development through Certification
    • Thinking Local and Global with Physical Therapy, Leadership, and Service
     

    4:00 pm-4:45 pm

    Snap Learning Spot III (Choose 1)

    • How to Create a TRUE Winning Team: the PT/PTA Team
    • Own Your Own Future: Is an Opportunity in Private Practice for You?
    • Wait, There's More? A Guide to Residency After Graduation
    • So, You Want to be a Leader?
     

    5:00 pm-5:45 pm

    Snap Learning Spot IV (Choose 1)

    • Make an Impact: Use Your "Big Why" to Find the Right Job for You
    • Physical Therapy: 3 Keys to Creating Your Professional Identity
    • Enhancing Professional Development through Certification
    • Thinking Local and Global with Physical Therapy, Leadership, and Service
     

    6:00 pm

    Student Assembly General Membership Meeting and Swearing-In of New Officers  

    6:45 pm

    NSC Programming Concludes

    7:30 pm-10:00 pm

    The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Mentor-Mixer

    Plenary Session

    Find Your Purpose in Life
    Speakers: Amy Arundale, PT, DPT; Joe Black, PT, DPT, ATC; Secili DeStefano, PT, DPT, Scott McAfee, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Across the generations, our perspective on our own purpose in life changes. We will present the different perspectives, with specific attention to a career in physical therapy. Our multigenerational team (early career, midcareer, and late career) will offer insight not found in the classroom, and not often enough in the clinic.

    What makes this program unique is that generation-based perspective. Together, we will examine how these perspectives and attitudes evolve, and how the attendee might incorporate lessons learned into their own life. As with all best practices, our presentation is grounded in evidence, while tempered by life's experiences.

    Particular attention will be given to leadership development, engagement, and advocacy. Again, the experiences of our team of presenters covers a broad spectrum in these categories, and will provide a blueprint for the students in attendance to begin the construction of their own path.

    Educational Sessions

    Exercise Your Money and Rehabilitate Your Debt!
    Speaker: Leon Johnson Jr, MBA, DEd
    session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Just as physical therapy promotes health through movement, fiscal therapy exercises your money, remediates debt impairments, and promotes financial integrity to include goal attainment, financial strength/wealth, security, mobility, function, and quality of life. Education is a highly prized economic asset that adds value when properly financed and managed. For most, financing a physical therapy education represents one of the largest single expenses taken on in a lifetime. Arguably, for the typically indebted PT and PTA, there is nothing more important to your well-being and future success than understanding the basic principles behind the science and art of finance, and protecting the value of your biggest economic assets: your human capital, your degree, and your career now and your future earnings in 20, 30, or 40 years.

    Managing debt, especially education debt is a complicated and confusing process. For young professionals who are indifferent or overwhelmed by debt, recognizing how to begin righting one’s financial ship in an informed manner, with debt management and wealth building as priorities, can mean the difference between a successful career and "the ugly life."

    This session is designed to bring financial literacy, planning, science, and the art of finance into the management of all debt and income. This session will bridge knowledge with the behaviors and attitudes that create mystique around financial literacy, and demonstrate how the financial decisions you make today significantly impact the rest of your life.

    YOU are the Next Generation
    Speaker: Ramona A Carper, PT, DPT; Audrey M. Johnson PT, DPT; Janice Kuperstein, PT, PhD
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    The United States is facing greater pressure and demand on health and social services for our citizens and communities due to high costs of care and utilization. By embracing this shift, physical therapists are uniquely positioned to be agents of change across the lifespan. Employing the Triple Aim framework as foundation, this presentation will allow students to critically evaluate how to transform health in this new environment of health care. The purpose of this educational session is to engage physical therapist students and physical therapist assistant students as transformational agents in establishing the critical role of physical therapy in achieving the Triple Aim and improving the health of the nation.

    Demystifying the Neurologic Patient
    Speaker: Kathy Kumagai Shimamura, PT, DPT; Michael Wong, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for 2nd and 3rd year PT and 2nd year PTA students.

    Long gone are the days when patients with neurologic disorders are treated, based alone on diagnoses. This course will explain how to use movement analysis skills to recognize patterns of movement dysfunctions, and more quickly identify impairment and activity-based measures to include in patient assessments. This session will use patient videos, case studies, and an interactive neurologic examination app to facilitate focused assessment and formulate impairment-specific treatment strategies.

    Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department: How Does it Work and How Can I Become Involved
    Speakers: Michael T. Lebec, PT, PhD
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    For the past decade, physical therapists (PTs) have become increasingly involved in providing specialized expertise and benefits for many patients in the emergency department (ED). Though this practice is growing and has great potential for expansion, traditional ED providers, PT students, and even many practicing therapists have limited understanding of how therapists may provide expertise in this setting. The purpose of this course is to describe a framework for establishing and sustaining ED physical therapist practice. The presentation will provide an overview of ED physical therapist services, summarize supportive evidence, describe program development efforts, and illustrate examples in which services have resulted in improved interdisciplinary patient management. In addition, the presenter will summarize how physical therapist students may become involved in this developing area of practice.

    Become a Diagnostic Detective: Be Ready as a Primary Care Provider
    Speaker: Yoav Suprun, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Physical therapists have the potential to transform the primary care management of orthopedic conditions, including back and neck pain. Emerging trends in continuing education provide a large repertoire of tools for treatment, yet having diagnostic skills that reliably direct decisive interventions will be most critical for PTs as a primary care provider, and PTA's who work with them. More specifically, there has been increased focus on classification systems that identify specific subgroups that can be matched to specific interventions. A large body of evidence in the current literature will be used to make a case for spinal examination processes aimed at eliciting centralization and directional preference as the first important step (after the exclusion of red flags). This examination and evaluation process, as originated by Robin McKenzie and the foundation of the McKenzie system of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, creates a clear path to diagnosis and determines a sound, clinically reasoned intervention pathway. Starting the examination with patient generated forces will demonstrate the importance of treatment safety, as well as posture and patient education. This session immediately will provide applicable skills of active examination to classify, diagnose, and direct the right intervention for the right patient.

    Motivational Interviewing in PT Practice: Promoting Healthy Behaviors
    Speakers: Rose M. Pignataro, PT, DPT, PhD, and David Toro, SPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Epidemiologic data reflecting the prevalence of chronic disease and disability demonstrate a strong need for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to play a primary role in reducing common behavioral risk factors, such as sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition and weight management, and tobacco use. These responsibilities are consistent with the mission of the American Physical Therapy Association "to further the professions’ role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions, and the enhancement of the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public." Effective strategies for promoting health behavior change involve a thorough understanding of theories regarding biopsychosocial determinants, including self-efficacy, locus of control, outcome expectancy, perceived barriers, and access to environmental resources. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can promote healthy behaviors by using techniques that focus on individual strategies to overcome barriers. Motivational interviewing is a tailored, patient- centered approach that enables people to set and achieve personal goals using open-ended questions, affirmations, and a nonjudgmental, collaborative perspective. During this 75-minute session, students will have the opportunity to apply tenets of motivational interviewing using small group interaction, illustrative case studies, and structured observational feedback.

    What Your Patient Really Wants to Know: The "Secret Sauce" to Treating Patients in Pain
    Speakers: Brett Neilson, PT, DPT, NCS
    Session Level: This session is intended for 2nd and 3rd year PT students, and 2nd year PTA students.

    One in every 4 Americans experiences chronic pain, which leads to $635 billion spent each year in medical treatments and lost productivity. This session is designed to update participants on the latest evidence and clinical application of treating patients with pain. Treating patients with chronic and persistent pain can be very challenging, especially for novice clinicians. Physical therapists, along with medicine, often place an enormous amount of stress on themselves to fix the patient or to produce an impressive result, which can lead to burnout. In a recent study, it was shown that physical therapists practicing less than 4 years are at the highest risk for burnout. The material presented will challenge this belief of "fixing" the patient by presenting the concept that all patients really want to know is the answer to 4 key questions: (1) What is wrong with me?; (2) How long will it take to get better?; (3) What can you do for me?; and (4) What can I do? The latest evidence concepts in patient management strategies will be presented to help novice clinicians better answer these key questions for their patients. This material will be immediately applicable to patient care and treating patients in pain.

    How to Create a TRUE Winning Team
    Speakers: Brenda Dorman, PTA, and Mariel Romero Repetto, PT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    This session will provide interactive, one-on-one time with the Florida Physical Therapy Association's (FPTA) 2015 APTA's 2016 Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team Award winners and will include an open Q & A format. The curriculum will provide the definition of a PT/PTA Team in the work environment, an understanding of the PTA's knowledge base, and clarification of common misconceptions regarding PTA scope of practice.

    Precourse Work: To enhance our discussion, attendees should watch these four short videos.

    Own Your Own Future: Is an Opportunity in Private Practice for You?
    Speakers: James Buenaventura, PT, DPT, and Robert Snow, PT, DPT, ATC
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    As physical therapists explore opportunities to expand their professional role in autonomous practice, private practice remains an attractive option. Thoughtful questions, consideration of options, strategic professional experience, preliminary research, and planning are key elements in making an informed decision and positioning yourself to enter private practice.

    Wait, There's More? A Guide to Residency After Graduation
    Speaker: Alexander Harris, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year PT students.

    This session will focus on the process of applying to a residency program, give advice on the interview and selection process, and discuss expectations and outcomes from attending a physical therapy residency program after graduation.

    So, You Want to Be a Leader?
    Speaker: Amy Arundale, PT, DPT, and Jillian Carney, PTA, BA
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Physical therapy provides numerous opportunities to lead—in your clinic, in your community, or in your association. There are various leadership pathways that one may choose to set off on the road to leadership within APTA. There are volunteer opportunities, national office positions, and component leadership roles. Have you thought about taking on a leadership role within APTA? Or maybe you've never thought about being an APTA leader? At first attempt to navigate the core and arms of the association, it may seem overwhelming and confusing. This session will help students acknowledge and embrace the responsibilities of leadership to influence growth of the profession. The session will provide a guided tour of APTA and leadership opportunities offered—success of the association depends on leadership at all levels! Participants will gain knowledge of where to locate and use leadership resources, describe the core competencies of leadership, and begin to develop their own individual leadership plan.

    Snap Learning Spot

    Make an Impact: Use Your "Big Why" to Find the Right Job for You
    Speaker: Laura M. Romeo, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    What are your plans after graduation? Do you know where you'll be, what you'll be doing, or why you'll be doing it? If you need help answering these questions, this session will provide you with the tools to piece together a personal strategic plan for your career as a PT or PTA. We will guide you in answering the tough, nebulous question of "why," and help you to understand how your answer to "why" land you in the right job. Out of all the questions we ask ourselves when looking for a new job, "why" is the most important. This is a working session, so bring something to write with or a laptop!

    Physical Therapy: 3 Keys to Creating Your Professional Identity
    Speakers: Donna Lampke, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    It is imperative that PT's and PTA's understand how to document their career path and market themselves to colleagues and consumers. The field of professional branding and career documentation is changing dramatically, and it is vital to understand current market demands and conditions to remain relevant. Professional identity is documented strategically through curriculum vitae's (CV's), resumes, and social media. This session will focus on determining individual career focus, and creating the supporting documents that detail career achievements and accomplishments. After attending the education session, the attendee will understand the importance of creating a professional identity and the current market standards and demands. In addition, they will have the strategies and formats to create a CV and resume, understand when to use a CV vs a resume, and how to develop a social media presence. This session will position each therapist to move forward in their personal career and advance the profession of physical therapy.

    Enhancing Professional Development Through Specialist Certification and Advanced Proficiency Pathways
    Speakers: Theresa Spitznagle PT, DPT, and Derek Stepp
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    Physical therapy students look forward to graduation, and recent graduates are glad to be out of the classroom. While formal professional education is nearing an end, the profession of physical therapy embraces lifelong learning and, increasingly, state governments demand evidence of continued competency. New graduates often struggle with developing advanced knowledge and skills in physical therapy when there are so many formal and informal pathways. This forum is open to all individuals who wish to learn more about the ABPTS specialist certification program, including eligibility requirements and the professional and personal benefits of becoming a board-certified clinical specialist.

    Thinking Local and Global with Physical Therapy, Leadership, and Service
    Speakers: Josh D'Angelo, PT, DPT; Efosa L. Guobadia, PT, DPT
    Session Level: This session is intended for all PT and PTA students.

    How to turn passion, inspiration, and dedication into a career: the story of how a single conference led to friendship, travel, a global profession-wide initiative, and now to the formation of one of physical therapy's first globally focused nonprofit organizations. Through their stories, the speakers will discuss concrete lessons about the power of networking at conferences, the process of turning an idea into global action, and the most important element that sets the foundation for a successful career. In this innovative and inspirational conversation, students will leave with a better understanding of physical therapy around the world, direct steps they can take to participate in local and global health service activities, and a mindset that will revolutionize their life, impact their community at home, and support physical therapy across the world.