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  • Help Guide the Combined Sections Meeting: Volunteers Needed

    Want to help shape the direction of APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM)? Now's your chance.

    APTA has opened a call for volunteers to serve on the CSM Steering Group, which helps to develop high-level recommendations and open communication with stakeholders to enhance CSM. The Steering Group creates and monitors an overall CSM plan, develops processes to support the CSM strategic vision, and maintains oversight of financial policies for the meeting. A detailed job description (pdf) is available on the APTA website.

    The association is looking for members in good standing with the ability to put the interests of CSM first. Basic knowledge of CSM planning is helpful, and the ideal member should not be on a section executive committee. Applicants will be selected to create the most effective, diverse, and inclusive team possible.

    Appointment to the Steering Group is for a 3-year term beginning in July, when the group will meet at APTA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 21-22. Members are funded to attend both the meeting and CSM.

    Interested? Apply through the APTA Volunteer Interest Pool by updating your profile, then click "Apply for Current Vacancies" to answer questions specific to the CSM Steering Group. Deadline is June 13. For more information, contact Dena Kilgore.

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, May 2016

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent, mostly local media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    "When they came along with this, this was a blessing for me. This really brightens up my life." – stroke patient Gilmore Wheeler on the Louisiana State University PT students participating in a program to provide therapy to individuals whose insurance has stopped paying for services. (WWL4 TV, New Orleans)

    Kendra Gagnon, PT, helped to organize a GoBabyGo harness system project that was used to increase accessibility at LegoLand Kansas City. (Kansas City Star)

    Jennifer Gabelsberg, PT, DPT, MSc, MTC, WCS, talks about the role of physical therapy in improving urinary incontinence on the "Take Care" public radio program. (WNVR public radio, Oswego, NY)

    Julie Giardina, PT, DPT, helped create an in-facility prom for a teenager recovering from a car accident. (Click2Houston.com)

    Rob Worth, PT, DPT, ATC/L, OCS, describes the new Wisconsin law that names PTs among the professionals empowered to order x-rays. (WBAY, Green Bay, WI)

    Sherry Lockett, PT, is part of a unique inpatient physical therapy team at St Jude's Children's Research Hospital. (WRCBtv 3, Memphis)

    Jason Kart, PT, provides tips on avoiding workout injuries. (redeyechicago.com)

    M. J. Blaschak, PT, Northern Illinois University DPT program coordinator, describes a program that connects DPT students with the local community.(NIU newsletter)

    Kristina Pattison, PT, DPT, has been named to the US Long Distance Mountain Running team. (American Trail Running Association newsletter)

    Rachel Miller, PT, BA, OCS, explains how core-strengthening can prevent ankle injury. (The Washington Post)

    Ivan Hernandez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, outlines the health problems associated with sitting. (newsone.com)

    Marianne Ryan, PT, BS, OCS, looks at "Why Every New Mom Needs a PT." (Fox News)

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

    National Academies of Practice Inducts 7 PTs

    Seven physical therapists (PTs) have been inducted into the ranks of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), a prominent health care advisory group focused on interdisciplinary collaboration.

    According to a news release from NAP, induction is extended "to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to further practice, scholarship, and policy in support of interprofessional care."

    Inducted were: Jane Baldwin, PT, DPT, NCS, Debora Brown, PT, DPT, Teresa Cochran, PT, DPT, MA, GCS, Christine Conroy, PT, Cynthia Dodds, PT, PhD, PCS, Caroline Goulet, PT, PhD, and April Newton, PT, DPT. The latest inductees bring the number of PT fellows in NAP to 27.

    The academies of practice include audiology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, psychology, social work, speech and language pathology, and veterinary medicine.

    'Red Book' Author, Direct Access Advocate Marilyn Anderson Dies

    Marilyn Anderson, PT, former member of the APTA Board of Directors, strong advocate for direct access to physical therapist services, and coauthor of the association's first-ever extensive analysis of physical therapist practice, died on April 22. She was 89.

    Anderson spent much of her career in the Army physical therapy program, where she served as director of the 6H-35B program, retiring as a Colonel. She has been described as a "driving force" behind the Army's decision to enact direct access to physical therapists, and she pressed for similar changes in civilian health care. An article about the US Army Program Alumni Association describes her as a devoted instructor whose "indomitable spirit was infectious."

    At APTA, Anderson served a term on the Board of Directors from 1974 to 1977. Among her most noted achievements for the profession was coauthorship of Competencies in Physical Therapy: An Analysis of Practice in 1979. Often referred to as "the red book," Competencies was the association's first attempt to capture the full spectrum of current physical therapist practice, and helped lay the groundwork for the first edition of APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.

    After retirement from the Army, Anderson spent many years on Orcas Island, in Washington state, where she became an active supporter of the local school system and its elementary music program. In 2012, the Orcas Island Elementary School renamed its music room in honor of Anderson, who led an effort to raise $100,000 for its rehabilitation.

    Legendary Physical Therapy Leader Charles Magistro Dies

    Charles M. Magistro, PT, DPT (hon), DrSci (hon), FAPTA, a passionate physical therapy leader whose contributions spanned education, research, policy, and community involvement died on April 21 at age 91.

    Magistro's pioneering legacy has shaped not just APTA, but the entire physical therapy profession in ways that directly affect every physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and student of physical therapy. In a statement on behalf of APTA, President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS, described Magistro as "a truly historic figure" whose "soul is woven into who we are as a profession."

    Magistro served as president of APTA 1973-1976, after completing a term as treasurer of the association. During his term as president Magistro oversaw the first formal, professionally managed Combined Sections Meeting, and led the launch of Chapters (later renamed Component Bulletin), the association's vehicle for communication with its components. Magistro was awarded the Lucy Blair Service Award and the Henry O. Kendall and Florence P. Kendall Award, and was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 1990. He delivered the 22nd Mary McMillan lecture in 1987.

    An early proponent of evidence-based practice, Magistro also played a key role in the establishment of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, where he served as its first chair. The Magistro family remained involved with the Foundation throughout his life through, among other contributions, the Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant program.

    Magistro was an impassioned advocate for the continued professionalization of physical therapy, and helped to guide the shift of physical therapy education accrediting from American Medical Association control to oversight by APTA. At the time, Magistro was quoted as saying "If you cannot control your own education, how can you possibly control your destiny?"

    Community involvement was also extremely important to Magistro, whose family foundation remains involved with the Pomona Valley Hospital (California) Medical Center, where he served as director of physical therapy. In 2015, the medical center renamed its rehabilitation center the Charles M. Magistro Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in honor of his work to promote physical therapy and his dedication to his patients.

    "Every physical therapist and physical therapist assistant practicing today is part of a profession that was shaped by [Magistro's] vision, his heart, and his unwavering commitment to always doing the very best for his patients and his community," Dunn said. "The physical therapy profession has lost a legend."

    APTA has created a memorial page that includes an area for comments on his passing and contributions to the physical therapy profession.

    Donations made in memory of Charles Magistro will be directed to the Foundation for Physical Therapy's Charles M. Magistro Endowment Fund. A card will be sent to the Magistro family informing them of any contribution.

    Moore Named Acting APTA CEO

    Justin Moore, PT, DPT, has been appointed to serve as acting chief executive officer (CEO) of APTA. Moore's appointment was announced earlier this week by the association's Board of Directors, which stated that it will move expeditiously in naming a permanent replacement for APTA's top staff member.

    Moore is a 17-year employee of APTA who serves as the association's executive vice president of public affairs, with oversight of the association's efforts in public policy, government advocacy, payment policy, communications, and partnerships. He has also led the APTA practice and research departments.

    APTA members were notified of the change in leadership on Monday, April 18, when the APTA Board of Directors announced in an all-member email that current CEO Michael Bowers will be leaving APTA effective April 30, 2016.

    PT Sue Falsone, MLB's First Female Head Trainer, Featured in Huffington Post Interview

    The Huffington Post continues its conversations on the future of physical therapy with notable physical therapists (PTs). This time, the focus is on Sue Falsone, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS, SCS, former head athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the first female head athletic trainer in any of the 4 biggest professional sports leagues (Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association). Falsone is also head of athletic training and sports performance with the US Soccer Men's National Team.

    You can find a transcript of the entire interview on the Huffington Post website. In the meantime, here are a few quick takeaways from Falsone:

    On the ways divisiveness among professions can slow innovation:
    "It is hard to be innovative and elevate your field when the major playmakers are in court fighting turf wars. There are plenty of patients to go around, and there are bigger health care issues in this country."

    On the opportunities for better patient care through collaboration:
    "By working together, interdisciplinary musculoskeletal health clinicians would have the ability to increase the volume of patients they see by 'splitting up the work' all while providing patients with the care they need."

    On preventive care in physical therapy:
    "It is the only way to go. We will never control health care costs as a country by being reactive."

    On the importance of an annual checkup by a PT:
    "As the rest of the health care system is learning, preventive care is much cheaper than reactive-based care, and physical therapists should be playing a part in preventive neuromusculoskeletal care."

    On creating a more positive public understanding of the PT's role by encouraging specialized titles:
    "The first follow-up question to 'what do you do' after someone says 'I am a doctor' is 'oh, what kind?' This simple follow-up question would benefit the physical therapy profession greatly."

    This isn't the first time The Huffington Post has looked at the future of the profession through the eyes of a PT: earlier this year, Justin Moore, PT, DPT, APTA executive vice president of public affairs, was asked about his take on innovation in physical therapy.

    PTs Make the Top 20 in List of Top 200 Jobs

    If you're a physical therapist (PT), consider yourself fortunate: according to a job search website, you're number 19 among the "top 200 jobs" in the US. Not bad.

    On the other hand, if you're a disc jockey, newspaper reporter, or logger... have you considered a career in, say, audiology? Or physical therapy?

    CareerCast has released the 2016 listing of its top 200 jobs, and once again PTs rank in the top 20, scoring above psychiatrists, chiropractors, surgeons, and pharmacists, and below speech pathologists (9th), occupational therapists (11th), and dietitians (15th).

    The rankings are based on a combination of criteria that include emotional and physical environment (things like competitiveness, stamina required, and "degree of peril faced by others working alongside"), income (both average income and potential for growth), overall outlook (employment/unemployment and income), and compiled "stress factors."

    PTs scored particularly well in the "hiring outlook" category, and also made strong showings in "work environment" and stress. The scores were mostly based on information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, which recently listed PTs as the eighth fastest-growing profession in the country and physical therapist assistant (PTA) as the third fastest-growing. PTAs were not included in the CareerCast list.

    Across all professions, the top 5 spots in the CareerCast list went to data scientist, statistician, information security analyst, audiologist, and diagnostic medical sonographer. The bottom 5 according to CareerCast, were (in descending order) enlisted military personnel, disc jockey, broadcaster, logger, and newspaper reporter.

    PTs Among Recipients of Global Health Award

    Physical therapy makes the world a better place, and now 3 members of the profession are being recognized for doing exactly that.

    Health Volunteers Overseas, a nonprofit organization that educates the local health care workforce in resource-scarce countries, announced that Kay Ahren, PT, Mary Christman, PT, and Antoinette "Toni" Sander, PT, DPT, MS, CLT, are among this year's recipients of its "Golden Apple Award" for exceptional contributions to improving global health care. According to a news release from HVO, only a "handful" of providers earn the recognition each year.

    Ahren, an HVO volunteer since 1999, has completed 17 different assignments in 6 countries. HVO describes her as "exceptionally skilled at building relationships" and a leader who "consistently models the behaviors of compassion and understanding."

    Christman has served 9 assignments in Haiti. Her focus on work with the Albert Schweitzer hospital there has helped to improve quality of care not only at that facility, but at many partner institutions. Christman also helped to establish Sustainable Therapy, an organization that provides tuition and living support for Haitian individuals enrolled in university-level physical therapy programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    Sander has been involved with HVO for 10 years and has "contributed to HVO's mission at every level," according to HVO. She has contributed more than 215 volunteer days, including a 6-month stay in Rwanda. Currently, Sander is working with HVO to establish a new physical therapy training project in Myanmar.

    "The efforts of HVO Golden Apple Award recipients are an integral part of HVO's response to the global shortage of health workers," according to the HVO release. "Each individual honored with this award has demonstrated an impressive commitment to HVO's mission to improve global health."

    2016 House of Delegates Motions Now Posted

    APTA members can now access the first official packet of motions that will be considered by the 2016 APTA House of Delegates (House) when it convenes June 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Called "Packet 1," the compilation is available through the APTA House of Delegates community in the Hub. In addition to proposed resolutions, policies, and position statements, Packet 1 contains the following proposed amendments to the APTA bylaws:

    • RC 16-16 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association to Change the Definition of a Post-Professional Student
    • RC 17-16 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association to Change the Bylaw Deadline to Coincide With the Main Motion Deadline

    Delegates should continue using the House of Delegates community to participate in discussion. Chief, section, and assembly delegates who wish to cosponsor a motion should visit the House resources file library.

    Contact Marie Stravlo with any questions.

    Want to keep up with the House in real time this June? Connect to the livestream broadcast of the meeting.