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

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    NEXT 2019 Programming

    View sessions by day and by track.
    Educational sessions begin Wednesday, June 12 at 2:30 pm and conclude Saturday, June 15 at 12:30 pm. Handouts will be available, as provided by the speaker, on the NEXT mobile app. Note: Not all speakers provide handouts.

    Preconference Courses

    Register for 1 of these courses, held on Wednesday, June 12, for additional CEUs:


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

    Signature Events

    Wednesday, June 12

    NEXT Opening Event Keynote: Justin Minyard, US Army Master Sergeant (Retired)
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Justin Minyard's long and challenging battle with chronic pain began when he was injured on September 11, 2001, while serving as a first responder at the Pentagon. To manage his increasing pain, Minyard was prescribed increasing amounts of opioids, eventually leading to a multiyear dependency that worsened after he was forced to medically retire from the Army. In 2011, Minyard began to regain control of his life by shifting to a more balanced approach to pain management. Minyard is now an active hand and road cyclist and an advocate for improving chronic pain treatment.

    Thursday, June 13

    Honors and Awards Ceremony
    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 50th Mary McMillan Lecture – Is Excellence in the Cards?
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Thomas G. McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA
    While previous McMillan lectures have discussed the goal of greatness for our profession, before greatness can be achieved it is critical that all members of the physical therapy profession exhibit excellence. The namesake of this lecture, Mary McMillan, was noted for saying the promotion of physical therapy could only be accomplished by excellency of performance. This lecture will review ways in which our profession can enhance clinical and academic excellence, in addition to the feasibility of expecting physical therapists to modify their practice habits when best evidence overwhelming demands that a change is necessary. In addition, the potential danger of ignoring the history of our professions past scholarly endeavors that can lead to what has been termed institutional amnesia will also be discussed.

    Friday, June 14

    The 24th John H.P. Maley Lecture – Beyond Limits - Unmasking Potential Through Movement Discovery
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Beth Fisher PT, PhD, FAPTA
    Movement analysis is the defining skill of the physical therapist. While movement analysis has commonly contributed to more precise decisions regarding impairment testing, it importantly provides insight into how a patient is responding to their impairments as well as to the environment. Thus, movement analysis allows the physical therapist to determine the role that compensation and biomechanical constraints play in contributing to ‘abnormal’ or problematic movement strategies. The purpose of this presentation is to provide, through discussion and examples, the critical role of compensation on masking underlying movement capabilities the patient may possess.

    The Oxford Debate
    Friday, June 14
    5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    A lively, innovative, and educational debate on a topic impacting the profession and your practice.
    2019 Resolution: Be it resolved that social media is hazardous to the profession of physical therapy.

    Pro Team (arguing FOR the resolution):
    Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT (team captain)
    Jarod Hall, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Karen Litzy, PT, DPT

    Con Team (arguing AGAINST the resolution):
    Ben Fung, PT, DPT, MBA (team captain)
    Jodi Pfeiffer, PTA
    Rich Severin, PT, DPT

    Networking Events:

    Wednesday, June 12

    • First-Timers' Welcome: Navigating the Conference   (3:00 pm-4:00 pm)
    • Opening Reception  (5:00 pm-7:00 pm)
    • Enjoy the Blues with PT-PAC at NEXT
      Buddy Guy's Legends
      9:00 pm-11:00 pm
      Tickets: $50 (purchase during registration process)
      Support PT-PAC with your friends at PT-PAC's evening event during NEXT. Tickets include drinks, appetizers, and live entertainment. (PT-PAC Eagle club members receive one free ticket but please contact Michael Matlack to reserve)
      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 13

    • Foundation for Physical Therapy: Chicago PT Party
      7:30 pm-Midnight
      Hilton Chicago
      The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research has funded groundbreaking research and researchers for forty years. This year’s PT Party will be a celebration of this special anniversary and the research that keeps making our profession stronger. Join your colleagues, friends, and Foundation family in celebration. PT Pintcast's Jimmy McKay will liven up the evening as emcee and we'll finish out the night with dancing. You can register for this event online. Please contact Emil Trinidad with questions.

    Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14

    • Experience Zone including hands-on technology demonstrations, Inspiration Hub featuring creative collaborations, and Poster Research Presentations in the Exhibit Hall.

    Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 15

    • Daily Networking Coffees (7:00 am-8:00 am)

    Educational Tracks

    • Client & Patient Care
    • Experience Zone
    • Innovative Care
    • Inspiration Hub
    • Leadership
    • Movement System
    • Payment
    • Prevention & Wellness
    • Unique Populations

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    NEXT 2020

    Proposal and abstracts for NEXT 2020 now being accepted.

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    The abstracts and proposals submission site for NEXT 2020 will open in March 2019.

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