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  • World PT Congress Issues Call for Abstracts

    Physical therapists (PTs) have until October 31 to submit abstracts for possible presentations at the 2015 World Confederation for Physical Therapy's (WCPT) Congress in Singapore May 1-4.

    WCPT's International Scientific Committee is accepting proposals for platform and poster presentations of research or special interest reports. Platform presentations will be delivered in “classic” format (a session of 8 platform presentations with speakers presenting for 8 minutes) “rapid 5” format (combinations of 10 presentations each delivering key messages using no more than 5 slides in 5 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of discussion of all presentations), or a “state of the art” format (moderator leads a platform presentation session to include sequential high quality abstract presentations of 10 minutes). The "state of the art" format is reserved for presentations "in cutting edge fields likely to influence physical therapy practice," according to WCPT.

    Posters will be on display for 1 day during exhibition hours, with presenters assigned a 45-minute period to discuss their poster with delegates.

    For more information and instructions, visit the WCPT call for abstracts page, or contact René Malone. The WCPT Congress is held every 4 years, and is the world's largest gathering of physical therapists. APTA is a member organization of WCPT.

    'Membership Matters' Week Begins

    Think APTA membership matters? Have we got a week for you.

    This week, APTA celebrates the importance of association membership through its "Membership Matters" campaign. It's a time for APTA members to celebrate their connection to the profession's association and to communicate the value of membership to others.

    The APTA Membership Matters webpage offers a variety of inspirational resources, including videos and testimonials from physical therapists all over the country sharing why membership is important, and how the association has contributed to their own professional development. There's even a "Promoting Membership" page that offers tips on how to make the case for involvement in APTA.

    As helpful as the tips may be, as always, it's the APTA members themselves who make the best case for joining. "I am unable to separate the value of being a physical therapist from the value of APTA," said Leslie Torburn PT, DPT, in her webpage testimonial. "They each exist as they are today because of the other."