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  • An APTA National Student Conclave Sneak Peek, Courtesy of the Pulse Blog

    APTA has a vibrant, diverse, and engaged student member population. But you don't have to take our word for it: see for yourself at the 2018 APTA National Student Conclave (NSC), the association's premier event designed specifically for students in physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) education programs.

    This year's conference, set for October 11–13 in Providence, Rhode Island, features a wide range of speakers and programming that touches on not only the issues facing current students, but the professional world after the diploma. Advance registration rates end on September 14.

    Want to get a taste of what NSC will be delivering? Check out these APTA Student Pulse blog posts authored by presenters at the upcoming meeting.

    Our Profession: Thriving With the Help of Young Leaders
    APTA Chapter Presidents Michael Gans, PT, DPT (CT); Jason Harvey, PT, MSPT (RI); Heather Jennings, PT, DPT (MA); Mark Mailloux, PT, MBA (NH); and Matt Hyland, PT, PhD, MPA, vice president of APTA, write about the challenges of being a #FreshPT and the rewards of stepping up to involvement with APTA and its chapters.

    Session info: "Millennial and Gen X Leaders Share Their Stories," October 13, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm; or 1:45 pm–2:00 pm

    The Wanderlust PTs
    Ever considered life as a traveling PT or PTA? Gabe Renzi, PT, DPT, and Jessica Renzi, PT, DPT, are living it and helping others interested in experiencing the same.

    Session info: "Traveling PT 101: Make Travel Your Therapy," October 12, 1:15 pm–2:15 pm; or 4:45 pm–5:45 pm

    Nutrition and Physical Therapy: A Powerful Combination
    Nutrition specialist Joe Tatta, PT, DPT, outlines 5 ways to integrate nutrition into your PT practice.

    Session info: "PT + Nutrition: The Perfect Combo to Help You Stand Out," October 13, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm; or 1:45 pm–2:00 pm

    Cancer Rehabilitation: Challenging and Incredibly Rewarding
    Steve Wechsler, PT, DPT, provides a glimpse into the important role PTs and PTAs can play in cancer rehabilitation.

    Session info: "Cancer Rehabilitation: What Every PT and PTA Needs to Know," October 13, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm; or 1:45 pm–2:00 pm

    Tools to Treat the Whole Patient
    Lindsay Walston, PT, DPT, board-certified neurologic and orthopaedic specialist, sees an important connection between orthopaedic and neurologic rehabilitation.

    Session info: "Bridging the Gap Between Orthopaedic and Neurologic Rehabilitation," October 12, 1:15 pm–2:15 pm; or 4:45 pm–5:45 pm

    Riding the Wave in a Changing Community
    Carol Ferkovic Mack, PT, DPT, could feel her community changing—so she changed her career path and started up a sports specialty practice.

    Session info: "Building a Sports Specialty Practice from the Ground Up," October 12, 1:15 pm–2:15 pm; or 4:45 pm–5:45 pm