The NEXT Big Thing
By Daniel Dale, PT, DPT, NEXT Programming Committee Member
As a PT, PTA, or student in our profession, you likely had 1 of 2 feelings during the month of February: you either experienced the time of your life at Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, or you felt that you were missing out as you watched your social media feeds explode with reminders of how much knowledge and networking occurs at an APTA national conference.
Well, fear not; the NEXT big thing is on the way! APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition is set to touch down in Music City (Nashville, Tennessee) from June 8-11.
NEXT has become the leading-edge event for physical therapy professionals, with forward-thinking programming, innovative content, and exclusive access to some of the profession's most creative thinkers. Expect one-of-a-kind programming sessions focused on innovation and transformation-if you don't believe me, just take a look for yourself.
NEXT is also the only place where you can experience prestigious lectures from the profession's thought-leaders. This year, the 47th Mary McMillan Lecture: "Our Future Selves: Unprecedented Opportunities" will be given by Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, GTC, MSG, FAPTA. The 21st John H.P. Maley Lecture: "Pain Management: Roadmap to Revolution" will be given by Steven Z. George, PT, PhD.
There also are lively events that you just have to experience to understand. In particular, I'm talking about the always-raucous and ever-entertaining Oxford Debate. This year's event titled, "All Hands on Tech," will take on the issue of whether technology will advance the physical therapy profession more than our hands and eyes will. Arguing in favor of technology will be Team Captain Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA; David A. Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA; and J. Cole Galloway, PT, PhD. Arguing in favor of our hands and eyes will be Team Captain Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA; John Childs, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, OCS; and Edelle "Edee" Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. If this video preview is any indication, it's going to be a great Oxford Debate!
Maybe most important, NEXT offers conference attendees multiple chances to network. Courses are designed to allow for more exchange between participants and speakers, and other events are built around opportunities that allow us to connect with each other. Overall, the atmosphere at NEXT is more intimate, making even the newest of APTA conference attendees feel welcomed and invited, while receiving top-notch education.
So, don't wait until 2017 to get reenergized about our profession-come and see what's NEXT. Discounted registration rates end on May 4, so register soon!
And if past NEXT attendees have memories to share, leave a comment.