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CSM Special Events

Don't miss these special events in San Antonio, including some specific to students and PTAs. Explore on-site programming here.

Proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours are required for in-person APTA CSM events. Masks are required indoors except when eating or drinking or speaking at a microphone. Some of these events will serve food. Please attend based on your comfort level. As a reminder, attendees should immediately remove themselves from participation if testing positive or simply exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. See our COVID-19 expectations and requirements for more. 

For Everyone

McMillan Lecture and APTA Specialty and Proficiency Ceremony

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7:30-9 p.m.
Grand Hyatt
No ticket required

Join us as we honor the physical therapists who achieved specialist certification from ABPTS in 2020 and 2021, and the physical therapist assistants who were recognized for their advanced proficiency in a specialty area during 2020 and 2021.

The recognition ceremony will be preceded by the 53rd Mary McMillan Lecture, delivered by Laura Lee (Dolly) Swisher, PT, PhD. Swisher is professor emerita and former director of the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of South Florida and an APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow.

PT Fund Celebration of Diversity Event

Sponsored by APTA, HPSO, A. Fassano & Co., Evidence in Motion, Performance Health, and Pivot Physical Therapy

Thursday, Feb. 3, 7-11 p.m.
Marriott Rivercenter
Ticket price: $60

The Celebration of Diversity is a fun-filled event recognizing diverse perspectives, cultures, and values. Tickets, donations, and sponsorships for this event support the APTA Minority Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to PT and PTA students and faculty of ethnic and racial minorities. (The PT Fund includes the Minority Scholarship Fund.) Tickets can be purchased when registering for CSM.

Party on the Riverwalk With PTPAC

Friday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m.-Midnight
Pat O'Brien's
Ticket price: $100 for PTs and PTAs; $50 for students

Celebrate on San Antonio's historic Riverwalk. Your ticket includes drinks, appetizers, and music! A limited amount of PTPAC tickets are left for purchase. Please drop by the PTPAC booth in the exhibit hall (#1723) to purchase a ticket onsite. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Contributions to PTPAC 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 being solicited.

For Students

Student Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Pivot Physical Therapy, Bay State Physical Therapy, Encompass Health, and Fox Rehabilitation

Thursday, Feb. 3, 6-8 a.m.
Marriott Rivercenter Salons A-F
No ticket required.

Hang out with other students and make meaningful, lasting connections. Spend time with APTA President, Roger Herr, during an "ask me anything" Town Hall. Coffee and breakfast will be available. Capacity will be limited to 400.

Student Ignite Event

Sponsored by HPSO and Confluent Health

Friday, Feb. 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lila Cockrell Theatre (Convention Center)
No ticket required

Ignite is the name for a particular type of event where speakers present their ideas and personal or professional passions according to a specific format. The event holds the motto, "enlighten us, but make it quick!" Each of our five speakers will have five minutes to present their topic, and they must use 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. This fun, energetic event will be a highlight of your APTA CSM experience.

For PTAs

PTA Town Hall

Friday, Feb. 4, 6:30-8 a.m.
Marriott Rivercenter, Salon I
No ticket required

All are welcomed to this annual event, hosted by the leadership of APTA's PTA Caucus. Learn about APTA's new strategic plan, what we're excited about in 2022, and how you can help move our legislative agenda forward.


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