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APTA CSM Special Events

Don't miss these special events in San Diego, including a signature lecture, can't-miss parties, 10-minute presentations, and unique opportunities for students and PTAs.

For Everyone

McMillan Lecture and APTA Specialty and Proficiency Ceremony

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30-9 p.m.
No ticket required.

Join us as we honor the physical therapists who achieved specialist certification from ABPTS in 2022, and the physical therapist assistants who were recognized for their advanced proficiency in a specialty area during 2022.

The recognition ceremony will be preceded by the 54th Mary McMillan Lecture, delivered by Edelle (Edee) Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. She is director of spinal cord injury research and the Hulse Spinal Injury Laboratory; professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy; and professor of the practice, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Biological Sciences.

PT Fund Celebration of Diversity 

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-10 p.m.
USS Midway, San Diego, California
Ticket price: $60

Join us on the legendary USS Midway for an unforgettable evening under the stars! During this event, sponsored by APTA, CORA Physical TherapyCrōm Rehabilitation, HPSO, Net Health, PT Solutions Physical Therapy, and Upstream Rehabilitation, guests will be able to explore the expansive aircraft carrier, which includes dedicated exhibits and access to the hangar and flight decks. Dancing, food, and drinks will be available at this casual event. No formal wear required.

The PT Fund Celebration of Diversity has provided more than $1 million in scholarships for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the physical therapy profession.

Tickets can be purchased online during registration or at the event.

PTPAC 50th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, Feb. 24, 9 p.m.-midnight
House of Blues: San Diego, California
Ticket price: $100 for PTs and PTAs; $50 for students

Celebrate PTPAC’s 50 years of advocacy for the profession at its evening event at House of Blues. Tickets include drinks, appetizers, and live music! 

Purchase your tickets online during APTA CSM registration or call 800-809-9565. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend. All PTPAC Eagle club members receive one free ticket, but please contact Michael Matlack at to reserve your ticket.

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 being solicited.

Daily "APTA 10 Talks"

Join us at the APTA Pavilion (Booth #1721 in the Exhibit Hall) for APTA 10 Talks: 10-minute presentations showcasing experts on topics ranging from long COVID research, financial wellness, and consumer information and insights. See the schedule below.

Full Schedule: APTA 10 Talks

10:10-10:20 a.m. Attending APTA's Future of Physical Therapy Summit

10:30-10:40 a.m. Administering Naloxone to Reverse an Opioid Overdose

1:10-1:20 p.m.  Becoming a Certified Specialist

1:30-1:40 p.m.  Optimizing the PT-PTA Team

1:50-2:00 p.m.  Maximizing Your APTA Learning Center Experience

2:10-2:20 p.m.  Raising Public Awareness Through ChoosePT

2:30-2:40 p.m.  Consumer Attitudes About Physical Therapy

10:10-10:20 a.m.  Long COVID: Latest Research in PTJ

10:30-10:40 a.m.  Maximizing Your APTA Learning Center Experience

1:10-1:20 p.m.: Q&A with Brigadier General Deydre S. Teyhen, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

1:30-2:00 p.m.  Navigating Student Loans and Your Financial Journey, brought to you by Enrich 

2:10-2:20 p.m.  Maintaining Specialist Certification

10:10-10:20 a.m. YOU: The Advocate

10:30-10:40 a.m. How I Got Involved as a Student, and How You Can Too

1:10-1:20 p.m.  Raising Public Awareness Through ChoosePT

1:50-2:00 p.m.  Administering Naloxone to Reverse an Opioid Overdose

Meet and Greets

APTA President Roger Herr, PT, MPA, and other members of APTA's Board of Directors will be at the APTA Pavilion (Booth #1721 in the Exhibit Hall) to visit with attendees Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Friday from 1 to 2 p.m.

Representatives from HOSA will be available Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. HOSA actively promotes career opportunities in the health industry and provides unique experiences through experiential learning, real-world applicability, and networking. APTA is a HOSA partner.

For Students

Student Thrive Event

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Price: $20 (proceeds benefit APTA’s PT Fund; no refunds for no-shows)

Connect, learn, and grow while making an impact through a $20 donation to the PT Fund for Diversity. You’ll get a preview of the week ahead and learn more about the association in a fun and interactive way at this event sponsored by Healthcare Business Academy, Movement for Life Physical Therapy and Team Rehabilitation. You'll build new relationships, make new discoveries, and win prizes! Attendees will receive their free Celebration of Diversity ticket upon arrival. Celebration of Diversity tickets can also be picked up at the event itself, if you are unable to attend Student Thrive. Add this event to your registration!

Student Networking Breakfast

Thursday, Feb. 23, 6-8 a.m.

Hang out with other students and make meaningful, lasting connections during this networking breakfast sponsored by Cypress Health Partners, Jag-One Physical Therapy, and Select Medical. Coffee and breakfast will be available. Capacity will be limited, first come, first served

For PTAs

PTA Town Hall

Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
No ticket required.

All are welcomed to this annual event, hosted by national PTA leadership.

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