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Though many begin in the clinic, the career paths PTs and PTAs take can lead to some other interesting destinations — including in executive roles. Now APTA is providing an opportunity to get an inside look at what it takes make the transformation from direct patient care to high-level leadership.

Beginning in September, APTA will host a three-part series of conversations with PTs who have made the transition to executive positions, in both public and private settings. The monthly APTA Live events, developed in collaboration with the American Congress of Healthcare Executives, will feature PT executive leaders connecting the dots between where they started, how they prepared for and pursued the executive path, and the lessons they've learned along the way.  

“As the physical therapy profession has evolved, so have career opportunities within physical therapy and health care at large," said APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT. "We’re excited to provide this series to help our members to learn about the experiences of those who have pursued executive leadership roles.” 

Here's a rundown of topics and dates.

From Clinic to Executive Leadership
Sept. 28, 8-9 p.m. ET
PTs share their experiences in seeking executive leadership.
Guests: Rhonda Abbott, PT, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, TIRR Memorial Hermann; Brett Altman, PT, CEO, Cass County Health

Preparing for Executive Roles
Oct. 26, 8-9 p.m. ET
Hear from PTs who have invested in their professional development by becoming fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

From Clinic to Company CEO
Nov. 30, 8-9 p.m. ET
CEOs from large physical therapy practices share their leadership experiences.

Details on the October and November events will be shared as they become available.

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