In February, 44 DPT students–along with nine faculty members–traveled to Chicago for the 2012 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM).
Combined Sections Meeting involves four days of programming and events sponsored by the 18 specialty sections of the APTA. The exhibit hall has hundreds of vendors showcasing the newest technology and advances in the profession. Attendees can learn about the most up-to-date research findings at the poster and platform presentations. Combined Sections Meeting also provides great networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues.
At CSM Dr. Sandy Cassady was named the 2013 Linda Crane Award recipient to recognize her outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy. She will be honored at CSM 2013 in San Diego and provide the Linda Crane Lecture. Congratulations to Sandy!
Dr. John Barr presented a poster on Entry level Multidisciplinary Competencies for Health Professionals Caring for Older Adults and participated in an educational session titled Physical Therapy for Boomers: Is the Academy Preparing and Motivating Students for Working with Older Adults? Dr. Michael Puthoff presented a poster titled Reliability and Minimal Detectable Change for Physical Performance Measures in Cardiac Rehabilitation and was co-author with transition-DPT program graduate Jonathan Sutter on a poster titled Objective Gait and Upper Extremity Assessment in a Patient with Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A Prospective Case Study.
The students who attended CSM felt like it was a great experience. They enjoyed the opportunity to learn from some of the foremost experts in physical therapy. Many were surprised by how much they already knew and how much of the information was a review of the topics covered in the SAU DPT curriculum. The SAU students also got the chance to interact with other students from all over the country, network with potential employers, and enjoy the city of Chicago.