Note From Your Director
Matt DeBole, SPT
Wow—it’s June! Let me congratulate all of the newly graduated physical therapists and physical therapy assistants as well as welcome some of the incoming classes! Not only does June usually shake up the lives of students, but it’s also a time of change for APTA’s direction and leadership. On June 24-26, 2013, in Salt Lake City, the House of Delegates convenes to make decisions on issues that may have far-reaching implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. We’ll also experience a change in leadership with APTA’s Board of Directors elections. Last but not least, case you weren’t aware, YOU are eligible to run for a position on the Student Assembly Board of Directors, and this is your last month to submit an application (elections are held at National Student Conclave in October).
If you are attending APTA's Conference & Exposition in Utah, please check out The Student Guide: APTA's Conference & Exposition booklet. This guide has been tweaked and tailored just for students.
We’re excited to see many enter into the professional arena, and we’d like to take this time to remind everyone to take advantage of the Career Starter Dues program to get discounted APTA membership and to join the APTA New Professionals Facebook group.They say if you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life! Best of luck, graduates!
Student Assembly Board of Directors Update
What We Have Achieved:
- Updated SABoD position descriptions for the upcoming elections. Click here to learn more about running for a position on the SABoD and to check out our roles and responsibilities. Application deadline is July 1, 2013.
- With the help of the New Professionals Project Committee, we have setup a Student–New Professional Mentorship Reception at APTA Conference.
- We have initiated a core ambassador (CA) monthly newsletter and APTA Student Opportunities announcement written by the Loop Project Committee.
What We Are Working On:
- As our core ambassadors’ terms come to an end, we are looking for emerging student leaders to become new core ambassadors in many states. Thank you to all our outgoing CAs for all of your terrific work this past year! Interested in becoming a core ambassador for your state? Contact Leiselle Pilgrim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Designing The Student Guide: APTA Conference & Exposition, so you don’t miss any opportunities or events.
- Staffing and running a physical therapy table at the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) Annual Meeting (the AMA’s version of National Student Conclave!)
- Taking positions on all motions coming before the 2013 House of Delegates to voice the student opinion.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy: What It Means to Our Profession
Marley Zachmann, SPT, University of Mary; Meredith Loveless, SPT, Marquette University; Stephanie DeAngelis, SPT, UMDNJ; Samantha DePaul, SPT, University of Pittsburgh; Eric Lehman, SPT, University of Pittsburgh; and Stephanie Sandvick, SPT, Washington University in St. Louis, Foundation for Physical Therapy Project Committee chairperson
As a profession guided on evidence-based practice, research is essential to increasing the quality of care provided to our patients. Obstacles, such as lack of funding and resources, may present in the early stages of a research plan. Research can be very expensive, and funding for this research has become limited over the years due to budget cuts and economic hardships. However, the Foundation for Physical Therapy makes it a goal to fund these researchers in order to have an evidence-based practice. As physical therapist (PT) and physical therapy assistant (PTA) students, it is imperative to understand what the Foundation for Physical Therapy is, who they have funded, how funds are provided, and what you can do to help out.
Local Spotlight: UIndy’s DPT Students Hold Annual Health Fair
Elizabeth Von Hoene, SPT, University of Indianapolis; Jennifer Reynolds, SPT, University of Indianapolis
This spring, and every spring, first- and second-year DPT students at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) collaborate to conduct a health fair at a nearby low-income apartment community as part of their health promotion curriculum. Several months prior to the event, first-year students meet with the community’s residents.They identify topics of interest and concern in the community.The first-year students write papers documenting and researching these topics.The findings of these papers are then passed along to the second-year students, who plan and conduct the health fair.
A Population in Need
According to the National Center for Health in Public Housing (www.nchph.org), low-income adults are about 20% more likely to have a risk factor associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) than a high-income individual, and the most common risk factors for CVD are hypertension and elevated cholesterol levels. Furthermore, NCPH estimates that the direct costs from CVD total $273 billion every year.
Increasing awareness and providing screenings and education can help reduce these costs. The UIndy health fair aims to address these and other important health-related topics. At this year’s 7th Annual Laurelwood Health Fair, topics included dental health, nutrition, fitness, first aid, smoking prevention and cessation, sexual health, sun safety, management of medications, stress reduction/management, and money. Content is age-appropriate, with different booths specifically targeting children, teens, and adults. In addition to creating poster presentations, students are encouraged to engage attendees with activities such as raffles, games, and giveaways. Blood pressure, BMI, and blood glucose screenings also are provided.
Course instructor Anne Mejia-Downs, PT, MPH, CCS, believes that this joint project helps students develop skills by interacting with community members in addition to promoting research and learning related to the health needs and concerns of this population. For residents, the fair provides an opportunity for free health screenings, health education and promotion, and social interaction. UIndy’s DPT students encourage PT/PTA students and faculty at other institutions to develop and implement similar programs, which are mutually beneficial to students and local residents alike.
House of Delegates at APTA Conference
APTA’s House of Delegates (House) is APTA's policy-making body, making important decisions that affect the physical therapy profession and ultimately how patients are treated. This year’s House will be held June 24-26, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will address a wide array of motions, or current issues, that will be voted on by each state’s delegates. As a student, these issues being discussed by the House may at first seem irrelevant compared to school deadlines and upcoming clinical rotations. However, the motions being voted on will determine our future expectations as physical therapy clinicians. We have as much or more of a responsibility as current health care practitioners to become involved through keeping up to date with current issues and voicing our opinions.
As a physical therapy student, become more aware of the motions being voted on at the House by:
- Viewing this introduction to the 2013 House Motions by Speaker of the House Shawne E. Soper:
- Reading the motions at: www.apta.org/HOD/2013
- Reviewing comments by the delegates using the House of Delegates Packet I Discussion Forum, also located at www.apta.org/HOD/2013
To personally voice an opinion:
- Comment on any of the motions listed on the webpage.
- Join the Twitter discussion by using motion-specific hashtags: #APTARC (fill in the blank with the number of the RC)
- Contact your state delegate, click here!
Advocacy With Your Delegates
Blake Stephens, PT, DPT, SPT Delegate Justin Kinder, PTA, SPTA Delegate
2013 House of Delegates
We are only a few short weeks away from APTA's House of Delegates (the House)! The House is the highest policy-making entity within APTA, ultimately forming the future path and goals of APTA and the profession. Here is where the movement for direct access was born, along with the decision for PTs to become doctors of physical therapy. The House is a congress of delegates that represent chapter associations from across the country, ensuring that the voice of all APTA members is heard from coast to coast. This year, the House of Delegates occurs in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24-26, just prior to APTA Conference. For more information on the house and how it works, visit apta.org/HOD.
Okay, so what is discussed at the House? Motions! A motion is a bill that changes or amends the actions or focus of APTA. These are usually brought forth by a state chapter, section, APTA's Board of Directors, the PTA Caucus, or the Student Assembly. These motions are generated months in advance and go through vast scrutiny before even making it to the floor of the house. During the House, delegates, including ourselves, will hold final discussions on the motions. Those with voting privileges will vote to pass specific motions. Passed motions are then sent to APTA's Board of Directors, who will align APTA’s yearly goals and objectives with these motions, and budget funds accordingly, in order to meet the desires of its members (you).
To better introduce you to APTA's House of Delegates and its many layers, we have selectively chosen 3 motions (aka, RCs) that might be of interest to students, creating a quick brief on the selected motion.
Reach100: And the Winners Are . . .
The third annual Reach100 Challenge successfully ended April 30, 2013, with 7,447 students from 105 schools participating. While comparing results to previous years, data showed that more programs attained Platinum status (100% student membership). Also, many of the schools that have participated more than once had higher student membership percentages. Way to go!
Congrats to the Reach100 Grand Prize Winners:
- iPad: Brent Jensen, SPT (California State University, Fresno)
- iPad Mini: Thomas Kassan, SPT (University of Connecticut)
- Amazon Kindle Fire: Rachel Baumgartner, SPTA (Kansas City Kansas Community College)
Congrats to the winners of the Reach100 Photo Contest:
“A PT education is 50% curiosity, 50% insanity, and 100% APTA”
Submitted by Sean Campbell, SPT (Eastern Washington University), with 1,639 likes on Facebook
“Duke DPT is Crazie for APTA!”
Submitted by Jenn Hilmer, SPT (Duke University), with 1551 likes on Facebook
“100% APTA Membership, 52 Students, 1 BIG FAMILY, 1 tiny room”
Submitted by Amber Ferrand, SPT (University of the Incarnate Word), with 702 likes on Facebook
Also, congrats to Bellarmine University and Concorde Career College (Aurora); both schools won pizza parties from APTA!
Thanks to everyone who participated this year, and please look out for next year’s Reach100 Challenge, which will begin January 2014. For more information about Reach100, please visit www.apta.org/Reach100.
From the Sports Physical Therapy Section: Congratulations, Graduates!
Dear Graduating Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant:
Congratulations on the successful completion of PT/PTA school!I would like to personally welcome you as a new colleague into our exciting and rewarding profession.As a new PT/PTA, being a member of any section can be an amazing resource and provide the opportunity for you to connect with professionals, access research, and advance your career. For example, some of the benefits of the Sports Physical Therapy Section membership include:
- Free membership to 12 sports-related special interest-groups (SIGS) that allow you to further network with other members who share your interest in sports physical therapy
- Subscription to the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (monthly)
- Subscription to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach (bimonthly)
- Subscription to the online publication International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (quarterly)
- Discounted registration to the dynamic SPTS Team Concept Conference
- Discounted rates for Sports Section home study courses; earn continuing education credits approved by APTA and NATA
- Discounted registration for SPTS emergency medical responder courses
- Opportunities to build professional relationships with peers and leaders in the sports physical therapy field through programs like the SPTS Mentorship Program and the SPTS TeamMates Breakfast
We also would like to announce that, to honor your accomplishment as you graduate, the SPTS would like to extend a “Dues Back” offer to you.When you join/renew your Sports Physical Therapy Section membership, we will offer you the cost of your dues back in the form of a $60 credit toward a home study course—in addition to your already discounted rate!
Again, congratulations on your graduation, and we look forward to serving you in the future!
Tim Tyler, PT
Sports Physical Therapy Section
Social Media Update
- APTA Student Assembly’s Facebook Page
Join the other 4,266 fans and "Like" our Student Assembly Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the most recent news involving you and opportunities within APTA!
- Unite Physical Therapy Students
If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook group. More than 6,374 students have already joined, and there is great conversation regarding treatment advice, housing options, clinical opinions, and so much more!
- Student Assembly on Twitter
The Student Assembly is on Twitter: @APTASA. We frequently tweet interesting articles, student-specific information, and other news from APTA. Keep up to date and follow us!
- Let’s Tweet-Up! Every Wednesday night at 9:00 pm EST, join the #DPTstudent Tweet Chat. There’s a new topic each week, generally posted here to review before hand!
Sandy’s Walk Across Kansas
Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA
University of Kansas Medical Center
Stroke survivor Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA, and her son Michael challenged themselves to walk across Kansas, starting at the Colorado/Kansas state line (about 2 miles west of Coolidge, Kansas), and trekking to the KS/MO border at KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Sandra and Michael followed the portion of the American Discovery Trail that cuts across the state of Kansas. In Kansas, the American Discovery Trail follows the Santa Fe Trail. Billinger's walk across Kansas started May 16, with a goal of reaching the eastern state line in 23 days—that’s an average of 25 miles per day!
You can read her story here!
David Scalzitti, PT, PhD, OCS, APTA Staff
Surgery versus physical therapy for a meniscal tear and osteoarthritis.
Foot drop stimulation versus ankle foot orthosis after stroke: 30-week outcomes.
Psychometric evidence of self-reported questionnaires for patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review.
Manual physical therapy and exercise versus supervised home exercise in the management of patients status post inversion ankle sprain: a multi-center randomized clinical trial.
The effectiveness of allied health care in patients with ataxia: a systematic review.
Government Affairs Update
Monica Herr, APTA Staff
With the February announcement from the Congressional Budget Office that the cost to repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula had gone down from $243 to $138 billion, legislators have shown increased interest in repealing the SGR and reforming the current Medicare payment system for providers. House and Senate committees of jurisdiction have hosted a number of hearings since the score change, stressing that the time is now to fully repeal the SGR while it’s “on sale.”
Specifically, the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees have proposed a framework for SGR repeal and further payment reform that they are expected to continue work on this summer. APTA has met with the committees and has submitted comments on their proposal, stressing that any proposal must reflect the role of both physicians and nonphysicians, permanently repeal the Medicare therapy cap, move to a new alternative payment system for outpatient therapy services, and place a moratorium on the increased multiple procedure payment reduction until the start of that new payment system.
In addition, at this year’s Federal Advocacy Forum, APTA members discussed APTA’s SGR priorities with their legislators to bring greater awareness to SGR as it relates to physical therapy.
APTA will continue to monitor and influence the work being done in the congressional committees and keep PTeam members informed and active as these proposals move forward through Congress this summer. If action isn’t taken by December 31, 2013, all providers will see a 24.4% cut in payments under the SGR.
For updates on these and other issues that affect physical therapy, visit our Latest Legislative Action webpage. To take action on any of these issues affecting physical therapy, visit the Legislative Action Center, and join APTA’s PTeam e-mail list to receive the latest updates as these initiatives move through Congress.
APTA Conference & Exposition
Plan your itinerary, book accommodations, and get ready for Salt Lake City! Also, don't forget to check out The Student Guide: APTA's Conference & Exposition!
Your registration includes access to:
- Opening Reception and event featuring "The Wit and Wisdom of Dave Barry"
- The 44th McMillan Lecture
- The 18th John H.P. Maley Lecture
- The 2013 Oxford Debate
- Honors and Awards Celebration
- Poster Presentations With Wine and Cheese Reception
- 80 educational sessions
Party With PT-PAC in Salt Lake City
Celebrate PT-PAC’s 40th anniversary with your friends at PT-PAC’s evening event during APTA’s Conference & Exposition. This year,the event will take place on Wednesday, June 26, from 9:00 pm–11:00 pm at The Hotel. Tickets are $35 each.The ticket includes drink tickets and appetizers.You can buy your PT-PAC tickets when registering for conference online or call 877/585-6003.You must be at least 21 years of age to attend.All PT-PAC Eagle Club members will receive 1 free ticket, but please contact Michael Matlack at email@example.com 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.
Can’t make it to Salt Lake? Join the virtual conversation.
Virtual Conference content will be streamed live June 27-28, 2013, and will be available to you indefinitely in the APTA Learning Center.
Learn more and register. But don't delay. The livestream registration deadline is June 26, 2013, at 11:00 pm.
Watch the McMillan and Maley Lectures live!
Listen to five 90-minute educational sessions with synched slides
Browse hundreds of digital resources
Connect to fellow virtual attendees in real time
Join scheduled live chats with presenters
Ask questions, share ideas, and dive into content
See 10 virtual poster presentations
Enter to win prizes
Revisit sessions, reinforce concepts, enrich your learning
Earn 1.2 CEUs at your pace, on your schedule
Calling All Artistic and Creative PT/PTA Students!
The Evidence-Based Practice Special-Interest Group is sponsoring a logo contest, and all PT/PTA student members and PT/PTA members are welcome to participate! The winning logo will appear on t-shirts at CSM 2014, SIG letterhead, and on the SIG website.
Submissions must be in .png format with a transparent background, made as large as possible, and created to be compatible with the Research Section logo (pillar building). Please visit the EBP page for the logo. The submission deadline is Monday, June 17, 2013.
- T-shirt with the logo
- Recognition plaque (presented at SIG business meeting, CSM 2014)
- Signed copy of Fetters and Tilson’s Evidence Based Physical Therapy (2012)
Please send submissions (or questions) to Lisa Selby-Silverstein (firstname.lastname@example.org). Good Luck to all participants!