Letter From Your Director
Matt DeBole, SPT
Wow! The 69th APTA House of Delegates in Salt Lake City, Utah, successfully generated a new APTA vision statement: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience." With over 91% of the delegates voting to adopt this language, it demonstrates the unity and ambition of our profession as we move beyond Vision 2020. This marks a bold, concise, and inspirational direction for our profession as we turn our attention externally to contribute to the betterment of society. As students, we need to realize that our physical therapy education enables us to change the world.
Visit the 2013 APTA House of Delegates webpage to check out all of the information that you might have missed!
We wanted to thank all of the students who participated in the first ever "Flash Action Strategy" to increase congressional support of the Physical Therapy Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2013. It’s been hard to count the number of times the Student Assembly has been applauded for the tremendous result of our efforts while at APTA Conference. In part to its success, we’re honored to receive the Innovative Component Award from APTA! Thank you everyone for demonstrating what a unified student effort can accomplish.
The Student Assembly accepts the Innovative Component Award from APTA.
Welcome newly transitioned Student Assembly core ambassadors—so happy to have you join the Loop Communication Network as the primary link between the Student Assembly Board of Directors and the PT/PTA students within your state. Feel free to pick their brains, and use them as a resource! They are here to serve you and the students within your state!
Student Assembly Board of Directors Update
What We Are Working On:
- Gathering feedback for APTA on qualities we would like to see in the new CEO. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on how to provide feedback.
What We Have Achieved:
- Completed our Student Assembly survey; thanks for all who responded! We are currently doing analysis and will use the results to inform all Board decisions.
- Reported on the Student Assembly’s initiatives to APTA's Board of Directors and APTA leaders here.
- Led a booth at the American Medical Association's Medical Student Section Annual Meeting, which was run by students and faculty from Chicago area programs. Thanks to all who assisted!
- Finalized the Student Assembly Board of Directors slate for elections at NSC 2013
- Finished a student-led, behind-the-scenes video tour of APTA headquarters! Check it out below!
Advocacy With Your Delegates
A note from Blake and Justin, your APTA House of Delegates representatives:
Blake Stephens, PT, DPT, SPT Delegate
Justin Kinder, PTA, SPTA Delegate
This month, we would like to highlight the conclusion of the House of Delegates. We heard your voice and carried it all the way to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 3 days of debate regarding the future of our profession. While students do not hold a numerical vote, anyone present or watching the House was able to see/experience the substantial influence the Student Assembly has on the outcomes of motions.
Click here to read more!
Meet the Student Assembly Board of Directors: Treasurer Clarence Anthony Holmes Jr
Name: Clarence Anthony Holmes Jr
School: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Click here to learn more about what makes Clarence tick!
Where a Journey to Success Begins
Samantha Grubb, SPTA
Throughout the country, we have many highly respected PT and PTA programs that consistently encourage their students to engage in the profession. These programs provide the necessary mentorship and guidance not just in the classroom and clinic, but also for a career in physical therapy. While attending APTA conferences and volunteering in the community might seem like a daunting task considering the challenges coursework bring, all programs should be able to achieve the same level of student participation. This month’s PTA Hub would like to focus on the efforts of 1 program that has the right formula in hopes that their method provides an example for other programs to follow. Click here to read more about Somerset Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
Click here to read more!
Keeping an Eye on the Future
As students, we have yet to start our careers, but one thing that we should always have on our mind is the future. As a professional in our careers, it is vital that we are searching for routes to continue our education and better the profession. One way that a physical therapist assistant can be recognized for doing this is through the Advanced Proficiency Program. PTAs can be recognized in this program for their dedication to education, willingness to serve in a leadership role, and for advancing their career in a specific area of physical therapy. To continue involvement in this profession and become a leader as a PTA, consider applying to be recognized for your advanced proficiency in the future.
To learn more information about the specific areas of advanced proficiency, the minimum requirements needed to apply, and past recipients of this prestigious recognition, click here!
Clinical Affiliation and Employment in Home Health: The Student/New Graduate Perspective
Jeannette Brown, PT, MSPT
Home health care practice has long been viewed as an arena solely for experienced clinicians. Historically, many agencies would not consider hiring a physical therapist with less than 1-3 years work experience in an inpatient setting. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of those who have promoted the advancement of home health physical therapy as a profession, and to the creativity of physical therapists who have a passion for working with students, the profession is now a valid and exciting career choice for the new graduate.
Click here to read more about the personal perspectives of a student/new graduate who successfully navigated through a clinical affiliation and achieved a very positive outcome.
NSC 2013: Register Now!
Dear PT and PTA students:
Your future begins at NSC, the only national conference developed exclusively for students like you.
Home of the Kentucky Derby, My Morning Jacket, Louisville Slugger, Muhammad Ali, mint juleps, and 90% of the nation's disco balls, Possibility City's historic and eclectic waterfront skyline offers lots to see and do.
NSC is your best opportunity to:
- Network with peers, practitioners, mentors, and leaders
- Explore career paths and meet with future employers
- Learn practical information outside of the classroom
- See the latest products and technologies
- Meet and elect Student Assembly officers
- Make friends and connections that will last a lifetime
- Start dreaming about your possibilities
Registration is open!
Did you miss last year's sold-out event? Here are some key dates to help you in your planning:
National Student Conclave PT-PAC Event
Come have fun with your friends at PT-PAC’s late-night event during National Student Conclave. This year, the event will take place at PBR Louisville (a short distance from the conference hotel)! The event will be on Friday, October 25, from 8:00 pm–10:00 pm. Tickets are $20 each. Proper attire and photo ID required (must be at least 21 years of age to attend). Only 300 tickets will be sold, so buy yours now! For event information, contact Michael Matlack at email@example.com or 800/999-2782, ext 3163. Help protect your future and support PT-PAC on Capitol Hill!
Contributions to PT-PAC are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. Contributions are voluntary. The amount given by the contributor, or the refusal to give, will not benefit or disadvantage the person being solicited.Your contribution will be used to support candidates for federal office who support physical therapy issues.
Foundation's Miami-Marquette Challenge Social Event at NSC
Thursday, October 24, 2013
8:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fourth Street Live!
The Kill Devil Club and The Marquee Bar
432 S Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Entrance is from the first floor via The Marquee Bar.
No admission charge to attend.
Join us during NSC to learn more about the Foundation’s annual fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by PT and PTA students across the country to support physical therapy research. The 2013–2014 Miami–Marquette Challenge kicks-off at this event.
The Kill Devil Club and The Marquee Bar (Fourth Street Live!) are opening early for our exclusive event! Come enjoy drinks, dessert, music, and dancing! This is a unique opportunity to network with other students to learn more about the Challenge. Click here to RSVP now or visit our Challenge Facebook page for regular updates!
Social Media Buzz
- APTA Student Assembly’s Facebook Page! Please "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. Over 8,000 students have already joined, and there is great conversation regarding treatment advice, housing options, and clinical opinions.
- Join the World Wide Physical Therapy Student Network! There is a great new international Facebook group called the “WWPTSN,” designed to unite the physical therapy students from all around the world. Maybe you’ll meet someone to help you find a great clinical rotation abroad!
- @APTASA! The Student Assembly is on Twitter! We frequently tweet interesting articles, student-specific information, and other news from APTA. Keep in-the-know and follow us.
- #DPTstudent Chat! Remember to join us every Wednesday night at 9:00 pm EST to discuss the topic of the week with your favorite PT/PTA students!
Monica Herr, APTA Staff
Flash Action Strategy
April’s student-led Flash Action Strategy (FAS) generated over 20,000 emails in 72 hours, shattering APTA records. Since April 26, more than 35 members of Congress have cosponsored the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act. Now that the FAS is over, take your advocacy involvement to the next level by getting involved in APTA’s grassroots efforts and joining the PTeam. Long-term advocacy strategy and physical therapy advocates are an integral part of APTA’s legislative efforts.
We know that you are busy with clinics and classes, but joining the PTeam is an easy way to stay up-to-date on issues that impact your profession, including APTA’s Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act. The PTeam is APTA’s grassroots network and is made up of more than 15,000 PTs, PTAs, and students. PTeam members receive "Information Bulletins" when federal issues heat up and "Action Alerts" when it is time to write to your members of Congress.
As new or future health care professionals, the policies and regulations that are being enacted now will impact the way we practice.Please join your future colleagues on behalf of the physical therapy profession, and become a member of the PTeam TODAY.
If you are interested in becoming involved beyond the PTeam, August is the perfect time to attend a town hall meeting or schedule a district meeting with your legislators. Members of Congress will be in their home states over the August recess (August 3 through September 7) and are looking for opportunities to meet with constituents. You can view upcoming town halls in your area under the Grassroots tab on APTA’s Legislative Action Center. This is a great opportunity to follow up from the April Flash Action Strategy and to make sure your legislators have signed on as cosponsors.
New Resource Page
In addition, APTA has created a new resource page for existing student loan forgiveness opportunities that students may be eligible to take advantage of in the future. In order to increase opportunities available for you after graduation, it is important to get active on APTA issues!
APTA News YOU Can Use
This is a great chance for students and new professionals to discover what pediatric therapy has to offer! Make sure to apply for the Section’s SoPAC Essay Contest for students and new professionals as well. Information is posted on the Section’s Research & Awards page at www.pediatricapta.org.
SoPAC will be held November 8-10, 2013 (preconference courses November 6-7), at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California! Visit the SoPAC website (www.sopac.us) and click on SoPAC 2013: See What SoPAC Has to Offer for the full SoPAC schedule with descriptions, suggested sessions for students/new professionals, and a downloadable registration form (online registration will open very soon!).
Student Advocacy Challenge
Only 2 months left to participate in APTA’s Student Advocacy Challenge! As the US Senate and House of Representatives break for summer, APTA’s Student Advocacy Challenge is heating up! Each year, the Grassroots and Political Affairs Department of APTA announces the Student Advocacy Challenge winner at the National Student Conclave. The program was created in order to involve PT and PTA students from academic programs nationwide in legislative advocacy on the state and federal level. Participating in the Challenge helps students learn about the legislative process and become more aware of the legislative issues facing the physical therapy profession. By engaging students in the advocacy process, APTA also hopes to increase the strength of its grassroots advocacy network and have an opportunity to improve its relationships with state and federal legislative leaders across the country.
This year, the National Student Conclave is in Louisville, KY, from October 24-26. Students from academic programs across the country are competing against one another by participating in advocacy activities, documenting their experience, and submitting their records to APTA. Scores are tallied based on point values, and the winner will be announced at the National Student Conclave. The winning academic program will be honored with the opportunity to select an individual from APTA staff or the APTA Board of Directors to speak at their school. Last year’s winner, the University of Colorado, selected Justin Moore, PT, DPT, Vice President of APTA's Public Policy, Practice, and Professional Affairs Unit to address the university.
Last year's Student Advocacy Challenge winners from the University of Colorado.
Participants have until September 30, 2013, to submit their advocacy documentation to APTA. Last year, a record number of schools, 25, participated in the Challenge and the University of Colorado won with 369 points. If you would like to participate in the Student Advocacy Challenge, visit APTA’s website for more information and to download the Challenge rules. Make the most out of the August legislative recess by scheduling a meeting with your senator or representative, and help your school win an APTA speaker!
Foundation Announces Winners of Pittsburgh–Marquette Challenge
The Foundation announced the winners of the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge at its annual gala on June 27, 2013, in Salt Lake City, UT. Physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students from 80 schools across the country raised $222,008 to support physical therapy research. In 25 years, the Challenge has raised more than 2.5 million dollars to benefit the Foundation.
Congratulations to the top performing schools of this year’s Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge:
First Place: University of Miami (raised $28,808)
Second Place: University of Pittsburgh (raised $28,450)
Third Place: New York University (raised $16,275)
The Foundation also would like to recognize the Marquette University students for their financial commitment to the Challenge in donating $20,000.
Click here to view more schools that received special recognition by the Foundation.
Don't miss out! The 2013–2014 Miami–Marquette Challenge kicks off at the National Student Conclave in Louisville, KY, on October 24, 2013.