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Why should DPT students attend physical therapy conferences?

  • Healthcare Alvernia

The annual Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) conference recently took place in Lancaster, PA, which is a short drive from Alvernia University.  This conference gathers physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, students, academics, healthcare administrators, medical product manufacturers and members of the business community.

If you missed this three-day conference, there were several presentations, panels and professional development sessions on topics including:

  • acute care
  • orthopedics
  • performance arts therapy
  • sports medicine
  • geriatrics and
  • pediatrics.

Industry experts engaged audiences by sharing their views on major issues and developments in physical therapy. In addition to learning about the physical therapy best practices, attendees interacted with each other during various student-centered activities, entertainment events and receptions.

Education was a major theme at this year’s conference. The opening professional development session, “Educating Patients, Colleagues, and Students in the 21st Century,” focused on the role physical therapists serve as teachers who educate patients, students and colleagues. Objectives of the session were to increase participants’ awareness of new technology used in academics, clinical applications and within medical professions.

According to Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT, and director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University, there are three main reasons physical therapists should attend conferences like this one:

  1. You can earn continuing education credits (CEU), which are now required in Pennsylvania
  2. You can learn and ‘hone’ your craft
  3. It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow therapists

“Like most educational experiences in the profession, these conferences provide a vast array of instruction that is largely clinically and evidence-based,” explains Wise. “This conference, in particular, provides instruction that crosses a variety of specialty areas within the profession.”

Instead of waiting for next year’s conference, those interested in pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy degree might consider joining the PPTA, which is one of the state chapters within the American Physical Therapy Association  (APTA).

Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

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