CSM Wednesday Memo: 2/5/2014

The Wednesday Memo – CSM Edition

February 5, 2014                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Pitt PT CSM Day 3!

Tuesday, day one of #CSM2014. Mosley, Butler, Irrgang, Childs, Fritz, and all the usual suspects. It started as a typical conference but the crowds who witnessed these presentations were blown away. Butler and Mosley helped us all understand that pain, though a personal journey, could be guided by a physical therapist. Dr. Irrgang created a decision making profile that will help us return our throwing athletes to competition with less risk of re-injury. But the final presentation of the day was by 2 Pitt grads and an economist out of Georgetown. All three showed that therapists, especially the good ones, provide excellent care, but the daily assault from chiropractors, exercise “therapists” and other so called providers of physical therapy services is a sometimes daunting task to respond to.

This task, though difficult, is made easier by the research of Dr.’s Childs and Fritz which clearly shows the value of physical therapy. The continued proliferation of POPTS is only confirmation of the poor value contained in the current model. Despite the fact that we utilize less resources and have better outcomes than opioids, injections and surgery we continue to be a second tier provider. Childs and Fritz, in not so many words advocate the need for physical therapists to fill the void and lead the charge for value based intervention.

The challenge is not providing the care but creating the opportunity for that care to be delivered. The current “value” window is open but quickly closing. As a profession we all see the need for evidence based care. It’s time now to take advantage of the opportunity in front of us and come together as a whole to meet the need of the greater population and show our value and worth. Today we were shown a new model for success. It’s time we embrace this model and drive the profession forward instead of reacting to changes imposed upon us.

–Chris 

 

Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events

Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent –  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
February 5, 2014 |

CSM Tuesday Memo: 2/4/2014

The Tuesday Memo – CSM Edition

February 4, 2014                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Pitt PT CSM Day 2!

 So the madness began today. Registration opened at 7:00am and the convention center was full of hustle and bustle as people picked up their conference materials! I spotted first, second, and third year students today as they made their way through the Venetian (which is quite an accomplishment; it’s huge!). Also, APTA announced that they have selected a new CEO, J. Michael Bowers, who will be a great asset to the APTA community and it’s components!

Faculty/Alumni spottings:

Kathi Brandfass, a neuro PT from Sports medicine, was chatting it up with some second year students in the registration area. Michael Gans, Pitt alumni and a previous keynote speaker for the Class of 2015, was at The Bourbon Room in the Venetian. Matt and I had the opportunity to chat with him as well as some other Pitt PT alumni!

There is a lot of excitement and buzz with the approaching conference events tomorrow. I had the opportunity to stop in to the exhibit hall to set up the Student Assembly Booth (Booth #361) and there is some awesome stuff brewing in that hall! There are so many places for students to stop to network, learn, and gather some incredible information so get your game face on and get ready to network like a champion!

Tomorrow is the official start of CSM programming, events, and meetings for most attendees so the trip has essentially just begun! Some can’t miss events include the Pitt PT Alumni Event at the Miller Ale House from 6:30-8:30pm, the Student Assembly Forum from 6:30-7:30pm, and the Student Assembly Meet N Greet from 8-9pm. Don’t forget to refer to both the Student Guide for Pitt Students as well as the Official Student Guide for CSM! Links are under the CSM tab at the top of the page!

Can’t wait to get the day started tomorrow at the Student Assembly Board Meeting, which will be led by Matt DeBole, SA President and Pitt Student! We will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Rockar, as well as be introduced to Mr. Bowers, the new APTA CEO!

Follow @PittPT and #PittPTCSM to stay updated with where your fellow Pitt students, alumni, and faculty will be throughout the conference!

H2P!

 ~Kait Bianco

 

Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events

Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent –  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
February 4, 2014 |

Monday Memo: 2/3/2014 – CSM Edition

The Monday Memo – CSM Edition

February 3, 2014                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Pitt PT Goes To Vegas!

Waking up at 5:00am isn’t unusual for a weekday, but to make me rise and actually shine at that time on a Sunday morning takes something extra special. Yep, you guessed it, VEGAS! This Super Bowl weekend kicks-off the most exciting week of the year as 13,000+ physical therapy professionals and students will be coming together in Las Vegas for the annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Follow #PittPTCSM for the Pitt action on Twitter!

This marks my third CSM in as so many years, making me feel more like a seasoned veteran than a bright-eyed first-timer. However, each year the conference seems to offer something different. In 2012, CSM was held in Chicago and roughly 15 students made the trip to the Windy City. My 1st-year classmates and I were overwhelmed by the size, energy, and accessibility of the physical therapy community. Also, it was tremendous to see the influence our faculty members had on the profession and be introduced to some of the PT rock stars we had only heard or read about in class. We all came back regretting that more of us weren’t in tow. We decided to give a brown bag presentation and vowed to round up a larger group for next years’s CSM in sunny San Diego, CA.

In 2013, we came through on our promise, as closer to 30 Pitt DPT students flew across the country seeking the conference high. Being able to stay in an hostel and sleep in bunk beds made the trip affordable but also served to strengthen our relationships. We were on an adventure together. It was amazing to watch our classmates worlds open up in front of our very own eyes. For me personally, the feel of the conference shifted as I then held a leadership position on the Student Assembly (SA) Board of Directors. I missed most programming sessions as I was more concerned with enhancing the experience of the student attendees. It was actually a whole new perspective for me as well, something I really enjoyed.

This morning, with everything packed and ready to go, I made my way to the airport rehashing in my head all I brought and all I forgot to bring. There is a lot to remember, especially when you’re part of a program as involved in the physical therapy profession as the University of Pittsburgh! We have nearly every faculty member presenting and over 70 students attending! The excitement and anticipation has never been higher in Forbes Tower, and our Pitt PT Family has never been more united.

As it does for many people, CSM provides a great opportunity to connect, engage, collaborate, explore, and experience our wonderful APTA member community. Kait Bianco (SA Nominating Committee Chair-Elect) and I (SA President) will have our work cut out for us this year. We’ll be conducting meetings, hosting socials, and helping students become informed, find their interests, and get involved. Everyone attending will be doing all they can to move the profession forward!

On my direct flight, I bumped into a few of my former PT colleagues from Georgetown University Hospital and it was the perfect way to start the trip! I cannot wait to see other familiar faces and meet new friends. I couldn’t be happier to be attending CSM in Las Vegas and I couldn’t be prouder to be representing The University of Pittsburgh.

Hope everyone has safe travels and we’ll see you out there!
Hail to Pitt.

~Matt DeBole

 

Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events

Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent –  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
February 3, 2014 |