The Monday Memo
January 7, 2019 PITT DPT STUDENTS
Preparing for CSM
The APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is a national conference for both licensed therapists and aspiring clinicians. This year, it will be held in Washington, DC from January 23rd through 26th. It is an excellent opportunity to preview the newest research, connect with other therapists, and learn more about a subject of interest. As a second-year student, it will be my first time attending CSM.
There have been many things to consider while preparing for this conference. First and foremost, I needed to handle the logistics such as registration, housing, and travel. The APTA website provides information for each. Next, I started to consider which events I wanted to attend while at CSM. There are a wide variety of activities that will be hosted over the course of three days. Unfortunately, it’s not feasible to attend everything. There are hundreds of educational sessions alone. The comprehensive list of educational sessions can be found here.
In order to select which sessions would be of most benefit to me, I searched sessions by keywords and the name of speakers that I am interested in. As we get closer to the conference, If I change my mind, I can also attend a different session.
The final thing to consider is things to do while in DC outside of the conference itself. There shouldn’t be a lack of things to do while in DC. I, personally, would like to see the Library of Congress. There are also other events that will be hosted by physical therapy organizations for networking opportunities and to meet other people in the profession.
I for one am immensely excited for my first experience at CSM. I look forward to meeting other aspiring clinicians and learning new and interesting information. If you would like to follow our CSM experience, check our Instagram @pitt_pt during the conference for updates!
More information about the Combined Sections Meeting can be found at http://www.apta.org/CSM/
– Layne Gable, SPT