The Monday Memo
October 8, 2018 PITT DPT STUDENTS
What is CSM?
As Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Students, we are always looking for educational opportunities to fulfill continuing education requirements, better understand a special topic, or simply satisfy our appetite for learning. Furthermore, we should continuously look for networking opportunities to connect with and learn from other professionals in the physical therapy field. Luckily, the American Physical Therapy Association, or APTA, organizes an annual event where all of this can be achieved. This event is called the Combined Sections Meeting, or CSM for short.
Each year CSM is held at a different location, this year it is being held in Washington D.C. from January 23rd through the 26th 2019. Here, thousands of physical therapists and physical therapy students gather to share their experiences and expertise with one another, making it great for professionals and students alike. Beginning on Wednesday, and extending through the weekend, hundreds of meetings and presentations take place encompassing almost any topic that you could wish to see. An extensive list of presentations can be found here.
From a student’s perspective, the conference can be beneficial during any point in your education. Whether you are a first or third-year student in your program, you are able to immerse yourself in the most cutting-edge research and equipment in the field, as well as begin to delve further into the branches of physical therapy that inspire you the most.
As of right now “Early-bird” registration is still open and is the cheapest option to enroll for the conference. Prices differ depending on if you are a licensed PT or a student, or APTA member or not. The link for registration prices and sign-up can be found here.
The opportunity to network with and learn from thousands of other professionals is invaluable. The cost and time commitment to attend this conference may seem substantial, but the benefit from relationships that you may form and the information that you will be exposed to far outweigh the cost.
-Jim Tersak, SPT, CSCS