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What Physical Therapists Can Get Out of Attending the APTA CSM

January 17, 2022

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Megan Bebout

FMS---APTA-CSMBetter together, together again—the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is back at it with the annal Combined Sessions Meeting (CSM). From February 2nd to the 5th, thousands of PT professionals will gather at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas to discuss all things PT.

Because of global health concerns, the CSM was virtual last year. Despite the pandemic, the event still had more than 15,000 registrants, more than 1,200 digital posters, and the potential to earn 2.0 CEUs or 20 contact hours.

This year, APTA and other organizations related to physical therapy will be held both in person and later online. From February 2nd to the 5th, PT professionals will come together for first-class programming from all 18 APTA sections and academies, the chance to earn 1.8 continued education units (CEUs) or 18 contact hours, to explore hundreds of research posters, and to network with thousands of like-minded folks. Honestly, what’s not to love?

Then, throughout the month of March, more than 100 recorded educational sessions from the in-person event will be available online for those who weren’t able to attend in San Antonio. Through virtual learning, participants can earn up to 1.2 CEUs or 12 contact hours.

No matter which method works best for you to attend the conference, tune in for hundreds of educational sessions, guest speakers, and more!

 

 

What PTs Can Get Out of the APTA Combined Sessions Meeting

 

 

What to do at the APTA CSM 2022

Don’t miss out on being part of the nation’s largest physical therapy (PT) conference and make sure you’re registered for the 2022 CSM. If you’re wondering what there is to do once you get there, wonder no more!

Earn CEUs

When you attend the CSM, you don’t just get to connect with people similar to you, but you can also earn up to 1.8 CEUs (18 contact hours). But how, you ask? By going to educational and platform sessions throughout the conference week.

Don’t worry, you have loads of options. Peruse this list of educational sessions by day to find the courses that will propel your PT career forward. From wound healing to athletic injuries to team collaboration, this physical therapy conference has something for everyone. The best part is that 100 percent of the classes are taught by physical therapy professionals like you!

 

Attend special events

If you thought the CEU courses were cool, then you’ll love these special events!

  • The McMillan lecture on February 2nd. After you honor and celebrate PTs and PTAs with great achievements in 2020 and 2021, head over to the McMillan lecture to hear real-life stories and advice from Laura Lee (Dolly) Swisher, PT, PhD. Laura is a professor emerita and the former director of the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of South Florida. Oh, and she’s an APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow. Basically, she’s the bee’s knees and you won’t want to miss on what she has to share.
  • PT Fund Celebration of Diversity on February 3rd. For $60, you can attend this fun-filled event and recognize the diverse perspectives, cultures, and values of other physical therapy professionals. All funds from tickets, donations, and sponsorships of this event support the APTA Minority Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was created to provide scholarship support to physical therapy, physical therapy assistant students, and faculty of ethnic and racial minorities. Get your tickets for this celebration when you register for the CSM.
  • Party on the Riverwalk with PTPAC on February 4th. This exclusive event is hosted at Pat O’Briens on San Antonio’s beautiful Riverwalk. To get into the event, professional PTs and PTAs will pay a $100 coverage fee and students will pay $50. But that covers your food, drinks, and entertainment for the evening! Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network in a more casual setting with other professionals. The only caveat is you must be 21 years old to enter, so bring your ID!

These special events are only for registered CSM attendees. If you don’t have your tickets yet, register here!

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Make a difference in the local community

Now, you’ll only be in San Antonio for a few days—how can you make an impact in such a short time? Thanks to APTA’s commitment to making a difference in the community, they’ve aligned special service and educational opportunities for people (aka you!) to attend. Here they are:

  • Help LGBTQ+ youth thrive. This year, the conference is making a direct financial donation to the Thrive Youth Center, which gives young, homeless LGBTQ+ adults a safe and supportive environment. Thrive Youth Center services include an emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, street outreach, mental health support, and more. The Thrive leadership team will be at the conference so you can get to know them and learn more about their mission.
  • Show your pride. If you love t-shirts and showing support, you’ll want to purchase the exclusive APTA shirt that features their logo in traditional LGBTQ+ pride colors when it debuts. During the months of February and March, while the CSM conference is live, all t-shirt proceeds will go directly to San Antonio’s Thrive Youth Center, which is an addition to APTA’s direct donation. Peep the shirts at the conference in the exhibit hall!
  • Donate athleticwear. We all have those year-old pair of workout pants that we could do without but can’t seem to part with. Give them a better home with a local folk in need, thanks to APTA’s collaboration with PT in the Community.

It feels good to do good. Especially when your goodness goes towards those in need. When you visit the 2022 Combined Sessions Meeting, make the most of it and make a difference.

 

Explore the wonders of San Antonio

Of course, what happens in San Antonio stays in San Antonio. While you’re there, take time to check out what the city has to offer. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to come back for a PT travel assignment!

Visit one of San Antonio’s most historic sites—The Alamo. It’s only a short walk away from the convention center, so you can go on a fun little adventure between event sessions. Just make sure you make a free timed ticket reservation online ahead of time because The Alamo is a hot tourist attraction.

Another attraction you may want to explore is the San Antonio Riverwalk. This iconic treasure is the perfect place to relax, celebrate, eat, drink, and be merry with all the restaurant and activity options. Spanning 15 miles long, the Riverwalk flows through 5 percent of downtown San Antonio to give you a diverse set of experiences along the way.

There’s loads to do in San Antonio and the conference puts you in the perfect spot to experience the magic of the city.

 

Where to find Fusion

Okay, okay. We know you’ve been wondering, so we’ll skip the drumroll and get right to it—where can you find Fusion at the CSM?

Fusion Med Staffing will be set up in the exhibit hall alongside other companies and organizations related to physical therapy. To be more specific, we’ll be at booth no. 1223, and we’ll be there with swag, of course!

Stop by our booth, no. 1223 in case you missed it, to check out our poster, chat with members of the Fusion fam, and collect some famous Fusion goodies! If you like fun people and free stuff, come say, “Heyyyyy!”

If that's not enough face-to-face with Fusion, come see us and hang out on February 3rd at a Fusion Happy Hour. This event will be open to CSM attendees and will be held on the Riverwalk. 

 

 

 

 

The American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sessions Meeting has a lot to offer to PT professionals. From educational units to partying on the Riverwalk, the CSM has something for everyone!

The best part, if we do say so ourselves, is that we’ll get to see you there! Come find Fusion at booth no. 1223 for a guaranteed great conversation with some of the best people in the industry.

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