As I pulled my scarf high up over my wind-chapped cheeks, dodged a car that nearly hit me as I made my way across the crosswalk, and heard the L train rattle the platform above my head, it wasn’t hard to imagine the likes of Al Capone or John Dillinger leading police on a wild goose chase through downtown Chicago.
Sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to hone your skills and take your game to the next level. After returning home from this year’s APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in San Antonio, I feel like that statement rings particularly true; after all, it takes stepping outside your office—and the comfort zone you’ve created inside those walls—to learn new ideas and approaches that will help you become more effective and efficient at work.
This year’s CSM mega event has come and gone, but check out this recap for some major highlights.
I don’t know about you, but I love the power of a meaningful quote: it can be interpreted in many ways, and it offers new insights every time you read it. That’s why, when I was at Ascend, I couldn’t help but think of some of my favorite quotes. And it’s these three in particular that perfectly frame my experience and represent my hopes for the future of our profession:
The word “Texas” is from the Caddo Indian word “teyshas,” meaning “friends” or “allies”—which explains why the Texas state motto is simply “friendship.” It was fitting, then, for the friendly state to serve as the location of the third-annual Ascend conference. The camaraderie at the two-day event was contagious, with speakers rallying all attendees to unite behind the overarching goal of advancing the entire rehab therapy profession.
Dr. Stanley Paris and his companions cycled through Phoenix on a sunny, seasonably warm day. Tan and only a bit tired, the riders were already on day five of their 30-day, 3,000-mile journey from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida. Why take on such a grueling challenge?
With record attendance—more than 11,000 rehab therapy professionals from all over the US—CSM 2016 in Anaheim, California, was abuzz with energy and enthusiasm. When I wasn’t running around in search of folks wearing “I heart PT” buttons so I could give them prizes (did you catch us on Gene Shirokobrod’s Periscope?), I was busy attending sessions in the Private Practice track.
Will your physical therapy practice thrive or die over the next few years? It depends on your data, says the speakers from this year’s Ascend business summit.
Are physical therapists valuable? Or are they merely a commodity? Such were the tough questions asked at Ascend 2015.
You don’t have to pack a parka and catch a plane to Indy to get in on all the informational goodness of this year’s APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), because I’m serving it up right here on the WebPT Blog. Here’s my day three recap.