Patients across our country need us to speak up. Highlights from Federal Advocacy Forum

April 17, 2019 By Maegen Brady

The APTA Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. was attended by over (285) physical therapists, assistants, and students from Sunday, March 31st through Tuesday, April 2nd. The key word for this forum was “new” with new priorities and a new Congress that needs to be well acquainted with physical therapy’s focus on patient centered care. The successful repeal of the Medicare cap after years of advocacy provides the organization opportunities to advocate for new legislative priorities.

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I Don’t Belong Here – My Journey to APTA Leadership

April 10, 2019 By Mary Kate Murray

I came to Boston in 2016 after graduating from Springfield College, knowing only a handful of people, anxious about boards and finally becoming a physical therapist. Once boards were behind me, I realized outside of my forty hours of work I had all this time and energy to put into being a better physical therapist.

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Empowering others through power posing.

April 8, 2019 By Heather Jennings

I've been stuck on the idea of power-posing for this month's blog.

We are in a time of rapid growth in the number of resources, networking opportunities and continuing education courses available. New leaders are emerging within APTA of Massachusetts at an exponential pace bringing excitement and new ideas to the work we do.  Perhaps, my favorite day yet serving you as President happened this past September when the Board spent just over 5 hours diving into "why" we exist as a board and as an organization.

BEST DAY EVER!

We came to a singular statement that represents why we do what we do.

We inspire, engage and empower you to reach your potential.

 

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Excitement and slight anxiety about attending my first CSM: a student's perspective

March 7, 2019 By APTA of MA

It was a seven hour drive from Boston to Washington, DC. Fortunately I have made this drive several times to visit my family in the DC area, and with my dog as my co-pilot at my side I was ready to make the trek. As a second-year physical therapy student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, I have continuously tried to expand my understanding of the profession both academically and professionally. For the past two years I had attended our local Massachusetts APTA Annual Conference where I received my first glimpse into the vast field of physical therapy. I’ll never forget the mixture of feelings from those events, the excitement and inspiration gained from learning about advancements in the field combined with the anxiety of realizing how far we still have to go, as well as how little I knew. As I made the drive, I reflected on these conferences, spurring excitement and slight anxiety about attending my first APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM).

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