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President's Message


Happy New Year members!

The year has started off with a bang as we all celebrated the College football Championship of South Carolina's very own Clemson Tigers. Whether you are a Tiger fan or not, I am sure we can all be proud of a great season by an outstanding group of young men and coaches. Hopefully everyone that traveled to the game made it back home safely and without incident.

Now down to business. Your SCAPTA Board of Directors had their first meeting of the 2017 calendar and we started off making some key decisions regarding the direction of the Association on business brought to us by members just like you. In the first item of official business, the Board ultimately failed to pass a motion to formulate and potentially introduce legislation to alter the practice act allowing continuing education credit for clinical instructors that supervise students.

In a very thoughtful manner, the Board decided that given the current climate across the nation on this issue and the logistical complexity of enforcing key elements like mandatory completion of the APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Course and/or APTA/SCAPTA membership, it is not in the best interest of the Association and our members at this time. Should new information be generated at a later date that was not considered in this motion, the Board would be happy to take up the matter again for discussion. However, Robert's Rules state, that once a topic has been presented and voted down, it should not be taken up again unless there is a motion to reconsider (by a member of the Board on the date of the meeting) or a motion to rescind which requires a full membership vote.

The second major order of business come to us from Patrick Berner, PT, DPT, CEAS, a new member to South Carolina. Patrick presented the idea of a forming a new committee to SCAPTA that aims at increasing education and awareness to all stake holders on the role of the physical therapist/physical therapist assistant team in Health Promotion and Wellness. The Board voted overwhelmingly to support this endeavor with the initial actions to be completed under the umbrella of the current Public Relations committee already active within the chapter. Board member Adam Smith, PT, OCS added, "[Engagement in this area of practice promotion] is long overdue". We are pleased with the potential for increased membership participation along with promotion of the many fantastic initiatives that are taking place across the state of South Carolina.

If you have an interest in the area of Health and Wellness and would like to be involved, reach out to us using any of our published contact information or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@SCAPTA1). Finally, we are actively working on resources for members to understand the newest interpretation of the South Carolina Physical Therapist Practice Act as it relates to physician owned practices. While this ruling still frustrates your Association leadership, we remain committed to the promotion of high quality and evidence based physical therapy services and embrace all feedback for moving forward you provide. We are currently working on meaningful resources and ask for input on what information you might need from the only professional association that promotes the practice of physical therapy in the state of South Carolina. More information and an in-depth conversation might be warranted at this year's SCAPTA Annual Conference to be held at the Kroc Center in Greenville, South Carolina March 30-April 1. Registration is open now, and we hope to see a record turn out this year. Until next time, keep smiling South Carolina.

Yours in service,

Aaron E. Embry, PT, DPT, MSCR
President — South Carolina Chapter of the APTA more

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