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AGPT pledges $100,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association has pledged $100,000 to the Foundation.

To celebrate the change in name from the Section on Geriatrics to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the Academy allocated $75,000 toward the Section’s Geriatrics Research fund and $25,000 toward the Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research campaign. In 2013, the Academy donated $50,000 to the Foundation, including a $25,000 gift to the COE. This most recent gift brings the Academy’s total contribution for the COE campaign to $50,000.

Academy President Bill Staples, PT, DHSc, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, made the announcement during the section’s member meeting at the Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas. "It is an honor for the Academy to be able to fund research in geriatric physical therapy and the new initiatives for the profession through the Foundation," Staples said. Full details can be found here.
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Manual Physical Therapy for the Geriatric Patient in 2014
May 31-June 1, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.

This two day course is designed to give experienced therapists a practical approach to manual therapy interventions for the geriatric patient. The introductory lecture reviews the aging process highlighting musculoskeletal and soft tissue mechanics.

Full details can be found here.

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Academy seeks Program Committee co-chair and Home Study course editor
Program Committee co-chair:
Three years starting April 1, 2014 or February 4, 2015

As the important responsibilities for overseeing high quality Academy of Geriatrics in Physical Therapy education programming and meetings at the Combined Sections Meeting and Annual Conference have grown, our BOD has taken action to institute co-chairs for our Program Committee. In total, responsibilities for these two individuals include: Scheduling and coordinating all Section meetings at CSM and Annual Conference; For CSM (including pre-conferences), review of proposals, selection, contracts, handouts, registration, session moderators, food and meeting space; Coordination of the Awards Ceremony with the Awards Committee; Coordination of the exhibit hall booth with the Membership Committee; Related follow-up public relations in GeriNotes; Program Committee budget and related reports to our Board; attendance at BOD meetings at CSM and Annual Conference; Both co-chairs attend CSM and related workshops, but only one attends Annual Conference. As part of the training, the incoming co-chair would be involved in e-communications for CSM 2014 but would not have responsibilities for CSM 2014. Travel reimbursement and per diem will be provided. Interested members should electronically submit a cover letter (describing basis for interest and related skills/experiences) and current resume to Tiffany Hilton, PT, Ph.D.; Program co-chair at no later than June 3.

Home Study course editor responsibilities:

A. Home Study courses usually consist of six monographs. Work to recruit authors and appropriate topics for the Home Study course.
B. In conjunction with the author, establish the monograph topic, scope, and a deadline for submission.
C. Review the outline and learning objectives submitted by the author and offer suggestions and guidance regarding refinement of the scope and content of the proposed monograph.
D. Edit the monograph for clarity, accuracy, content, currency, and overall quality.
E. The editor may enlist the aid of a co-editor or guest editor and delegate tasks as appropriate.
F. Report to the Academy Board when asked (usually twice a year prior to CSM and Annual Conference). If attending CSM, attend the Academy Member’s Meeting and at least one Board Meeting.


Must be a member of the AGPT and maintain a working email address in APTA’s database. The HSC editor will be compensated for editorial services. Please contact the Academy Office at for more information.

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Meetings of interest for Academy members
Arthritis State of the Science Meeting
Join ENACT on April 7 in Pentagon City, Va., for the Arthritis State of the Science Meeting “Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis.” The agenda features an interdisciplinary group of experts in the field of rheumatological rehabilitation, including representatives from American Physical Therapy Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, Centers for Disease Control, and Arthritis Foundation, as well as leading researchers. The meeting will bring these experts and participants together to advance an arthritis research agenda focused on promoting activity and participation in three settings: Rehabilitation, community, and employment. The Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis is the National Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center located at Boston University, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Registration for the Meeting is $150 and the deadline to register is March 21. More information available on the ENACT website.

Symposium on Osteoporosis
The National Osteoporosis Foundation Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis will be held in New Orleans, on April 23-26. World renowned experts will lead in-depth educational sessions on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. The Program Planning Committee has produced a top-notch symposium that encompasses all medical disciplines and specialties involved in the treatment of patients with and at risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Don't miss the NOF Position Statement on Exercise from the Exercise and Rehabilitation Advisory Council presented by Bone Health SIG member, Karen Kemmis, DPT. This year's preconference program also includes an experiential Integrated Skills Building workshop that would be great for PT's and the new addition of the Fracture Liaison Service Model of Care Pathway and Certificate Program. All NOF-ISO pre-conference and general conference programs have been approved for Physical Therapy credit. For more information, click here.

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Nominating Committee call for candidates
Calling all members: Are you interested in serving the Academy and your fellow members in a leadership position? If so, please consider running for office. We are seeking those interested in running for president, vice president, director or Nominating Committee to contact the Nominating Committee Chair Ken Miller at
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4 ways to grow your private therapy practice
Jena Casbon writes, "One of the biggest complaints that I hear from private therapists is, 'I hate marketing.' What if I told you that it was time to rethink your perspective on marketing? Marketing your private therapy practice is not the same as marketing a regular business. What will work for you? Making connections with real people who you can help and can in turn help you. Phew. Here are some ideas to get you started."
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Physical therapy vision far from blurry
PT in Motion
APTA's vision of "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience" is certainly broad, definitely ambitious, possibly a little daunting—and very much about the realities of physical therapy. In the March issue of the APTA member magazine, author Chris Hayhurst dives into the implications of the vision statement adopted by the association in 2013 and shares perspectives on what it will take for physical therapists to truly transform society.
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5 ways the Affordable Care Act is impacting PTs
By Brooke Andrus
Ever since the federal government got the ball rolling on healthcare reform legislation — aka the Affordable Care Act — it has been a hot topic of conversation among providers and consumers alike. For the last few years, discussions about the effects of the new healthcare law were purely speculative. But now that the ACA go-live date has come and gone, a clearer picture of its impact — particularly in the realm of outpatient physical therapy — is starting to emerge. Here's a breakdown of how the new healthcare law is affecting therapists.
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Study: Physical therapy as effective as surgery for treatment of rotator cuff tears
Physical Therapy Products
A recent study from Finland shows that physical therapy alone produces results equal to arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair in the treatment of non-traumatic rotator cuff tears. The research was built around treatment of 173 patients aged 55 years and older with supraspinatus tendon tears.
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