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PT 2010: News

"Con" Side Wins Oxford Debate
The much-anticipated Oxford Debate drew a large crowd of supporters and opponents to the grandfather clause for DPT designation. Props, costumes and "Who's Your (Grand)Daddy?" shirts kept the energy running high as each side pleaded its case and rebuffed the opponent's view.

Ultimately, those against grandfathering PTs won the debate, but the discussion lives on.

Click here
to view photos from the debate.

Marquette Challenge Raises Over $260,000 for Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy announced the winners of the 2010 Miami-Marquette Challenge at its annual gala, "Putting on the Ritz," during the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) conference at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

The annual Marquette Challenge began in 1989 as a grassroots fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students across the country. A total of 62 schools participated in the 2009-2010 Miami-Marquette Challenge, setting a new record by raising $260,380. The grand total donated in the past 22 years by the Challenge is $1,810,930.

The 1st place winner of the Challenge was the University of Pittsburgh, which raised $40,000. The school has won 14 times in Challenge history. Sacred Heart University won 2nd place, raising $30,265, and SUNY Upstate Medical University won 3rd Place, raising $18,273.

View APTA Clinician and Consumer Portals in Progress
In collaboration with its sections, the American Physical Therapy Association is building two Web portals: PTNow for clinicians, and a portal version of for consumers. The portals are being developed with input from members and from consumer focus groups across the country.

With optimized search technology and section-generated content, PTNow aims to be an entry point to summarized information and clinical applications, plus a direct route to pre-filtered destinations. For patients and consumers, MoveForwardPT will provide physical therapy-focused information about specific symptoms and conditions, with a direct connection to physical therapists in their area who can help.     

PT 2010 attendees can view demonstrations of both portals at the PT Now/MoveForwardPT booth (#1208) in the Exhibit Hall. Visitors can give feedback and enter to win a free iPad.

Exhibit Hall Opens to Public
For the first time ever, the American Physical Therapy Association will open its Exhibit Hall to the public during PT 2010. Outside visitors will be invited to browse the booths on the last day of the conference, Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The new initiative will give exhibitors the chance to engage consumers and directly sell products or services. Exhibitors who deal directly with professionals can increase brand awareness and encourage consumers to demand their products from health care providers.

FIU DPT Student Wins APTA Minority Scholarship
Michelle Ramirez, a doctor of physical therapy student at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, has won the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) 2010 Minority Scholarship. Ramirez is one of only seven recipients and only the second student from FIU's PT program to receive this award.

The award not only recognizes Ramirez for her academic achievements, but also for her leadership in her profession as a change agent to help the medically underserved in developing countries. Since 2007, she has been volunteering on humanitarian missions to Central America with organizations such as Service for Peace and Alternative Breaks. She has helped establish health care clinics for families in the rural mountains of Nicaragua and Honduras. This past March, Ramirez traveled to Guatemala leading 20 students from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine's Occupational Therapy program on a 10-day volunteer mission providing rehabilitative care for disabled and orphaned children.

Michelle, who graduates this fall, hopes to establish a global health initiative through Service for Peace and lead physical therapy missions for students who share her passion for enhancing rehabilitation services throughout the world.

Michelle will receive her award at the APTA Honors & Award Ceremony, June 18 in Boston.

PT Creates Stir Over Oxford Debate
A recent blog post by Toni Patt on "Toni Talks About PT Today" has sparked early controversy over the Oxford Debate. This year's debate focuses on whether practicing PTs should be grandfathered in and given the DPT clinical designation without additional education. Patt rejected the proposal. "There is a noticeable knowledge difference between someone with the degree and someone without," she wrote. "Give a DPT to everyone and you might as well start working on a new degree because it will be worthless."

Several commenters disagreed. Do you? Click here to read the entire post and leave a comment.

Foundation for Physical Therapy Hosts Annual Gala
The Foundation for Physical Therapy's 2010 Gala will be held June 17, during PT 2010 in Boston. In honor of this year's theme, "Putting on the Ritz," guests are invited to dress in 1920s garb and dance the night away to a live band. The evening also includes a dinner and silent auction.

During the Gala, the Foundation for Physical Therapy will honor the winners of the 2010 Service Awards:
Robert C. Bartlett Innovation in Fundraising Award
Home Health Section
Spirit of Philanthropy Award 
James B. McKillip, PT, FAPTA
Posthumously awarded to Laura K, Smith, PT, FAPTA
Charles M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award 
Robert Deusinger, PT, PhD & Susan S. Deusinger, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Premier Partner in Research 

The Foundation will also announce the winners of the Miami-Marquette Challenge, a grassroots fundraising effort coordinated by PT and PTA students.

Spread the Word About Consumer Event
As part of PT 2010, APTA is hosting a free consumer event for older adults and their caregivers. The event, titled "Staying on Your Feet," will take place June 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with PTs to learn more about home safety, exercise needs and other tips for healthy aging. Blood pressure, balance and strength tests will also be available. Educational sessions at the event will focus on falls prevention, physical activity and more.

APTA is asking Boston-area PTs to spread the word by e-mailing or printing the flyer available at and distributing it at local sites, such as:

  • places of employment for patients and clients to see
  • neighborhood churches, synagogues or mosques
  • senior centers/senior housing communities
  • recreation centers
  • local coffee shops
  • libraries
APTA Offers PT 2010 Resources
The American Physical Therapy Association has posted several resources on its website to help attendees make the most of PT 2010. Here are a few helpful links:

PT 2010: Area Map
PT 2010: Brochure
PT 2010: Itinerary Planner


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