Physical therapy students from across the nation will learn the latest in physical therapist research and treatment techniques during the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA’s) 17th annual National Student Conclave (NSC) at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, from October 30 to November 1.

"This conference gives students critical resources and opportunities at a stage in their career when they are shaping who they will be as a professional," said APTA Student Assembly President Kate Hamilton, PT, in a statement released by APTA. "By providing each student with the opportunity to network with leaders in the profession and a nationwide group of their peers, we are helping them transition into the workforce and make the kinds of choices that will advance the profession in coming years.”

Highlights include Meet a Living Legend, with Steven Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA, a renowned researcher, author, and presenter on stroke; keynote address by Scott Chesney, an international speaker, consultant, and life coach; panel discussions for new professionals, in-depth clinical sessions on physical therapy specialty areas, a résumé critiquing and mock interview sessions, and an exhibit hall featuring employers, manufacturers, and publishers.

NSC sessions will include the Physical Therapist’s role in Social Responsibility and Global Health Initiatives, Risk Management: Understanding the Basics of Employment Contracts and ‘Bonus’ Programs, Own Your Future: Is an Opportunity in Private Practice for You?, Embracing Clinical Education Standards: A Work in Progress, and Financial Management: Protecting the Value of Your Prime Financial Assets – Your Degree and Career Earnings.

Elections for the 2009-2010 Student Assembly board of directors and nominating committee will take place at NSC, and all registered student members will receive a ballot. Attendees will meet with employers, manufacturers, and publishers in the two-day NSC Exhibit Hall.

[Source: APTA]