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Foundation for Physical Therapy awards PODS Scholarships
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The Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Trustees recently awarded a total of $228,000 in Promotion of Doctoral Studies I & II Scholarships and a New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative to 14 physical therapists. "The level of excellence of our scholarship and fellowship applications continues to grow," said Foundation Board of Trustees Chair William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT. "The Foundation is proud to support such outstanding physical therapists as they begin their research careers."

As part of its post-professional Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholarships program to fund the most highly-qualified doctoral and post-doctoral students preparing for research careers, the Foundation awards PODS I Scholarships of $7,500 each year to physical therapists or physical therapist assistants who have completed at least two full semesters or three full quarters of their coursework toward a post-professional doctorate degree. Congratulations to Section on Geriatrics member Andrew Kittelson, PT, DPT, University of Colorado, Denver; a recipient of a 2013 PODS I Scholarship.
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Member input requested on Guide to Physical Therapist Practice revision
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APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2nd edition has been undergoing extensive review and revision. Numerous APTA Sections, Chapters, other member groups and individual members have been involved in a series of field reviews as this process has unfolded.

Members are now being asked to participate in a survey to provide input on some of the major themes in the draft revision (Guide3). Chapters 1 through 4 drafts, in addition to summary materials for Guide3, and a link to the survey are available here. Comments are due July 1.

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PT2013 is quickly approaching — SOG booth volunteers needed!
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Assisting with the Geriatrics Section booth is a great way to volunteer and meet other therapists in your field, plus all volunteers are entered into a drawing for a free one year Section on Geriatrics membership! If you are interested in staffing the booth, please click here to sign up!
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It's time to start thinking about Section Awards!
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Student Research Award
Clinical Educator Award
Fellowship for Geriatric Research
Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
Adopt-A-Doc Award
Clinical Excellence In Geriatrics Award
Distinguished Educator Award
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award
Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award
Volunteers in Action Community Service Award
Joan Mills Award

Nominations are due Nov. 1 and all awards will be presented at the Section Membership Meeting at CSM in January of 2014. For additional information on the criteria and selection process for section awards, please visit the Section on Geriatrics website at www.geriatricspt.org or email karen.curran@geriatricspt.org.

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Popular CEEAA Course Series comes to Cherry Hill, NJ and Milwaukee in 2014
All PTs with the CEEAA credential will demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in (1) designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and (2) measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" is to complete formal didactic education, and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection, and critical thinking. Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence.

Cherry Hill, N.J., dates are as follows:
Course 1: June 21-22, 2014
Course 2: July 19-20, 2014
Course 3: Sept. 20-21, 2014
All courses will be held at the Fox Education Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Milwaukee dates are as follows:
Course 1: July 12-13, 2014
Course 2: Aug. 16-17, 2014
Course 3: Oct. 11-12, 2014
All courses will be held at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

For registration information, please click here.

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Last chance to receive contact hours for Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 update
Good News! We are extending the deadline to receive contact hours until June 30. Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 will offer the course participant an increased depth of knowledge across several practice dimensions.

Educational Credit: 30 contact hours

Topics & Authors:
  • Physical Therapy Applications for Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers - Cheryl LaFollette Anderson, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
  • Bariatric Geriatrics: Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults who are Obese - Michael L. Puthoff, PT, PhD
  • Fall Prevention - Celinda P. Evitt, PT, PhD, GCS
  • Health Promotions in Geriatric Care: The Collaboration Between Physical Therapy and Public Health - Kathryn K. Brewer, PT, GCS, MEd
  • Health Promotions in Geriatric Care: The Collaboration Between Physical Therapy and Public Health - Kathryn K. Brewer, PT, GCS, MEd
  • Successful Aging: Biopsychosocial and Environmental Implications for Physical Therapist Practice - Mary Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS
To order, please visit the Section Store here.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Keeping steady: Physical therapy and exercise can reduce risk of falls
The Courier Journal
Physical therapy is one of the tools that seniors — and others — can use to reduce their risk of falls, said Robin Harrington, who directs the KORT clinic.
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Is prolotherapy effective for osteoarthritic knees?
By Heidi Mills
A new study has been published in the Annals of Family Medicine that investigates the use of dextrose prolotherapy injections in the treatment of osteoarthritic knee joints. Prolotherapy is a form of injection therapy using natural substances. While the exact reasons for its apparent success are still not clear, the main principle is that a small amount of the irritant solution is injected into joint spaces and surrounding soft-tissue structures to initiate a healing response.
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Physical therapy is a movement profession
AllanBesselink.com
The physical therapy profession has been bedazzled by plenty of bright and shiny objects over the years. These shiny new objects have included degree escalation, alphabet soup certifications, and continuing education ranging from dry needling to visceral manipulation amongst many others. All that has done is pull the profession further and further away from our unique value proposition. None of this has aided in defining the role of the profession for prospective consumers.
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Trustees: Medicare on sounder footing than last year
USA Today
The federal Medicare trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than last year's forecast, according to a recent Medicare trustees report. The report, which also projected the Social Security system trust fund would be exhausted by 2033, is expected to influence upcoming congressional debates over the nation's debt ceiling, proposals to reduce the deficit and the future of entitlement programs.
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The basics of functional limitation reporting
By Charlotte Bohnett
Beginning July 1, CMS is requiring that you complete functional limitation reporting, or FLR, on all Medicare patients to receive reimbursement for your services. Therefore, it's important to understand FLR thoroughly, especially because clinical judgment does play a large role in its completion. With that in mind, let's tackle the basics of FLR.
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