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When I was in college, a professor shared some valuable wisdom with me. He said, “When you think about everything you learn today, remember that half of it will be obsolete in five years.” His point wasn’t that our efforts were futile, but rather that physical therapy is always evolving. To a lot of people, that information might be frustrating or intimidating. To me, it is energizing. One of my favorite things about my job is that there’s always something new to learn. To that end, I’m always looking out for educational opportunities and chances to speak with colleagues. At the end of this month, I’ll be attending the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in New Orleans. The APTA has 18 specialty sections — I belong to the orthopedic, aquatic, and private practice sections — and each will be represented at the conference. Because so many specialists will be in attendance, it’s a chance to do some cross-training. I will be able share my expertise while learning from other therapists with different specialties than my own. This exchange of ideas is one of the things I’m most looking forward to about the trip. With over 12,000 professionals from the physical therapy world attending, I’m sure there will be no shortage of interesting conversation. In addition to being able to learn from other therapists, the CSM is the best place to get hands-on with new technology and study the latest research in the field of physical therapy. Seeing the latest-and-greatest in the field is always invigorating. Whenever I’m introduced to a new technique, procedure, or methodology, I find myself imagining how it could apply to our patients. I’m a geek when it comes to this stuff, and I want to provide the best possible care to everyone who comes through our door. I hope I never reach a point where I feel satisfied in my knowledge and experience. To be honest, I doubt that day will ever come. Physical therapy isn’t just my career; it’s my passion. The fact that there’s an infinite amount to learn keeps me on my toes and inspired. EDUCATION NEVER ENDS Learning the Latest for Our Patients
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I’m looking forward to exploring the New Orleans culinary scene during the hours I’m not learning about physical therapy. The thought of beignets and etouffee is an irresistible one for a hopeless foodie like me. It’s hard to think of a city in America with a more unique culinary history, but there is one iconic New Orleans beverage I’ll be sure to steer clear of: the legendary Hurricane cocktail. I tried one many years ago, and I think I got a hangover before I finished it. Before I go, I want to take a moment to pay a Valentine’s Day tribute to my husband, James. Though he won’t be heading to New Orleans with me, he’s my all-time favorite travel partner and the best husband a person could ask for. I’m excited that we’ll be able to spend the holiday together before I head off to the CSM. And if he misses me while I’m gone, he can always make a Hurricane to join me in spirit. I just hope he has some ibuprofen on hand for when the headache sets in.
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