A letter to the student physical therapist and student physical therapist assistant:
The Profession Today
As a student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant, you have made a significant emotional, time and financial commitment to the profession of physical therapy. You did so because you have researched and observed this exciting, dynamic profession and decided that is was a good fit for you. You also probably think of health professions as being well-defined, established, and entitled to continue as they currently are. However, the truth is quite different. There are many factors that influence the course of a profession such as changes in reimbursement policy by federal and private payers and changes in state regulations that govern health professional practice.
However, the only unified voice that the profession has to confront challenges to physical therapy is the American Physical Therapy Association and its components, including the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. It is important that you realize that the Association is run and funded by its members: You and I. It does not just exist as some separate, independent entity that is funded by somebody else. It is our organization and it has been absolutely critical in shaping the profession that it is today.
Michael J. Shoemaker, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, MPTA President
The article Opportunity Out of Adversity: Physical Therapy's Unique Legacy by Ellen Woods provides a summary of how the APTA acted on behalf of its members through times of opportunity and adversity. In particular, I would highlight the role that APTA played in getting physical therapists as recognized providers under the newly-formed Medicare program in 1967. Being recognized by such a large federal agency as the primary provider of rehabilitation services has been monumental in establishing the legitimacy of our profession as providers of choice for movement dysfunction. Had it not been for the role that APTA played in that event or countless others, our profession would not be remotely close to what is today, nor will we fulfill our vision of transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. So, the question that you should ask yourself: "What is my role and responsibility as a member of this profession to support the professional organization?"
I wish you the best in your professional education and your exciting career in this great profession!
Throughout your student career and beyond stay connected with the news and events related to physical therapy through social media. Facebook is great way to keep track of events near your home and throughout the nation. Want to join the #PTconversation, join Twitter! Be sure to connect to each link below to stay in the know!
THIS IS JUST A START! BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE APTA SECTIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AS WELL!
The MPTA Student Relations Committee (SRC) holds an event each year known as the SRC Meet and Greet. All PT and PTA students in Michigan are invited! If you are still feeling unsure about the APTA and the MPTA, then this is a must-attend event. Learn about the Association that supports your profession. Meet and network with the SRC leadership, PT and PTA clinicians, MPTA Board of Directors, and PT/PTA students across the state! The day is packed with fun games and prizes. Make sure to keep an eye out for registration on the Facebook page
A professional physical therapy conference coordinated by students especially for students! Programming at this event is hand-picked to bring you the hottest topics you, as a student, want to hear about and to ensure there is not an overlap from your programs. This is one of the best professional development opportunities you will have in your student career. Network with the MPTA Board of Directors, students across the state, vendors who could be potential employers, opportunities for resume critiques and mock interview coaching, access to hot trending educational sessions, and above all it's fun (and affordable)! Not all students in every state have an opportunity like this, so take advantage and mark it in in your calendar for this spring!
An event for student and clinicians to advocate for the physical therapy profession and its patients. Join us in Lansing to meet face to face with your legislators. This event happens annually in the spring - look for the Save the Date on MPTA's Facebook.
The purpose of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association - Student Relations Committee (MPTA-SRC) is to promote student physical therapist/physical therapist assistant involvement in the APTA/MPTA organization. The committee will serve as a mechanism for students to explore and transition into the professional organization by student-driven committee activities. In addition, the committee may extend its efforts to include community activities and education to raise public awareness about physical therapy. A coordinated effort with Districts and other MPTA committees will be utilized to promote student membership and participation.
Duties: Student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant will serve a one-year term following a one-year term as the Co-Vice President. Primary role is to set meeting date/time and agenda, facilitate meeting, and coordinate activity of the committee. It is the responsibility of the President to submit an article to Shorelines if the co-secretaries are unable to do so. Must be an APTA member.responsibility of the President to submit an article to Shorelines if the co-secretaries are unable to do so. Must be an APTA member.
Duties: Student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant will serve a two-year term (one as the Vice President and a second as President). Primary role is to assist Co-Presidents by arranging guest speakers and education topics. In the absence of the Secretary, it is the responsibility of the Co-Vice Presidents to fill in for this role during the missed meeting. Must be an APTA member.
Duties: Student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant will serve a one-year term. Primary role is to take meeting minutes, keep directory current, keep records, assist with setting up meetings, keep website current, and produce an article for MPTA Shorelines (four times annually). Must be an APTA member.
Duties: Student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant. Serves one year with the primary role of coordinating volunteers at MPTA-SRC Events. Must be an APTA member
Duties: Student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant will serve a one- year term. Primary role is to contact and communicate with potential student conclave speakers and mock interview volunteers. Coordinates speakers and necessary equipment during student conclave.
Duties: Student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant will serve a one-year term. Primary role is organizing and running all fundraising. Contacts vendors and sponsors for student conclave.
Duties: Student physical therapist or student physical therapist assistant will serve a one-year term. Primary role is to promote MPTA SRC events on social media. Write quarterly articles for the Shorelines.
Duties:Each university/college will have at least one to two volunteers from each of their cohort classes to serve as Representatives. Representatives may self-volunteer or be voted in by fellow classmates from their respective university. They will serve one-year terms. Primary role is to pass information from the Student Relations Committee to students at their respective universities/colleges.
Duties: To Be Determined
Hello student members of the MPTA,
We hope that you know we value you! We want to help you explore your membership by regularly sharing some perks (that you may or may not be aware of). Stay tuned… there are an endless amount of membership benefits and we will share a new benefit in bi-monthly emails that could help you in school, clinical experiences or with your professional development and beyond!
DID YOU KNOW...
There is a resource where you can quickly look up summaries on different clinical conditions? Make sure to scroll down to the Clinician QuickTakes for very relevant information.
The APTA has a link to search all available article databases to find the most clinically relevant research to use for writing papers? And they even have a librarian you can email at email@example.com for help with any searching needs!
There are many student benefits if you are a member of the Sports Physical Therapy Section? https://spts.org/member-benefits-detail/enjoy-member-benefits/student-early-career
There's a place to look up a PT plan of care for different diseases and conditions? Also includes drug information, patient education, exercise images and other resources. http://www.ptnow.org/RRC
Follow this link for a super helpful article, "Three Reasons Why the Rehabilitation Reference Center is a Game-Changer for Students and New Professionals." http://www.apta.org/Pulse/2016/7/11/RehabReferenceCenter/
As a student you can attend professional continuing education opportunities? Join us at the 2018 MPTA Pain Summit on March 24, 2018. It is conveniently the day after MPTA Student Conclave, and at the same location! You will not want to miss out on this weekend in Lansing.
They make it easy to find evidence to apply to your patients on clinical rotations and/or for use in class with the use of subject searches.
While you are out take advantage of a large networking opportunity/MPT-PAC fundraiser on Friday night and stay for the MPTA Pain Summit on Saturday. Learn how to truly make a difference in your patient with pain!
Welcome to the profession of physical therapy! One of the best ways to spark your passion for your new career and join the physical therapy community is to get involved. There are many ways you can get involved as a PT or PTA student with varying levels of leadership opportunities and time commitments. There is a role for everyone, contact the SRC at firstname.lastname@example.org to find the role that most aligns with your interests and brings out your strengths!
Get involved on the national level: