Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am looking forward to seeing you at the 2013 AAOMPT conference, a time to learn, celebrate, network, and spend time together. Our conference theme, ‘OMPT: Balancing the Three Pillars of EBP’ summarizes the importance of valuing all 3 components of the EBP triangle in order to provide the best care possible to the patients that we serve. This also supports us assuming our natural role as the portal to the healthcare system for individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.
Highlights of the conference include keynote addresses by Dr. Alison Rushton, Dr. Duncan Reid, and Jim Meadows – true international leaders of our profession who will be providing sessions that you will not want to miss. Dr. Gail Deyle is the recipient of our 2nd Annual Distinguished Lecturer Award and I have no doubt that his presentation will be outstanding! I encourage all of you to spread your wings and make the most of the great breakout and research sessions that are being offered on Saturday and Sunday.
We also will take valuable time to celebrate via several events with the first one being the Fellowship Recognition Ceremony on Thursday. One of the most important aspects of our conference is the recognition of our highest awards. This year two individuals, who have given so much to AAOMPT as well as the entire PT profession over the course of their careers, will be recognized. We will recognize and celebrate the contributions of Mike Rogers as the 2013 recipient of the Mennell Award and Barbara Stevens as the recipient of the Kaltenborn Award.
AAOMPT is well known for the opportunities it provides to network and socialize with the “VIP’s” of the OMPT world. Take advantage of the opportunities at the Thursday Opening Reception event, Friday at the Poster and Wine event, and on Saturday night at the AAOMPT Networking Reception.
On Saturday after the Research Roundtable session (as an FYI, we considered calling this the “research smackdown” session) is the AAOMPT Annual Business/Membership Meeting which guests are welcome to attend and I respectfully ask all Members to attend this important event. There are many important issues that we are facing as an organization and we value our member’s feedback and input to make our organization even stronger.
Every year I leave this conference energized and have no doubt that you will feel this way as well. One of my favorite parts of the conference is talking to as many of you as possible, so please do not hesitate to come up to me and introduce yourself.
For those who haven’t registered yet, we do offer onsite registration with no additional late fee. You will just need to show up to the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, OH during Registration Hours on the 2nd Level of the Center. We will be able to register you there. You can view the conference schedule here. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to meeting new members and sharing conversations with our ‘seasoned’ members!
Bob Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT