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Dear Section Members,
As you read this, summer will have come and gone and fall will be upon us. I hope all of you had some time for rest and relaxation over the summer. I always enjoy the cool crisp fall air and the changing colors of the leaves, but I never can figure out how time passes so quickly.
I wanted to give you an update on the House of Delegates since I was the Section Delegate. I felt more comfortable this year since this was my second year as the Section Delegate. There weren't as many RCs this year, but the discussions were still lively and interesting. Details about the RCs and election results are posted on the APTA web site so I would encourage you to review this information. We cosponsored several RCs, but two in particular I wanted to tell you about. RC 2-08 regarding promoting physical activity/exercise and the role of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in promoting the benefits of physical activity/exercise passed unanimously. RC 1308 also passed and this motion directs the APTA to develop and implement a program to solicit and fund projects from components that focus on physical activity and exercise. It is good to see the APTA taking a stand on physical fitness and health promotion. Randy Roesch PT, DPT, MBA is continuing as our Section's Board of Directors liaison, so hopefully many of you can meet her at CSM in Las Vegas if you have not already met her.
Another topic of discussion during the House of Delegates was the APTA's Strategic Plan that is being revised. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, APTA President, and John D. Barnes, CEO of the APTA, presented the proposed Strategic Plan and delegates were given the opportunity to give feedback. The APTA Board of Directors is in the process of revising the Strategic Plan and the completed version will be published soon.
The APTA Learning Center and the Brand Education Campaign are two APTA activities that I want to let you know about so you can be on the lookout for more information being published about them. The Learning Center is being developed and will provide CEU certificates online as well as a transcript that will track what education offerings you have completed. Components will work in collaboration with the APTA on content development. The APTA will be looking to us to assist in cardiovascular and pulmonary content development, so I hope many of you experts will participate in this project. The Brand Education Campaign, “Move Forward,” is being designed to promote recognition of physical therapy to 3 audiences: internally, physicians and nurse practitioners, and the public.
The Mary McMillan Lecture, provided by Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA challenged our profession to evaluate our model of clinical education and promoted the concept of residencies for all graduates. His presentation stimulated much debate and I encourage you to read his lecture in an upcoming edition of Physical Therapy.
Our Section has three 2008 award recipients. Elizabeth J. Protas, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA and Colleen M. Kigin, PT, DPT, MS, MPA, FAPTA were named as Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the APTA. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the APTA so congratulations to both of them for being so recognized. This is quite an accomplishment for both of them. Richard W. Bohannan, PT, EdD, DPT, NCS, FAPTA, FAHA received the Jules Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing, so congratulations for this well-deserved award.
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns that you have about our Section.