Spring Meeting

APTA of Maryland's Spring Chapter Meeting
March 30, 2019

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Come together to network with colleagues and share challenges, stories, and successes in this continuing education event.

A FREE Member Event to Thank You for your Membership and Support!
Fee for Non Members: $100 

Student Registration: Members (Free) | Non Student Members $25 

Earn up to 3 (0.3) CEUs. APTA of Maryland is presenting our 3rd Annual
Mini Combined Sections’ Meeting. This educational gift from the APTA of Maryland is to celebrate and spotlight
the many local Clinical Specialists in various setting and practice areas. We will also hold our semiannual member meeting.

Location and Parking Information


Track Options (Please select one when registering)
Educational Credit - Each course is approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for continuing education.

Member Meeting - Room HC 222
If you plan on attending the member meeting and not a course please RSVP.
  • Update on the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact and the 2019 Legislative Session
  • Special Presentation on Maryland's Rising Opioid Epidemic and Access to Physical Therapy by Roy Film
  • Special Update on Continuing Competency Regulations from the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners 
  • An Update on the 2019 House of Delegates
  • Bylaws Amendment for Proposed Dues Increase To Be Considered by the Chapter Membership
  • 8:00 am Registration
  • 8:30-11:30 am Course Selections
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Member Meeting
  • 1:30 pm Continue the Conversation at Denizens Brewing Co (4 minute walking distance)
LGBTQ Patients in the Clinic and Beyond: Practical Applications & Discussion
Roughly 56% of lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and 70% of transgender and gendernonconforming people report having experienced discrimination in a healthcare setting. Examples of this include: being refused care, practitioners refusing to touch the patient or using excessive precautions, and practitioners using inappropriate language or physical contact. One in six LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer/questioning) people report avoiding medical care due to fear of discrimination against their sexual orientation and gender identity. When students & practitioners are not presented with training on appropriate interactions with LGBTQ patients, they are unlikely to ask about gender pronouns, sexual orientation, or gender identity. There is little research on the experiences of LGBTQ people receiving physical therapy services. However, we have a professional duty to address these public health trends within our scope of practice. Using polling, lecture, demonstration, and a panel discussion (including people who identify as LGBTQ), this session will present research on the unique healthcare needs of LGBTQ people, discuss potential barriers to caring for LGBTQ patients, describe ways to build therapeutic alliances with individual LGBTQ patients and the broader LGBTQ community, and identify practical strategies that can be applied in the clinic

Learning Objectives
1. Verbalize three unique healthcare needs of LGBTQ patients
2. Identify two new strategies that can be applied in the clinic w hen working with the LGBTQ population
3. Describe three ways to b uild therapeutic alliances with individuals and the greater LGBTQ community to welcome, support, and retain patients
4. Identify two potential barriers and misunderstandings in providing culturally sensitive care to LGBTQ patients  

Speakers: Cara Felter PT, DPT, MPH, Ray Gergen SPT, Rachel Skolky PT, DPT, Gregory Brightbill, MBA, MEd.

Good Things Come In Small Packages: Best Practice in a Community Hospital
Delivery of the proper care at the proper time, demonstration of clinical judgment, provision of appropriate documentation, delivery of evidence-based practice, and diligence in evaluation health outcomes have been established as the 5 pillars of best practice by the APTA’s Center for Integrity in Practice. In recent years active participation in discharge rounds and patient-centered care, day-of-surgery evaluations following total joint replacement, early mobility in the ICU programs, and PT programs in the emergency rooms have had insurmountable evidence deeming them as best practices in acute care physical therapy. Many of these best practices have been established by highly-resourced academic medical centers. However, a gap exists with the translation of the best practices to the community hospital where there tends to be less financial availability, fewer collaborative partnerships with academic institutions, slower adoption of evidence supported innovation and less predictable patient volumes. In this presentation the speakers will explain the process undertaken by a community hospital to obtain needed resources and justify and successfully achieve initiatives that support the above best practices and in turn the APTA’s pillars of excellence.

Learning Objectives
1. Discuss best practice within the acute care setting
2. Identify metrics that can be used to support the implementation of best practices within the community hospital
3. Discuss resources available within community hospitals to implement evidence based practice
4. Explore mechanisms to imbed best practice within a community hospital

Speaker: Jessica Rossi, PT, DPT, CCS & Christina Pedini, PT, MSPT, GCS

Laser Therapy: How Photobiomodulation can Impact Both Acute and Chronic Pain
Course on photobiomodulation (PBM) and factors that influence laser's effectiveness in treating pain. Highlight relevant research on the topic of chronic and acute pain as it relates to PBM and provide thorough review of the physical and biological science involved with laser dosage.

Learning Objectives
1. Develop an understanding of photobiomodulation, chromophores, cellular mechanisms, and laser interactions with tissue and nerves specifically.
2. Be able to discriminate between various factors that influence PBM; including laser characteristics and patient specific factors.
3. Apply learned material and relevant research to understand how PBM impacts pain from an inflammatory standpoint, direct impact on afferent nerves, as well as various mechanisms that impact CNS at the level of the second order neuron that can influence chronic pain.
4. Learn how to calculate laser dosage to help maximize short term pain relief (true analgesia) as well as how to adjust settings to optimize tissue regeneration and reduce inflammation at peripheral nociceptors to promote long term pain relief.

Speaker: Mark Callanen, PT, DPT, OCS

Utilizing Telehealth in your Practice
Telehealth is an emerging treatment model that can be utilized for a variety of conditions. The benefits of providing telehealth services allows the therapist to meet the needs of increasing demands for patient-centered care. This course will encourage therapists to expand their treatment protocols into the virtual world of medicine. Encouraging therapists to think outside the box and adapt their skill sets.

Course Objectives: At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Recognize what types of treatments would be considered telehealth
  • Understand state regulations and APTA position.
  • Adapt basic evaluation and treatment skills for use in the telehealth model.
  • Identify how telehealth can be used in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Know what next steps to take to get started as a telehealth therapist
Speaker: Jodi Maron Barth PT, CCI
Montgomery College - West Campus. 7977 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring MD 20910
Health Science Center -  Directions

Free on the surface lot and 7 story West Garage with access from King Street or Jesup Blair Drive – MAP

Cancellations and Refunds This cancellation policy applies to all elements of the chapter meeting.

  • A $10 fee will be assessed to cancel between the time of registration and March 12th for non members
  • No refunds will be given after March 12, 2019.