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General

Blood-flow restriction training (BFRT) can help patients to make greater strength training gains while lifting lighter loads, thereby reducing the overall stress placed on the limb. By applying the right amount of external pressure to an extremity, it's possible to maintain arterial inflow while occluding venous outflow distal to the occlusion site. This 1.5 hour course will provide an overview of the history, physiologic basis, safety, ethics, and application of BFRT. The course will include a laboratory portion with video demonstration of device set up and exercise examples. References are provided throughout the presentation and instructors will be available for questions at the conclusion of the course and via email.

Educational Credit: This course meets the requirements for two (0.2) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speakers: Michael Zarro, PT, DPT
Robert Rowland, PT, DPT
Alisa Pravdo, PT, DPT
Peter Bowman, PT, DPT


Audience: PT
Instruction Level: Basic

How would your involvement in clinical research expand your practice? Each speaker’s professional development has grown from clinical practice to meaningful clinical research for people with rare disorders. Despite the term ‘rare’, there are about 7000 rare diseases that affect nearly 30 million Americans increasing the likelihood that a PT or PTA will encounter clients over the course of their practice who present with rare diagnoses. However, literature to guide physical therapy interventions and dosing in rare disorders is often limited, and presentation between patients can be highly variable. Here we will provide clinically relevant, evidence-based information from our experience in multidisciplinary clinics for the care of people with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and mitochondrial disorders. The speakers will present on their study results from the diagnoses of Rett Syndrome, Barth Syndrome, Osteogensis Imperfecta and leukodystrophy (AMN and LBSL). The speakers will discuss how to select and apply the tools that they have come to rely on in their clinical practice and research including dynamometry, apps for postural sway, accelerometry and exercise intervention. Attendees will take away strategies to implement in their own practice for selecting evaluation tools, targeting interventions and strategies to use clinical practice to drive clinical research in patients with rare disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Select most appropriate assessment tools for evaluating impairments resulting from rare disorders.
  • Discuss the most current available literature and practical evidence regarding physical therapy treatment of rare disorders and how to apply this literature to specific cases.
  • Understand the application of the available literature to cases of rare disorders that may be encountered in clinics.
  • Design paradigms to conduct clinical research within clinical practice treating patients with rare disorders.

Educational Credit: This course meets the requirements for three (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speakers: Briana Czerwinski PT, DPT; Brittany Hornby PT, DPT, PCS; Chris Joseph PT, DPT; Jen Keller, PT, MSPT

Briana Czerwinski is a physical therapist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Briana obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington and Lee University and a doctorate of physical therapy from Duke University. She completed the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program through the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2018. Her clinical experience includes spinal cord injury rehabilitation, developmental delay and Rett Syndrome. Her research interests involve the role of physical therapy in preventing functional decline in Rett Syndome, as well as developing an appropriate outcome measure to track gross motor function in patients with Rett Syndrome. Her professional interests include teaching (she is a teaching assistant at the University of Maryland Baltimore) and patient advocacy.

Brittany Hornby is currently a senior physical therapist in the Outpatient Physical Therapy Department at Kennedy Krieger Institute where she treats patients in addition to striving to advance research produced by the department. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where she majored in Biology and minored in Spanish. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from George Washington University in Washington DC. She began working at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2011. In 2015, Brittany completed a pediatric physical therapy residency with Kennedy Krieger Institute and the University of Maryland. Following completion of the residency, she earned a specialist certification in pediatric physical therapy. Her professional interests include fitness across the lifespan, standardized clinical outcome measures, mitochondrial disorders and teaching (she currently serves as adjunct faculty of pediatrics for the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and George Washington University). Brittany also serves on the Communications Committee for the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Her current research interests include functional ability and quality of life in patients with Barth Syndrome.

Chris Joseph PT, DPTreceived his masters from Thomas Jefferson University in 1994 and his Doctorate in 2015 from Arcadia University in physical therapy. He started his career as a staff physical therapist dividing his time between school and outpatient based services. In 1998 he moved to early intervention and in 2003 and then became the Director of Physical Therapy at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. He joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2011 as the Director of Physical Therapy, and adjunct faculty of pediatrics at the University of Maryland school of medicine Physical Therapy and rehabilitation science program (PTRS). He is the primary physical therapist in the Leukodystrophy and osteogensis imperfecta clinics at Kennedy Krieger. He is a member of ALDconnect and was on the workgroup to develop the motor based data elements for Clinical Research Form (CRF). He also was on the NINDS Common Data Elements workgroup for Cerebral Palsy and the development of the common data elements and the therapy intervention data collection form for the Cerebral Palsy Research Network. His current research interests include the investigation of robotic assist gait training with FES for children with cerebral palsy, natural history data collection for children and adult with osteogensis imperfecta and pediatric chronic pain.

Jennifer Keller is a research physical therapist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Center for Movement Studies. Jen obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College. She went on to complete a masters of science in physical therapy through the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been working with people with neurodegenerative disorders for more than 15 years. Under the direction of Dr. Bastian and Dr. Zackowski, Jen is involved in studies on how to rehabilitate people with stroke, cerebellar ataxia, multiple sclerosis, and leukodystrophies.

Audience: PT/PTA
Instruction Level: Basic

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered approach that can help you activate a client’s own motivation for change and adherence, resulting in better outcomes. Motivational interviewing is successful in both managing chronic conditions and saving health care costs. This course will help physical therapy professionals of all levels to successfully motivate a client’s own desire for change, and help identify common goals and treatment plans for clients who are complex or difficult to engage.

Learning Objectives:
• To be acquainted with the fundamental spirit of MI
• To experience the basic MI skills
• To provide experiential exercises for learning MI’s application
• To determine if you want to learn more about MI

Speaker: Nicole Schechter, Psy.D. is an assistant professor and rehabilitation psychologist in the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She specializes in working with individuals with chronic health conditions and disability, with specific interest in working with individuals with spinal cord injury/dysfunction and chronic pain. Dr. Schechter is also an active trainer, researcher and program developer, studying provider-patient communication and the impacts on provider confidence, skills, and attitudes and patient health outcomes.

Educational Credit: This course meets the criteria for four hours (0.4) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Acute

This webinar will review mobility tech in the acute care setting. A systematic review showed that 90% of physical therapy professionals experience an injury in their career. Low back pain is the most common injury and mainly occurs in the acute care setting. Inexperience is also noted as a risk for injury. Body mechanics alone does not prevent injury and a study showed that there is 35 lb limit in ideal conditions. This webinar will review the various types of mobility tech that can be used by PTs and PTAs. It will review the pros and cons of various devices, as well as the clinical reasoning for various patient interventions.
Learning Objectives

  • Identify characteristics that will increase risk of person or patient injury
  • Identify the appropriate times to use mobility tech specifically in the acute care setting
  • Be able to state pros and cons of various types of mobility technology
  • Use clinical reasoning to use with patient interventions

Educational Credit: This course meets the requirements for one(0.1) CEU by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speakers: Danny Ludwig PT, DPT, NCS and Rachel Reoli PT, DPT, NCS

Audience: PT, PTA

Instruction Level: Basic

Advocacy

It is vital that PTs, PTAs, and students of physical therapy make a connection with their legislators, so they understand our priorities as a profession. This includes the importance of advocating for policies that address social determinants of health with effect patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives: This course will teach you:

  • How and where to communicate with legislators
  • How to create a long term professional relationship with your legislator
  • Tips for Meeting with legislators
  • The impact of social determinants of health on the communities we serve
  • Advocacy to remove barriers to care


Educational Credit:
 This course meets the requirements for one(0.1) CEU by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speakers:  Linda Horn PT, DScPT, MHS and JD Sheppard II PT, DPT

Audience: PT, PTA

Instruction Level: Basic

COVID 19

This 3 hour course will review the clinical presentation, pathophysiology and acute management of patients with COVID-19. The speakers will review the current literature and utilize clinical examples to provide recommendations on specific physical therapy interventions to address impairments and activity limitation in acute phase of recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review pathophysiology and clinical presentation for patients with COVID-19
  • Discuss common physical therapy interventions for client management
  • Describe a tertiary care hospital’s approach in managing patients during the pandemic
  • Utilize case examples to facilitate discussion on acute management of COVID-19
Speakers
Karen Murdock, PT, DScPT 
currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware, providing lecture and lab support for areas of acute care, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Dr. Murdock spent 15 years practicing at a level 1 trauma center and tertiary care hospital developing clinical expertise in the acute and critical care of physical therapy clients. Her particular areas of interest include trauma and neurotrauma. Over her 34 year career, Dr Murdock has held roles of clinician, clinical instructor, PT and rehabilitation department manager and clinical research manager. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Marquette University in 1986 and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland in 2009.

Sowmya Kumble, PT, MPT currently works as Clinical Resource Analyst in the acute care at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. She has been practicing for 19 years and is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. She received her Bachelor in Physiotherapy in 2001 and her Master of Physiotherapy degree with specialization in Adult and Pediatric Neurosciences in 2003 from Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, India. She is an active member of the Early Mobility in the Neuro Critical Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a co-investigator in multiple research studies and quality improvement projects at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has also presented at multiple national and international conferences. She serves as the Director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Delaware Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She is also a subject matter expert for the education and training for the Johns Hopkins Activity and Mobility Promotion Program and works closely with the hospital Fall Prevention and Safe Patient Handling Work group.

Enjeen Woolford, PTA has been a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant for over 10 years. She is an advanced practitioner at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) where she specializes in the treatment of acute neurological populations. Enjeen also serves as the Physical Therapy Student Education Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins, East Baltimore Campus. She leads the Legislative section and is a member of the CEU committee for the Board of Maryland Physical Therapy Examiners. She is also co-chair of the education section for the APTA Academy of Acute Care. Enjeen resides in Phoenix, Maryland with her husband and is looking forward to her daughter’s wedding in early October.

Alexandra Hayman, PT, DPT received her Bachelor's degree in Natural Science from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, Puerto Rico in 2003, and her Doctorate degree from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, in 2007. She currently works as Level II Physical Therapist for the Acute Care Therapy team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Hayman is the lead Physical Therapist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit where she loves working with critically ill patients in the prevention of hospital associated deconditioning and post ICU syndrome.

Educational Credit: This course meets the criteria for three Hours (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

DEI

Course Description: This course sets out to show that unlike using diversity, equity and inclusion as the buzzwords that many corporations do especially after a social uprising, by making DEI a priority in your workplace, everyone benefits. Your productivity will increase, bottom line increases, employees become more engaged and a company has more satisfaction in their employees and in turn their customers. The three speakers will show by having diversity, equity and inclusion not only with staff but with management and leadership, there’s a better understanding and empathy of the clientele of the location you serve, more revenue and creating value for shareholders.

Learning Objectives: How to best incorporate DEI programs and policies to better foster trust, commitment, engagement and employee retention to yield greater revenue and customer satisfaction. Speakers: Monique Caruth, Danelle Dickson, Josh Funk

Monique Caruth, PT, DPT is the Owner and founder of Dr. Monique Caruth, LLC also known as Fyzio4U). Dr. Caruth hails from Trinidad & Tobago and migrated to the US to pursue her physical therapy degree. She graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC with her bachelor's, masters and doctor of physical therapy degrees. She currently serves as the Southern District Chair of APTA Maryland and Secretary of the APTA Home Health Section. Dr. Caruth is passionate about improving diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare and improving better access to rehab and mental health/social services. She has helped launch the APTAMD's DEI committee and currently serves on the DEI leadership development workgroup.

Danelle Dickson, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist, Performing Arts specialist, Orthopedic clinical specialist and owner at Performance Plus Physical Therapy. She is also the host of the Dancing around Elephants Podcast, co-founder of a business mentorship for minority women: The Black Female Foundation , and co-founder of the Dance Ready Project, an online hub for tools and resources for dancers. Dr. Danelle’s thirty-nine years in the dance world fueled her passion to work with dancer’s injuries. She combined her passion for dance with her skills in orthopedics to work with thousands of dancers and other athletes, at the pre-professional level and professional levels. She has worked with local DC dance companies, DC dance schools and notable companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, and Little Dancer Theater. Dr. Danelle has used her 15 year experience in the field to help her patients, but also to give back. She has lectured at Howard University, University of Maryland and University of Delaware on dance medicine , injury assessment and treatment. She has also presented at the national level, at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and international dance medicine conferences on dance research at International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Dr. Danelle’s expert topics include dancer injuries, injury prevention, patient advocacy and business mentorship for minority women.

Josh Funk, DPT, , a lifelong athlete, became interested in becoming a physical therapist when going through PT as a D1 lacrosse player at Ohio State. After avoiding shoulder surgery for a torn labrum and rotator cuff, Josh has been entrenched in the world of physical therapy and sports performance. Over the years, he has continually developed his knowledge base and expertise as a physical therapist through continuing education courses and working with athletes of all ages. A Montgomery County resident, Josh is heavily involved in all areas of the community throughout the region. Dr. Josh Funk was born and raised in Montgomery County, MD and attended Poolesville High School. Josh went on to play Division 1 lacrosse and earn a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University before earning his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. It was a little over 3 years after graduating from Maryland, that Rehab 2 Perform was founded in late 2014. In addition to his physical therapy expertise, Dr. Funk has been equally, if not more committed to the growth of his role as CEO of Rehab 2 Perform. He has made sure that his personal development is not just reserved for the clinical side of things, but also to ensuring that Rehab 2 Perform is one of the most well-run and well-known health care companies in the area. Dr. Funk has immersed himself in business programs and community initiatives over the past few years in his efforts to ensure that the team and clients of Rehab 2 Perform are receiving everything they need to be at their best. It is his goal to push Rehab 2 Perform to the forefront of the community through innovation, progressive business operations, strategic growth and clinical excellence.

Educational Credit: This course meets the criteria for three Hours (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Audience:Students, PT, PTA
Instruction Level: Basic

LGBTQ+

Presented by PT Proud - The LGBTQ+ Committee under the Global Health Special Interest Group of the Health Policy & Administration Section APTA. This course also meets the requirement by the DC Physical Therapy Licensing Board for Licensure Renewal.

Learning Objectives:

 

1. Identify and convey the importance of being culturally sensitive /respectful and knowledgeable with patients and students who identify as a sexual and/or gender minority
2. Be able to discuss and understand the structural and societally endorsed inequities that contribute to health and healthcare disparities for sexual and gender minority populations.
3. Differentiate current factors contributing to disparity amongst the LGBTQIA+ community in the Physical Therapy clinical and academic settings.
4. Identify applicable community resources and professional resources to assist in health education for these communities.

Course Outline
I. Introduction/speaker background
II. Terminology/Foundation of Social Determinants of Health
III. Theory Frame of Reference
IV. Structural Inequities
V. Healthcare/Health Disparities
VI. Inclusive Practices for Clinicians
VII. Inclusive Practices for Academics
VIII. Relevant Resources/Access to Updated Information
IX. Case Analysis/Discussion

SpeakersKarla Ann Bell, PT, DPT, GCS is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of Clinical Education at Thomas Jefferson University Physical Therapy. Dr. Bell’s teaching focuses around leadership and business, inclusive cultural humility, and sexual and gender minority health and curricular integration. Dr. Bell has 20+ years of clinical experience and is board certified in geriatric physical therapy. As a member of the APTA, she is active in the Health Policy section and Academy of Education. Dr. Bell serves as a co-chair of the LGBTQIA+ PT Proud Committee through the Health Policy Administration of the APTA. She presents/facilitates discussions around inclusive cultural humility practices and health care and health disparities at the local, state, and national levels. She has been invited as a guest lecturer for multiple health professions including nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, and communication disorders, and has provided on-site seminars and workshops for health systems and campus faculty/staff on the topics of intersectional cultural humility recommendations for best practice care and health profession education. Bell also provides faculty development workshops around inclusive practices for student support and curriculum integration of inclusive practices. She is currently part of two funded active educational research projects around sexual and gender minority education in the healthcare professions. Bell is pursuing her PhD in Population Health Sciences to help inform her research in this area and is a member of Academy Health.

Melissa C. Hofmann: Melissa Hofmann, MSPT, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Regis University. She teaches in areas of Evidence Based Practice and Research, Management of Applied Physiology, and Motor Behavior. Dr. Hofmann’s educational background includes a BS/MS in Physical Therapy (D’Youville College, 2000) and a PhD in Research Methods and Statistics (University of Denver, 2016). She has 20 years of clinical experience and continues to practice as a Senior Physical Therapist at the University of Colorado Health. As a member of the APTA, she is active in the neurologic, research, health policy, and education sections. Dr. Hofmann serves as a co-chair to the board for the LGBTQ+ PT Proud Committee through the Health Policy Administration of the APTA. Additionally, she is a member of the Queer Resource Alliance (QRA) and the Anti-Hate Campaign committee at Regis University through the office of Diversity and Inclusivity that supports efforts for marginalized communities and specifically LGBTQ+ issues/events. Through the QRA, she has completed Brave Space Training to increase awareness and dialogue about sexuality and gender specific to the LGBTQIA+ community. Currently Dr. Hofmann is engaged in a SGM (Sexual and Gender Minority) National Mixed Methods Study examining LGBTQ+ cultural competence from clinical, academic and patient levels. In addition to SGM research, Dr. Hofmann has presented and facilitated discussion of research centered around Trauma Advocacy for Practitioners/Patients, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Stroke at local, state, and national levels..

Educational Credit: This course meets the criteria for three hours (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Neuro

Postural control, both anticipatory and reactive, is recognized as the critical foundation for functional movement. Clinical practice guidelines and best practice recommendations encourage physical therapists to assess postural control through a wide array of valid and reliable balance assessments. However, the link between the balance assessment score, the functional deficit, and the underlying root cause is often missing. Does the balance assessment score provide more information than just fall risk? Is loss of anticipatory control a key factor in poor balance? Are balance interventions related to anticipatory control part of your toolbox? In this seminar, we will answer these questions through an evidence-based review of the mechanisms, the influencing factors, and the prerequisites for anticipatory postural adjustments that influence standing and walking balance. Participants will apply concepts to current balance assessment tools and clinical interventions. Sitting and standing movement labs and patient case videos will be utilized to facilitate participant application of content to the clinical setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the research evidence that establishes parameters for anticipatory postural control.
  • Discuss the motor control prerequisites for anticipatory control in standing and walking.
  • Apply research findings to clinical interventions for improving anticipatory postural control.
  • Analyze commonly performed balance assessments (eg. MiniBESTest, Berg Balance Scale) to determine the reactive versus anticipatory postural control components.
Course Schedule/Agenda:
I.40 minutes: Introductory lecture and group discussion on evidence for systems of balance and the foundations of anticipatory postural control. Presenters will share a model for understanding postural control and its underlying components.
II. 5 minute break
III. 60 minutes: A step-wise model for assessing anticipatory postural control will presented. Modified laboratory skills session will allow participants to practice the prerequisites underlying anticipatory postural control. This includes a focus on standing trunk movements. Concomitant functional application of these initiation patterns will be discussed.
IV. 5 minute break
V. 30 minutes: Lecture on evidence for retraining anticipatory postural control. Using patient photographs and video examples, the lecture will demonstrate how to apply evidence from basic research to clinical interventions with patients with neurologic dysfunction.
VI. 20 minutes: Participants will work in small groups to analyze common balance assessment measures (eg. miniBESTest, Berg Balance Scale, 5x Sit to Stand, Postural Assessment Scale for Stroke). Participants will determine if items are more anticipatory or reactive in nature. be given completed outcome measures to analyze and design.
VII. 10 minutes: A case example will be presented by the lecturers. Participants will brainstorm appropriate assessment tools and intervention possibilities to address the patient’s postural control deficits.
VIII. 10 minutes: Question & Answer session with Wrap-Up

Speakers: Susan Ryerson, PT, DSc, is a physical therapist with 50 years of clinical experience and owns a private practice, Making Progress at Body Dynamics Inc, in Northern Virginia. She has a research lab at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital, is the Director of the Medstar/George Washington University Physical Therapy Neurologic Residency program, and teaches neuroscience courses in the entry level PT program at GW. Her research interests include the link between postural control and function in people with neurologic movement disorders and the role of proprioception in postural and balance.

In 2008, she received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Florence Kendall-Physical Therapist of the Year Award and in 2000 the APTA Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology. Susan is a past president of the DC Chapter of the APTA, a member of numerous local and national committees, and has participated in APTA clinical practice guidelines development. Over her 50 year career, she has lectured at over 75 local, state, national and international conferences including ATPA Annual Conference (NEXT), CSM, and the World Congress of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Elizabeth Ruckert is Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She earned her DPT from Ithaca College, and completed a neurologic residency program at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has a graduate certificate in Adult Education and Leadership from George Washington University. A board-certified Neurologic and Geriatric Clinical Specialist, she has experience in physical therapy treatment for individuals with neurologic disorders across the health care continuum. Dr. Ruckert has presented multiple peer-reviewed presentations at national conferences regarding neurologic physical therapy and teaching and learning in graduate physical therapy education. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as multiple sections. She currently serves on the Online Learning Committee for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She also served for 5 years on the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) Accreditation Services Committee.

Educational Credit: This course meets the criteria for three Hours (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

This webinar will provide an overview of the basics of Parkinson's Disease including related syndromes, common medications, and specific tests and measures. Emphasis will then be on various treatment approaches, including LSVT-BIG and "PWR" principles of exercise training
Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basics of Parkinson's Disease (PD) and related syndromes
  • Understand the medical management of PD
  • Understand which tests and measures are recommended for this patient population
  • Understand current evidence for different treatment approaches
  • Be able to apply evidence based treatment for this patient population

Educational Credit: This course meets the requirements for two (0.2) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speaker: Janice Sallitt, PT, DPT, NCS

Janice Sallitt, PT, DPT, NCS, has been the owner and clinical director of JVS Reahb, an outpatient clinic in Columbia, MD, for the passed 25 years.She is a graduate of Russell Sage College and University of St. Augustine. Her training includes LSVT-BIG and she is a "PWR" trained clinician through Dr. Becky Farley. Dr. Sallitt is one of a few therapists that is a long standing member of the Baltimore-Washington area Movement Disorder's physician group that meets quarterly. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Sallitt's special interest is the integration of better posture and balance in the aging population, both with and without chronic issues.

Audience: PT, PTA

Instruction Level: Basic

Oncology

As the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. continues to grow, so does the need for PTs and PTAs who are able to address the unique needs of these patients. This course will address oncology diagnoses and medical treatment, as well as the critical role of physical therapy professionals in different settings. Cancer diagnoses that are commonly referred for physical therapy, treatment interventions, and appropriate outcome measures will also be discussed. Case studies and group discussion will help facilitate learning in this course for therapists new to the world of oncology.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand general cancer terminology and staging
  • Identify the major side effects of cancer treatment
  • List common precautions and contraindications for physical therapy interventions during and after cancer treatment
  • Understand basic principles of lymphedema management and common durable medical equipment needs for this patient population.
  • Understand general physical therapy assessments for different cancer diagnoses
  • Describe general physical therapy interventions for cancer survivors
  • Implement appropriate outcome measures
  • Understand the role of palliative and hospice care and other supportive services
Course Outline
Part I
-Introduction to oncology: common terminology, staging
-Oncology treatment: Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, surgery, radiation; Short and long-term physical side effects
-Oncology rehabilitation: Common referrals for PT; overview of roles for inpatient, home health, and outpatient settings
-Considerations, red flags, precautions, and contraindications during and after oncology treatment
-Colorectal cancer: common diagnoses and PT interventions
-Prostate cancer: common diagnoses and PT interventions
-Gynecologic cancers: common diagnoses and PT interventions
Part II
-Lymphedema: overview of condition, PT interventions, durable medical equipment/supportive equipment needs
-Breast cancer: common diagnoses, PT interventions, case study
-Head and neck cancer: common diagnoses and PT interventions
Part III
-Neuro oncology: common diagnoses, PT interventions
-Outcome measures: gait/balance, fatigue, QOL, case study and Mini BESTtest lab
-Inpatient perspective: role of acute care therapist, discharge planning
-Palliative and hospice care: common diagnoses and PT interventions
-Supportive services for patients: indications for referral to other providers
All speakers: -Question and Answer Period

Speakers Alexandra Hill graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Chemistry, going on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida and complete the Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency at Duke University Health System. She is presently a physical therapist with Anne Arundel Medical Group, specializing in treating pelvic health, lymphedema, and oncology rehabilitation. Alexandra is a board-certified women's health clinical specialist and certified lymphedema therapist, and is also certified through the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA). In addition to her clinical work, she is a credentialed clinical instructor for physical therapy and physical therapist assistant students and has experience as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer for both the University of North Carolina and Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Alexandra has several peer-reviewed research publications on pelvic health and oncology-related concerns. She provides lectures locally, regionally, and nationally on topics including pelvic health, sexual dysfunction, lymphedema, oncology rehabilitation, and physical therapy for the obstetric patient.

Rochelle Murrell graduated from Hampton University in 2000 with a B.S. in Biology. She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University and obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005. Rochelle began her career in an outpatient physical therapy setting but then went on to work in a variety of settings over the last 15 years including outpatient, acute care, and homecare settings. Rochelle has been a certified lymphedema specialist since 2006. She has also received the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certification in 2013. Rochelle currently works with a hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation clinic. Rochelle has worked with a variety of outpatient diagnoses but has endeavored to use her specialized skills of lymphedema management to assist with the development and cultivation of lymphedema programs. In 2014 she married her love of lymphedema management with the care and treatment of the oncology patient populations by receiving the STAR program certification. In her current position she develops treatment plans for upper extremity, lower extremity, and head and neck lymphedema patients. She advocates for and supports improving standards of care within the realm of oncology rehab and lymphedema management. Rochelle has presented various inservices to fellow therapists, support staff, and physicians to improve the quality of care of oncology and lymphedema patients. She works closely with community groups to provide support to cancer survivors, As a lymphedema specialist, she has also presented information at the Breast Center Lecture Series regarding the Oncology Rehabilitation Programs to a group of physicians, surgeons, nurses, and technicians. She has participated in a preoperative patient education program for breast cancer patients to review lymphedema precautions and the overall post-surgical rehab process. Her experience also includes coordinating with area DME providers to assist patients with obtaining appropriate fitting compression garments and home pneumatic compression pumps to manage their lymphedema. Most recently, Rochelle has applied her knowledge and specialized skills into furthering the education of her peers through the development of a one day continuing education course that focuses on edema management for the non-lymphedema therapist.

Educational Credit: This course meets the criteria for three hours (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Orthopedics

To identify benefits and indications for use of serial casting, focused rigidity splints, and aquaplast splinting for positioning in the adult and pediatric populations. Will discuss potential contraindications and modifications, required materials and therapeutic implications through discussion, case studies and demonstrations of described techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the differences between serial casting, focused rigidity, and aquaplast splinting methods.
  • Be able to identify indications and potential contraindications of lower extremity casting and splinting.
  • Use knowledge gained to work through case studies and identify therapeutic implications for improved patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate beginner application and removal of serial casting and focused rigidity techniques.
Course Outline:
  • Lecture
    -Indications and contraindications
    -Materials
    -Serial Casting
    -Focused Rigidity Splints
    -Modifications
    -Therapy Implications
    -Discussion and question and answer
  • Demonstrations and Case Studies
  • Final discussion; question and answer/li>

Speaker: Lisa Warwick-Arndt, PTA, B.S. has been a physical therapist assistant with the Kennedy Krieger Institute since 2009. She received her Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S. degree from Anne Arundel Community College in 2009, Bachelors in Public Health from American Public University in 2018, and is pursuing a Masters in Public Health from American Public University. She received a pediatric certificate from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute, 2012. Clinical interests include gait mechanics/orthotics, and aquatics.

Elizabeth Neighbors, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Drexel University in 2012. She serves as a clinical specialist in orthotic prescription treating patients as part of an interdisciplinary orthotics clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her clinical interests include orthotics prescription and casting, gait analysis, and robotic gait training.

Educational Credit: This course meets the criteria for two hours (0.2)by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Payment & Policy

This course includes a recorded webinar from APTA government affairs staff that provides the latest information on what is happening across the 2021 federal and state policy and reimbursement landscape. This webinar will help physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students stay apprised of the policy changes at the federal and state level that may impact them and their practice. As this part was not live, we are directing you to APTA's learning center for this portion. APTA staff also provided a live webinar for APTAMD that covered Congressional and Commercial Payer Updates.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the current payment and reimbursement policies for major payers in the industry, including Medicare; Medicaid, and major commercial payers.
  • Identify APTA resources on payment and reimbursement.

Educational Credit: This course meets the requirements for three (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speaker: APTA Staff - Kara Gainer JD, and  Alice Bell PT, DPT, and David Scala

Kara Gainer joined APTA in 2017 and provider leadership and strategic direction to the regulatory affairs team on key programs, initiatives, and policy development in the federal regulatory space. She has extensive knowledge and experience working on policies related to Medicare, Medicaid, health care reform, and provider billing and reimbursement. Prior to joining APTA, she was a health care consultant with Drinker Biddle & Reath, where she developed and executed comprehensive public policy strategies for her clients that integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications efforts. She also served as an attorney advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, and she clerked with the US Senate Sergeant at Arms. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Montana and law degree from the University of Montana School of Law, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Alice Bell PT, DPT is a senior payment specialist at APTA. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy. Before joining APTA in 2017, she was a practicing clinician for 35 years and involved in Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation demonstration projects focused on alternative payment and practice models in the postacute care environment. Her professional activities include serving as a member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panel for Skilled Nursing Alternative Payment Systems, APTA staff representative for the CPT Editorial Panel, APTA appointee to the NDHI Opioid Crisis Workgroup, APTA appointee to the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Action Team, member of the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Steering Committee, and member of the National Quality Partnership Leadership Consortium. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Montana.

David Scala is a senior congressional affairs specialist at APTA. Before joining the association in 2019, he was a professional staff member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a legislative assistant for a member of the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Among other policy issues, He focused on health care, immigration, and fraud and abuse. Prior to that he was a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked on human capital development and strategy for various federal agencies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in economics from James Madison University.

Audience: PT, PTA
Instruction Level: Basic

Social Media

Social media has become for many, an informal entry point into the health care system. Research indicates potential patients use social media to educate themselves, to discuss treatment options, including trusted practitioners, and to find support for their medical issues. Problems arise when these potential patients receive inaccurate or misleading information which may lead to exacerbations of symptoms or delay in appropriate care. Individual physical therapy practices can have tremendous influence in shaping the social media experience for potential patients. By leveraging social media effectively, PT practices can provide education for past, present and potential patients on the benefits physical therapy while promoting their own expertise. This course will equip participants with strategic tools to maximize their social media influence online. Specifically, this course will include the creation of patient friendly and engaging posts, strategies to generate leads for their practice and guidelines for maintaining HIPAA compliance while the using social media. Upon completion, the participant will be able to harness the power of social media to improve the patient physical therapy experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe health seeking behaviors on social media.
  • Create patient friendly posts to further their educational efforts of social media.
  • Evaluate social media platforms to determine the most effective for their specific population.
  • >Apply HIPAA guidelines to social media posts in order to protect the private health information of patients in addition to marketing their practice.

Educational Credit:This course meets the requirements for three (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speaker: Juanita Benedict PT, DPT

Juanita Benedict PT, DPT has worked in both home health and clinical settings encouraged her develop strategies to improve compliance while also setting up patients for success and health beyond physical therapy. While an ergonomic consultant for the dental industry, Dr. Benedict created industry specific content including blogs, podcasts, articles and continuing educational course material to address the needs of dental professionals. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with manufactures, educators and other leaders in the industry to reduce the amount of injuries within the dental industry. Now, Dr. Benedict is using her knowledge of social media and patient compliance to help physical therapists establish a voice online. As the founder of PTSocial, a company dedicated to providing easily implementable strategies to leverage social media, she works with physical therapists to develop effective and engaging content to connect, educate and influence patients.

Audience: PT, PTA
Instruction Level: Basic

Social media is increasingly becoming an informal entry point into the healthcare system. Research indicates potential patients are using social media to educate themselves, to discuss treatment options, including trusted practitioners, and to find support for their medical issues.
Unfortunately, the information found online or through social media can be inaccurate or misleading which may lead to exacerbations of symptoms or delay inappropriate care. Physical therapists have a unique opportunity to reshape the health information available and reduce the risk of delayed care. br> More than just a marketing endeavor, strategic and effective use of social media allows physical therapists to reach beyond the confines of the clinic walls and connect with past, present and future patients, providing evidence-based education, and influence lifestyles and healthcare choices. br> Upon completion, the participant will have the tools necessary to launch a successful social media campaign to improve the clinic census, to support patient education/compliance efforts and to advanced physical therapy as a profession.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the evidence for the role of social media in healthcare.
  • Choose which social media platform(s) is the most appropriate for their population.
  • Understand how to leverage live-streaming on various platforms for best results.
  • Apply time saving tactics for consistent implementation of social media campaign.
  • Design a clear social media content strategy to achieve clinical goals..
Course Outline:
Hour 1: 5 min: Need for use of social media by physical therapy practices.
15 min: Evidence for health information seeking on social media.
10 min: Survey of health information on social media.
20 min: Discussion of social media algorithms, engagement and content creation.
10 min: Activity: Create quality social media post for engagement.

Hour 2:
15 min: Choosing social media platforms for your practice.
15 min: Types of posts
25 min: How to use live streaming on different platforms.
5 min: Activity: Creating a list of live stream ideas.

Hour 3
10 min: How to be consistent with posting on social media.
20 min: Repurposing your content for maximum impact and visibility.
10 min: Key performance indicators to determine success.
10 min: Patient driven content
10 min: Activity: Create a posting plan.

SpeakerJuanita Benedict received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 from the University of Central Florida. Since that time, she has dedicated herself and her work to understanding the most effective strategies for patient education and compliance. Working in both home health and clinical settings encouraged her develop strategies to improve compliance while also setting up patients for success and health beyond physical therapy. While an ergonomic consultant for the dental industry, Dr. Benedict created industry specific content including blogs, podcasts, articles and continuing educational course material to address the needs of dental professionals. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with manufactures, educators and other leaders in the industry to reduce the amount of injuries within the dental industry. Now, Dr. Benedict is using her knowledge of social media and patient compliance to help physical therapists establish a voice online. As the founder of PTSocial, a company dedicated to providing easily implementable strategies to leverage social media, she works with physical therapists to develop effective and engaging content to connect, educate and influence patients.

Educational Credit: This course meets the criteria for three hours (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Telehealth

 *Note - the speaker has updated the slides as regulations and policies have changed since the start of the pandemic

Telehealth, now more than ever, 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 with social distancing. This course will encourage therapists to expand their treatment protocols into the virtual world of medicine during these difficult times. Encouraging therapists to think outside the box and adapt their skill sets.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize what types of treatments would be considered telehealth vs. E-visit
  • Understand state regulations, APTA position and Covid-19 changes
  • 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

Educational Credit:This course meets the requirements for two (0.2) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speaker: Jodi Maron Barth, PT, CCI

Jodi Maron Barth, PT, CCI, is one of only a handful of recognized Facial Palsy therapists in the United States. She is a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation with a specialization in outpatient rehab. Jodi’s wide range of clinical experience has provided her with the tools, such as dry needling, Graded Motor Imagery, biofeedback, TMJ Rocabado techniques and extensive manual therapy training to perform in-depth, comprehensive physical therapy evaluations and treatments. She is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally in the areas of TMJ, facial palsy, postural dysfunction and performance enhancement for the vocal artist. Jodi is a published author and certified clinical instructor through the APTA as well as a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a graduate of the Ithaca College PT program, and attended the Masters of Science program at Adelphi University in the area of exercise physiology.

Audience: PT, PTA
Instruction Level: Basic

Join clinicians as we explore the new world of Telehelath and how COVID-19 has quickly changed the landscape of telehealth and other communication technology-based services. During the session we will have breakouts based on your practice setting and focus area.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to incorporate technology into treatment interventions
  • Learn about opportunities for physical therapy with the increase of home offices and ergonomics
  • Discuss how to maintain professionalism through telehealth Discuss best practices for maintaining a relationship with patients through Telehealth

Educational Credit:This course meets the requirements for three (0.3) CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speakers: Jodi Barth, PT, CCI and Michael Zarro PT, DPT
Jodi Maron Barth, PT, CCI, is one of only a handful of recognized Facial Palsy therapists in the United States. She is a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation with a specialization in outpatient rehab. Jodi’s wide range of clinical experience has provided her with the tools, such as dry needling, Graded Motor Imagery, biofeedback, TMJ Rocabado techniques and extensive manual therapy training to perform in-depth, comprehensive physical therapy evaluations and treatments. She is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally in the areas of TMJ, facial palsy, postural dysfunction and performance enhancement for the vocal artist. Jodi is a published author and certified clinical instructor through the APTA as well as a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a graduate of the Ithaca College PT program, and attended the Masters of Science program at Adelphi University in the area of exercise physiology.

Michael Zarro PT, DPT graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. His clinical practice focuses on sports and orthopedic physical therapy. He is an assistant professor for the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He teaches in the human anatomy, biomechanics, and musculoskeletal content within the program with a focus on sport and exercise rehabilitation. He serves as a clinical instructor for DPT students on their clinical experiences. He currently serves as team physical therapist for the University of Maryland Terrapins and previously served as team physical therapist for Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds. He also volunteers with the local running and strength and conditioning community as well as United States Olympic Committee. Dr. Zarro is a member of the APTA Maryland Board of Directors and serves as the Director for Practice.


Audience: PT/PTA
Instruction Level: Basic

Workers' Comp

The presentation will provide an overview of the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission and claim process and explain (translate) some of the acronyms and verbiage in plain English

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the historical evolution of the workers’ compensation process in the state of Maryland
  • Understand the patient’s right to receive medical treatment from a medical provider of its choosing
  • Be able to outline common acronyms.
  • Have a general understanding of how disability compensation is calculated
  • Be able to describe the primary stages of a workers’ compensation claim
  • Be able to explain to patients how a functional capacity evaluation relates to vocational rehabilitation and their eventual permanency award
  • Be able to describe a workers’ compensation hearing to a patient, including what to expect as soon as the patient walks into the hearing facility
  • Be able to describe the Statute of Limitations in a workers’ compensation claim and the need for patients to protect their rights

Educational Credit: This course meets the requirements for one (0.1) CEU by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speaker: Jason A. Plotkin, Esq., the CEO of The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team a law firm that focuses on personal injury law: auto accidents, motorcycle accidents and workers' compensation. Plotkin has been involved several motor vehicle collisions and his personal experience impacts his approach to the cases his firm accepts. In 2018, Plotkin was honored to be certified as a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. He has also been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 list, and is a recipient of The Daily Record VIP award. Plotkin is also the founder of MotorcycleTalks(r) providing educational blogs and information to help protect the rights of motorcycle riders.

Audience: PT, PTA
Instruction Level: Basic

The presentation will walk through the life of an auto accident case from a legal perspective using a case example. We will include topics such as PIP, lost wages (need for proper documentation) and expert testimony.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to outline the lifecycle of an auto accident from beginning and end from the view of your patient’s attorney.
  • Understand how the words memorialized in reports/notes may be interpreted by attorneys.
  • Understand the importance of documenting the limitations a patient has in their activities of daily life.
  • Understand how an insurance adjuster may view a gap in treatment or overtreatment.
  • Identify the roles of the typical participants in an auto accident case, such as a property damage adjuster, PIP adjuster, bodily injury adjuster, etc.
  • Understand what is required to be qualified as an expert witness.

Educational Credit: This course meets the requirements for one (0.1) CEU by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Speaker: Jason A. Plotkin, Esq., the CEO of The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team a law firm that focuses on personal injury law: auto accidents, motorcycle accidents and workers' compensation. Plotkin has been involved several motor vehicle collisions and his personal experience impacts his approach to the cases his firm accepts. In 2018, Plotkin was honored to be certified as a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. He has also been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 list, and is a recipient of The Daily Record VIP award. Plotkin is also the founder of MotorcycleTalks(r) providing educational blogs and information to help protect the rights of motorcycle riders.

Audience: PT/PTA
Instruction Level: Basic