Posted by vanessa on December 1, 2017
By Katherine Prominski and Carley Schleien, CUDPT 2018
On November 18, 2017, first, second and third year Columbia University DPT students attended the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA)-sponsored NYC Student Conclave, held at Hunter College. Our morning began with an excellent keynote speech by Dr. Karen Litzy. Her presentation, entitled "What You Didn't Learn in School and How It Can Set You Up for Success," featured advice on how to develop into a successful clinician. After the keynote speaker, we were able to choose from breakout sessions that ranged from “Wanderlust PT’s Travel Therapy 101” to “Integrating Yoga into Physical Therapy,” “Value-Based Management of Low Back Pain in an Urban Hospital Setting” and “Managing Student Loan Debt.” We learned a great deal from experts about topics relevant to our careers as health care practitioners. The breakout sessions were also valuable opportunities to network with physical therapists and other students. Ashley Barnes, CUDPT 2018, noted, “I really enjoyed Dr. Erica Meloe’s talk [Tough to Treat: How to Grow your Expert Status, Confidence and Revenue by Learning to Treat the Complex Patient]. It provided me with a different framework for using the tools currently in my toolbox”.
The NYPTA NYC Student Conclave also included a lunch for students and attendees. We mingled with students from other programs and listened to an update on the NYPTA from Mike Mattia, the NYPTA President. He discussed the legislative platforms and current goals of the NYPTA and fielded questions from students on ways to become involved in the NYPTA.
After hearing from Mike Mattia, we had further opportunities to network with students and clinicians from local physical therapy practices and hospitals, such as SPEAR Physical Therapy, Bellevue Hospital, and Beyond Basics PT. We were thrilled to support Fairytale Physical Therapy, who had a booth during lunch and performed “Let it Go” from “Frozen” to demonstrate what this innovative student-run project does. The day concluded with additional breakout sessions.
We thoroughly enjoyed attending the NYPTA NYC Student Conclave as it allowed us to meet students from other programs, and network with physical therapists in the area. We were happy to attend the event alongside classmates in all three years of Columbia’s DPT program and to support our colleagues who helped plan the event and who volunteered.
Liz Abercrombie, CUDPT 2018, summed up her experience. “It was inspiring to explore new topics and see the passion the speakers had for their areas of specialization.”
L to R: Elizabeth Abercrombie, Colleen Maguffin, and Carley Schleien
Students from Columbia University's Physical Therapy Program pose for a photo
following the keynote address by Dr. Karen Litzy.
L to R: Colleen Maguffin, Carley Schleien, Kathryn Prominski