Posted by vanessa on July 20, 2017
Dr. Martha Sliwinski, PT, PhD attended the APTA’s House of Delegates meeting this year, held June 19-21 in Boston. She has been a part of the House of Delegates (HOD) since 2011, and the experience has made her realize how valuable the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is to the profession of physical therapy.
The HOD has over 400 members from all states. This body of representatives meets annually to support the movement of the physical therapy profession forward. The HOD sets the policies that the Board of Directors (BOD) carries out. The HOD elects all positions including the Speaker of the House. The nominating committee, also made up of elected individuals, sets the slate of candidates for expiring terms each year. The annual meeting begins with elections, followed by deliberations over proposed policies, and culminates in their final vote.
Dr. Sliwinski counted among the highlights of the meeting the HOD’s approval of new wording for the profession’s scope of practice which will be posted soon on the APTA website. Another highlight was the proposal for the BOD to investigate the feasibility of creating centers to expedite innovations that could revolutionize physical therapy practice and positively impact society.
This was a particularly exciting year. Joe Lipsky, CUDPT 2018 was the first Columbia student to serve as an usher since Dr. Sliwinski has been attending the HOD. She remarked, “It was such an honor to have Joe be the first usher to run up to the microphone and introduce himself. Joe has been active in the APTA since he began in the program. I hope to see him as a Delegate post-graduation.”
For Lipsky, The House of Delegates was an incredible learning experience. “Every time I think I am starting to get the whole picture of what the physical therapy field has to offer “, he remarked, “I learn about a new aspect. Experiences like attending the House of Delegates make you want to learn more and get more involved.”
As a result of attending the conference, Lipsky was invited to serve on the Student Leadership Development Committee. This new committee is a part of a larger group, the American Council for Academic Physical Therapists. They will work on creating ways to expose students to leadership development opportunities as well as establishing career paths to guide students, residents and fellows into the academy.
Lipsky concluded, “I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to attend the House of Delegates Conference and learn from leaders in our field. The more I learn, the more I strive to get involved.”
Joseph Lipsky, CUDPT 2018 and Dr. Martha Sliwinski