• ABPTS CSM 2021 Events

    Recognition Ceremony for Clinical Specialists

    Date: March 25
    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
    Location: Virtual event, live on social media and apta.org

    Join us for a livestream event to recognize the accomplishment of more than 3,000 physical therapists who initially achieved ABPTS specialist certification or who were recertified in 2020, and the 30 physical therapist assistants who were recognized for their advanced proficiency in a specialty area. This event, usually conducted at the annual APTA Combined Sections Meeting, will be produced virtually and broadcast via APTA’s social media channels and here at apta.org. No registration is required to view this event.

    Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) Workshop

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    Time: 8:30 am-4:00 pm ET
    Location: Virtual

    Writing good multiple-choice questions (MCQs) can be difficult. MCQs often contain technical flaws that provide an advantage to "test-wise" examinees, and they sometimes focus on content that is relatively unimportant from a clinical perspective. This item-writing workshop focuses on preparing and reviewing MCQs that assess application of clinical knowledge in patient care situations, rather than just recall of isolated facts. 


    At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Learn to effectively utilize established eRoom system for item submission
    • Recognize, correct and avoid commonly occurring technical flaws in MCQ phrasing
    • Select topics for MCQs that are suitable for the physical therapy specialty examinations
    • Write (and rewrite) MCQs assessing application of clinical knowledge in patient care situations
    • Learning out to effectively incorporate images and multi-media in MCQs
    • Participate effectively in group review of MCQs

    The workshop will be run in an interactive, seminar-style format that also includes small-group activities.

    Maintenance of Specialist Certification (MOSC) Forum

    Date: February 17, 2021
    Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. ET
    Location: Virtual

    The Maintenance of Specialist Certification (MOSC) process reflects the dynamic health care environment that requires a commitment to lifelong learning and continuing clinical competence. With the new MOSC program specialists have access to a system that allows real-time capture of professional development activities throughout their certification period.

    This session will provide an overview of the MOSC program requirements, review the program history and development, and introduce the learning plan system.


    • Discuss the history and development of the ABPTS Maintenance of Specialist Certification (MOSC) program.
    • Describe the purpose for transitioning from the current recertification process to a maintenance program.
    • Provide an overview and describe the process for the new MOSC  program.
    • Detail implications for not meeting MOSC cycle requirements.

    Recertification Workshop

    Date: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Location: Virtual
    If you are a current board certified specialist who is eligible to apply for recertification in 2021, ABPTS is sponsoring a recertification workshop. This workshop is specifically geared to eligible recertification candidates who are not yet subject to the new Maintenance of Specialist Certification (MOSC) program. If you are interested in having your recertification questions answered, and are looking for general assistance with better understanding of the recertification process, we encourage you to attend.  Attendance at this workshop is by invitation only and space may be limited. We will accept individuals on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • Last Updated: 3/24/2021
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org