• ABPTS CSM 2019 Events

    Photo and Information Session

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    3:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, Ballroom A

    All newly certified specialists are asked to attend in order to review seating section, familiarize themselves with the ceremony logistics, and have their photo taken with their designated council chair. Photos will only be taken during the rehearsal. If you are unable to attend the rehearsal, we will do our best to include you in the ceremony.

    • 3:00 pm-3:30 pm: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, and Women's Health
    • 3:30 pm-4:15 pm: Geriatrics and Sports
    • 4:15 pm-5:00 pm: Neurology and Pediatrics
    • 5:00 pm-6:00 pm: Orthopaedics
    • 6:00 pm-6:30 pm: Recertifying Specialists in all specialty areas
    • 6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Specialty Councils and ABPTS Board

    Seating Assignment:
    Seating will be open within your specialty area.

    Certified Specialist Pins and Certificates:
    Specialty specific certification pins will be distributed during Photo & Information Session. Certificates were mailed in the Autumn; if you have not received your certificate contact our office at 703/706-8520 or via email at spec-cert@apta.org.

    Due to time limitations, specialist photos will ONLY be taken during rehearsal. Each specialist will be photographed with the Specialty Council Chair of his/her specialty area, and be provided with information that will allow them to retrieve a complimentary photo after CSM.

    Special Accommodations:
    If you or a guest need special accommodations during the ceremony and/or reception, please send a detailed request to spec-cert@apta.org. ABPTS will make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodations.

    Secure Your Valuables:
    Attendees are advised not to bring items of value, such as laptops, purses, etc. to the rehearsal or ceremony. If you do bring these items, we encourage you to leave them with someone you trust, as ABPTS cannot assume responsibility for securing items.

    Recognition Ceremony for Clinical Specialists

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    8:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., Ballroom A & B

    The Recognition Ceremony for Clinical Specialists is the opening event at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). The Ceremony recognizes newly certified and recertified clinical specialists in the 8 approved areas of board certification. The ceremony consists of an opening remarks speaker, a presentation by the ABPTS Chair and APTA President, along with a formal acknowledgement and recognition of all newly certified and recertified specialists in attendance. Family and guests of honorees are also welcome to attend. The sixty minute ceremony is followed by a reception.

    New specialists and their guest(s) are not required to register for the conference in order to attend the ceremony.

    The attire for the ceremony is "black tie optional." The members of the ABPTS and specialty councils will be wearing tuxedos or dark suits, and semi-formal dresses. This is optional for those of you who will be recognized that evening as a board certified specialist.

    If you have any questions about the ceremony or the rehearsal, contact spec-cert@apta.org or call 800/999-APTA (2782), ext. 8520. Photos from the ceremony will be available 4-6 weeks after CSM. Access more information.

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    Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) Workshop

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    8:30 am-4:00 pm
    SACE 1: 8:30 am-12:00 pm / Walter E. Washington Convention Center-Room 207B
    SACE 2: 8:30 am-4:00 pm / Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 207A

    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.

    Recertification Workshop

    Thursday, January 24, 2019
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm
    Marriott Marquis-Salon 1

    If you are a current board certified specialist who is eligible to apply for recertification in 2020, we wanted to let you know that ABPTS is sponsoring a recertification workshop at the upcoming Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans. 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.

    Maintenance of Specialist Certification (MOSC) Forum

    Friday, January 25, 2019
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center-Room 144 A, B, C

    The APTA specialist certification program can open up new doors for you as a professional. By becoming a board-certified clinical specialist, you can gain the formal recognition you deserve for your knowledge, experience, and skills. This forum is open to all individuals who wish to learn more about becoming initially certified in any of the 9 approved specialty areas, and about maintaining their certification through the new Maintenance of Specialist Certification (MOSC) program. This will include eligibility requirements and the professional and personal benefits of becoming a board-certified clinical specialist.

    Following a brief overview of the initial certification and MOSC processes, attendees will have an opportunity to speak with members of ABPTS, the specialty councils, and program staff to get answers to questions about the specialist certification program and process.


    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Understand the specialist certification and maintenance programs and processes.
    • Describe the minimum eligibility requirements for specialist certification and recertification.
    • Describe the role of clinical residencies in the certification process.
    • Identify top motivations to pursue specialist certification.

    Recertification Recognition Reception

    Friday, January 25, 2019
    8:00 pm-9:30 pm
    Marriott Marquis-Salon 1, 2, 3

    To further promote the specialist certification and residency/fellowship programs and to formally recognize our newly recertified specialists, we welcome all board certified specialist to attend the Recertification Recognition Reception taking place at the Combined Sections Meeting. The reception is exclusively for board certified specialists, new residency/fellowship graduates and credentialed program directors, and ABPTS/ABPTRFE leadership. Please join us for this recognition and networking opportunity!

  • Last Updated: 1/18/2019
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org