• ABPTS CSM 2020 Events

    Photo and Information Session

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    3:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, Bellco Theatres 1, 2, and 3

    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, Sports, and Oncology 
    • 4:15 pm-5:00 pm: Neurology and Pediatrics  
    • 5:00 pm-5:45 pm: Orthopaedics  
    • 5:45 pm-6:00 pm: Recertifying Specialists in all areas and PTA APP recipients
    • 7:30 pm: Attendees return to the Convention Center
    • 8:00 pm-9:00 pm: Ceremony for all specialists and PTA APP recipients
    • 9:00 pm-9:10 pm: Specialty Council and ABPTS Photo Session

    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 will be mailed out in Autumn.

    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, February 12, 2020
    8:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, Bellco Theatres 1, 2, and 3

    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 9 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, February 12, 2020
    8:30 am-4:00 pm
    SACE 1: 8:30 am-12:00 pm / Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, Mile High BR 1E
    SACE 2: 8:30 am-4:00 pm / Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, Room 607

    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

    Thursday, February 13, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: Hyatt Regency, Room Centennial H

    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

    Friday, February 14, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, Room 406-407
    If you are a current board certified specialist who is eligible to apply for recertification in 2020, 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.

    Certification Recognition Reception

    Friday, February 14, 2020
    8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, Room 207

    To further promote the specialist certification and residency/fellowship programs and to formally recognize our newly certified and recertified specialists, we welcome all board certified specialists to attend the Certification 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: 2/4/2020
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org