The Awards committee functions to promote members of the section on Geriatrics that have provided extraordinary service to geriatric patients, to students as well as to the Academy. The specific awards extend to outstanding service and/or excellence in: clinical service, clinical education of students, academic preparation of students, volunteers in action, advocacy of older adults and the outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant in Geriatrics.
Please join us at CSM on Thurdsay, February 22 at 6:30pm for the Member Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside, Grand Ballroom B.
Outstanding PTA Student Award - Kyongho Pak, SPTA
Outstanding PT Student - Kevin Shaddock, SPT
Clinical Educator Award - Shelly Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS
Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award - Sherri Betz, PT, GCS, PMA-CPT
Clinical Excellence in Geriatrics Award – Aimee Perron, PT, DPT, NCS
Distinguished Educator Award - Myles Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS
Pamela Dunlap, DPT
Allison Gustavson, DPT
Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
Lusardi MM, Fritz S, Middleton A, Allison L, Wingood M, Phillips E, Criss M, Verma S, Osborne J, Chui KK. Determining Risk of Falls in Community Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Using Posttest Probability.
Fellowship for Geriatric Research - Annalisa Na, PT, PhD
Student Research Award - Michael Himawan, DPT
Student Brochure Contest:
1st Place – Spinal Stenosis by Meghan Bowman, Medical U of South Carolina
2nd Place – Strengthening for Seniors by Adam Alstein and Drew Bacha, U of North Florida
3rd Place – Aquatic Therapy for Older Adults by Kelsey Menzel, Michaela Murton and Liz Obetts, Central Michigan U
Honorable Mention – Strokes by Mary Beth Garner and Cortney Houghtaling, U of Evansville
Student Membership Winner: Allie Schulte, SPT
The purpose of the AGPT Communications Committee is to develop an overall comprehensive communications strategy for the Academy using various electronic and other media including the website, social media, PR and other technologies. The Communications chair will set and guide the strategy to consistently articulate the Academy’s mission and vision.
The Finance committee advises the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the Academy’s financial needs, growth, and stability based on periodic review of income, expenditure and investments. The two specified functions of the Finance Committee are to present a balanced budget to the Board of Directors and the Membership and to annually review the Investment Policy and recommend changes to the Treasurer. These two functions generally require reviewing the budget during October and a conference call at the end of the month. Additional conference calls may be required if the Finance Committee is required to do additional tasks by the Board of Directors.
The purpose of the Geriatric Specialty Council (GSC) is to develop and maintain the process for certification and re-certification of Geriatric Specialists in Physical Therapy. The three-person committee reports regularly to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. The committee coordinates item writing and test development in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE), and the Committee of Content Experts (CCE). The committee participates, and at times invites other section members to participate, in standard setting of the examination and key validation of specific items. The GSC reviews all re-certification portfolios, validates that complete information is contained in the Professional Development Portfolios, and makes recommendations to the ABPTS. The committee collaborates with the Academy and ABPTS to increase awareness of the certification by publishing information in GeriNotes, hosting an annual breakfast at Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), and other marketing projects.
GeriNotes is the member magazine for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT). It is distributed five times per year: January, May, July, September and November. Some issues have focused topics pertinent to a specific area of geriatric physical therapy. These issues have authors with special knowledge in the focused area. Other issues are general with a variety of articles submitted by Academy members. Academy news and committee reports are also provided in each issue. The Editorial Board of GeriNotes meets annually at the Combined Sections Meeting. Members of the Academy are encouraged to submit articles for publication in GeriNotes. Instructions for authors are published once a year and are available here. The copyright is held by the AGPT.
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy consists of an Editor in Chief and 10 to 16 others that the Editor has invited to be board members. All have expertise relevant to geriatric physical therapy but not all are physical therapists. Neither are all members of the American Physical Therapy Association. The Board is responsible for the content of the Journal. This responsibility is carried out primarily by assisting with the peer-review of submitted articles. However, board members contribute also by soliciting and submitting articles and by providing feedback on Journal content and procedures.
The Membership Committee exists to recruit new members and retain current membership. Committee members formulate and implement strategies designed to inform members and prospective members of the benefits of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. The committee develops and promotes activities designed to demonstrate the advantages of Academy membership. Other duties include assisting with booth activities at the CSM and National Meetings, conducting exiting member surveys, as well as welcoming and encouraging all members to contribute and be involved in Academy activities. Committee member participation is flexible, depending on members time and availability.
This active committee is responsible for finding the best candidates for the elections that are held once a year. The members serve a three-year term and take on more responsibility each year until in the last of the three years the committee member is the chair of the Nominating committee. The committee meets at Combined Sections. The chair represents the committee at the Academy Board meetings, however the committee stays separate from the board to maintain their independence in finding the best candidates. They attend Member Meetings and talk to the membership to encourage leaders to run for office. The job entails phone and e-mail meetings with the other committee members and communication to the membership at large and to specific candidates.
The Reimbursement and Legislation Committee is concerned with monitoring federal legislation as it relates to reimbursement for physical therapy services. The Committee Chair is the Federal Affairs Liaison (FAL) who is appointed by the President of the AGPT.
The Committee Chair is responsible for facilitating the R&L Committee, which consists of volunteer members. Members assist the Chair by staying current on reimbursement issues relative to his/her region or state. Particular issues of interest include: the therapy cap, Medicare direct access, Medicare reform, Medicaid reform, PPS reform, and CPT code development. The committee communicates through email, phone calls, and at APTA conferences.
Committee Purpose: To promote practice activities related to aging adults to PT and PTAs including but not limited to assisting those therapists/therapists assistants pursuing geriatric Board certification, advanced clinical proficiency recognition for PTA's, and the development/creation/dissemination of evidence-based documents/clinical practice guidelines including collaborating with APTA and the PTNow Portal.
The Regional Course Committee is in charge of developing and coordinating geriatric-based continuing education programs that would be appealing to our membership. Our goals are to provide educational opportunities for members who are unable to attend APTA conferences and to provide that education at affordable prices. We strive to locate these courses in locations other than the current year’s CSM and Annual Confernce sites, in order to reach members who may be too far away to attend these events.
The committee assists the chair with brainstorming topics, finding speakers, and finding locations for the courses. Committee members may also serve as on-site coordinators and leaders of Town Hall style meetings during these courses.
The Research Committee evaluates and addresses the research needs of the Academy. Some of these activities include review of abstracts for CSM, recognition of research activities through presentation of research awards, and focusing on research objectives for the Academy such as educating Academy members about evidenced-based practice. The committee communicates through email, phones calls and at APTA conferences.
The State Advocates work at the local level to advocate for older adults. Some of the responsibilities of an Advocate are: