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June 14, 2017

Be sure to register with your user account (its easy to create one-just join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO)) on

Details and links to registration are below. All times are Eastern.


PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH

June 16, 2017 1 PM - 2:30 ET

Learn how to leverage the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database to build a search

Learn about the 4 different types of MeSH terms

We will investigate the structure of the MeSH database (spoiler alert…it’s hierarchical) and look at the components of a MeSH record.


PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping

June 23, 2017 1 PM - 2:30 ET

Learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database.

Learn how ATM helps you search effectively with keywords.

We will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn't included in Search Details

We will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed (spoiler alert…there’s a phrase index)


PubMed® for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search

June 30, 2017 1 PM - 2:30 ET

This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively.

We will learn how to use MeSH terms the way Indexers do and we’ll explore the Index feature to build a search and explore a topic.

We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries as tools for building a focused search.


PubMed® for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features

July 7, 2017 1 PM - 2:30 ET

Looking for a specific type of study? This class will explore the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design

We’ll explore 3 PubMed features that facilitate evidence-based searching

Explore the Clinical Queries tool that includes a Systematic Review search hedge

We’ll take a quick look at PubMed Health as a source for published systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness research


PubMed® for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI

July 14, 2017 1 PM - 2:30 ET

Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account.

We’ll look at the built-in My NCBI tools that help you manage your PubMed searches.

We’ll explore available My NCBI filters, why you want to use My NCBI filters and how to create a custom filter.

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June 05, 2017

This 2-day course called Advances in Exercise for the Older Adult: A PTA Focus Course will focus on the Physical Therapist Assistant’s (PTA) use of exercise as an advanced rehabilitation intervention for the aging adult. Several common functional outcome measures will be actively performed by participants or demonstrated by instructors. The physical stress theory regarding proper exercise intensity will be presented. PTAs will learn how to utilize this concept in exercise programs for aging adults, as indicated by the physical therapy (PT) plan of care (POC), for aerobic conditioning, balance, gait and strength training.  A variety of diagnoses commonly treated in aging adults will be reviewed and discussed relative to the application of exercise principles, treatment progression, and precautions.  A discussion of barriers and motivation strategies to assist the aging adult in achieving goals will be included. The course will include both lecture and hands-on practical lab activities. Maximum number of participants is 60.
More info and registration is available at

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May 22, 2017

Assisting with the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy's  booth is a great way to volunteer and meet other Physical Therapists in your field.
If you are interested in staffing the booth, please click here to sign up!

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May 19, 2017

The Board of Directors of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy announces a search for the Editor of GeriNotes. GeriNotes is the Academy’s official clinical magazine and provides our members with research, clinical news, updates and tips, event announcements and relevant Academy news. The publication is not peer reviewed. It is published five time a year (January, May, July, September and November). The first issue under the sole direction of the new editor is the January 2018 issue and will need to be appointed by August 2017. The Editor will receive an honorarium for each completed issue. The initial term is one year with additional terms negotiated between the Board of Directors and the Editor.

Those interested in the position should provide with the following:

A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the role of Editor such as past experience as an editor or member of an editorial team, demonstrated capacity to manage deadlines and to attract and retain contributors, your vision for the publication and a copy of your curriculum vitae/resume.

Requirements for the position include effective communication skills both written and oral, working closely with the Editorial Board, the ability to meet all deadlines, insuring relevant and engaging newsletter content and quality and working with Academy leadership to advance the Academy’s strategic plan.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017. Applications should be sent electronically to


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May 18, 2017

Locum Tenens has long been an issue for many therapists who work in rural areas and can’t get coverage during illness/vacations – thus interrupting continuity of care.

In a transmittal published May 12, CMS announced that "reciprocal billing and fee-for-time arrangements" under Medicare part B will be extended to PTs in health professional shortage areas (HPSA), medically underserved areas (MUA), or in CMS-designated rural areas (any area outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area or Metropolitan Division). The change, triggered by the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law in December 2016, was 1 of APTA's top public policy priorities.

Under the new provisions, Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) are instructed to pay the regular PT for the services of a substitute PT, regardless of whether those services were provided through a reciprocal billing arrangement or if the PT pays the substitute in a per diem or other fee-for-service arrangement.

It's important to note that the change is limited to certain parts of the country designated by CMS as a HPSA, MUA, or "rural area." PTs can find out if they're practicing in a HPSA or MUA by visiting the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) website. Finding out about rural areas is a little trickier: the information is available on a webpage devoted to the final rule's data files. To get at the Excel file with the relevant information, scroll down to a gray "Downloads" box and open a file titled "County to CBSA crosswalk file and urban CBSAs and constituent counties for acute care hospitals." The areas left blank in the excel sheet are the ones CMS has designated as rural.

The change is effective June 13, 2017


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April 11, 2017

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Physical Therapy has chosen the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy as recipient of the 2017 Premier Partner in Research Award.

Since 2008, the Foundation has presented this award to a select few organizations who have made generous and long-standing contributions critical to the success of the Foundation and its mission. The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy has continuously been a strong supporter of the Foundation donating over $410,000 to support physical therapy research.

The Board is grateful for the Academy’s ongoing dedication and support to the Foundation and to the profession’s researchers. The Foundation will present this award to the Academy at APTA’s Next Conference & Exposition to be held in Boston in June 2017. See the full press release at

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April 01, 2017

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has announced the 2017 Honors and Awards Program recipients and we are very proud to recognize the following members of the Academy of Geriatric of Physical Therapy:

Ethel Frese, PT, DPT, FAPTA, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
Cheryl Resnik, PT, DPT, FAPTA, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
Tamara N. Gravano, PT, DPT, Lucy Blair Service Award
Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, Lucy Blair Service Award
Cathy Haines Ciolek, PT, DPT, Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award
Deanna Wanzek, PT, Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award
Myla Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS, Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching
Brendon Larsen, SPTA, Mary McMillan Scholarship Award for Physical Therapist Assistant Students
Leah Huber Wright, SPTA, Mary McMillan Scholarship Award for Physical Therapist Assistant Students

Award recipients will be recognized during the Honors & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 22, 5:30–6:30 pm, at the NEXT 2017 Conference and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. for all awardees.

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March 16, 2017

The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living has released their Profile of Older Americans for 2016. The info can be found at

The annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population, A Profile of Older Americans: 2016, is now available, online only.  It includes both narrative and statistical charts. This annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population covers 15 topical areas, including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving.This profile covers 15 topical areas including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving.  

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February 07, 2017

Congratulations to AGPT Member Margaret Danilovich, DPT, PhD, Instructor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a recipient of the $40,000 Geriatric Research Grant. Her 2-year project titled, “Implementing a Successful Aging Intervention to Reduce Frailty” will allow physical therapists to be at the forefront of the development and implementation of a self-management intervention for frailty as well as provide the foundation for an intervention designed to facilitate successful aging in the community for frail older adults. This grant is supported by the Foundation’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Fund.
Also, Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, CLT, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University was awarded the newly established $40,000 Moffat Geriatric Research Grant. Her 2-year project titled, “Breast Cancer Impairment Knowledge Study” will compare health beliefs about breast cancer-related impairments and PT to treat impairments between breast cancer survivors (BCS) and oncology specialists, assess reasons for and referral patterns to PT to manage impairments by breast cancer oncology specialists, and assess the relationship between oncology specialist priorities of PT referral and self-reported impairments of BCS. This project is funded by the Foundation’s Moffat Fund for Geriatric Research.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships. Over the last 37 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 576 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $753 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation. To learn more, visit

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January 17, 2017

Active Aging Week is September 24-30, 2017

Visit the website for planning tips, theme days, resources, and other ways to get involved

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September 04, 2016


Important Practice Updates - August 2016

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January 05, 2016

Activity Description

FALLS - Every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department because of a fall. CDC developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) Initiative to help providers incorporate fall prevention into clinical practice. The goal is to reduce falls among older adults and to help them remain healthy, active, and independent as long as possible.

CDC created this STEADI: Older Adult Fall Prevention training to give you the tools you need to make fall risk screening, risk factor assessment, and falls interventions part of your clinical practice.

The content is based on established clinical guidelines. You will learn:

• Two easy screening methods to determine a patient’s fall risk

• Three rapid standardized gait, strength and balance assessment tests

• To apply the STEADI algorithm to determine a patient's fall risk level

• To select appropriate evidence-based interventions based on risk level

• To engage your older patients in interventions to reduce their fall risk

Target Audience

Health care providers (physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, etc.) who see adults aged 65 and older in clinical practice. Public health professionals, health education specialists, and others who influence or are involved in clinical practice.

Subject Areas

Falls, hip fracture, injury prevention, geriatrics, older adults, elderly


This course is optimized to run in the most current version of most browsers

(e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 and newer).

How to Obtain CE

To obtain Continuing Education (CE) for this course, you must register at the Training and Continuing Education website (TCE Online) and complete the requirements for CE.


To register, please follow the following steps:

Go to  Select Participant Login then enter your login name and password. If you are new to TCEO, select New Participant to create an account.

Once logged in, you will be on the Participant Services page; select the Search and Register link.

       Search the keyword STEADI and select View.

       Click on the course name, STEADI: Older Adult Fall

Prevention. Scroll down to Register Here, and select the type of CE requested and Submit.

       Either complete or verify the demographic information page and select

Submit.If you have already completed the course, select the option to take the evaluation. Complete the evaluation and Submit. A posttest will follow the evaluation. Complete and Submit.

If you have not completed the course, you will be directed back to Participant Services.  Under Evaluations and Tests you may access the course detail page, the course link, or the evaluation and/or posttest after completing the course.

Your CE certificate will be located in the Transcript and Certificate section, located on the Participant Services page.

If you have any questions or problems with TCEO, contact CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online at 1-800-41TRAIN (1-800-418-7246) or

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