Student Newsletter

Read the latest newsletter from our APTA Student Assembly! 


·September Student Update ·

Get Involved!

  • Global PT Day of Service, October 10th
    • Participate in giving back to your community alongside PTs, PTAs, and students across the world! Check in with your program to see what projects you can get involved with or get together with a group of friends to serve. 
    • Visit the PTDOS website for more information and project ideas! Please be mindful of CDC and local health guidlines when serving this year.
  • Join an SLC Work Group!
    • ​Want to get involved with the Student Leadership Committee? Join a work group! We are currently looking for students interested in helping plan and execute service projects and student events. 
    • This opportunity consists of working with students across Oregon under the direction of one or more SLC members to help create events and involement opportunities for students. This could include planning meetings and day-of support at events.
    • If you are interested in joining a work group, please email or connect with any SLC representative today! Be on the lookout for email updates about this new opportunity. 
  • APTA-OR Emerging Student Leader Award
    • This is an opportunity for one first-year PTA student and one second-year DPT student to join the Oregon Delegation and engage with the governence of the PT profession at the state and national levels.
    • For more information, visit the APTA Oregon website here
    • Applications are due November 16th.

Advocacy Opportunity:

  • Help fight the cut to reimbursement for PT services!
    • Contact Congress to help prevent CMS' proposed 9% cut to PT services in 2021. Your voice matters!
    • Visit the APTA Legislative Action Center to send a pre-written letter to your Congressional representatives!

Chapter News:

  • Government Affairs Committee Town Hall Meeting, October 13th
    • Join us on October 13th at 6:30pm to learn about current advocacy efforts, policy issues, and the work of the APTA-OR Government Affairs Committee.
    • Click here for more information and to register.
  • Move-A-Thon, October 17th
    • Participate in the Move-A-Thon by rolling, walking, running, biking-- any moving! Track your mileage, take a photo, and share!
    • Participants will be entered into a prize raffle! Click here to sign up.
    • All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the OPT-PAC.
  • Unifying DEI Initiatives During Your Next Interview, October 22nd
    • ​APTA-OR will be featuring speakers JJ Junkin and Katie Abebe for this webinar to provide an interview toolkit for preparation to lead DEI initiatives in your career. 
    • Click here for more information and to register. The webinar will take place at 7pm.
  • COVID-19 Update Page from APTA-OR
    • Stay up to date on how COVID-19 is affecting physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students, and patients locally in Oregon here.

National News:

  • Vote in the upcoming Student Assembly Board of Directors elections!
    • ALL APTA student members will be able to vote in this year's SABoD elections! Voting will open October 8th and close Novemeber 7th. Click here to learn more about the candidate slate and voting information.
  • Become a Centennial Scholar!
    • The APTA Student Assembly is sponsoring one current student to be their Centennial Scholar in the 2021 Centennial Scholars program. 
    • This is a year-long opportunity to create a capstone project to help frame the vision of the PT profession for the next century.
    • Visit APTA Engage for more information about this opportunity.
  • *Virtual* National Student Conclave
    • Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, NSC 2020 will be held in a virtual format. Click here for more information about how you can participate in this exciting conference just for students!
    • Pre-registered here to be entered into a prize raffle!
  • *Virtual* Combined Sections Meeting (CSM)
    • Celebrate the 100th year of APTA at 2021's virtual CSM! More information will be released here in September. 

In Case You Missed It!

  • APTA-OR Student Info Session
    • The Student Leadership Committee hosted a presentation about how students can get involved in APTA Oregon. The session is available for viewing in the PT Students of Oregon Facebook Group! Join today to watch the recording.
  • 2020 Student Fall Mixer
    • This year's Zoom game night was a success! If you attended, be sure to check your email for a post-event survey to provide feedback. 

SAVE THE DATE:

  • Global PT Day of Service (various locations) - October 10
  • Government Affairs Committee Town Hall - October 13, 6:30pm
  • Move-A-Thon - October 17
  • Unifying DEI Initiatives During Your Next Interview - October 22, 7pm
  • APTA National Student Conclave - November 5-7 (virtual)
  • Emerging Student Leader Award applications due - November 16
  • APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) - February 24-27 (virtual)

Final Thoughts: 

Fall is here and this year's events are underway! The SLC is feeling encouraged and optimistic following two successful student events in September. Looking ahead, we are excited about launching a PT month service opportunity (coming soon!), creating student work groups, and planning events for the spring. 

Save the date for a number of upcoming opportunities, including voting in the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors elections and applying for the APTA-OR Emerging Student Leader Award. If you have any questions or concerns or are looking for ways to be involved, please do not hesitate to reach out to any SLC member. We are here to serve you!

Best,

Sydney Neumann, SPT

For more updates, follow @APTAOregonSLC on Instagram!


·August Student Update ·

Upcoming Events:

  • APTA Oregon Students Info Webinar, September 3 at 6pm
    • Want to learn more about APTA Oregon and the Student Leadership Committee? This is for you! A webinar designed with first-year students in mind to help students of all years learn more about the APTA and help them get involved.
  • Student Fall Mixer, September 16 at 6pm
    • ​Get to know Oregon PT and PTA students at the 2020 virtual fall mixer. While this event will look different than previous years, it will be just as fun, complete with games, networking, and prizes!
    • Information about registration will be coming soon! Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to stay up to date. 

Advocacy Opportunity:

  • Help fight the cut to reimbursement for PT services!
    • Contact Congress to help prevent CMS' proposed 9% cut to PT services in 2021. Your voice matters!
    • Visit the APTA Legislative Action Center to send a pre-written letter to your Congressional representatives!

Chapter News:

  • OPTA is now APTA Oregon!
    • In an effort to unify state chapters across APTA, the Oregon Physical Therapy Association is now APTA Oregon. Check out the new logo in the header of this email or on our website!
  • COVID-19 Update Page from APTA-OR
    • Stay up to date on how COVID-19 is affecting physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students, and patients locally in Oregon here.

National News:

  • *Virtual* National Student Conclave
    • Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, NSC 2020 will be held in a virtual format. Click here for more information about how you can participate in this exciting conference just for students!
  • *Virtual* Combined Sections Meeting (CSM)
    • Celebrate the 100th year of APTA at 2021's virtual CSM! More information will be released here in September. 

In Case You Missed It:

  • ACAPT, COVID-19, and the Job Market
    • Click here to view the replay of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy's webinar titled "Navigating the Job Market During a Pandemic."
    • You can also view a series of recorded interviews about the topic on ACAPT's website here
  • Stay up to date on APTA Oregon news!
    • Click here to read the latest chapter news. 
  • Want to be more involved in APTA Oregon?
    • If you want to get more involved with the Oregon Chapter, reach out to your SLC representative or join a committee! We would love to help you find a place in APTA Oregon and pursue your passions.

SAVE THE DATE:

  • APTA Oregon Students Info Webinar - September 3, 6pm (virtual)
  • Student Fall Mixer - September 16, 6pm (virtual)
  • Global PT Day of Service (various locations) - October 10
  • APTA National Student Conclave - November 5-7 (virtual)
  • APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) - February 24-27 (virtual)

Final Thoughts: 

It's almost time for back-to-school! I want to welcome all the new PT and PTA students starting school in the coming months! This will be a challenging but rewarding journey, and your Student Leadership Committee representatives are here to be great resources for you as you navigate this next chapter. We hope you will join us for our virtual info session on September 3rd!

Welcome back to all the returning students! We hope this will be another great year! The SLC has been hard at work over the summer to plan games, activities, and prizes for the virtual fall mixer in September. While many events this fall will be in a virtual format, we are still so excited for all the opportunities we will have to connect with each other and the PT profession!

Best,

Sydney Neumann, SPT

For more updates, follow @APTAOregonSLC on Instagram!


·May Pulse Update ·

*Virtual* House of Delegates Opportunities:

  • Join the APTA Student Network
    • The Student Assembly makes up 1/3 of APTA membership. Join the Student Network and provide your feedback on House motions and policy issues! Sign up on APTA Engage. 
    • Contact your SPT Delegate at [email protected] with any questions about this opportunity or anything related to HoD.
  • Join the PTA/SPTA Network
    • PTA students, this opportunity is for you! The PTA Network is designed to walk PTAs and SPTAs through the PTA Caucus and House of Delegates process. Join this group to connect with other SPTAs and learn the "ins and outs" of HoD in real time! Sign up on APTA Engage.
    • Questions? Reach out to current SLC members Scotti Gamboa, SPTA and Michelle Spindler, SPTA who will be attending as PTA delegates. 

*Virtual* APTA NEXT Conference:

  • Purchase 20+ Programming Hours
    • Over 20 conference sessions are now available online and can be viewed anytime before the end of the calendar year! Course bundles are being offered at a significantly reduced rate of $20 for APTA members or $40 for non-members. Take advantage of this awesome learning opportunity and purchase your courses on the APTA Learning Center before July 31!
  •  Live programming will be announced soon!

New Grad News:

  • Job Market & COVID-19 Webinar - June 18th, 7pm
    • This 1-hour webinar will feature two guest speakers who will provide insight about the dynamics of the current pandemic and how to navigate the job market during this time.
    • Register on the APTA Oregon website, as space is limited! This opportunity is open to both APTA members and non-members. 
  • New Graduate Mentor Group
    • The APTA Oregon Membership Committee is working on a new initiative to connect new grads with each other and current professionals in Oregon. 
    • Be on the lookout for more information about this new group or contact the Membership Committee Chair at [email protected] 

State News:

  • OPTA is now APTA Oregon!
    • In an effort to unify state chapters across APTA, the Oregon Physical Therapy Association is now APTA Oregon. Check out the new logo in the header of this email or on our website!
  • COVID-19 Update Page from APTA-OR
    • Stay up to date on how COVID-19 is affecting physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students, and patients locally in Oregon here.

National News:

  • Advocacy Opportunity!
    • Contact your congressional representatives today to advocate for a variety of PT-related issues in COVID-19 legislation, including expanding telehealth services, preventing Medicare cuts, and addressing the opioid crisis. 
    • Visit the APTA Legislative Action Center now to learn about the issues and contact your representatives! Non-members and the public can also participate by clicking here.
  • The Pulse Blog
    • APTA's blog by students, for students. Check back frequently for new posts!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Want to get more involved in APTA?
    • Applications for the Student Assembly Board of Directors open on May 26th! Reach out to the current Nominating Committee for more information on how to apply. 
    • Check out the student involvement guide and sign-up for APTA's volunteer portal, APTA Engage

SAVE THE DATE:

  • APTA House of Delegates (online format) - June 1-3
  • APTA NEXT Conference (online format) - June 3-6
  • Job Market & COVID-19 Webinar (for new grads) - June 18, 7pm
  • APTA National Student Conclave - November 5-7 (Austin, TX)
  • APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) - February 24-27 (Orlando, FL)

Final Thoughts: 

As the school year comes to a close, I want to extend a special congratulations to everyone in the Class of 2020! While graduation may look differently than originally anticipated, your accomplishments are commendable and inspiring. I wish you all the best of luck as you enter the physical therapy profession. You've got this!

Continuing students, be on the lookout for exciting updates from your Student Leadership Committee representatives. School may be ending, but the SLC is working diligently to plan a variety of opportunities for students to network, volunteer, and engage more with the PT profession throughout the coming year! New grads who are planning on practicing in Oregon, be sure to join the Membership Committee's New Graduate Mentor Group.

I hope you all have a great summer! If you would like to learn more about how to get involved with the Oregon Chapter of the APTA in the coming year, do not hesitate to reach out to the members of the Student Leadership Committee. 

Best,

Sydney Neumann, SPT

For more updates, follow @APTAOregonSLC on Instagram!

APTA Oregon Student Information

Local Opportunities:

  • National Advocacy Dinner Webinar, April 16th (6pm)
    • Join us at to learn about physical therapy advocacy and current issues facing providers and patients! Attendees may even win free food and prizes!
    • Open to both members and non-members of OPTA.
    • Register here for the event link. 
  • OPTA Chapter Resiliency Series Webinars, April 18th & May 16th
    • Join us for webinars by speakers who were originally scheduled for the annual conference! 
    • Discounted rates available for students. Click here for more information or to register! CE credits available where applicable. 

State News:

  • Advocacy Opportunity!
    • Contact your congressional representatives today to advocate for inclusion of the CONNECT for Health Act in COVID-19 relief packages!
    • This would expand physical therapy telehealth services that are highly needed, especially during this pandemic. 
    • Visit the APTA Legislative Action Center now! Non-members and the public can also participate by clicking here.
  • COVID-19 Update Page from OPTA
    • Stay up to date on how COVID-19 is affecting physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, students, and patients locally in Oregon here.

National News:

  • Good News for Students with Federal Loans
    • New changes to federal loans announced due to COVID-19, including 0% interest rates for 60 days!
    • Read more The Pulse blog for more information from APTA for students.
  • Student Indebtedness Survey
    • This survey is to help the APTA Student Assembly and the Arizona delegation gain information for a motion at House of Delegates that, if adopted, would promote financial transparency in all CAPTE accredited programs.
    • Students who complete the survey will have the option to be entered to win registration to 2020 APTA National Student Conclave or APTA Centennial gear!  
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Education Survey
    • This survey is from the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) as they are seeking to identify common challenges and alternatives being implemented for PT education during this time. 
  • House of Delegates and NEXT Conference Now Virtual
    • Due to COVID-19, House of Delegates is being moved to an online platform.
    • APTA NEXT conference will now be offered in a condensed, virtual format. Click here for more information. 
  • The Pulse Blog
    • APTA's blog by students, for students. Check back frequently for new posts!

Volunteer Opportunities:

SAVE THE DATE:

  • National Advocacy Dinner Webinar - April 16
  • OPTA Chapter Resiliency Series Webinars - April 18, May 16
  • APTA House of Delegates (online format) - June 1-3
  • APTA NEXT Conference (online format) - June 3-6
  • APTA National Student Conclave - November 5-7 (Austin, TX)

Final Thoughts: 

Hi everyone! My name is Sydney and I am your new Oregon Core Ambassador to the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors.

I know all of the changes we are facing, from class online to canceled clinical rotations, were sudden and unexpected. However, I applaud your resilience and dedication to the physical therapy profession throughout this challenging situation. This has been a difficult time, and I want to congratulate everyone for making the most of a tough situation. 

Please know that the student leaders of the APTA and OPTA are here for you during this time, so please do not hesitate to reach out. We will get through this together!

Best,

Sydney Neumann, SPT

For more updates, follow @APTAOregonSLC on Instagram!

OPTA Student Information

CONTACT YOUR CURRENT STUDENT LEADER REPRESENTATIVE 

George Fox University:  Lindsey Wallace (Chief Liaison) at [email protected]

Pacific University: Sydney Neumann (Core Ambassador) at [email protected]

Lane Community College: Michelle Spindler at [email protected]

Mt. Hood Community College: Jason Warman at [email protected]


 ·January Pulse Update ·

Local Opportunities:

  • 2020 OPTA Annual Conference Scholarship
    • Interested in attending this year's annual conference? The Student Leadership Committee is offering scholarships for students to attend! 
    • Tell us what you hope to get out of this year's conference and you could be awarded one of three scholarships!
  • PT Night Out - Thursday, February 20th
    • Meet up for a drink with other physical therapy students and professionals every third Thursday of the month at one of 14 locations across Oregon. Like the Facebook page here to stay up to date on events! A good time, guaranteed.
  • 2020-2021 Student Leadership Committee Applications 
    • Apply now for the Student Leadership Committee (SLC)! 
    • Help foster engagement between students and the OPTA
    • Great professional networking opportunities with state leaders in the OPTA and APTA
    • Advancement of individual leadership skills and an opportunity to be a part of a great team with representatives from each PT/PTA school in the state! 

State News:

  • OPTA 2020 Annual Conference - March 14th,  Holiday Inn, Portland Airport
    • Join us for the annual OPTA conference! This is a great opportunity to network and attend amazing breakout sessions!
    • Special Keynote Speaker, Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT is joining us to speak on inclusion, personal leadership and best practices in community organizing. 
    • A total list of sessions and the schedule is available in the conference brochure
  • 2020 OPTA Student Conference - February 29th, George Fox
    • The Student Leadership Committee is putting on our second annual conference just for Students and it's FREE! 
    • Get to know other students from around the state and attend breakout sessions that are targeted just for students
    • Full schedule to be released soon. Keep your eye on the Physical Therapy Students of Oregon facebook group for more information. 
  • National Advocacy Dinner - April 16th, Pacific University
    • With so many changes to our profession, it is more important than every to advocate for change! 
    • Join us for this year's National Advocacy Dinner to learn more about issues affecting our profession and how you can get involved to facilitate change. 
    • More information coming soon! 

National News:

  • Combined Section Meeting - February 12-15th Denver, CO
    • There is still time to register for CSM! 
    • This year the Student Assembly (That's YOU APTA members!) will be voting on important changes to the bylaws.
    • See all available programming at the largest physical therapy conference in the country! 
  • Payment Win: CMS Reverses Coding Edits
    • APTA and it's members engaged in extensive advocacy efforts to convince CMS to rethink it's decision
    • PTs will be able to return to billing for ther act on the same day as evals. Read more here! 
  • Humana Adopts PTA Coding System
    • Announced they will mirror the CMS rule with a 85% payment differential for therapy services delivered "in whole or in part" by a PTA or OTA.
    • Payment differential to begin in 2022, with code modifiers beginning in 2020. 
  • 2020 Federal Advocacy Forum March 29-31 Washington, D.C.
    • Registration is open until March 16th for this years FAF
    • Join PTs, PTAs and students in a 3-day conference that provides the latest on regulatory and legislative issues affecting the professsion
    • Opportunity at end of conference to make in-person visits to Senate and House offices
  • APTA Pulse podcast 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Want to get more involved in the APTA this year?
    • APTA and the APTA Student Assembly have a bunch of volunteer positions and events coming up, and we want you to volunteer. Check out these great opportunities!

SAVE THE DATE:

  • Combined Sections Meeting - February 12-15th Denver, CO
  • OPTA Student Conference - February 29th
  • OPTA Annual Conference - March 14th 
  • APTA Federal Advocacy Forum - March 29-31st
  • National Advocacy Dinner - April 16th
  • APTA House of Delegates - June 1-3 Phoenix, AZ
  • APTA NEXT Conference - June 3-6 Phoenix, AZ

Final Thoughts: 

This year is getting started out with a bang! There are so many exciting opportunities to get involved in your profession and to grow your network and leadership skills. 

Applications for the Student Leadership Committee is now open! This is an amazing opportunity to work with students from every school in the state to put on great content for students and to foster connections with the OPTA and APTA. Ask any of your student leader representatives for more information - we can't wait to see what next year's board will do! 

Best,

Scotti Gamboa

For more updates, follow the Student Leadership Committee @opta_slc 

OPTA Student Information

CONTACT YOUR CURRENT STUDENT LEADER REPRESENTATIVE 

George Fox:  Peter Cain (Chief Liaison) at [email protected]

Pacific University: Sydney Zamora at [email protected]

Lane Community College: Kayla Rondeau at [email protected]

Mt. Hood Community College: Scotti Gamboa (Core Ambassador) at [email protected]


· October Pulse Update ·

Local Opportunities:

  • 2020 Emerging Student Leader Award - Accepting Applications Now!
    • This award gives students first-hand experience in the governance of our profession at the state and national levels.
    • The award also includes support for the PT student to attend APTA National Student Conclave
    • The Emerging Student Leader Award provides funds for one PT student and one PTA student to attend the APTA House of Delegates (HOD), which will be held in Phoenix, AZ, June 1-3, 2020. 
    • Learn more about this great opportunity or submit an application
  • Global PT Day of Service 
    • PTDOS is an awesome opportunity for PTs, PTAs, SPTs, and SPTAs to come to together and give back to their community.
    • OPTA is proud to continue its service with Nightstrike. Nightstrike offers services in Portland every Thursday night for people who are unhoused. Its our turn to help out! Sign up to serve on October 10th or October 17th.
  • PT Night Out - Thursday October 17th
    • Meet up for a drink with other physical therapy students and professionals every third Thursday of the month at one of 14 locations across Oregon. Like the Facebook page here to stay up to date on events! A good time, guaranteed.

State News:

  • OPTA 2020 Annual Conference - March 14th, 2020

National News:

  • Where Things Stand, What APTA'S Doing: Fee Schedule, SNF and HH rules from CMS
    • This year's standout challenge: advocacy efforts around the CMS proposed physician fee schedule (PFS).
    • The rule as proposed includes at least 2 troubling provisions that demanded a strong response
      • How CMS would go about determining whether therapy services were delivered "in part" by a physical therapist assistant (PTA) or occupational therapy assistant (OTA)
      • Proposes an estimated 8% cut to reimbursement for physical therapists (PTs) and several other professions.
    • APTA continues to advocate for the profession, the association also provides its members with plenty of opportunities to get up-to-speed with both proposed and final rules. Read more about what the APTA is doing and how to get involved here
  • Registration for the 2019 APTA National Student Conclave (NSC) is now open!
    • Did you know, APTA NSC is the only conference designed by and for PT and PTA students?
    • Join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 31 - November 2, 2019. Register here!
  • PTA Turns 50!
    • Did you know that PTA's are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019? We'll be celebrating all year long! Contact your Director of SPTA Relations Brittanie Brantley to see how you can get involved!
  • APTA Pulse podcast 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Want to get more involved in the APTA this year?
    • APTA and the APTA Student Assembly have a bunch of volunteer positions and events coming up, and we want you to volunteer. Check out these great opportunities!

SAVE THE DATE:

  • APTA National Student Conclave - October 31-November 2
    • ​Albuquerque, NM
    • Student run conference for students by students!
    • Best rates end September 25th
    • Learn more here 
  • OPTA Annual Conference - March 14th 

Final Thoughts: 

Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Fall Student Mixer! We had a great turn out this year and enjoyed games, food and networking in the sun. If you haven't had a chance to respond to the survey, please take a moment to do so here

The APTA National Student Conclave is this Oct 31-Nov 2! It's sure to a spooky event with lots of fun, networking and great speakers. We want to have a good Oregon turn out this year! I'll be attending so feel free to contact me directly if you need assistance with finding flights, roommates or just want a friendly face to hang out with! 

Best,

Scotti Gamboa

For more updates, follow the Student Leadership Committee @opta_slc 

OPTA Student Information

CONTACT YOUR CURRENT STUDENT LEADER REPRESENTATIVE 

George Fox:  Peter Cain (Chief Liaison) at [email protected]

Pacific University: Sydney Zamora at [email protected]

Lane Community College: Kayla Rondeau at [email protected]

Mt. Hood Community College: Scotti Gamboa (Core Ambassador) at [email protected]


·September Pulse Update ·

Local Opportunities:

  • Student Fall Mixer - September 20th at 3:30
    • Join us for our annual Fall Mixer at Barsotti Park
      • 16610 SW Blanton St, Beaverton, OR 97007
    • Hang out with other students from George Fox, Pacific, Mount Hood and Lane for a day of fun and networking
    • See our facebook invite for more information about this awesome event!
  • PT Night Out - Thursday September 19th
    • Meet up for a drink with other physical therapy students and professionals every third Thursday of the month at one of 14 locations across Oregon. Like the Facebook page here to stay up to date on events! A good time, guaranteed.

State News:

  • OPTA Fall Workshop - September 28th
    • Join us at our fall workshop celebrating 50 years!
    • Registration is open now and is only $35 for Student OPTA members
    • Program Includes
      • Collaborative Leadership for PTAs
      • Beyond "Cultural Competency"; Why the Traditional Model Isn't Enough
      • Utilization Management...Why is it Here and What Can We Do About It?

    • Read the full brochure here 

National News:

  • Registration for the 2019 APTA National Student Conclave (NSC) is now open!
    • Did you know, APTA NSC is the only conference designed by and for PT and PTA students?
    • Join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 31 - November 2, 2019. Register before September 25 for the best rates.
  • PTA Turns 50!
    • Did you know that PTA's are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019? We'll be celebrating all year long! Contact your Director of SPTA Relations Brittanie Brantley to see how you can get involved!
  • APTA Pulse podcast 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Go Baby Go ​- September 17th 
    • Community build to adapt cars, toys, and books for children! All volunteers welcome.
  • Want to get more involved in the APTA this summer?
    • APTA and the APTA Student Assembly have a bunch of volunteer positions and events coming up, and we want you to volunteer. Check out these great opportunities!

SAVE THE DATE:

  • OPTA Student Fall Mixer - September 20 
  • OPTA Fall Workshop - September 28
  • APTA National Student Conclave - October 31-November 2
    • ​Albuquerque, NM
    • Student run conference for students by students!
    • Best rates end September 25th
    • Learn more here 
  • OPTA Annual Conference - March 14th 

Final Thoughts: 

Welcome back to school and congratulations to all the new 1st years! I hope you all are enjoying your last few days of summer before the leaves start turning.  I hope you all already received an invite to our annual Fall Mixer on the 20th! This is sure to be the best year yet. This is a great opportunity to meet other students from around the state for a day of food and fun!

The APTA National Student Conclave is this Oct 31-Nov 2! It's sure to a spooky event with lots of fun, networking and great speakers. We want to have a good Oregon turn out this year! I'll be attending so feel free to contact me directly if you need assistance with finding flights, roommates or just want a friendly face to hang out with! 

If you are looking for a more local workshop to attend, the OPTAs Fall Workshop is September 28th. Registration is now open and only $35 for student members! We hope to see you there.

Best,

Scotti Gamboa

For more updates, follow the Student Leadership Committee @opta_slc 

OPTA Student Information

CONTACT YOUR CURRENT STUDENT LEADER REPRESENTATIVE 

George Fox:  Peter Cain (Chief Liaison) at [email protected]

Pacific University: Sara Servi Rattigan at [email protected]

Lane Community College: Kayla Rondeau at [email protected]

Mt. Hood Community College: Scotti Gamboa (Core Ambassador) at [email protected]


·August Pulse Update ·

Local Opportunities:

  • PT Night Out - Thursday August 15th
    • Meet up for a drink with other physical therapy students and professionals every third Thursday of the month at one of 14 locations across Oregon. Like the Facebook page here to stay up to date on events! A good time, guaranteed.

State News:

  • 2020 OPTA Board of Directors and APTA House of Delegate Applications
    • All OPTA PT and PTA members are eligible to vote
    • August 15th is the final day for write-in petitions/nominations
    • Election open September 28th - October 28th 
  • OPTA Fall Workshop - September 28th
    • Join us at our fall workshop celebrating 50 years!
    • Put this date on your calendar and we hope to see you there
  • Student Fall Mixer - TBD September
    • Keep an eye out for the final date for our annual Fall Mixer
    • Hang out with other students from George Fox, Pacific, Mount Hood and Lane for a day of fun and networking

National News:

  • SNF New Payment System in effect October 1st
    • ​Implements the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)
    • Group Therapy adjusted to 2-6 patients doing the same or similar activities
    • Read more about the new system here
  • PTA's turn 50!
    • Did you know that PTA's are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019? We'll be celebrating all year long! Contact your Director of SPTA Relations Brittanie Brantley to see how you can get involved!
  • APTA Pulse podcast 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Go Baby Go ​- August 20th 
    • Community build to adapt cars, toys, and books for children! All volunteers welcome.
  • Want to get more involved in the APTA this summer?
    • APTA and the APTA Student Assembly have a bunch of volunteer positions and events coming up, and we want you to volunteer. Check out these great opportunities!

SAVE THE DATE:

  • OPTA Fall Workshop - September 28 
  • OPTA Annual Conference - March 14th 
  • APTA National Student Conclave - October 31-November 2
    • ​Albuquerque, NM
    • Student run conference for students by students!
    • Best rates end September 25th
    • Learn more here 

Final Thoughts: 

I hope you all are enjoying your summer! Keep an eye out for more information in your email and on our facebook page for more information about our annual Fall Mixer to take place at the end of September. This is a great opportunity to meet other students from around the state for a day of food and fun!

Remember the OPTAs Fall Workshop is September 28th. Registration is now open and only $35 for student members! We hope to see you there

Best,

Scotti Gamboa

For more updates, follow the Student Leadership Committee @opta_slc 

OPTA Student Information

CONTACT YOUR CURRENT STUDENT LEADER REPRESENTATIVE 

George Fox:  Peter Cain (Chief Liaison) at [email protected]

Pacific University: Sara Servi Rattigan at [email protected]

Lane Community College: Kayla Rondeau at [email protected]

Mt. Hood Community College: Scotti Gamboa at [email protected]

 

· June Pulse Update ·

Local Opportunities:

  • PT Night Out - Thursday June 20th
    • Meet up for a drink with other physical therapy students and professionals every third Thursday of the month at one of 14 locations across Oregon. Like the Facebook page here to stay up to date on events! A good time, guaranteed.
  • Calling all New Grads!
    • Interested in learning more about APTA resources for new grads?

State News:

  • New Grant Program
    • Deadline to apply is July 1st!
    • Supports member lead initiatives that promote the values of the APTA within Oregon
    • Awarding Grants from $500-$5,000
  • 2020 OPTA Board of Directors and APTA House of Delegate Applications
    • All OPTA PT and PTA members are eligible to vote
    • July 2nd Applications due to Nominating Committee
    • Election open September 28th - October 28th 
  • OPTA Fall Workshop - September 28th
    • Join us at our fall workshop celebrating 50 years!
    • Put this date on your calendar and we hope to see you there

National News:

  • APTA Legislative Advocacy Activity
    • Legislation to Include PTs in Student Loan Relief Program Introduced
      • The proposed change,  would allow PTs to participate in the National Health Services Corps (NHSC), a federal initiative that provides greater patient access to health care in rural and underserved areas—and incentivizes health care provider participation through a student loan forgiveness program. Read more here!
  • NEXT APTA Conference and Exposition 
    • Chicago June 12-15, 2019
    • Experience more than 60 interactive educational sessions, forward-thinking discussions, and networking opportunities
    • Attending this year's conference? We'd love to hear your story. Contact your Student Leadership Representative for more info. 
  • APTA House of Delegates
    • Chicago June 9 - 11 
    • The House of Delegates (House) is an APTA policy-making body comprised of voting chapter delegates, non-voting delegates (the Board of Directors and section, assembly, and PTA Caucus delegates), and consultants.
    • Delegates make decisions on issues that may have far-reaching implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. 
    • APTA members can view the open sessions of the House via livestream
  • PTA's turn 50!
    • Did you know that PTA's are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019? We'll be celebrating all year long! Contact your Director of SPTA Relations Brittanie Brantley to see how you can get involved!
  • APTA Pulse podcast 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  •  PDX AMBUCS Amtryke Fair - Saturday, June 8th
    • Atrium at Legacy Emanuel
    • Provides options for adaptive tricycles to children and adults with disabilities in Oregon and Washington
    • Learn more about this organization and sign up here to help build 11 new adaptive tricycles for kiddos!
  • LEAP Adaptive Ballet - August 3rd
    • Volunteer at the Northwest Rett Syndrome Association Conference
    • LEAP Adaptive Ballet is teaching a dance class for all the kids with Rett Syndrome
    • Need volunteers to work with kids from ages 2-39 with varying functional levels from those who are ambulatory, running and in wheelchairs. 
    • Please email [email protected] for more information and how to participate in this wonderful event
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association Supper Camp - July 13-19th
    • MDA Summer camp give kids ages 8-17 the freedom to be kids with others who are just like them - at no cost to their families
    • We need Counselors to be with the kids day and night so they can do all the fun activities the camp offers. 
    • Great opportunity for hands-on experience in education, recreation, family social sciences and medical professions as well as 140-hours volunteer hours!
    • For more information, view the youtube video and contact Cindy Bishop at [email protected]
  • Want to get more involved in the APTA this summer?
    • APTA and the APTA Student Assembly have a bunch of volunteer positions and events coming up, and we want you to volunteer. Check out these great opportunities!

SAVE THE DATE:

 

Final Thoughts: 

It's graduation season! First of all, APTA and I want to wish those of you who are graduating a big congratulations. And, to everyone else, congratulations on a successful school year!  

We hope to continue providing new service opportunities, so please reach out to your SLC representative with any events you want to include in next month's Pulse. 

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions!

Best,

Scotti Gamboa

 

For more updates, follow the Student Leadership Committee @opta_slc 

OPTA Student Information

CONTACT YOUR CURRENT STUDENT LEADER REPRESENTATIVE 

George Fox:  Peter Cain (Chief Liaison) at [email protected]

Pacific University: Sara Servi Rattigan at [email protected]

Lane Community College: Kayla Rondeau at [email protected]

Mt. Hood Community College: Scotti Gamboa at [email protected]