April 2021
 April 20, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

The 2021 Legislative Advocacy Day will be a virtual event offered via Zoom.  The agenda includes guest speakers and a review of current legislative issues.  

Members should refer to member emails for sign-up information.  

 April 24, 2021 @ 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

Saturday, April 24 - 8am-12pm

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Course Brochure:  Download file

This course is intended for all PTs and PTAs who are in outpatient settings that may not have immediate availability of oncology rehab or pelvic floor specialists onsite. The course focuses on the most common types of cancers and treatment approaches, common sequelae that affect function, and an overall approach to patient education, managing incontinence and lymphedema, and implications to sexual activity. Faculty for the course have extensive experience treating female patients in this targeted area and will provide a treatment framework for integration into the participant's practice. The course is virtual and includes pre-course reading and videos. 

Proceeds from the course will be directed to the Oncology Rehabilitation SIG.

 April 24, 2021 @ 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET


APRIL 24, 2021 – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm ET



SPEAKER:       Frannie Westlake PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic and Oncologic

Physical Therapy



This virtual course will allow for the outpatient clinician to evaluate and treat a patient with a history of cancer diagnosis or is currently undergoing cancer treatments. The clinician will understand the various types of cancer treatments and how the side effects may present in their clinic. 


At the conclusion of this course, a participant should be able to: 


  1. Review pathophysiology of cancer, prevalence and important statistics.
  2. Explain techniques used to diagnose, surgically and medically treat cancer.
  3. Review appropriate exercise prescriptions when treating patients who have a past or current diagnosis of cancer.
  4. Learn precautions, contraindications and red flags to look for when working with cancer survivors.
  5. Review of oncologic emergencies, lab values and screening used to determine safety when treating a patient with a history of cancer.

Specific cancers to be covered in this class: prostate, breast, colorectal, pelvic, melanoma, leukemia, lymphoma and head and neck cancer.


Frannie Westlake PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic and Oncologic Physical Therapy

Frannie received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL in 2012. She went on to complete her Neurological residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA and received her NCS in 2014. She also received her board certification in Oncologic Physical Therapy in 2019. Since 2015, Frannie has worked at Oncology Rehab in Denver, CO and is the Clinic Director for the Neurological and Exercise Rehab Program. She treats a variety of oncology, vestibular and neurological diagnoses. Her passion is working with patients who are currently undergoing chemotherapy and have complaints of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. She is also actively working on a pre-op protocol for patients who are getting ready to undergo a stem cell transplant.

Frannie actively lectures for Physiologic Oncology Rehab Institute and the American Physical Therapy Association and has published two journal articles in Rehabilitation Oncology. She is the current APTA Oncology Education Chair. 


 April 27, 2021 @ 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM ET

Registration is Free but required for this event:  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

1CEU/PDR Credit

Course Description: Managing running-related injuries can be quite challenging as there are a variety of factors to consider. Our knowledge has been substantially growing due to recent evidence on the best management strategies to incorporate with this population. Is there a difference when treating the novice runner compared to the competitive runner? What are all the implications to consider in helping your patients understand their loading tolerance to prevent overuse? Can we adequately prevent running-related injuries? Come learn the answer to these questions and more as we discuss best practices when managing the recreational and competitive runner.

Speaker: Terence Reuben, PT, Director of Sports Rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed

 April 29, 2021 @ 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM ET

The Clinical Education Consortiums next meeting is April 29, 2021 from 2:30-4:30 pm virtually. The meeting is open to all PT’s and PTA’s. The business meeting is from 2:30 to 3:30 with the educational presentation from 3:30 to 4:30.

Get the updates from CSM 2021 including APTE CESIG, ACAPT, and the NCCE that influence clinical education. Attend part or all of the meeting.

ELC scholarship award winners are presenting at the educational session with information from ELC 2020 on:

  • Response of PT Faculty to Students Affective Domain Behaviors that Influence Clinical Reasoning by Krissy Stein
  • Burnout and Stress by Sarah McAllister
  • Student Mental Health Taskforce Findings by Jennifer Root

ELC 2021abstract submission for posters, platforms, and education sessions are now open and due by 4/24/21 https://educationalleadershipconference.org/events/annual-conference/2021/.

We hope to see you in April!  Look for the Zoom link in an upcoming APTA member eblast or contact Karen Berg to request the link:  karberg@umich.edu

Karen Berg and Ashley VanDam Co-Presidents

May 2021
 May 18, 2021 @ 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET

This will be a virtual meeting.  Contact the DACEF chair Erica Sherman for the invitation link at ericashe@umich.edu

October 2021
 October 15, 2021 @ 8:00 AM to October 16, 2021 @ 5:00 PM ET

Research Abstracts - Submission Deadline May 21, 2021

The MPTA Institute for Education and Research invites PT’s, PTA’s, PT students, and PTA students to present their research findings as a poster or as a platform presentation for the APTA Michigan Research Day. For submission details see the documents below:

Document 1 – Call for Research Abstracts Download file

Document 2 – Research Abstract Submission Form  Download file

Evidenced-Based Practice Presentations - Submission Deadline May 21, 2021

The MPTA Institute for Education and Research encourages the submission of presentations for evidence-based practice updates for the APTA Michigan Research Day. Evidence-based practice presentations are one-hour presentations of updates, changes or recommendations for clinical practice based on current evidence. For submission details see the documents below.

Document 1 – Call for Evidence-Based Practice Presentations Download file

Document 2 – Presentation Submission form Download file


Conference Information

Course Submissions will be accepted until June 1.  Please complete this form.  Download file

The 2021 Fall Conference will be held at Motor City Casino in Detroit.  Registration will open in July 2021.  Exhibitor Registration for this conference will open after our Spring Conference.  Information and registration for exhibitors will be found here:  https://aptami.org/about-michigan-physical-therapy/partner/

To reserve a room in the APTA Michigan Room Block, visit this website:  https://booking.motorcitycasino.com?package=101421APTA  You can also call 313-237-7711 to speak with a guest services associate to make a reservation.  The code for phone reservations is101421APTA or APTA Michigan.  The cost for a double or king room is $159/night.  


March 2022
 March 18, 2022 @ 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET

Save the date!  More details will follow in early 2022.  

Event location:  Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo

 March 19, 2022 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET

Save the Date!  More details to follow in early 2022

Event Location:  Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo


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