Each year, the annual AAOMPT conference is both a highlight and a cornerstone even for our manual therapy fellowship. This year’s conference in St. Louis was, for all and for us, a resounding success! We had over 30 students and faculty present, representing both manual therapy fellowship programs in Northern California, including our nine current Fellows-in-Training.
This year’s event marked the 25 year anniversary of the founding of the academy. As part of this celebration, the individuals who founded the academy were honored throughout the event. Our own, Joe Farrell, one of the 8 original founding fellows, took part in the Founders Debate on Saturday evening. To see all of the founders on stage together and to hear their views on the past, present, and future of the academy was certainly wonderful and historic.
AAOMPT is developing a virtual history museum. As part of this effort, Stanley Paris, Ken Olsen, and Elaine Lonnemann presented a History of the Academy lecture. It was no less than stunning to see how many times, and in how many ways, the individuals associated with Kaiser Permanente in Northern California have played critical roles in impacting physical therapy practice across the nation. From the development of standards documents, to the manipulation education manual that transformed entry-level DPT education, to the graduates who subsequently opened their own fellowship and residency programs, we should be proud of the accomplishments and the role our program, faculty, students, and alumni have played over the past 37 years!
As a particular highlight, Margaret Anderson, faculty in our program for over 30 years and an honorary Fellow of the Academy, received the 2016 “Kaltenborn, I Must Teach” Award for excellence in fellowship education. Margaret delivered a wonderfully elegant acceptance speech to the entire academy in which she stresses the importance balance of the evidence-based triad. Margaret has distinguished herself as a consummate professional, a skilled educator and clinician, and has impacted hundreds upon hundreds of clinicians over the course of her excellent and profound career. Congratulations Margaret!
In addition to the above, there were some other fantastic things about this year’s conference:
- Tonga Nguyen, Joe Farrell, Cindy Hon, and Jennifer Newman presented a poster which was awarded first place for the Upper Quarter Category, entitled, “The use of within and between session changes to guide treatment for a patient with non-specific upper quarter symptoms.” Congratulations to Tonga and her team for a wonderful presentation!
- Our program presented four posters overall, and each one was extremely professionally presented. Hats off to Becky Hartman, Rebecca Schneider, and Joanne Rhodes who presented posters this year in addition to Tonga.
- Michelle Haayer presented a platform presentation on research related to the lack of correlation between knee OA severity and patient-reported functional outcome assessment. Congratulations to her, and her research group of Maggie Filmore, Cindy Hon, and Eric Robertson.
- Eric Robertson, Ivan Matsui, Matt Willey, Cindy Hon, and Ayna Blankenship presented a well-attended panel discussion on the critical role of FAAOMPT’s and post-graduate clinical training within the Kaiser Permanente health system.
- Faculty, Mike Koury and Matt Lee, began a role serving as members of committees for the Academy.
- Haideh Plock and Eric Robertson served on the AAOMPT executive board.
Congratulations to everyone on a successful conference!