Student Interview

New Manual Therapy Student Interest Group for CU PT Students: An Interview with Group President Paige Williams

CU AAOMPT sSIG President Paige Williams

What is AAOMPT sSIG Local (ASL)?

AAOMPT stands for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and sSIG stands for student special interest group. AAOMPT is a national professional organization committed to excellence in orthopaedic manual physical therapy practice, education and research. The purpose of the AAOMPT-sSIG is to serve its members by fostering active student involvement and networking within AAOMPT and developing a community of students committed to the advancement of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, ultimately developing future leaders not only in the field of orthopaedic manual physical therapy, but the physical therapy profession as a whole.

AAOMPT sSIG Local groups are groups or clubs formed at local universities where students meet to practice manual therapy skills, engage in journal club discussions, network with mentors or fellows in the area and develop their orthopaedic skills. There are currently only 7 AAOMPT sSIG Local groups nationally and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is now one of them!

Why did you decide to start this AAOMPT sSIG?

I attended the AAOMPT conference in St. Louis, Missouri in October and went to a sSIG meeting where we practiced manual skills and met the national student leadership team.  I met with the current Member at Large of the sSIG and learned about the vision for AAOMPT sSIG Local Groups. I knew students at CU were passionate about manual therapy and orthopaedic practice, so I figured it would be a great fit. We are lucky to have 3 fellows (FAAOMPT) on faculty here at CU (Paul Mintken, Amy McDevitt and Mike Bade) that are available and willing to mentor students.

What is the goal of this group/what is your vision for the group?

My vision for this club is to create a space for physical therapy students at the University of Colorado to delve deeper into manual therapy skills and higher level orthopaedic clinical practice, as well as engage in discussion and mentorship with fellows. We plan to invite fellows from the area to our campus to mentor and teach the group new skills, clinical pearls, and expose the group to specialty areas of practice. This group will meet once a month to practice manual therapy skills or discuss journal articles. Once a semester the group will meet with invited fellows to learn specialty skills or listen to presentations.

What’s happening now?

We just had our first meeting last week, where we introduced the new leadership team; Laura Jorgensen (2nd year), Drew Courtney (1st year), Jared Knappe (1st year) and myself. To kick off the meeting, we listened to award winning presentations from the AAOMPT and IFOMPT meetings by Paul Mintken and Amy McDevitt. We then split up and first years practiced MMT and length testing on second year students, and second year students practiced screening and cervical, thoracic and lumbar manipulations on first year students.

Our next event will be a journal club held January, where a student member of the club will choose an article for discussion…. STAY TUNED!