Student Post

Combined Sections Meeting 2017- A Student Perspective

Sarah Poinski-McCoy, SPT Class of 2017
Hometown: Tallmadge, OH
Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music
Degree: Dance

What were you hoping to get out of CSM? Did you achieve that?

I hoped to be re-invigorated and excited about what we can accomplish as future physical therapists. Yes, I definitely accomplished this, and I discovered new avenues of PT I hadn’t thought about before.

How did CSM benefit you as a student?

It is really great to see the scope of the profession before we graduate to give us ideas about the many possibilities of our future. Since our courses are divided into Neuromuscular, Musculoskeletal Conditions, and Medical Conditions, it’s easy to see the world of PT as a student in just these three areas. CSM is like going from the basic box of crayons to the 100 color box of crayons.

Previous post-graduate classmates and now PT students at Duke and University of Missouri

What was your favorite lecture and why?

I got really excited about ALL the lectures I attended. The one that was the most inspiring personal journey was the Shumway-Cook lecture: You can let go of me now: Harnessing Neuroplasticity for Good and the Road Not Taken by Dr. Andrea L Behrman, PT, PhD, FAPTA. The most excited I got about policy and advocacy was after the lecture Love Global Health? Then Care About Policy! featuring our own Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD and three of her public health peers, including Ira Gorman, PT, PhD, MSPH of Regis. I could go on, but those two stuck out the most for me.

Why should future students attend CSM?

Students should attend CSM to get a break from the daily grind of school and be reminded of how big and beautiful our profession is. It is also exciting to discover the new growth our profession has achieved. It’s like an active rest from exercising. You are still focusing on your future as a PT, but in a whole new setting.

What advice would you give future students when attending CSM?

Don’t spend too much time in the Exhibit Hall as it can be overwhelming. When you do, go in with a plan, visit the APTA section booths or poster presentations, and get out before too long. Educational sections are one of the best ways to spend time at CSM. Use twitter while you are there and follow the hashtag #aptacsm to avoid FOMO of all the other lectures, since people tweet about the cool key points often. Use twitter also to tweet about the cool stuff you are learning as well! Don’t be afraid to check something out that looks interesting if none of your classmates or peers are going to attend. This is the best way to reach out and get to know the PTs and fellow students who have the same interests as you!