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Earn 5 CEUs through APTADC’s On Demand Courses that fulfill the Mayor’s Public Health Priorities for License Renewal.

This course supports the Mayor’s public health priority of responsible opioid prescribing and effective pain management.

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Over 20 years after its beginnings, the worldwide opioid crisis continues to take its toll on patients, families, nations, industries, and the global economy. Finally, non-opioid, and even non-pharmacological, pain management strategies are gaining serious recognition in the fight against the overutilization of prescription opioids, our underlying cultural issues surrounding pain, and the plague this has caused. Physical therapy offers patients, prescribers, and health insurers safer ways to manage pain, offering a beacon of hope in a bleak landscape. Course Objectives:

  • Recognize how the prevailing ideas about pain may undermine a patient’s chances of recovery
  • Understand the mechanisms involved in the transition from acute/nociceptive pain to chronic/persistent pain
  • Stratify a patient’s risk of developing chronic LBP by utilizing an evidence-based approach
  • Identify modifiable risk factors for LBP-related disability
  • Understand the strength of evidence regarding various non pharmacological pain management approaches
Speaker: Roy Film PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is an assistant professor at the School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science (PTRS) where he teaches primarily in the areas of orthopedic PT, manual therapy, chronic pain, and evidence-based practice. Roy’s interests focus on the conservative management of musculoskeletal conditions and helping to elevate clinical practice by teaching throughout the full spectrum of the field by teaching doctoral students, practicing clinicians, residents, and fellows. His personal mission is to help minimize the burden of the opioid crisis via promoting the use of evidence-based nonpharmaceutical pain management approaches such as physical therapy.
Roy is the Program Director of UMSOM Fellowship in OMPT as well as the Academic Director for the University of Maryland Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. He has been a recipient of the PTRS Faculty of the Year Award three times and the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award twice. Roy was the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association of Maryland. He is the current Vice President of the APTA of Maryland and serves on accreditation bodies for PT residency and fellowship programs both nationally and internationally. Dr. Film is currently serving as the national taskforce leader for increasing access to non-pharmacological pain management through US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) for the National Opioid Crisis Community Summit. On campus, he serves on the UMB Faculty Senate and the SOM Diversity Advisory Committee in addition to the many departmental service roles he has played in PTRS over the years.
This course fulfills the public health priority of Implicit bias, cultural competence and  culturally and Linguistically  Appropriate Services  in health and health care.

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many communities have struggled to control the spread of the virus. We are now seeing that minority communities are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic has exposed previously existing health and health care inequalities that contribute to this difference in COVID-19 infection rates among racial lines. 

We will be discussing the comorbid factors and health inequities that contribute to the racial disparity and then transition the discussion towards how we can address health inequities within our roles as physical therapists. There will be a Q&A segment of the presentation, and questions can be submitted live via the chat function on Zoom.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this discussion, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize the impact of social determinants of health and structural inequities on health  
  • Understand the role that health disparities play in health inequities in Washington D.C.
  • Identify the communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington D.C.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of COVID-19 and key receptor that causes multi system involvement
  • Identify risk stratification labs which are used in the differential diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Describe how physical therapy professionals can effect and advocate for the decreased transmission and infection of COVID-19 in the Black community
  • Participants will be able to appreciate and understand the history of Minority Initiatives at APTA.
  • Participants will understand the historical perspective on the distrust of the African American community in regard to health care access and research.
  • Participants will learn of the importance of physical therapy professionals participation in ensuring health equity for people of color.

Speaker Panel
Erin Wentzell, PT, DPT, PCS is a pediatric physical therapist that practices in Washington DC with the DC Strong Start Early Intervention program.  She has her doctorate in physical therapy from Oakland University (2006) and a bachelors in English from the University of Michigan (2003).  She is a board-certified pediatric specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (2012) and received her certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University (2018).  She has practiced in a hospital setting at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC and has been providing home-based pediatric physical therapy in DC since 2010.  Dr. Wentzell is an assistant clinical professor at the George Washington University (GW) doctorate of physical therapy program and the academic residency director for the pediatric physical therapy post-professional residency program that is run in conjunction with GW and Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She is passionate about health equity and community engagement and is a doctoral student at the GW Milken School of Public Health in Health Behavior.  Dr. Wentzell is very involved in the DC community, through partnerships with the National Park Service, the DC Public Libraries, Park Rx, and in her role as the DC director for FUNFitness for the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete program. 

Titilayo Akinmusuru, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  She serves as a Physical Therapy Clinical Supervisor and specializes in providing care for patients with cardiac and vascular dysfunction, amputations, bariatrics, and oncology. Her area of expertise is management of the medically complex and critically ill patient in the surgical and cardiovascular ICUs, as well as patients with advanced mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Akinmusuru has oversight for the cardiac team and the vascular/oncology team. She is also the leader for MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s “PT in the ED” program for providing physical therapy services to the emergency department population. She is a member of the Acute Care Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. In her role as a PT Clinical Supervisor, she couples mentorship and development of clinicians with collaborative practice across the extended interdisciplinary team. Education: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2010. Howard University, Washington, DC; Bachelor of Science, Health Services, 2007.

Cherise Lathan, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS is a physical therapist at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  She serves as a Physical Therapy Clinical Supervisor and specializes in providing care for patients after stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, spinal surgery, and other neurological health conditions.  Her area of expertise is the management of the critically ill patient in the Neurosciences ICU. Dr. Lathan has oversight for ortho/trauma acute team and the neuro team.  Additionally, she is also a mentor in the George Washington University/MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Neurologic Residency.  Dr. Lathan is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Neurological Clinical Specialist and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.  She is a member of the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. In her current role as a PT Clinical Supervisor, she has continued her work in mentoring in both residents and clinicians alike. 

Previously, Dr. Lathan was an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy, clinical instructor, and primary faculty mentor in the Neurologic Physical Therapy residency program at the University of Southern California/Keck Medical Center of USC. Education: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, CA; Graduate of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program, 2011.University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2010. Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA; Bachelor of Science, Physics, 2004

Johnette Meadows, PT, MS received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center and her Master of Science Degree in Business-

Communications from Georgia State University. Ms. Meadows practiced physical therapy previously at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA and the Visiting Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC.  Her experience includes pediatrics, cardio-pulmonary, orthopedics, neurology and home health care.

She recently retired from the American Physical Therapy (APTA) as the Program Director of the Minority/Women’s Initiatives Program. She held this position since 1988 and a part of the program was International Affairs.  The Department worked with members and the public to increase awareness and appreciation of the importance of cultural diversity in all aspects of the profession of physical therapy.  She frequently made presentations on diversity, cultural competence, health equity/disparities sponsoring workshops, exhibiting at professional associations, promoting fundraising activities for the Minority Scholarship Fund through the Celebration of Diversity and actively working with state and federal government officials to increase their knowledge of physical therapy.  Women’s Initiatives is the program that works with the Association and profession to increase knowledge of and for women in the profession of physical therapy.

This course supports the Mayor’s public health priority of ethics and appropriate patient interactions. 

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This one-hour seminar will explore the ethics and particulars of sexual harassment related to physical therapy. The seminar covers inappropriate patient sexual behavior including a synopsis of recent physical therapy research in this area, as well as discussion on PT practitioner sexual misconduct. Applicable APTA code of ethics principles and DC practice act language will be explored.

Course Objectives:

Upon Completion of the session the Participant should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of sexual harassment definitions
  • Identify types of Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior (IPSB)
  • And discuss prevalence of IPSB in PT settings
  • And discuss some known risk factors for IPSB
  • And discuss common PT responses to IPSB
  • And discuss effectiveness of those responses
  • Identify inappropriate therapist behavior (sexual misconduct)
  • Be aware of the DC practice act regarding inappropriate therapist behaviors
  • Be aware of APTA Code of Ethics principles applicable to this topic

Speaker: Jill S. Boissonnault, PT, PhD, is an Emeritus American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists Certified Specialist in Women’s Health and an Associate Professor at Shenandoah University, Physical Therapy Program where she teaches professional issues, therapeutic exercise related to the spine, women’s health, and research. She teaches continuing education seminars in women’s health physical therapy on musculoskeletal management of obstetrics clients and on pelvic floor dysfunction. Dr Boissonnault is a past president and founder of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health, a subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). She received her bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Illinois, her master’s in orthopedic physical therapy from Northwestern University, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in curriculum and instruction with a minor in women’s studies. She has held various leadership positions within the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including treasurer from1983–1989, vice president 1995–1999, and education director 2005–2006. In 2000, Dr Boissonnault was awarded the Elizabeth Noble Award; in 2006, the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Mentor of the Year Award, and APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award; and in 2011, WCPT’s International Service Award. She is the author of numerous professional articles and textbook chapters.