TMNews #36: April 30th, 2018: Section Elections, WCPT & APTA Team Up, State Legislative Updates, & FT. Asha Gummadi

It’s Monday, April 30th! Let’s see what’s up in the world of PT. Several sections are holding their board elections, the APTA and the WCPT celebrate successes with Congress, and we’ve got a host of State Legislative Updates. Finally, Rachel Jermann sits down with Asha Gummadi, a neuro PT in Philly, winner of National Geographic’s Chasing Genius Award, and Talus Media’s Women Crush Wednesday from last week.

Check out the full interview with Asha Gummadi here.


  • Congrats to everyone that took the NPTE!
  • Several Section Elections are underway. Be sure to check your section website to vote!


APTA and WCPT Team Up on Capitol Hill

The American Physical Therapy Association and World Confederation for Physical Therapy visited Capitol Hill last week to share a success story; WCPT has spearheaded the SUDA project in Niger, Mali, and Sudan, with a grant from the Leahy War Victims Fund, a program created by US Sen Patrick Leahy of Vermont and funded by Congress through the United States Agency for International Development. APTA and WCPT collaborated to share the success story with Leahy’s office. The goals of SUDA are to (S) strengthen the 3 national PT associations, (U) Use WCPT standards to support three countries in improving physical therapist entry-level education; (D) Develop a WCPT policy paper related to physical therapy assistants (PTAs); and (A) Augment Wheelchair Training within the physical therapy sector. WCPT President Emma Stokes and CEO Jonathan Kruger also presented ideas on expanding or replicating the project in other countries. Just a reminder, WCPT’s biennial Congress will be held next year in Geneva, Switzerland, May 10-13, so mark your calendars!


Legislative Updates

  • We’re still tracking AB 3110 in California, which would allow for registration of Athletic Trainers but dramatically expand their scope of practice. CPTA remains strongly opposed to the bill. If you’re a PT in California, or are just interested in what the legislation is all about, be sure to visit CPTA’s Legislative Action Center.
  • Colorado’s PT Sunset Bill (HB 18-1855), which would establish both Dry Needling in the practice act and allow for PTs to make relevant diagnoses, passed its 2nd reading and is headed to a formal vote sometime this week.
  • Illinois Direct Access Bill (HB 4643) was passed unanimously both out of committee and out of the House this week and is on its way to the Senate.


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