Welcome back! It’s 2016 and we bet you’re busy preparing for the Spring semester – or you’re already in the thick of it! F.A. Davis has an exciting group of products publishing this semester, and we’ll be headed to meetings all over the US (and even some abroad!) to show them off. If you’re attending any of these, leave a comment below, drop us a line, or connect with us now and we can meet face to face!
As you are preparing for graduation and starting your career, you will see that there are many different directions that you can go. If you are looking for an adventure and want to see what it could be like working as a physical therapist outside of the United States, check out this blog written by Larry Devinney, a recent PT graduate of Arcadia University. He has been living in Junction, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica since August 2014 working as a PT for Friends of the Redeemer United (FOR U). FOR U has a mission to encourage the healing process through awareness and involvement in spiritual, social, educational, and health-related services in rural Jamaica.
Are you traveling for your association this summer? Let us know! We always come with presents.
AST – Surg-Tech Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX
May 12th – 13th
North West Private Sector Meeting (NWCCF Annual Conference)
May 14th- 15th
ACICS – Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Las Vegas, NV
May 26th- 28th
February is the unofficial start of the FA Davis travel schedule for conventions, kicked off by the largest one we attend, APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting. Conventions provide us with a chance to talk to students and instructors who use our resources, show new products and preview others that haven’t published yet, and meet with authors, both long-time contributors for FA Davis, and potential new writers.
Below is the list of conventions we’ll be attending this spring. If you’re attending any of these, come see us and say “hi”. We love seeing a friendly face when we’re on the road.
APTA Combined Sections Meeting
AMTA Schools Summit
CLEC Annual Conference
ABHES Annual Convention
Las Vegas, NV
AACN Master’s Education Conference
St Petersburg, FL
AAPC Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV
March 29th-April 1st
NSNA – National Student Nurses Association Annual Conference
April 9th – 11th
AOTA – American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference
NONPF – National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual Meeting
April 23rd – 26th
Check back later for our summer conference lineup, photos from these events, and more!
Last week was the biggest annual conference F.A. Davis attends every year, APTA’s Combined Sections meeting. Six of us flew from Philadelphia to Indianapolis to display our latest resources, chat with instructors and students, and catch up with the many PT authors that write for Davis. This is always a fantastic meeting for us, as Physical Therapy is our biggest market in Health Professions.
This year, we had many new products to talk about in the booth. In August 2015, Kinesiology in Action, an online product for – you guessed it – kinesiology, will be released, so we wanted to show screen shots on a projector to instructors that stopped by the booth. Several new titles are coming out soon, like Chris Wise’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, and Stephen Carp’s Peripheral Nerve Injury, so we had some sample materials for instructors to look at. We’ve also recently published books, like Vestibular Rehabilitation, and were lucky enough to have the authors, Susan Herdman and Richard Clendaniel, stop by the booth for a book signing (pictured).
One of the more fun things we do every year is have a contest at the APTA Student Conclave in June. At last October’s Conclave, we gave the grand prize winner the option of a free flight to CSM, or the equivalent value in a gift card. This year’s winner, Shelby Wagoner, stopped by the booth to say “hi” (she opted for the gift card since she drove to CSM).
Maybe the most interesting part of the trip for me was seeing how many daily steps I took. I averaged 20,000 steps per day, walking to the convention hall, walking to get coffee, walking in the booth, and walking around the convention floor to check out some of the other exhibits. This meant that each day I was really looking forward to walking to dinner when the convention floor was closed.
Luckily, Indianapolis has some great restaurants, and each night we had a spectacular meal:
Wednesday: Bluebeard. Amazing place that has a new menu every day, as they use local meat and produce. The beer and cocktail list is outstanding too.
Thursday: Oceanaire Seafood Room. Everything we had here was perfect, including what look like a 30 pound piece of chocolate cake for dessert.
Friday: Prime 47. Classic high end steakhouse. Nobody left hungry.
Unfortunately, working at conventions doesn’t leave much room for sightseeing at each of the cities we travel to, but we still had a great time with our favorite PTs and another excellent conference.
Paul Marone, Senior Marketing Manager, Health Professions and Social Media