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Seventh Annual Physical Therapy Forum

The 7th Annual Physical Therapy Forum, sponsored by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga DPT Program and Chattanooga State Community College PTA Program, will present American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) President R. Scott Ward, PT, Ph.D., on Friday, January 12 at the UTC University Center. Ward’s topic will be “Direct Access: What is its practical relevance to the physical therapy profession?”

Luncheon will be held from 11-11:30 a.m. in the Chattanooga Room, University Center followed by a forum from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the UTC Auditorium, Room 106, UTC University Center.

There is no cost for the program, however reservations must be made through the UTC Physical Therapy Department by email at or by calling 423/425-1786.

The forum includes presentation of the history and current status of direct access to physical therapy services. Clinical and political issues associated with direct access along with the merits of direct access and the rationale for its adoption will be discussed. Central to the forum is a discussion of an unlimited direct access’s impact on physical therapy in Tennessee: across practice settings, for consumers, and for physical therapy clinicians.

Ward, newly elected APTA President in June 2006, has been an active member since 1980. He began serving on the APTA Board of Directors in 2001. He has served as Board Liaison to the Utah, California, Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, and New Mexico Chapters. He has also served as Board Liaison to the Oncology, Acute Care/Hospital Clinical Practice, Research, and Education Sections.

Ward received the Ph.D. in Physiology (1994), and BA in Physical Therapy (1980) both from the University of Utah. He currently serves as Chair, Division of Physical Therapy, University of Utah, and is a practicing physical therapist at the University Hospital’s Burn Center. Ward chairs the Rehabilitation Committee of the American Burn Association and serves on the Rehabilitation Committee of the International Society for Burn Injury.

The author of numerous published research articles, Ward has been honored with APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award (1999) and the Utah Chapter of APTA’s Physical Therapist of the Year Award (1994). He also was the 2003 recipient of the Barbara Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award from the American Burn Association.

April 9, 2007