Faculty, alumni, and students present research, network, and reminisce at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting

For Liz Phan, Nicole Lubon, Pratyusha Macherla and Rachel Rallo, attending the 2024 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), the American Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference was a good swap.

The first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students had just attended lectures at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center, where the conference was held February 15-17. So even though they missed a day of classes – faculty made classes optional – the experience of joining more than 15,000 people from the physical therapy profession more than made up for it.

“Everyone’s a PT and everyone’s learning,” said Lubon, as she and her classmates stood in the conference’s crowded Exhibition Hall. 

“It’s reinforcing what we’re learning in class,” noted Phan.

Added Macherla, “To see all these PTs here has just been such an incredible opportunity,”

Their experiences were exactly what associate professor Devashish Tiwari was looking to hear.