My CSM 2018 schedule is finally coming together and boy is it going to be a busy week. To get things started off, Tuesday I will be finishing my most recent clinical rotation down in Kansas City, MO. After working a nice 6-12hr day depending on our caseload, I will be driving up to Chicago because not only is that where I am staying at for my next clinical, flights were about $200 cheaper from Chicago when compared to KC. After that fun journey I have an early morning flight with a layover before landing in NoLA in the mid-afternoon. I am hoping to be able to post a nice travel video of this journey because I think it is going to be a real treat.
Once I officially arrive at CSM, Wednesday night seems to be my only down time. At 6:45am on Thursday, the best breakfast of the entire conference is being held by the Academy of Pediatrics so I will be attending that along with a couple of colleagues to listen to their speakers and enjoy the amazing food provided.
As you can see from the picture of my education session schedule, I am mainly sticking to sports, chronic pain, concussions, and presentations by the federal section. While this is just my preference, I think everyone should checkout one or two of the federal section presentations because they have never disappointed.
I just wanted to highlight a couple of events outside of the educational sessions for the day, so this will be a rather short blog because I think the picture of the schedule says it all. On Thursday, right in the middle of two sessions Dr. Aaron Lebauer is hosting a CashPT lunch hour at 1:30pm which would be a great networking event before starting your Thursday night festivities.
Thursday night if you are interested in meeting one of the most genuine people I have ever known, come to the Move Together Mixer. Co-founder of PTDOS Dr. Efosa Guobadia will be there with his other colleagues talking about their new initiative. If you need a little break after the conference I can’t fault you, but starting at 6pm you are going to want to make your way to the World of Beer for PT Pub Night. As one of the largest gatherings of students and new professionals at CSM, this is an easy way to meet up with some of those people you see all over social media.
If you thought Thursday was a lot to handle, Friday will be even more jammed packed and you’ll likely be doing it on less sleep. My day will again start at 6:45am because some of the sections like to lure people in with free food and I am always trying to save a couple of dollars at these conferences. Then another day of very interesting education sessions is to be expected. Finally, the day caps off with some meet and greets leading up to the Neurological sections conference renowned Myelin Melter. If physical therapy in the neurological realm is in your future, this is a place to talk with some of the best minds in the game.
After you have gotten a couple of the drink tokens from the Myelin Melter, be sure to make your way over to the Leaders in Social Media talk! Four amazing physical therapists/physical therapy students will be walking us through how to crush it on various social media platforms!
I am actually leaving early Saturday morning to fly back north before my next clinical, so I have not looked into the full agenda for Saturday. That being said, I can tell you that the #PTPodcastPalooza is the place to be Saturday night if you’re looking for your last bit of knowledge before having a couple of hurricanes on bourbon street to celebrate successfully making it through CSM 2018.
Hopefully my schedule helps you attend a couple of things you may not have even known about or makes you want to add a few more things into your hour breaks. I can’t even express how excited I am for CSM this year! As the only person from my cohort attending, I am planning on making this a huge networking event. If you are reading this and will be at CSM please reach out to me and let me know because I would love to meet up for coffee while at the conference center or for drinks on bourbon street later at night.
Thanks again to everyone who took some time out of their busy schedule to look over my list of things to do and I look forward to seeing everyone this time next week down in NoLA!
Happy Friday my friends—until next week!
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