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Developing the Ultimate REVITALIZE Schedule

Thursday, November 21, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Developing the Ultimate REVITALIZE Schedule

Take a peek at 2020's PT REVITALIZE Conference programming!

Mark your calendars for Friday/Saturday, April 24-25, 2020, at the Q Center located in St. Charles, Illinois. 

Programming has been announced but registration won't open until January 15th, 2020.

For now, here's a few tips from our members on how to create your personal REVITALIZE experience:

Sam Caravette, PT, DPT
IPTA Early Career PT Board Liaison

Attending REVITALIZE is an amazing experience that will expand your knowledge base, help you network with other professionals, and facilitate your participation in the physical therapy profession! But with such a wide variety of continuing education options, choosing which classes to attend can be a difficult decision!

Here are three tips to creating your ultimate schedule for REVITALIZE:

Tip #1: Choose a class that relates to your current position or clinical rotation
As a new professional, I find that picking courses that directly relate to the conditions and/or populations you work with assist in your understanding of the material and spark creativity that can be applied the very next week! If you’re a student, find a class that relates to your current or upcoming clinical rotation. It will help you solidify didactic-based knowledge into clinical examples. Plus, it may also give you ideas for a unique in-service!

Tip #2: Take a required course
Got ethics? Remember, for license renewal in Illinois, you need 3 CEUs dedicated to ethics! Thankfully, the IPTA offers an ethics course every year during REVITALIZE that covers a wide variety of ethical topics, including jurisprudence.

Tip #3: Discover something new.
The most unique aspect of physical therapy is the diversity among us! Conferences are a great way to explore a topic you have a budding interest in; whether it be a unique condition, a setting you aspire to work in, or a population with which you would like more experience. As a student, my clinical rotations focused primarily on outpatient orthopedics. However, I was always interested in neurology. After attending multiple neuro-based continuing education classes, I found the setting I was most passionate about and began to develop my career path!

Still not sure? Don’t worry! You can’t go wrong with any of the fascinating presentations that will be at REVITALIZE 2020. You are sure to learn something new and walk away a more informed and dedicated therapist!

Emily Pisani, PT, DPT
IPTA Central District Chair

Planning and organizing a schedule has always been fun for me and this holds true when planning for PT REVITALIZE . REVITALIZE is a great opportunity not only to network and catch up but also take courses to either expand my knowledge about areas that I already practice in but also topics I haven’t had exposure to yet. That’s the fun and challenging part – do I take a course to learn something completely new? Or do I take a course to further enhance an area I already work in?

When I’m looking through the courses offered I am often torn between two that pique my interest. I’ll sometimes collaborate with another clinician to see what classes they are signing up for too so we can learn and practice together. These courses not only have allowed me to hear from therapists but also other healthcare professionals in a very welcoming and open atmosphere.

REVITALIZE has also been a great opportunity to complete the required ethics training as there has been a course at each conference. This is a great way to get the hours in in a way that is interactive, informational, and not a dry, online course.

The 2020 PT REVITALIZE conference is going to be even better since there will be more people and more courses as we are joining with Wisconsin and I can’t wait to get a look at what programs will be offered!


To find out more information on PT REVITALIZE 2020, go to



Bradford A. Tracy PT DPT says...
Posted Sunday, November 24, 2019
Sam and Emily, Thanks for these great tips! Revitalize has always been an inspiring and engaging experience. Not only does the Revitalize offing outstanding courses, programming, talks and lectures that enhance clinical understanding it also provides members and nonmembers an opportunity to share experiences and network. Not only do I get a chance to re-unite with old friends, I always make a new connection. Often these connections either inspire me professionally and assist me in achieving my professional goals. Additionally, time and time again I walk away from Revitalize realizing the that I am small part of much greater whole. Truly, our profession is robust, alive, and well. Always humbled and honored by my peers to be a part of such as amazing profession. Here is an outstanding revitalize 2020! So excited for this joint conference with our neighbors to north! Cheers, -Brad A. Tracy PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT -IPTA Northern District Chair

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