2019 Spring Conference

April 25-26 in La Crosse

2019 WPTA Spring Conference

Confluence of Care

Join Us For The 2019 WPTA Annual Spring Conference; April 25-26, 2019, at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse

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  • Fall Conference Call for Poster Presentations

    Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association 2019 Fall Conference


    Who: All PT/PTA researchers, residents, clinicians and students are welcome to submit abstracts for review for presentation as a research poster at the 2019 WPTA Fall Conference.

    Submissions by WPTA members who are entry-level students (DPT or PTA) will automatically be entered in the Student Research Competition. For further information about the student research competition, please contact Sheri Bunyan, [email protected].

    When: Research posters will be presented on the afternoon of Thursday, October 10. If accepted for presentation, the primary author must be in attendance to present their respective poster. However, other co-authors do not need to be in attendance.

    Where: Marriott Madison West, 1313 John Q Hammons Dr. Middleton, WI

    Types: Basic/Applied Science or Case Study/Report

    Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:00pm CST

    Abstract Submission Instructions: Complete the abstract form as a Microsoft Word document (.docx form listed below) and send in an email as an attachment to Sheri Bunyan ( [email protected])

    Abstract Review Process: After a peer review process, abstracts will be selected for presentation as a research poster format. The number of abstracts selected depends on space. Authors will be notified of their acceptance/rejection by Friday, August 23.

    Abstract Guidelines:

    • All co-authors must have contributed to the work being presented.
    • The title of your abstract should be no more than 15 words.
    • The body of your abstract should be no more than 2,300 characters, not including spaces.
    • When using abbreviations, spell out in full for the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate in the abstract title.
    • The abstract should include the following section headers (in all caps and bolded):
      • PURPOSE
      • METHODS
      • RESULTS

    Any questions regarding the abstract submission process can be directed to Sheri Bunyan at [email protected].

    Submission Form

    Research Poster Guidelines


  • Student Research Abstract Competition

    Who: All students (PT & PTA) who are WPTA members and submitted abstracts for review for presentation as a research poster at the 2019 WPTA Fall Conference will be considered eligible for the competition.

    Where: Madison Marriott West - 1313 John Q Hammons Dr., Middleton, WI 53562

    Types: Basic/Applied Science or Case Study/Report

    Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:00pm CST

    Abstract Submission Instructions: Complete the abstract form as a Microsoft Word document (.docx) and send in an email as an attachment to Sheri Bunyan ([email protected])

    Judging Process: All abstracts submitted by students (PT & PTA) will be reviewed by a three member review panel, including:

    • Two licensed physical therapists from different practice settings (e.g., inpatient, acute care, outpatient, home health, etc.)
    • One licensed physical therapist who is currently a core faculty member in a DPT Program

    These individuals will judge each abstract based on criteria provided by the Research Committee. Associated authors of all abstracts will be blinded to the review panel. In addition, individuals will not be allowed to participate on the review panel if they have a conflict of interest that may influence in the judging process (e.g., have a financial conflict, are co-authors on other abstracts, etc.).

    Scores from this judging process will be totaled by the Research Committee and the abstracts with the three highest scores will be assigned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards, respectively. In the event of a tie, the Research Committee Chair will serve as the tie-breaking judge.

    Winners: All winning abstracts will be announced, and respective primary authors will be recognized, during the poster viewing session on Thursday, October 10. These winning abstracts will then be published in the January 2020 issue of the WPTA PT Connections newsletter.

    In addition, the primary authors of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place abstract award winners will receive the following monetary prizes:

    • 1st Place = $300
    • 2nd Place = $200
    • 3rd Place = $100

    Note: Research posters will be presented on the afternoon of Thursday, October 10, 2019. If the primary author of a winning abstract is not in attendance to present their abstract as a poster, they will forfeit their award and the award will be given to the abstract with the next highest score.

    Please see the attachments below for additional information:

    Abstract Guidelines
    Abstract Judging Rubric
    Abstract Submission Form

    Questions?  Contact Research Committee Chair, Sheri Bunyan, MPT, at  [email protected].  



  • 2019 Fall Conference  | Madison Marriott West, Middleton, WI | October 10 - 11, 2019


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Over 275 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students and guests from throughout Wisconsin are expected to attend the WPTA 2019 Spring Conference in La Crosse. Though there is no onsite exhibit hall at our Spring Conferences, we invite you to participate through one or more of the following ways:

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La Crosse Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

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Only two blocks from the Mississippi River in Historic Downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin, the Holiday Inn & Suites is within a short walking distance to a variety of bars, restaurants, art venues, and shopping. Connected by skywalk to the La Crosse Center, our guests enjoy being footsteps away from their meetings, conventions, and concerts.

Rates are $134 single/double. Be sure to make your reservation by contacting the hotel at 608.784.4444
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Check-in is after 3 pm and check out is prior to 11 am.

Room and rate availability cannot be guaranteed after April 5, 2019.


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La Crosse, Wisconsin 54602

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