WCPT Congress seeks proposals for the satellite programme education sessions

The WCPT Congress International Scientific Committee (ISC) would like to invite submissions for proposals for the satellite programme education sessions (the deadline is 26 February 2010).  The ISC is seeking sessions that:

  • are relevant to the congress theme and one or more of the programme tracks
  • include speakers with international experience and standing in the topic area
  • articulate a clear purpose and learning objectives
  • focus on applied skills
  • incorporate current available evidence and implications for practice
  • are designed to stimulate active engagement with delegates
  • appeal to an internationally diverse audience

What is the satellite programme?

The satellite programme is a new and innovative part of the WCPT congress experience. It will be made up of education sessions and clinical visits and is designed to complement the scientific programme with a focus on applied knowledge and skills. It will offer the delegate the chance to listen to the latest research and practice advances while gaining practical experience.

The satellite programme education sessions are an optional element that will be open to delegates who have registered to attend at least one day of the main congress and they will carry a separate fee. Clinical visits will be an optional element open to full congress registrants.  Attendance numbers for both will be restricted and managed through the registration process.

The satellite programme is designed to enable congress delegates to make up their own package of high quality and diverse offerings that matches their areas of interest and enhances the experience of attending the main congress. As far as possible congress days will be themed so that programming on defined areas of practice will be scheduled on the same day. Related sessions in the satellite programme will then be programmed on bordering days.

What are education sessions?

A variety of education sessions will be offered in the two days preceding and two days subsequent to WPT2011. A limited number of sessions will also be held concurrent with the scientific programme. Sessions are designed to actively engage participants, via a range of learning formats, to explore issues in depth in an area of clinical practice, education, management, research or policy.

Each session is organised by a recognised expert in the field. Each organiser has the responsibility for developing and running their programme, and where there is more than one presenter, inviting international speakers. The ISC are keen to include a range of sessions that involve presenters from all of WCPT’s regions.

What are clinical visits?

During clinical visits public and private physical therapy service providers will open their doors to visits by WCPT congress attendees.  Delegates will be able to register for a visit in their area of interest and learn about practice in the host country.

For further information please go to www.wcpt.org/sat_prog.  For general information about the WCPT Congress visit www.wcpt.org/congress.