Students from 13 of North Carolina’s Doctoral Physical Therapy (DPT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) programs participated in the 2019 North Carolina Student Conclave on March 23. Elon University DPT program hosted the 2nd Annual Student Conclave and, like last year’s Conclave at Duke University, was a huge hit attended by 200 students from across the state.
The night prior to the Conclave, the Student Special Interest Group hosted Pub Night at Magerks with a PT Pintcast hosted by former rock radio DJ and current physical therapist and Director of Communications for Fox Rehabilitation, Jimmy McKay.
The Conclave hosted speeches from PTs, recent grades, former patients, and others featuring topics such as PT’s role in oncologic patient care, international service learning, and “Finding Your Why.” There was a panel of expert PT employers with a Q & A dedicated to enhancing students’ understanding of crafting resumés and cover letters and excelling in a job interview. The panel members provided resume and business card review for individual students at lunchtime.
The day concluded with a “speed networking” event during which time students got the chance to chat and learn from local clinicians, recruiters, and residents about their experiences in their respective roles and available opportunities for students.
Finally, Conclave attendees headed to a fun-filled afternoon at the HOPE 5K, a fundraiser for the Elon pro bono clinic, where Hannah Stapleton, PTA student from Guilford Technical Community College, won a $50 Target gift card sponsored by Drayer PT and Benchmark PT. Community member Jonathan Draper won the 5K race and third year DPT student David Guthrie came in second!
All-in-all, a fun time for students and their mentors. We are looking forward to #NCSC2020, to be hosted by High Point University!