"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Why Politics Is Important to Physical Therapists

Congratulations to Eric Chaconas, DPT of the Florida Government Affairs Committee and and Scott Harp, PhD Vice President of the Florida Physical Therapy Association for hitting their attendance goals for the 2012 Florida State Advocacy Training program in Tallahassee on January 16 and 17, 2012.

Thirty five physical therapists and physical therapist assistants attended and the 2012 Advocacy Day was a HUGE success!
"FPTA members were treated to visits during the Advocacy Workshop by both Senator Montford and Rep. Goodson who offered praise and strong support for physical therapist and students taking time to travel to Tallahassee to advocate for their profession.
“The perfect lobbyist for the physical therapy profession is physical therapists and your students in training,” said Senator Montford.
Why is politics important for the physical therapist?

I highly recommend Charles Krauthhamer's excellent article in the Washington Post on December 30th which asks Are We Alone in the Universe?

Don't worry, its not science fiction - rather, Krauthhamer posits that politics is the driver of history and the organizer of our affairs:
"This is the work of politics — understood as the ordering of society and the regulation of power to permit human flourishing while simultaneously restraining the most Hobbesian human instincts.  
There could be no greater irony: For all the sublimity of art, physics, music, mathematics and other manifestations of human genius, everything depends on the mundane, frustrating, often debased vocation known as politics (and its most exacting subspecialty — statecraft).  
Because if we don’t get politics right, everything else risks extinction.  
We grow justly weary of our politics. But we must remember this: Politics — in all its grubby, grasping, corrupt, contemptible manifestations — is sovereign in human affairs. Everything ultimately rests upon it.  
Fairly or not, politics is the driver of history."

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