Why Present or Attend PIRR 2016 in Chicago?

Heather Tanksley, MOT, OTR/L, Co-Communications Officer of the Stroke ISIG, asked clinician colleagues who participated in educational sessions at the 2015 ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR), to share insights about their experiences. You might be surprised by their answers!

Marjorie Nicholas

Marjorie Nicholas

Respondent: 2015 ACRM Presenter, Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, MGH
Institute of Health Professionals

Q: What did you enjoy most about presenting at the ACRM conference this year?

A: It was refreshing to present as an SLP to a wider range of professionals than we usually get to interact with. The questions people had were more interesting as a result.

Q: What surprised you most about the ACRM conference?

A: I really liked the cross-disciplinary nature of the presentations. I wish I had been able to attend more days because there were a number of talks I wanted to attend.

Q: What topics at the ACRM conference were most interesting to you?

A: I attended a presentation on music therapy that ... I found very interesting even though I already had an appreciation for music as a therapeutic intervention for neurologic disorders.

Q: Why would you encourage more speech-language pathologists to attend or present at the conference in future years?

A: It was clear to me … that the attendees might be thirsting for more information about research on speech and language therapy in rehabilitation. As a presenter, it is always exciting to present to an audience that doesn’t yet know much about our field.

 

Angela Reimer

Angela Reimer

Respondent: 2015 ACRM Attendee, Angie Reimer, MOT, OTR
Lutheran Hospital

Q: What topics at the ACRM conference were most interesting to you?

A: Stroke, neuroplasticity and technology.

Q: What surprised you most about the ACRM conference?

A: The large number of exhibitors was terrific!

Q: What value do you see in this meeting?

A: Opportunities to network and present!