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ISSUE NO. 12   |   JAN. 2, 2018


We encourage you to save the dates for our two upcoming annual events! Online registration and details for both of these events will be announced within the week via an e-mail to the full membership! Stay tuned!

Board in the Bar 
Thursday, February  22, 2018
Fee: $25/person
Live entertainment & libations!
Advance Registration is Required to Attend

WCS Breakfast
Friday, February 23, 2018
Fee: $25/person
Advance Registration is Required to Attend

Upcoming Events

SoWH Minority Health Survey Responses Due *NEW*
Jan 31, 2018 | 11:59 PM ET
Complete Survey

2018 Regional Course Schedule


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Treating the Female Athlete: A Symposium & Literature Update
SOWH CSM Pre-Conference
New Orleans, LA
Feb 20, 2018
Register Now
Less than 30 Spots Left!

Pelvic Floor Treatment of Urinary Incontinence: An Evidence Update
SOWH CSM Pre-Conference
New Orleans, LA
Feb 21, 2018
Register Now
Less than 16 Spots Left!

2018 Research Grant Applications Due
April 1, 2018 | 11:59 PM ET

Apply Now


A new year, brings a renewed sense of promise and expectations. This a season where we renew goals or create new goals for the year.  My SoWH goal is to continue the focus of strong alignment with the 2016-2019 SoWH Strategic Plan.

I would love to hear your SoWH Goals.  Please share them through the Member Care & Share Form.

Our CSM Pre-Conferences are selling out quickly. Claim your spot while seats are still left!

Treating the Female Athlete: A Symposium & Literature Update
SOWH CSM Pre-Conference
New Orleans, LA
Feb 20, 2018
Register Now
Less than 30 Spots Left!

Pelvic Floor Treatment of Urinary Incontinence: An Evidence Update
SOWH CSM Pre-Conference
New Orleans, LA
Feb 21, 2018
Register Now
Less than 16 Spots Left - We are now in a bigger room!

Register fro 2018 CSM

The SoWH 2018 CSM Sponsorship Application is Now Available!
Check out our full pricing & benefits list in the link below! We've added new benefits this year to our Ruby, Platinum, Gold, and Silver Levels! We invite you to submit your Sponsorship Application before 11:59 PM Eastern Time, January 15, 2018!
Sponsorship Levels & Pricing
 OPENINGS    SoWH CSM Booth Volunteer  *NEW* 
Section on Women's Health is seeking several volunteers for the Combined Sections Meeting 2018 Booth Exhibition Days (Feb.22-24, 2018) in New Orleans, LA! Assisting with the Women’s Health Section booth is a great way to volunteer and meet other therapists in your field. If you are interested in staffing the booth, please select a time slot or more below to participate. The deadline to fill out and submit your requests is January 8, 2018.

You must be a registered 2018 CSM attendees. If you haven't registered yet, you can register for CSM here:
Booth Volunteer Sign-Up Form
 OPENING    CAPP-Pelvic Education Committee  *NEW* 

Are you interested in participating in the curriculum for the CAPP-Pelvic courses offered by the SoWH?  There is an opportunity to join the CAPP-Pelvic committee as a contributing member.
Requirements are:

✚ CAPP-Pelvic Graduate (Certification not required).
✚ Section on Women’s Health Member (2 years preferred).
✚ Access to internet/email and good working knowledge of Word and Excel.
✚ Ability to use Google Docs or willing to learn how to use Google Docs.
✚ Comfort/interest in performing literature searches with access to full articles preferred.
✚ Neurological, pediatric, and male pelvic health experience preferred.

For more information or questions regarding the requirements, please contact
Apply Now
 OPENING    CAPP-OB Case Review Committee   *NEW* 

We are seeking to add more OB Case reviewers to help review CAPP-OB case reflections submitted by SoWH CAPP candidates. 

-        CAPP-OB Certificate Holder
-        Section on Women’s Health Member (2 years preferred) 
For more info, please contact 
Apply Now
 OPENING    Clinical Practice Guidelines Team   *NEW* 

Would you like to help develop a new Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)? The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Physical Rehabilitation CPG Team is looking for an additional Core Member with literature review and publication experience.  This unique CPG includes elements of chronic disease; pre- and post operative strategies; pelvic floor; aerobic and strength protocols; bone density and scar tissue management.  Therapists from all specialities are welcome to apply. The CPG’s objectives include:  (1) reviewing existing literature related to IBD, exercise science, and rehabilitation, (2) examining practical applications of IBD rehabilitation strategies, and (3) identifying gaps in the literature, elucidating future directions for IBD and Physical Therapy research.
E-mail Jessica Elia for Info / Application
Meet Laurie Gauthier, PT, DPT

A few years ago, while reigniting the ‘PT fire’, Laurie sought the advise of a few wise mentors who gave her the boost she needed and helped her find her niche in the PT world working in pelvic health. She owes a great deal of gratitude to these women because they helped saved her from going a direction outside of PT. Every man and woman that Laurie treats for pelvic dysfunction and orthopedic limitations, are a reminder of why she chose this specialty. Laurie truly believes that she can help an under-represented population find that missing link in their treatment and help fully restore them, and let them know that she (Laurie) hears their concerns, and genuinely cares about them. 

Laurie truly believes that physical therapists would be an unstoppable force for good as advocates for our patients and as part of the healthcare team if we band together to help build'' each other up.

If you would like to be featured in the SoWH Member Highlight, submit your entry to the Member Care & Share Form.
#1 - SoWH Minority Health Survey
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Complete Survey

#2 - Call for Manuscripts
We are actively seeking manuscripts for the following topics as they relate to Physical Therapy: Urinary incontinence / Post-prostatectomy incontinence / Pelvic pain / Chronic pain / Pregnancy-related pain / Lymphedema / Osteoporosis / Menopause Other Women's and Men's Health Issues For author instructions and to submit a manuscript, visit this site.
#2  - $10,000 SoWH Research Grant - Due April 1, 2018
If you are inspired to bring key pelvic and abdominal health research to the PT community, this is your opportunity to apply for a SoWH $10K Research Grant! The purpose of the Section on Women´s Health (SoWH) Research Grant Awards program is to encourage the scientific study of topics consistent with the mission of the SoWH.  The maximum amount of funding provided by this grant is $10,000. Eligibility is extended to SoWH members in good standing may submit an application and at least one Investigator of the proposal must be a member in good standing of the Section on Women’s Health. The application is available here.

SPT Verification, Discount, & Scholarship Form
Save up to $100 on each PH1, PH2, OBF course by filling out this form. You can also apply for one of our 21 student scholarships through the same form (optional)! Complete the form.

2018 Course Schedule
Register for a 2018 course today! We are offering 40+ courses across the country and two courses in Japan! View Course Schedule | View Course Descriptions

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$50 Gift Certificate Toward CAPP Courses
Expires January 31, 2018 | Code: HOLIDAY-MY-GIFT-50
TERMS OF USE:  The use of this gift certificate is limited  to 1 use per person. This gift certificate expires at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, January 31, 2018. You may apply this gift certificate towards the following courses: Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1, Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 (including Bowel Dysfunction and Pelvic Pain variations), Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3, Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, and the Considerations & Preparation of Intrapartum Support. 
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$35 Gift Certificate Toward On-Demand Courses*
Expires January 31, 2018 | Code: 35-MY-GIFT-HSM

TERMS OF USE:  The use of this gift certificate is limited  to 1 use per person. This gift certificate expires at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, January 31, 2018. You may apply this gift certificate towards all the SoWH Home Study Modules and Home Study Bundles excluding the two online courses: Level 1: Urogynecological Clinical Evaluation and Treatments and the Introduction to Male Pelvic Health Part 1: Urinary Incontinence.
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Part IV: Launching My Own Practice
Creating Driftwood 5-Part Pop-Up Blog Series
Written by Tamra Wroblesky, PT, DPT

It was a predestined match- meeting Alison was the single best thing that happened to me, and I know she would say the same. From the first day we met, we complimented each other perfectly. Alison had a history of childhood leukemia, so she and I both had a personal connection to chronic pain and suffering...
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Founded in 1977, the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association was incorporated under the original name of the Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The professional association served as a resource for continuing education and knowledge needed by physical therapists interested in healthcare of women before, during, and after pregnancy.

Members voted to change the Section name in 1995 to Section on Women’s Health to mark the specialized education required to address women’s physical therapy needs. In 2011, the organization updated its mission and vision statements to recognize Section members who also treat males affected by incontinence, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis.

Please continue to share your Name Change recommendations and perspectives through the SoWH Member Care & Share form.
  HOSTING   Seeking 2019 Course Hosts

We are seeking a university, hospital, clinic, or physical therapy center to host one of our Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 or the Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy courses! Do you work at or know of a facility that could host a course? We invite you to fill out our 2019 Course Host Application to be considered!

By hosting an SoWH course, you receive 2 free registration course spots or an honorarium payment *NEW Benefit.* If you have questions about these benefits or need more information, please contact the SoWH office at
Apply to Host
How many independent components/sections (like SOWH) exist in the APTA universe? 
A) 8
B) 12
C) 16
D) 18
E) 20
F) 26

Answer: D - There are 18 components/sections in APTA. SoWH is one of the specialty areas.

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