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Next week, Advanced Medical joins 10k plus therapy professionals in Anaheim, California for the 2016 Combined Sections Meeting. Weather forecast: Perfection. The convention is taking place mere footsteps from the “Land of Walt”, yes that’s right – Disneyland. Yet, this is no “Mickey Mouse Event” as CSM is stuffed with programming covering all 18 therapy specialty divisions, while showcasing over 500 companies in the cavernous convention hall. Our contingent, led by newly crowned Clinical Director Melissa Jones, will be camped out at booth #1843. Melissa is a former Advanced Medical speech therapist and mentor, who combines a reservoir of genuine travel experience with an outstanding clinical pedigree to give potential candidates an in-depth look at the life of a traveling therapist. Other travel companies have capable recruiters (who are not therapists!) on hand, but it is unlikely that they can provide the credibility of talking about the benefits (and challenges) of travel therapy – therapist to therapist – my advice to new grad attendees in the OC: bookmark booth 1843.

The tagline for the event is “Ride the Wave” and with thousands of hours of networking events, CEU opportunities, social happenings, and the one of the country’s premier amusement parks looming over the festivities, our suggestion is to bring your longboard because this is one big wave on the horizon. In addition, CSM 2016 is packed with events targeting new graduates, students, and university alumni. I recommend going here to check out the full spectrum of offerings for students. Highlights include a student town hall assembly, PT Pub Night, and a USC alumni gathering featuring the marching Trojan band. A comprehensive list of programming can be found here. At our booth you can expect a variety of giveaways, including an elaborate hammock and customized CSM 2016 Mouse Ears, as well a photo contest. Advanced Medical looks forward to talking to you and sharing our story, which includes our national opportunities with elite medical facilities and a pioneering New Grad Program that includes mentoring, tuition reward, and our own CEU platform tailored to your needs. We hope that you can rendezvous at our little 10×10 slice of CSM and stay awhile. We’re going to Disneyland! Until next time…