In Search of Tomorrow's O&P Practitioner - September 2002

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O&P Awareness Committee: Joining Together to Attract Future Practitioners
By Judith Otto


Does the general public-including potentialstudents-know we exist? Although "we're not as invisible aswe were 15 years ago," as John Michael, MEd, CPO, FISPO, FAAOP,observed, the majority of people have still never heard of theorthotics and prosth...

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Attracting Future Practitioners: UT Southwestern
By Judith Otto


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, ispushing public awareness with an outreach program that casts itsO&P alumni as ambassadors. Their website, www.utsouthwestern.edu/po , not only definesO&P as an attractive career prospe...

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From the Editor
By Miki Fairley


Educational standards: What sort of a future do you want?

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Physiatry and O&P: A Synergistic Partnership
By Charles Levy, MD


Physiatrists andprosthetist/orthotists have much in common. Both practitioners aremembers of small and somewhat misunderstood specialties, aretrained to care for people with disabilities, and try to improvepatients' function. Practitioners  from b...

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Leading EDGE

Marketing to Referral Sources: Strategies That Work
By Joe Sansone


In the "good old days," there werejust a few O&P providers in each market. One simply had to hanga shingle on the wall, and patients would come. Today, however,O&P providers are discovering that they must work harder simplyto keep their heads abov...

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Education Outlook

A Call to Improve Advanced Science Content: Part III
By Edward S. Neumann, PhD, PE, CP


Editor's Note: In the previous articles in thisseries, Dr. Neumann called for a strengthening of advanced sciencecourses in O&P education in seven areas: biomechanical tissuefactors; biomechanical gait factors, physiologic factors,psychophysical f...

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Innovations

Remote Interactive Viewing System Provides Clinical Assistance, Education
By Randall D. Alley, BSc, CP


Until we can discover how to make time stand stillor successfully have ourselves cloned, our ability to see and treatpatients will be limited by the amount of time we have in the dayand our restriction to being in one place at a time. As the head...

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Perspective

Cross-Cultural ‘Co-opetition’ Means Better Business
By Cherie Zeringue, BSME, BSBmE, MBA


In any number of industries in the United States,there is a growing trend towards "co-opetition"-that rare andstratified arena where two companies who would otherwise be incompetition with one another find strength by joining efforts topursue comm...

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Global View

Barr Foundation Treats 13 More Honduran Amputees


Fourteen patients demonstrated their newprostheses designed by TracerCAD during a press event, and 13 newpatients were scanned using the system during a recent BarrFoundation trip to Honduras. Most of the patients were landminesurvivors. The press...

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ACA Meeting Provides Education, Inspiration
By Tonja Randolph


Held July 18-21 in Anaheim, California, the eventbrought together about 600 amputees, legislators, government staffmembers, healthcare providers, and others. The opening ceremonies were a grand event, featuring the actorRobert David Hall as master...

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Profile

Russ Miller, CP


Audubon Orthotic & Prosthetic Services Colorado Springs,Colorado How did you get involved inO&P? I was a therapist in orthopedics and working quite a bit withamputees. Therapists didn't get paid much, so I went back toschool.

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In Search of Tomorrow's O&P Pratitioner
By Judith Otto


The O&P field is not sitting back and wringing its collective hands. Several O&P organizations have joined together to dynamically market the profession to prospective students.

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