April 2016

Gary Wall and Rochelle Dumm, two of the first-year MSPO students received third place in the Enable Makeathon, a design competition hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), for their low-cost prosthetic foot design. Their team, the RightFit Prosthetics Initiative, produced the Fuji Foot, the first energy-storing, prosthetic foot with multiaxial capabilities designed for low-resource settings. During the 60-day competition, teams from around the globe developed products for people with disabilities living in rural regions. Out of the 150 teams that applied, 17 were chosen as finalists. At the Demo Day this past week in Bangalore, India, three winning teams were selected. Mobility India came in first place with a sitting/standing modular wheelchair for children with cerebral palsy, and team Aseem came in second with an outdoor attachment for standard wheelchairs.

August 2015

Congratulations to Megan Tang (MSPO Class of 2014) as the recipient of the Larry Lang Travel Fellowship Award. The award provides $2000 to be used for travel and meeting expenses to present her multidisciplinary residency research conducted while she was a resident at the University of Michigan’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Center entitled, “High Prevalence of Cranial Asymmetry Exists in Infants with Neonatal Bracial Plexus Palsy (NBPP)”. She will present her research at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015 Annual Assembly in Boston.

The MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2017. The Orientation Week activities concluded with the annual white coat ceremony in which incoming MSPO students receive their clinician’s white coat. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath.

September2014

Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech was recently the focus of the humanitarian outreach efforts being performed by Georgia Tech. Click here to see the video highlights that chronicle how prosthetic care is provided in Belize for persons with limb loss by members of the Prosthetics and Orthotics program collaborating with Project Hope Belize/Prosthetics Hope International.

August 2014

 

  • Congratulations to Ian McIntire (MSPO class of 2015), selected as a recipient of the 2014 Dan McKeever Scholarship. The scholarship provides a $1,000 grant to help offset costs to pursue graduate education in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
  • Congratulations to Lauren Levey and Steven Siebert (members of the MSPO class of 2014) for recognition of excellence in each of their MSPO Capstone Research investigations. Lauren was awarded the Arbogast Prize for the best scientific poster for a Student/Resident in the discipline of Prosthetics. Her research advisors were Drs. Lena Ting (PhD) and Andrew Sawers (PhD, CPO). Steven was awarded the Lucille Becker Prize for the best scientific poster for a Student/Resident in the discipline of Orthotics. His research advisor was Dr. Geza Kogler, PhD, CO.

 

May 2014

 

  • Congratulations to the MSPO Class of 2014! A recognition reception was held on May 1 in the Clary Theater prior to the all Institute graduate student Commencement held in the McCamish Pavillion on May 3. Best wishes to our MSPO program graduates as they prepare to enter clinical residency programs throughout the United States.
  • The Georgia Tech MSPO program, students and curriculum was featured in the May 2014 issue of the O&P Edge. Click here to read more, then go to page 66.

 

April 2014

 

  • Congratulations to Allison Gainer (MSPO class of 2016; in front row far left end) and her team of undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students. Their innovation to improve intramedullary nails to hold a fractured femur together won the top prize at the Georgia Tech Capstone Design Expo. To read more, click here.
  • A article on the impact of new practitioners with entry-level master’s degrees in Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) that are entering the P&O profession describes a changing landscape and positive future. The article appears in the April 2014 issue of the O&P Edge Magazine. To read more click here.

  • The Georgia Tech MSPO Program, along with Ossur, will host the 2014 FLEX-RUN running clinic on Saturday, April 26th. Attendees of this event will learn how to dynamically align a sports prosthesis and how to analyze running technique. Click on the flyer above for more details.
  • Darren Bolger (MSPO 2013) was recently featured in the March/April edition of In Motion Magazine highlighting his experiences as a resident orthotist. Read more by clicking here.

 

March 2014

Faculty and students of Georgia Tech’s MSPO program hosted a booth at the inaugural Atlanta Science Festival on March 29th in the Georgia World Congress Center. The interactive display attracted the interest of many adults and children who queued up to experience wearing upper limb prostheses and orthoses as well as prosthetic feet. The Science Festival was a free community event to engage the public in learning about the science of a variety of topics – including Prosthetics and Orthotics!

February 2014

Georgia Tech and the MSPO program were well represented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, February 20-23: All members of the current 1st and 2nd year classes attended the meeting.

In addition, alumni and faculty of the program gave the following presentations:

Shane Wurdeman (MSPO 2006)

  • Stride-to-Stride Fluctuations Are Related Before and After Adaptation for an Appropriate Prosthesis
  • Changes in Gait Using the Rush Foot: A Preliminary Study
  • Activity Measures Fail to Discriminate K-2/K-3 Feet

Lee Childers(MSPO 2007, PhD 2011)

  • Validity and Accuracy of the Dartfish Express iPad Application for Gait Analysis
  • Marker Based Method to Measure Movement between Residual Limb and a Transtibial Prosthetic Socket

Geza Kogler(Faculty)

  • Optimal Placement and Angulation of the Dorsal Foot Control Strap for Lower Limb Orthoses

Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010)

  • Temporal-Spatial Parameters, Energy Expenditure, and Perceived Comfort of Transfemoral Amputees: Ischial Containment vs. Atmospheric Pressure Stabilization Sockets

January 2014

Congratulations to Marina Musicus (MSPO 2013) on her contributions to and publication of the textbook, Prosthetic Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Upper and Lower Extremity. Marina co-authored three chapters:
Chapter 5: Lower Extremity Prosthetic Design and Function
Chapter 15: Upper Extremity Prosthetic Design and Function
Chapter 17: Upper Extremity Prosthetic Components

November 2013

Congratulations to Robert Kistenberg (MSPO faculty) for his recent publication in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America that will be released to the public this upcoming winter. Rob published a chapter in a Special Issue on Amputee Rehabilitation. More details of the citation: Chapter 13:Prosthetic Choices for People with Leg and Arm Amputations Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 1-28, February 2014