2004-2005 Updates

June 2005

Faculty Appointments – Robert Kistenberg, Prosthetics Instructor of the MSPO Program was elected Chair of the U.S. National Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). Christopher Hovorka was elected to the board of directors for the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).

Grant Award – Christopher Hovorka of the Georgia Tech MSPO program and Mark Geil, Ph.D., Director of the Georgia State University Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology and Health were awarded a grant to develop an online continuing education course in Management of the Neuropathic Foot. The grant was provided by the Department of Education and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

May 2005

2nd MSPO Class Graduates – The 2005 MSPO class graduated with the award of the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics degrees. There was a student recognition reception hosted by the School of Applied Physiology the day prior to the Institute’s graduation ceremony. Photos of graduates are available on the Graduates page.

April 2005

MSPO Represented at Landmark Education Summit Meeting – Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO was an invited participant at the O&P Education Summit Meeting held in New Orleans, LA on April 8-9. This landmark meeting brought together leaders of O&P education programs, research institutions, and professional organizations who assessed and reached consensus agreement on the need for master’s degree programs to help lead the future of O&P. Georgia Tech’s MSPO program will serve as a model for O&P schools that transition to the higher degree.

February 2005

Graduate Follow-up – The 2004 MSPO class is featured in the February O&P Almanac. The article follows them into their residencies and gains their perspectives on the Georgia Tech Master’s education they received.

September 2004

New Class – In August our third class of students started the program. This addition of nine students brings our total to 18. Photos of current students are available on the Students page.

August 2004

Georgia Tech MSPO Represented in Hong Kong, China – The Georgia Tech MSPO program model was presented at the 11th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) which was hosted at the Hong Kong Convention and Visitors Center, August 1-6. Christopher Hovorka presented the MSPO model curriculum as well as clinical research on gait and alignment adaptation strategies of the transfemoral amputee.