July 2002

Final Approval – At its June meeting, the Georgia Board of Regents granted unanimous approval to the founding of the Georgia Tech MSPO, the nation’s first entry-level Master of Science program in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Classes are set to begin August 19 and the first class of students is almost finalized.

New School – At the same meeting, the Georgia Board of Regents also unanimously approved the new School of Applied Physiology with graduate degree-granting status to host the program.

New Center – This month Georgia Tech also established the Center for Prosthetic and Orthotic Research and Education. The Center will synergize a number of related activities in P&O Research, Education, and Clinical Care, including the MSPO.

MSPO in the News

O&P Business News Letter to the Editor, July 15, 2002
O&P Almanac,  June 2002, p. 15
O&P Almanac, June 2002, p. 20
Biomechanics, May 2002, p. 9-10
Plus an upcoming article in the first September issue of O&P Business News

MSPO at the Academy – Academic Coordinator Dr. Mark Geil recently provided a program update to members of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists at the CEC-1 conference in New Orleans.

Georgia Tech MSPO in International P&O Higher Education – The Prosthetic and Orthotic Educators Meeting (POEM), the first international workshop/symposium investigating the advancement of P&O Education will take place at the Department of Rehabilitation, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden, August 14-17, 2002.  The Georgia Tech MSPO program will be strongly represented by faculty member, Christopher Hovorka, MSPO Program Clinical Coordinator.  Mr. Hovorka serves as a convening committee member and was selected as an invited keynote speaker for the section on “Post Graduate Education in P&O”.  He is also the moderator for the session on “University Collaboration”. (http://www.IAPOE.org/)