June 2007

MSPO faculty (Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP, Keith Willey, PT), staff (Robert MacDonald, RTPO (c)) and students (John Alexander MSPO Class of 2008) attended the Amputee Coalition of America’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was held June 14-16.

On June 27, the Georgia Tech MSPO program hosted the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. A group of 24 rising junior and senior high school students from around the country who are learning about careers in medicine and allied health science visited the MSPO program to learn more about a career in prosthetics and orthotics. Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP; Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP and Robert MacDonald, RTPO (c) as well as MSPO students Becca Spragg (class of 2008) and John Alexander (class of 2008) provided presentations and hands on workshops in this interactive half day event.

The ground breaking work of the women of the MSPO class of 2007 (lead by Janelle Springer along with Annette Daly, DeAnna Oldani, Jocelyn Wong) has had a positive effect on the Orthotics and Prosthetics profession. Wendy Beattie, CPO, FAAOP, current president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) has initiated efforts to create a task force to examine creation of a forum to support women in the O&P profession. This effort was sparked by Janelle and her female MSPO program classmates to formulate “Women in O&P” events at the last two AAOP annual meetings. The AAOP announced these developments in a recent report to the profession.