March 2007

Road Trip! – Georgia Tech MSPO 1st and 2nd year classes were well represented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in San Francisco, March 21-24. Nearly the entire MSPO classes of students attended the meeting and savored the many fine attractions in San Francisco.

Other achievements at the meeting:
Presentations by Graduates of the MSPO program:

  • Andrew Sawers, MSPO (2005) presented two free papers entitled, Comparing Cervical Spine Motion with Different Halo Devices in a Cadaveric Cervical Instability and Efficacy of the Non-Invasive Halo in Cervical Spine Trauma.
  • Deanna Clough Oldani, MSPO (2006) presented a poster entitled, Effects of Knee Orthoses on the Medial and Lateral Knee Joint Spaces: A Radiographic Study;
  • Jocelyn Wong, MSPO (2006) presented a free paper entitled, The Biomechanics of the Prosthetic Foot-Ankle Complex During Forward and Backward Walking in Transtibial Amputees: A Pilot Study.

The 2nd annual meeting of the Georgia Tech student initiated special interest group,* Women of O&P conducted their meeting with keynote speaker, Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP discussing the minimization of exposure to biological hazards and management of carcinogens in the O&P laboratory environment.

1st annual O&P Student Social* was well attended by all Georgia Tech MSPO students.

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP presented a free papers entitled, Providing Clinical Services in Developing Nations and Evolution of Prosthetic Treatment Options for Individuals with Thumb Amputations.

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and served as moderator for the free paper session on Pediatric Orthotics.

Mark Geil, PhD, adjunct lecturer for the MSPO program, delivered two lectures at the AAOP. The first lecture, “Comparison of Measurement of Residual Limb Shape Using CAD Versus Conventional Devices” was selected as a winner of the Thranhardt Lecture and the second lecture, “Becoming a Better Consumer of O&P Research” was part of a Grant Programming lecture.