October 2007

On October 27 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP served as the international delegate to participate in the Canadian O&P Educational Development Consensus Meeting. The meeting is one of the first in the history of Canada’s O&P profession to address the country’s stance and readiness to transition schools of O&P to offer the master’s degree.

David Moe, CPO (c), owner of Barber Prosthetics Clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada provided a donation to the MSPO program to support MSPO student travel. The fund will eventually provide financial assistance to help defray costs for students traveling to professional meetings such as the annual conference of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP). Each year the MSPO program cancels classes during the week of the AAOP conference in order for faculty and students to attend.

Georgia Tech MSPO Alumni, DeAnna Oldani (06), Lara Schrock (07), Jocelyn Wong (06), Leigh Pipkin (07) and Janelle Springer (06) were recognized in a letter to the profession by the president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Wendy Beattie, CPO, FAAOP for their efforts to create the Women in O&P sessions at the annual meetings.
Beattie went on to announce further plans, ….”In light of this, I am working with a number of our women members to set up programs, including a mentorship project, to help women entering the profession not only succeed as orthotists and prosthetists, but to encourage them to take an active role in shaping the future of our profession.”

Robert MacDonald, RTPO (c), the senior O&P laboratory technician presented O&P as a career option to a group of 160 students at Creek View High School in Cherokee County (a north suburb of Atlanta). The session was well received by students and faculty with many indicating they were not aware of the wide range of creativity and diversity in the profession.

Ron Roiz, MSPO class of 2007 writes of his experience as a resident in Orthotics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The article is part of a series chronicling Ron’s experiences as he progresses through the professional clinical phase of his training. Read the article in the September 2007 issue of the O and P Edge Magazine here.