Gary Wall and Rochelle Dumm, two of the first-year MSPO students received third place in the Enable Makeathon, a design competition hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), for their low-cost prosthetic foot design. Their team, the RightFit Prosthetics Initiative, produced the Fuji Foot, the first energy-storing, prosthetic foot with multiaxial capabilities designed for low-resource settings. During the 60-day competition, teams from around the globe developed products for people with disabilities living in rural regions. Out of the 150 teams that applied, 17 were chosen as finalists. At the Demo Day this past week in Bangalore, India, three winning teams were selected. Mobility India came in first place with a sitting/standing modular wheelchair for children with cerebral palsy, and team Aseem came in second with an outdoor attachment for standard wheelchairs. .
Congratulations to Megan Tang (MSPO Class of 2014) as the recipient of the Larry Lang Travel Fellowship Award. The award provides $2000 to be used for travel and meeting expenses to present her multidisciplinary residency research conducted while she was a resident at the University of Michigan’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Center entitled, “High Prevalence of Cranial Asymmetry Exists in Infants with Neonatal Bracial Plexus Palsy (NBPP)”. She will present her research at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015 Annual Assembly in Boston.
The MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2017. The Orientation Week activities concluded with the annual white coat ceremony in which incoming MSPO students receive their clinician’s white coat. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath.