The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) has selected Rachael E. Rosen as the recipient of the 2017 Larry Lange Travel Fellowship Award. Rosen is a orthotist practitioner resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, where she has created family and patient materials and an evaluation protocol for all patients who are being treated for scoliosis with the use of a TLSO (Providence, Boston, and Charleston styles), and created a presentation, Scoliosis: The Orthotists’ Perspective.
As the lead investigator of a retrospective study, The effect of body mass index on in-brace correction obtained by a Boston-style scoliosis TLSO in patients diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, she obtained institutional review board approval, collected and analyzed data, and authored the manuscript within a six-month time frame. She is a panel member and mentor for a “Women in S.T.E.M.” program at a local charter middle school. After residency, Rosen plans to continue to refine her clinical skills when treating patients with scoliosis as well as to continue orthotic scoliosis research.
The fund was established in 2007 in memory of Larry Lange, CPO, FAAOP. The $2,000 award is used for travel and meeting registration fees for professional O&P conferences and activities.