From the Editor: What’s New?

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By Tina Eichner

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is human nature, and a matter of survival, to constantly be assessing what is behind us in an effort to prepare for what is ahead. The common denominator between the future of O&P and its past is that it is a discipline filled with people driven to help others. That's quite a solid foundation.

The need to grow the pool of future practitioners is often discussed, and indeed current and potential students are the future of this industry. The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) has taken great strides to raise awareness of the O&P profession among students. The state of O&P recruitment is the topic of the Grant update in the current edition of the Academy Today.

Academy President Gary M. Berke, MS, CP, FAAOP, notes in the Academy Today, "It's so important to introduce students to our profession. For most, O&P is a new experience and a profession that they had never considered, mainly because they were unaware of the opportunity."

"It's a win-win all around. We have the opportunity to expose high-achieving students to the profession and potentially spark their interest in pursuing a career in O&P," adds Michael Brncick, MEd, CPO, administrative director at Northwestern.

The EDGE Welcomes New Writer

In the interest of better capturing this segment of our audience and at the suggestion of Editorial Advisory Board Member Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, we are expanding our content a bit to give a voice to future practitioners. Kevin has introduced us to Chelan Pedrow, a graduate student in the MSPO Program at the School of Applied Physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. This month we introduce you to Chelan in the Perspective column. This articulate and thoughtful young woman will be sharing her experiences from the student perspective through articles in The O&P EDGE throughout her two-year program, internship, certification, and as she begins her professional career. Chelan, welcome and good luck.

MedCastRadio.com Debuts August 2

At the Amputee Coalition of America's annual meeting in Minneapolis in June we met three gentlemen from Arizona who are launching a new venture this month called MedCastRadio.com. They are launching a weekly webcast radio program geared toward the amputee community. Their goal is to build an interactive online global community and Internet radio support group worldwide, providing common amputee information and addressing problems and concerns about living as an amputee. "Our aim is to be a global online family' empowering amputees with communication and information," said Randy West, CP, one of the partners. Adam O. (Ochla), an entrepreneur and prosthetics inventor, and David Banks, an AK amputee, round out the team.

Tune in to MedCastRadio.com at 6 PM EDT on August 2 to check it out and visit the website for information about future broadcasts.