PhD: O&P Education's Final Frontier - March 2012

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PhD:
O&P Education's Final Frontier
By Miki Fairley


Fueled by fast-paced advances in technology and research, O&P education is entering its final frontier: PhD. Hovorka Day Neumann Geil Hafner Muller "In early 2002, there were no entry-level master's programs in P&O in the United...

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Hybrid Education
Does It Work for O&P?
By Betta Ferrendelli


"Blended learning is a hybrid of classroom and online learning that includes some of the conveniences of online courses without the complete loss of face-to-face contact." —Alfred P. Rovai and Hope M. Jordan, "Blended Learning and Sense of Commun...

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Knowledge Translation:
Getting Information from the Laboratory to the Treatment Room
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The value of translation became apparent to me several years ago while my wife and I were traveling through Europe. Having spent several days in Oxford, our original travel plans had us going on to London, where we would board a high-speed Chunnel...

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The Residency Experience
By Denise Larkins, MSPO, CO


A survey of O&P residents provides insight into how residencies have evolved over the years. Introduction For aspiring O&P practitioners, a good O&P residency is where the rubber begins to meet the road. Having spent the previous four to six years...

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O&P's Family Tree
By Betta Ferrendelli


Hard work, flexibility, and love for family are the keys to success. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when some O&P businesses first opened their doors, traveling salesmen, mail order, and hand-written patient charts were the norm. Today, comput...

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HHS Moves Forward with Development of Essential Health Benefits Package
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Theresa Morgan


If the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA)—the national healthcare reform law—survives a U.S. Supreme Court challenge scheduled for March and the November presidential election, most Americans will find themselves obligated t...

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Society Spotlight
Taking Prosthetic Research to the Next Level
By M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP; and Jason T. Kahle, CPO, FAAOP


Research has multiple important functions. For instance, it describes standard and novel aspects of clinical practice, characterizes the state of education of a profession, demonstrates what late-breaking techniques and devices are being used in l...

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Perspective

How Residency Has Shaped Our Practice
By Bryan Malas, MHPE, CO


Residency in O&P has garnered much discussion since its inception in 1993. Topics ranging from resident selection to the ideal learning environment serve as the backdrop for this educational paradigm that is now mandatory in our profession. Reside...

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Industry Leader

John W. Michael, MEd, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, FISPO
By Miki Fairley


Although he modestly says that in any given aspect of O&P, he can name at least ten professionals who surpass him in expertise, John W. Michael is arguably unique in the sheer scope of his knowledge and experience. His professional know-how encomp...

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Stepping Out

Treating Heel Pain Conservatively
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Heel pain is one of the more common diagnoses of the foot and ankle, and in its advanced stages it can be debilitating. As a testament to its frequency, it regularly comes up in conversations outside of work when I explain what I do for a living....

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech: Celebrating a Decade of Achievement
By Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP


What began as an idea by an engineering professor to create an advanced education program in prosthetics and orthotics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, was later transformed into reality. In the 1990s, Arthur Koblasz...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices seems to get more complicated by the day. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help answer your toughest questions. This month's column addresses your questions about submitting corrected Medicare claims, coding for prosthetic hands, an...

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Industry Review - Conference

Pac Rim 2012


Exclusive live coverage from The O&P EDGE. Pacific (Pac) Rim 2012, a Pacific Forum for Physical Rehabilitation, sponsored by the U.S. Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (USISPO) in cooperation with The O&P ED...

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Viewpoint

Thank You!
By Tonja Randolph


When The O&P EDGE launched in 2002, some people said the magazine would never succeed. I know I've talked about this before, but it bears repeating-not only because I am intensely proud of the dedication and accomplishments of my staff over the l...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite Expands Sales and Clinical Team


EDGE Direct Joining Endolite's sales team as territory managers are Tammy Gibson, Leslee Weidenbach, Maegan Miller, and Kristin Stamatis. Gibson will represent Endolite's New England market, which includes Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, New Hamps...

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Online Exclusive

Students Share Perspectives on Hybrid Education
By Betta Ferrendelli


Angela Kanavel is completing her first year in the O&P master's program at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Ypsilanti. What she likes about learning online is being able to take the courses when it is best for her, which makes it easier to work...

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