In this month’s issue, as we explore our theme of O&P education, we also take the opportunity to celebrate 20 years of bringing you vital coverage of O&P news, clinical, and business information. From that first issue, The O&P EDGE has grown with the profession as it experienced changes in technology, clinical practices, business and reimbursement climate, and educational requirements. As I sat down to write this column, I read back over some of our past anniversary issues, reflecting on the dedication of the staff and the support of our advertisers, partners, authors, and especially, our readers. As in those issues, we want to once again thank all of those who have contributed to our success. Be sure to check out our “Celebrating 20 Years” spread in this issue for a look back at past covers and a sampling of key developments in the profession throughout the years.
Among the major changes in O&P was the elevation of the entry-level educational requirement for orthotists and prosthetists to the master’s degree credential. Embarking on this journey can be overwhelming for new students, so we asked recent graduates, residents, and new clinicians to share their advice in “Stand on Their Shoulders: Advice From O&P Graduates to Those Who Follow.”