<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2006-04_09\/Tina-7308.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nThis issue went to press fast on the heels of the 32<sup>nd<\/sup> Annual Academy Meeting last month in Chicago, which provided me with a thought-provoking, energizing, and thorough introduction to the field of O&P. Several Academy events seemed\r\nto emphasize the blended import\u00adance of the past, present, and future of a field looking to its <i>future<\/i>, technically, clinically, administratively, and legislatively.\r\n<h4>NUPOC Gala Trilogy<\/h4>\r\nThe Northwestern University Prosthetics Orthotics Center\r\nFeinberg School of Medicine Gala Trilogy Fundraising Dinner was an\r\nelegant and enlightening affair to raise money for the NUPOC\r\nprogram. The event also honored several distinguished former\r\nfaculty members. Watch for details about the awards in our May\r\nissue.\r\n<h4>O&P Career Awareness<\/h4>\r\nThe O&P Career Awareness Program, attended by more than 70\r\nChicago area high school students and hosted by Michael Brncick,\r\nMEd, CPO, administrative director of NUPOC, was part of the\r\nAcademy's national recruitment and awareness campaign and provided\r\nstudents with a brief introduction to the profession, including a\r\ntour of the exhibit hall and a visit to NUPOC on the Northwestern\r\nUniversity campus.\r\n<h4>Government Relations Forum<\/h4>\r\nThe newly-formed Orthotic & Prosthetic Alliance convened at\r\nthe Government Relations Forum to talk about its mission and bring\r\nattendees up to date on recent regulatory activities affecting the\r\nindustry. See the <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2928">Industry Review<\/a> news release for more\r\ndetails.\r\n<h4>Women of Prosthetics and Orthotics<\/h4>\r\nThe Government Relations Briefing was followed by an\r\norganizational meeting for a new group called Women of Prosthetics\r\nand Orthotics (WPO), founded by six young women from the School of\r\nApplied Physiology at Georgia Tech. More than 100 people attended\r\nthe meeting, which was intended to assess interest in such a group\r\nand help determine its direction (see <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2929">Industry Review<\/a> for more on WPO).\r\n\r\nI also had a chance to meet with several influential and\r\ncolorful members of the O&P community throughout the week who\r\nprovided me with a good picture of an industry and profession at a\r\npivotal point in its history.\r\n\r\nThe issues ahead are many and varied, from parity and\r\nreimbursement to research and licensure. The particular events and\r\ngroups listed here, and the dozens not mentioned, are laying the\r\ngroundwork for cooperation and unity to reach the industry's goals\r\nand set its place in the future allied healthcare landscape.\r\n\r\nHow will the challenges be met?\r\n<h4>Humanitarian Aid<\/h4>\r\nIf we use the humanitarian efforts of the industry as just one\r\nexample of what O&P can accomplish when it comes together, then\r\nwithout a doubt, the professional goals of the industry are also in\r\nreach. Read the inspiring stories of some of the humanitarian\r\nprojects around the world in this issue: "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2930">Physicians for Peace delivers Mission of Training\r\nto Nations in Need<\/a>, <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/711">New Yorker Makes the World a Better Place<\/a>...",\r\nand "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2931">CIR Brings Prosthetic Services to Developing\r\nNations<\/a>."