<img class="" style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2004-06_09\/Fairley-Miki.jpg" width="219" height="207" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nAmazingly, despite all the current restraints hobbling the O&P field, progress continues to be made. What could be justly called a transfemoral revolution--the M.A.S.\u00ae (Marlo Anatomical Socket) design, developed by Marlo Ortiz, a prosthetist and engineer from Mexico, is described in the Cutting Edge article "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/696">M.A.S. Socket: A Transfemoral Revolution<\/a>". Besides comfort, considerably increased range of motion, and a more natural gait, the socket provides much better cosmesis: it has been described as "simply disappearing underneath clothes"\r\n\r\nOrtiz has lectured on his design internationally, including\r\npresenting one of the Thranhardt lectures during the 2004 Academy\r\nmeeting. Ortiz's lecture was voted tops by his peers.\r\n<h2>Idealism vs. Realism<\/h2>\r\nYoung people are often full of enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and\r\nenergy when they first burst on the scene of their chosen careers\r\nafter completing their education. But what happens when cold\r\nreality hits?\r\n\r\nMany do keep hold of their passion for their chosen field, even\r\nif it is tempered by experience and coping with the unavoidable\r\nhassles of the current scene. How do they do it? Some professionals\r\nshare their thoughts in the Feature article, "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2779">Idealism vs Realism: Balancing the Scales in\r\nO&P Practice<\/a>".\r\n\r\nHelping people to help themselves--this is giving to others in\r\none of the best ways possible. It's a gift that will go far beyond\r\nthe O&P devices provided for patients in developing nations.\r\nTraining local people, who can then perhaps train others, will help\r\nprovide sustainable services even after medical mission teams have\r\nleft. Healing Hands for Haiti Foundation (HHHF) provides a great\r\nopportunity to give to others, gain exposure in your community, and\r\nwork as a team with other medical and allied health professionals.\r\nRead more about the Foundation's work--and how you can be a part of\r\nit--" <a href=" http:\/\/www.oandp.com\/edge\/issues\/articles\/2004-06_05.asp">Healing Hands for Haiti Foundation<\/a>".\r\n\r\nHanger's Linkia: Just what is it? An in-depth interview\u00a0(" <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2780">Hangers MCO: Where Is It Going?<\/a>") reveals its\r\nseveral faces--both current and future.\r\n\r\nHow does a group of dedicated O&P professionals remain true\r\nto their mission of promoting continuing education while adapting\r\nto changed qualifications for ABC certification? The Academy's\r\nmission is "to promote high standards in patient care through\r\nadvocacy, education, literature, and research" ( <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/351">www.oandp.org<\/a>).\r\nFind out (Read, " <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2781">Academy Urges Bylaw Changes<\/a>") how the Academy\r\nis proposing to continue fulfilling its mission while opening its\r\ndoors to more professionals who can benefit from what it has to\r\noffer. Some food for thought: "<i>An idealist believes the short\r\nrun doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A\r\nrealist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run\r\ndetermines the long run<\/i>."