It seemed t
Hi! Just wondering why the
It seemed to me that we
were getting somewhere on the issues of residency, O&P education, and the
future of practitioners in our field.
I see a wedge that has
been driven between future practitioners and current:
This post was started by
a resident who knew of many that were dropping out of the field because of the
requirements of residency and the costs involved in education.
One of the replies to this was from
a practitioner angry that residents expect jobs and expect to get paid.
Another reply was from a practitioner who
believes in paying it forward.
suggest a few benefits to taking on a resident: 1) the facility is kept current
on new policies and political ideas brought in by eager and excited new
co-workers 2) established methods used in a facility must be explained in
anatomical terms and current theory to the resident, thus solidifying why the
practitioner chooses one method over another (handy in these days of
audits). 3) at the very least, the facility has someone to make foot
orthotics who is happy to be there and learning. 😉
that this dialogue has not been stunted. Perhaps by airing some of our misgivings as well as our triumphs and
hopes related to residency/residents, we can find a way to bridge the gap from established
practitioner to new.
I am trying to keep relatively neutral on this post but I must say one thing…. if you are on the NCOPE list as a residency site please, PLEASE respond to emails and calls if even to say “we are not hiring”. This can even be a form letter email that you can send to applicants. Many facilities simply neglect to respond. I have a hard time understanding why a facility that has shown their dedication to the field by signing up to be a residency site would then ignore applicants, but sadly this is the norm, not the exception.
Anyway, lets keep the discussion rolling!
From: Joan Cestaro
To: [email protected]
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: [OANDP-L] NCOPE Response to Emails on Residency Programs
I find it very sad that only 20% of all facilities are residency sites. It
is a huge commitment on a facility to take on the financial and time
consuming burden of educating a resident, but we must all learn to PAY IT
FORWARD. All of us had a willing facility that guided us and taught us and
we all must find that charitable side of ourselves to assist others. Yes,
we are ALL struggling with the Medicare and political issues that are
plaguing our field, but that should not deter from our humanity to help
these kids struggling to find their way into this field. As a small Ma &
Pop, we cannot afford a yearly resident, but we do it every few years when
we can and we have found some fantastic practitioners that we have kept in
the process. As a Certified Practitioner, I feel it my obligation to assist
where I can and to PAY IT FORWARD.
Joan Cestaro, C.P.
From: Orthotics and Prosthetics List [mailto:[email protected]] On
Behalf Of Robin Seabrook
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:41 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: [OANDP-L] NCOPE Response to Emails on Residency Programs
Last month emails were circulating within the OANDP list serve community.
The board of directors wanted to provide a formal response to some of the
issues, misunderstandings and concerns that were expressed. To access the
formal response please access it here:
If the direct link does not work, go to www.ncope.org
and look to the right under “News” and hit link.
Robin C. Seabrook
National Commission on
Orthotic and Prosthetic Education
330 John Carlyle St., Ste. 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-7114 ext. 225
(703) 836-0838 fax
Promoting Advanced Education for Future O&P Professionals
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