I read in the December O&P Almanac of Otto Bock’s decision not to have a
presence at the American Academy meeting this February.
I applaud their decision, and hope it will be one more powerful vote to
eventually change the current practice of having two major meetings in the
Furthermore, when there is finally only one meeting per year, I am sure
there will be more participation from vendors and practitioners alike.
When that time comes, I hope there will also be the wisdom to have it in a
location that allows for lower cost lodging to be available for the less
affluent practitioners, technicians, and other interested parties.
I had originally intended to try and go to the Academy meeting inspite of
the expense. Now I think I too will wait for the larger AOPA meeting, and
hope that it won’t be too much longer before there is only one meeting per
I would also suggest that the vendors be accessible for longer hours during
these meeting. A major educational factor is learning what is available for
solving a variety of problems
Mark Benveniste RN BS CP
VA Medical Center