Program Outline

I. Introduction:

A minimum of two weeks will be spent in orientation. This time is spent familiarizing the residents to the division and to evaluate his/her technical skills. The resident will also delineate his/her personal goals for the year which include the directed study geared towards presentation to a regional or national audience.

II. Clinical Experiences:

Each resident is assigned to a clinical staff member for a specific period of time. They will shadow the clinician as he/she attends to his/her various roles. As each clinician has primary responsibility for a particular clinic, this allows the resident to concentrate on a specific aspect of Orthotic-Prosthetic practice for a sufficient time. Currently, the clinics being covered include:

  • Trauma Clinic (Orthopedics)
  • Hip and Knee Clinic (Orthopedics)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Neurosurgery)
  • Post-Polio Clinic (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • Amputee Clinic (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • Upper Limb Amputee Clinic (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • Lower Limb Clinic (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • Spinal Clinic (Orthopedics)
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic
  • Cranioplasty Clinic
  • Orthopedic Foot Clinic
  • Diabetic Lower Extremity Clinic

Prosthetic and Orthotic Residents take part in covering on-call service on weekends. The resident should expect to be on-call every fourth weekend. He/she will be directly supervised  and accompanied by a certified clinician. The amount of actual time on call will very according to need and the supervising clinician's discretion. The on-call participation is viewed as an opportunity to experience unique situations and procedures not always available during normal clinic hours.

III. Technical Requirements:

A knowledge of the skills, tools and techniques of fabrication are an absolute necessity in an optimal clinical practice, therefore, the resident will spend a minimum of three weeks in the Fabrication Lab This knowledge facilitates the communication between the clinician and technical staff and lays a cornerstone for a structure of mutual professional respect.

IV. Interdisciplinary interaction:

As part of the patient management team, the resident will interact with other health professional areas. These include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Operating Rooms

V. Research:

Each resident is required to complete an NCOPE directed study during the year's program. The directed study should be geared toward submission for publication or presentation at a national or regional meeting.

VI. Hours of Residency Assignment:

This year-long residency is viewed by the Orthotics and Prosthetic Center as a continuation of the residents' education, not as their first year of employment. As such, the resident should anticipate devoting the time necessary to accomplish assigned projects. Punctuality in attendance and completion of assignments is mandatory.

VII. Requirements for Application:

  1. Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from a CAAHEP-accredited program.  If the candidate possesses academic credentials from outside of the United States, the education must be approved by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics as acceptable to qualify the applicant to sit for the Clinical Certification Board Examinations.
  2. Official transcripts from the O&P Master’s program you graduated from should be sent directly to UMOPC.  Submit 2 (two) email addresses and names of individuals who will act as professional references. One must be from an instructor from your O&P curriculum.
  3. Resume.
  4. Only completed applications will be considered.  All applications must be received by December 15th for the July start date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

VIII. Performance Evaluation:

Evaluation of resident's performance and progress is ongoing. If a resident is found to be deficient, he/she is to be given a letter stating the deficiency(ies), requirements for improvements and a time frame in which they must be implemented. If, by this time, the deficiencies have not been rectified, action could include probation and/or possible termination from the program.