Kyle Sherk MS, CPO, FAAOP
What does being a Fellow mean to you?
Academy fellows have a history of service to the profession as a whole. Being a Fellow is a mark of continued dedication to improve the profession.
How did you decide to get into O&P?
My father had his hip replaced while I was in high school. Yes, this is in an internal prosthesis, but the improvement in his quality of life was amazing to me. His internal prosthesis led me to discover external prosthetics—a field that combines my love of building things and helping people.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of the office?
I rock climb, hike, and am taking lessons to earn my private pilot’s license.
What advice would you offer to those about to or hoping to enter the profession?
Remember that you are entering an experience-based medical profession. You may never know everything about the profession, but you can know everything you need to know about the patient you are helping and design the best possible device for that individual.
What do you believe is the most serious issue facing O&P?
Justifying the care that we provide to our patients is a serious issue. Yes, there is a growing body of literature to reference, but not every device or protocol that is utilized in O&P has been studied, or studied with sufficient rigor, to provide a basis for evidence-based practice at this time. I believe the profession as a whole will need to embrace appropriate outcome measures and compare these results across the country to establish epidemiological-level reviews of the effects of our devices on our patients.