Scientific Societies, 2010

Issue 1, January, 2010

We hope you enjoy reading this NEW Scientific Society Newsletter. As the Board Liaison and Chair of the Scientific Societies Committee, it is my hope that you will find the contents intriguing and that this newsletter will encourage you to either join or renew your involvement with one or more of the Academy's scientific Societies.

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists has eight scientific societies.

As the liaison from the Board, I represent the scientific Societies on the Education Development Council (EDC), one of three Councils that oversee the work of the Academy.

To find out more about each Society and to get involved, please visit the Society's Home Page or the individual links above. You will find information on the Societies and on their role within the Academy. Each Society page lists the officers and includes a link to a list of members and other relevant information to the Society such as articles, surveys, research, and future projects. When you become a member of the Society you will find colleagues to share your ideas and research with in order to increase the body of knowledge for the entire profession.

If you and others in the field would like to form a Society in an area that you believe has sufficient interest, it takes twenty or more Academy members to petition for the establishment of a new Society.

Should you have questions or want more information on any of the Societies in the newsletter I encourage you to contact the officers of that Society. Contact information is provided for each Society listed below. For any general questions about Academy or Society membership, you can also contact Andrew Francis at the Academy (202) 380-3663 or email him at

While the Societies communicate most of the year through their websites, they each meet face-to-face during the Academy's Annual Meeting. We hope you plan to join us this year in Chicago at the 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, February 24-27. Society meetings will take place on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm. You are welcome and encouraged to participate in the annual business meeting of the Society that most interests you. This meeting is your opportunity to meet with current members and the officers as well as your colleagues who are also interested in getting involved. They will be presenting cases and current research projects, discussing important subjects or doing hands-on programs for the attendees in their specific discipline. See below for details on each Society's presentations this year.

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I look forward to seeing you in Chicago.


David Gerecke, CPO, FAAOP

General Society News

The Scientific Societies Each Have NEW Interactive Websites!

As of January 1, 2010, the Academy's eight Scientific Societies have begun using new networking websites that will facilitate their work and will greatly improve the direct communication abilities within each specialty. As a primary resource for eight sub-specialties in O&P, the Societies are now poised to increase their impact and effectiveness across O&P. To use the new networking sites, you must join the Society in which you plan to participate.

The Eight Scientific Societies

The CAD/CAM Society is an emerging resource for individuals interested in cutting-edge technologies revolving around computer-aided design and manufacturing. Due to its relevance in a multitude of disciplines including upper- and lower-limb prosthetics and orthotics, craniofacial and fabrication services, the CAD/CAM Society is uniquely positioned to interact with all the Scientific Societies of the Academy. By joining the CAD/CAM Society you will effectively be at the center of technology advancement regarding digital assessment and capture, modification and alignment, as well as fabrication and finishing of prosthetic and orthotic systems.

But that's not all. As a member (which costs a mere $25 with your Academy membership) you will not only keep up to speed on the latest technologies, you will also help drive technology development through manufacturer interaction, education and assistance with reimbursement documentation, and supportive research via the CAD/CAM Society's L-code project.

Our Society roadmap for 2010 is an impressive one. We have recently achieved our first milestone of providing an online survey for CAD/CAM manufacturers. The results are currently being compiled and will lead to a real-time snapshot of system capabilities. The results will be available online to Society members, giving them up-to-date information on scanning and carving/printing technologies, software capabilities, and fabrication services, all in one location that can be updated as technologies develop. With this information in hand, purchasing a CAD or CAD/CAM system will no longer be a hit-or-miss affair, and you can compare systems side-by-side to determine which would be the best investment option for your business.

Our next project will focus on two areas simultaneously, reimbursement and outcomes, as they will eventually be inseparable, and the CAD/CAM Society is again uniquely positioned to help members stay abreast of the latest developments and potentially drive reimbursement and outcomes research in the direction we'd like both to go. We'll work with the Academy to provide appropriate research and feedback relevant to reimbursement language regarding potential L-code applications. We'll work with manufacturers to ascertain what data is most relevant to outcomes and prioritize it accordingly as well as determine the optimum format for storing data in each manufacturer's software that facilitates retrieval and reference of such data. For example, we will begin to "see" relationships inherent in critical physical dimensions, subcutaneous compositions, volume changes, etc. that simply can't be visualized or understood with traditional methods. By establishing a reimbursement pathway backed by appropriate and in some cases unique outcomes data, the use of CAD/CAM technology can truly become a universally accepted methodology for clinicians and payers alike.

The Society's ultimate goal is to increase membership in 2010 and to increase interaction among our members such that our Society assists with mainstreaming CAD/CAM technology as opposed to merely discussing it. To achieve these goals we have created a NEW social networking website that is available to Society members only. This site enables the formation of work groups within the Society, posting of video and images, forum discussions, calendar notices, and many other features. Increasing membership leads to increased funds and a wider circle of influence while improved interaction among members leads to greater insight and overall capabilities.

So join us and be a part of a unique group of individuals dedicated to the advancement of our profession, and help make the CAD/CAM Society instrumental in CAD/CAM development for the next decade. Get the Society membership form (PDF) by following the link - and welcome! CAD/CAM Society

Craniofacial Society

Regardless of the number of infants you see with deformational plagiocephaly, the Craniofacial Society is here to help you. For a dynamic exchange of ideas for a unique case or a few fundamentals on treatment protocols, the Society is uniquely positioned to help you to arrive at the answers you need. Our goals are to encourage communication among the members of the Society, to increase our knowledge base, and to improve the quality of care given to patients with craniofacial anomalies.

The Society publishes newsletters for Society members that include analytical articles, fitting and troubleshooting tips, and news releases from outside the orthotic field that pertain to our patient population. We also list our membership by location to facilitate transfer of care for our families who move mid-treatment as well as to help identify local colleagues for collaboration.

The Society also posted the findings of the State of the Science Conference that outlines the current standards of treatment for infants with plagiocephaly. You may find this at the Craniofacial Society webpage. These fundamentals of care form a base line of knowledge for residents or practitioners developing a plagiocephaly practice. While helping members with the fundamentals of craniofacial practice, we also survey our members for feedback on treatment issues and distribute the information to keep the membership apprised of changes in protocols and designs.

As we look forward to the Academy's 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in Chicago, February 24-27, 2010, we encourage you to join the Craniofacial Society at the annual Society business meeting on Friday, February 26, at 6:30 pm. We will host a panel discussion on treatment protocols after endoscopic release of craniosynostosis. As more surgeons across the US begin to use this procedure, we see different post-surgical approaches from different regions. This presentation, given by Blake Norquist, CO; Laura Plank, CO; and Nancy Stinson, CPO; will cover various helmet designs, modifications, pad placement, number of helmets used, and the overall treatment period. This is a great opportunity to understand and discuss developing standards for post-surgical care of craniosynostosis-and we'd like your input for this discussion. If you can't join us Friday evening, please send your protocol or questions to the Craniofacial Society officers listed below. With your help, we can continue to improve the care and treatment of patients with craniofacial anomalies.

We have recently learned that the Craniofacial Society will be featured in the Academy Today. Look for our article on Torticollis in the June 2010 issue!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago and to your future participation in the Society.

Ellie Boomer, CPO, Vice-Chair at
Pat Rogel CO, Vice-Chair at
Barbara Ziegler, CPO, Chair at

Fabrication Sciences Society

The Fabrication Sciences Society is a group of Academy members dedicated to the improvement of prosthetic and orthotic devices by merging ideas and technology. The members are a cross-section of both disciplines with backgrounds ranging from technician to PhD.

Why should I join the Fabrication Society? This is a question many professionals ask and the answer is quite simple. If you are dedicated to your profession and wish to provide the best prosthetic and orthotic devices, then it is incumbent upon you to seek information on the most current and cost effective methods of providing quality products for your patients. The Fabrication Society provides the forum for you to exchange information with the best in the business including practitioners who have used and sometimes developed new materials and techniques, who are the preeminent experts on these new products, in the country.

In addition to our technological material edge, the Society provides you with a connection to other professionals nationwide with common goals who are more than willing to share their knowledge with you on an ongoing basis.

To show your interest in improving your network of colleagues and your body of knowledge, you should consider joining the Fabrication Sciences Society and becoming an active participant in the future of Fabrication Sciences for prosthetics and orthotics.

To find out more, please contact Andrew Francis or visit the Academy's Fabrication Sciences Society web page.

Gait Society

Would you like to:

  • Stay up-to-date on gait-related research?
  • Measure fall risk?
  • Accurately identify gait disorders?
  • Discuss/debate intervention options?

The Gait Society promotes the critical understanding of human gait by providing members with current gait-related research; educating members about the variety of outcome measures related to gait analysis; sponsoring speakers at national meetings; and providing opportunities to share clinical questions.

The Gait Society has produced a newsletter called the Bipedal Exchange since 2007. Past issues are available on the Gait Society webpage.

At the Academy Annual Meeting in 2008, the Gait Society hosted speakers, Stefania Fatone, PhD, and Donald Shurr, CPO, PT, to present on the topic of instrumented gait measures in orthotics and prosthetics. On behalf of the Gait Society at the 2009 Academy meeting, Ken Kaufman, PhD, PE, presented on clinical outcome measures for orthotics and prosthetics with David Boone, PhD, CP, MPH, presenting on a particular clinical outcome device (Compas) that can be used to optimize prosthetic alignment.

This year the Gait Society will again participate in the Academy Meeting in Chicago, February 24 - 27, 2010. On February 27 from 10:40am to 12:05pm (SP3) - Balance and Assessment of Fall Risk in O&P with Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP and Li-Shan Chou, PhD. In addition to the Society Programming that is part of the entire Annual Meeting education program, during our business meeting (Friday, February 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm), we will provide hands-on experience with outcome measures related to falls so that you can feel confident using these measures in your clinical practice.

What you can do to help:
The Gait Society has two committee positions open at this time. (1) The Scientific Liaison serves as a link between research and clinical activities. The Scientific Liaison identifies research related to gait and prosthetics/orthotics to help us all stay current in this dynamic field. (2) The Webpage Manager will develop and maintain a Gait Society webpage. We are seeking an improved avenue to share and discuss gait-related issues. This position will be in charge of supporting a new networking website that is specific to gait and Gait Society members. Those interested will help to define the scope of the position so that the position caters to the level of involvement that you seek.

Please contact or call us using the information below in order to

  1. Join the Gait Society or to get involved with one of the above positions
  2. Offer your ideas for guest speakers or special topics
  3. Get involved in a leadership position in the Gait Society.

Again, we welcome your involvement.

Thank you,
Sue Ewers, CPO, Chair-Gait Society
(206) 685-3444

Lower Limb Orthotics Society

Do you find yourself spending more than 55%* of your time working with lower limb orthoses? If so, the Lower Limb Orthotic Society (LLOS) is the place for you!

The LLOS is dedicated to improving the overall quality of care for all lower limb patients. Whether diabetic shoes or HKAFOs, if you have a question, a case study, or need a new technique, the LLOS exists to provide you with an avenue to answers. Information will literally be at your fingertips via a professional social networking site where you can discuss any relevant lower limb topics or view postings, techniques, product reviews and share your own thoughts and experiences.

In 2010, the LLOS aims to increase participation from existing and new members while incorporating technicians, PTs, OTs, MDs, and PhDs for a multidisciplinary approach to LLO solutions. This year we will be forming multiple committees to focus on particular issues at hand. These include, but are not limited to, education, research, technical and product review as well as the management of our new LLOS networking website where many of these ideas will converge. In addition to the Society's work to improve its visibility and membership, we're also working on a submission for publication in a future issue of the Academy Today.

To get all of these important projects off of the ground, the LLOS is seeking motivated individuals to join and share ideas, compassion, and experience while enjoying the many benefits of being connected with the greatest minds involved in lower limb orthotic management.

To join the Lower Limb Orthotic Society, or to get involved in any of our projects, please contact Bridget Lawler, CPO, Chair-LLOS at or use the Society application form found at the Society's home page If you have any questions, please visit the general Academy Societies home page.

*According to ABC's, 2007, Practice Analysis of Certified Practitioners in the Disciplines of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Lower Limb Prosthetics Society

The Lower Limb Prosthetic Society would like you to join us as we focus on improving patient care and growing as professionals. We do this by sharing information and knowledge, engaging in research, presenting, and publishing. Joining the LLPS is a great opportunity to further your professional development and to work cooperatively with others to advance our field.

The Society offers many ways to be involved. You can simply join and be supportive or you can participate and get actively involved in one of the many projects planned in the next year. You can join a committee or run for office. The LLPS has a variety of volunteer positions available with minimal time commitment required.

Here are a few of the many ways you can participate:

  • Contribute to or edit the quarterly newsletter
  • Help run the NEW LLPS Social Networking site for members only
  • Publish in a future issue of the Academy Today
  • Plan programming for future Academy Meetings (March 16-19, 2011 in sunny, family-friendly, Orlando, FL)
  • Participate in Educational Presentations: 36th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium: Friday, February 26 at 1:35pm, Amputation Surgery: Current Lower Limb Surgical Techniques. Speakers include Christian Ertl, MD; Jan Ertl, MD; Frank Gottschalk, MD; Douglas G. Smith, MD and Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP
  • Help develop liaisons to the vascular surgery community
  • Join us at the 36th Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium at the LLPS Business Meeting which will be held Friday, February 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm

For more information or to join, visit Lower-Limb Prosthetics Society (LLPS). You may also call the Academy with any questions about membership or getting involved at (202) 380-3663.

Spinal Orthotics Society

The Spinal Orthotics Society of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists was created to enhance spine-related learning opportunities and to share expertise between practitioners who have a special interest in the area of Spinal Orthotic Management.

Joining the Spine Society gives you one-stop access to a network of individuals who specialize in spinal orthotics while offering you the opportunity to share your experience, research findings, and cases with colleagues. This is an opportunity not found anywhere else, and all you have to do is join.

If you want to find out more and will be attending the Academy's 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, please join us in Chicago for the Spinal Orthotics Society Business Meeting, Friday, February 26, 2010, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Getting involved:
The Spine Society is a central resource for those interested in Spinal Orthotics, and it's easy to get involved! First you join. Visit the Spinal Orthotics Society website and download an application form, then fax, mail or email it back to us at the Academy (see below). Once a member of the Society, you will gain access to the Society's NEW social networking site for members only. On this site you can share your ideas, experiences, and questions with a network of interested colleagues. You can also present cases, post videos, literature reviews, and links to resources and materials. You may also converse in real-time with fellow members using the Chat function or post a question to the entire membership through the Forum. The possibilities are limitless, and all you need to do is join!

Elections and Committees
The Spinal Orthotics Society offers excellent opportunities to gain leadership experience and to share your expertise, skills, and interests with like-minded individuals with a minimal investment of time. If you would like an opportunity to work on a committee or in a leadership role as an officer with the Society, please contact Catherine Voss, CO at Elections are scheduled to occur by April 27, 2010. Elected individuals will hold office for 2 years.

The new Spinal Orthotics Society social networking website offers multiple professional interfaces with your colleagues. Joining the Society today will bring that network of colleagues to your fingertips. If you have any questions about the Spinal Orthotics Society contact Catherine Voss, CO, Chair or the Vice-Chair: Jose Miguel Gomez, MD, LO or Secretary: Lynne Langschwager, CO

Upper Limb Prosthetics Society

Join the Upper Limb Prosthetic Society (ULPS) and experience the most comprehensive resource for specialty education in the field of upper limb prosthetics. The ULPS offers a custom interactive online platform that allows you to network with other prosthetic and therapy professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of upper limb loss individuals.

As a member, you will gain access to upper limb education, publishing feeds, question and answer forums, and links to major manufactures of upper limb devices. You will also become part of an international group of colleagues dedicated to upper limb prosthetics, a resource unparalleled anywhere. Among the other resources available are video and pictures and many opportunities to share your insights and projects with colleagues.

Get answers to your questions! Post your questions on the ULPS Forum and get answers about simple or difficult procedures concerning socket design, components, and levels of fit. Rehabilitation specialists including Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Certified Hand Therapists are available to answer questions and make suggestions about your patients' rehabilitation needs.

Need research sources? Reference the library where you will find dozens of recent publications and literature reviews. Direct links to Academy publications and PubMed feeds keep you in touch with the latest publications and research.

Have an interesting case study? Publish it on the Forum and share your knowledge. Case studies can be informative and educational. Decide what is best for your patients based on what you learn. Members have direct contact abilities with the author of the study.

Contact other members. All members are listed with some background information. Use the interactive email service to contact other members directly or chat with them online within the website.

Need L-codes and reimbursement information? Check out our link for HCPCS coding information (under Research Library). Reference the L-code definitions and the reimbursement structure within each state. Also check to make sure the code is presently active for reimbursement.

Who runs this Society?
The Upper-Limb Prosthetics Society's structure is composed of officers and four committees. The committees are Steering, Education, Research, and Website Development. As a team, we are working to better the education of our membership and to serve our patients with the highest standards of care. We are presently reviewing the possibility of having a recognized specialty title for which our members could be eligible. We are also working to coordinate and present education programs nationally and internationally to broaden the knowledge base for upper limb prosthetic treatment.

Joining the ULPS costs only $25 per year with your Academy membership and gives you access to instant information and interaction with your peers. Where else can you get the availability of education, peer interaction, and reference tools in one easy location? Join today by calling the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (202) 380-3663 and adding your name to the list of growing upper limb specialists. You can also join by downloading the Society Application Form from the ULPS home page on the Academy's website.

Questions? Contact the Academy at the number above, or contact the Society's officers whose contact information is found on the ULPS Home Page.

Chris Lake, CPO, FAAOP, Chair - ULPS

For more information about the Academy's eight Scientific Societies
or to apply, but still have a few questions, please don't hesitate to call or email Andrew Francis at the Academy. His email address is and the phone number is (202) 380-3663. You can also visit the Academy's booth at the Annual Meeting - see details below - and ask for Andrew or talk to any staff member there about the Societies. You will also see many of the Society officers at the Annual Meeting and can talk to them as well. Lastly, on each of the Society's home pages you can see lists of current members of each Society. You might already know one or more members of the Society in which you are interested.

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