Academy Holds Successful One-Day Seminars

This year’s One-Day Seminars, held in Chicago on October 28 and 29, boasted an unbeatable location, world-class education, and more than 92 participants. The Academy offers two Certificate Programs for Professional Development in a one-day format every year.

Hosted at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare, attendees could walk directly from the airport to their rooms—no shuttles or taxis required. The site was a runaway hit, garnering praise from the presenters and learners alike for its unmatched convenience and luxurious accommodations, as well as its affordability.

Many of the O&P field’s most innovative leaders were on hand to offer their experience and insights to a packed house of practitioners seeking knowledge they could bring back to the exam room. The first seminar, the Effect of AFOs on Balance, was moderated by Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP, of Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics. Chris Robinson, MBA, CPO, FAAOP, of the Northwestern University Prosthetic and Orthopedic Center, moderated the Prosthetic Management of Multiple Limb Deficiency seminar.

And the audience itself wasn’t without its O&P stars, including a dozen Fellows of the Academy and many more potential Fellows. Fellow candidates are required to take two Certificate Programs for Professional Development to earn the distinguished credential, and those seeking renewal must take one additional Certificate Program before their five-year term expires. Please visit to learn more about the Fellow of the Academy program.

The event also presented a well-timed opportunity to grab valuable continuing education credits before the year’s end. Those who attended both days were able to earn up to 15 MCE credits.

Course evaluations reflected much of the positive sentiment witnessed on-site. “This entire series was very interesting and was in a great venue,” said one participant.

“Several speakers individually would have been worth the cost and travel alone,” said another.

For those who were unable to join the Academy at this year’s One-Day Seminars, there is still an opportunity to benefit from the content of these well-received meetings. Both Certificate Programs for Professional Development will be featured on the Academy’s Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center (OLC). Stay tuned to find out when the courses become available.