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Societies Purpose

Societies Defined: Societies are groups of individuals who pursue common goals in a specific area of orthotics and/or prosthetics.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Societies of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists is to provide support to and advancement of the Academy's objectives of professional development through groups of individuals who pursue common goals in a specific area of orthotics and prosthetics.

Objectives: (A) To share information and knowledge among Society members; (B) To encourage literature, clinical and product development research; (C) To present and publish the results of A and B by publishing in the JPOAcademy Today and/or developing learning modules to be posted on the Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center.

The objectives of the Societies represent the activities each Society is expected to pursue. Following are some ways in which the Society can meet the goals of sharing information, facilitating research, presenting, and publishing.

Sharing Information

  • Conference calls
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Telephone calls
  • Newsletters
  • Letters (personal correspondence)
  • Journal clubs
  • Sketches, photos and slides
  • Society Listserve
  • Presenting at the Academy Annual Meeting or Chapter Meetings
  • Publishing in the Academy Today or the JPO

Specific Research Goals

  • Identify current and proposed research topics
  • Identify projects worthy of support
  • Identify existing or potential principal investigators and associates
  • Create research guidelines


  • Develop program content for potential inclusion in the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium and for the Online Learning Center
  • Provide scientific program content for Academy Chapter meetings


  • Encourage members to write articles to be published in the JPO
  • Encourage publication of articles in the Academy Today
  • Encourage members to write for other allied health journals
  • Encourage members to explore other avenues toward creating a body of literature specific to O&P



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