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Student Newsletter, July 2015
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Invest in your future: Renew your Academy membership today

The 2015 – 2016 Academy membership year started July 1, 2015. Students and residents pay just $36 for benefits including reduced rates to attend the Academy Annual Meeting, access to the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO), and the chance to build relationships that will last your entire career. You’ll retain access to the Online Learning Center (OLC) courses you took during school through your education library. And best of all, those who maintain their student/resident membership get 50 percent off their first year of membership after becoming certified—a savings of $165. After three years of membership as a certified practitioner, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Fellow of the Academy (FAAOP) designation.

But these advantages are only open to members. At just $36 per year, Academy membership is one of the smartest investments you can make in your career. If you have already renewed your membership for 2015 – 2016, thank you! Renew today if you have not.

My story: I stuck with the Academy because the Academy stuck with me
Elizabeth Peterson, CPO
Elizabeth Peterson

I became an Academy member while studying at California State University Dominguez Hills. I could not have known at the time how much that would impact my career. Lectures from the Online Learning Center (OLC) were part of our curriculum in both orthotics and prosthetics. I remember scrolling through the other courses on the OLC and being mesmerized by the content. Being so early in my education, I didn’t understand what many of those other lectures were about, but I was excited to know they were there, waiting for me to learn about them.

I was asked to join the new Student/Resident Committee (SRC) by Mark Muller, CPO, FAAOP, as the resident liaison at the start of my orthotic residency. Muller had been one of my instructors and was also president of the Academy at the time. I was very nervous starting my residency, but being asked to join the SRC increased my confidence during the transition from student to resident. To me, the SRC was a great opportunity to make a difference in my new profession as well as to meet other practitioners from around the country.

Over the past five years, the SRC has grown and evolved, just like me. I am now a CPO and currently serve as co-chair of the SRC, learning valuable leadership and team-building skills. I love attending the Academy Annual Meetings and being able to sit in on lectures to learn about subjects that continue to fascinate me.

The Academy has helped nurture my career in ways I never could have imagined. I have made many friends from around the country that I can call and email at any time about any number of different things, be it legislative concerns, device design and modifications, or even research. I am so happy that I was able to learn about the benefits of the Academy as a student and could carry those benefits into my professional career. I continue to pass the torch to the new residents that come through my office by talking to them about the Academy. And who knows, I may be meeting a future Academy president.

Are you interested in joining the Student/Resident Committee? Email

Be a part of the 2016 Academy Annual Meeting: Submit your abstract today

Annual Meeting

The deadline to submit an abstract to be considered for inclusion in the education program at the 2016 Academy Annual Meeting is July 31. Your abstract could be awarded a place in the poster presentations, a free paper session, or even as a Thranhardt lecture.

You will present posters and free papers alongside some of the most recognizable names in O&P. Presenting is a great way to make an impression on these luminaries and start your career as a serious player.

When residents submit their abstracts, they can simultaneously apply for the 2015 OPERF/American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) Resident Travel Award Program. The program supports O&P residents’ travel to the 2016 Annual Meeting so that they may present their National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) Directed Study Report or project. Travel awards include a $2,500 cash prize. Up to four awards are available. To learn more and apply, visit

Follow the Academy on Twitter and Facebook

The Academy is expanding its social media presence so we can remain in even closer contact with the members who make our organization great. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We also have a Facebook devoted exclusively to students and residents. Join us there by visiting

The Academy also has redesigned, our careers website, and established corresponding Twitter and Facebook accounts. Share these with all the kids who want to follow in your footsteps and get into O&P. And remember: Sharing your O&P experience at career days or by speaking to elementary, middle, and high school students will count toward the service requirement to become a Fellow of the Academy.

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The Academy welcomes columns from O&P students, residents, and educators to publish in future editions of Student News. Possible topics include:
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Bethesda, MD 20814
(202) 380-3663