February 18 - 21, 2015
41st Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
New Orleans


As of 9/9/2014

Learn, connect, discover, and inspire at the
2015 Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium.
Experience the BEST in O&P education.

The 2015 Academy Annual Meeting program offers a mix of clinical, scientific, and practice management courses on the most current topics. Don't miss the world's best presenters as they share the latest evidence.

2015 Highlights

2015 Annual Meeting Opening Session on Wednesday Evening

The Opening Session will be held on Wednesday, February 18, at 5:10 pm, followed immediately by the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall at 6:30 pm.

Opening Session

Wednesday, February 18, 5:10 – 6:30 pm
The Opening Session will highlight the recipients of the Academy’s awards. The Titus-Ferguson Lifetime Achievement and the Distinguished Practitioner Awards will be showcased at this session. The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) will present the Tamarack Award to a distinguished O&P researcher.

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Opening Session will lead directly into cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Enjoy this opportunity to relax and unwind as you explore the Exhibit Hall to view the latest O&P devices and technology. It is a networking opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Organized Sessions

Organized Sessions are developed by the Annual Meeting Clinical Content Committee based on current interests in the O&P profession and attendee feedback from previous Annual Meetings.

Thranhardt Lectures

The Thranhardt Lectures are one of the most anticipated events at the Academy Annual Meeting. Thranhardt Lecture finalists will present their research beginning at 8:00 am Thursday morning.

The Thranhardt Lecture Honorarium was established by Hanger, Inc. in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP. The Thranhardt Lectures highlight clinical findings, research, statistical analysis, and results.

Free Papers

Free Papers offer solutions to common problems, patient and practice management techniques, innovative uses of technology, or current research findings. Free Paper content is unbiased and, as much as possible, based on evidence.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be on display during the entire meeting. Authors will have the opportunity to showcase their posters at a Poster Presentation session.

Pedorthic Program

The Academy will offer a full day of programming for pedorthists and others interested in learning more about pedorthics.

Society Presentations

Societies will share insights on their specialty areas.

Professional Development

These sessions, designed to help you manage your practice, will offer information on current healthcare trends, business management, and practice development issues.

NEW! Building a Professional Profile

Designed for students, residents, and new clinicians, this session focuses on resume writing, interview skills, and creating professional networks through social media.

Technician Program

A full day of technician programs will be offered.

Session Topics

  • Partial foot amputation
  • Psychosocial concerns in O&P
  • Scoliosis: Using technology to improve practice
  • Orthotic case study forum
  • Prosthetic case study forum
  • Outcome measures
  • Cranial remolding
  • Prosthetic work in the developing world
  • Views on therapy protocols following limb loss
  • Functional FES
  • Upper Limb Prosthetics Society session: Harnessing options
  • Clinical experiences implementing AFO footwear combinations in the U.S.