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


As of 11/20/2014

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 recipients of the Titus-Ferguson Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Practitioner Awards will be honored during the Opening Session. The Titus-Ferguson Award recipient, whose work has made a significant impact on the growth and development of the profession, will offer a personal perspective on the past, present, and future of O&P.

Other awards to be presented at the Opening Session include the Clinical Creativity, Clinical Commitment, Research, and the Outstanding Educator awards. The Honorary Membership award will be presented on Friday, February 20 during the Academy Annual Member Business Meeting.

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. Enjoy this opportunity to relax and unwind as you 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 to reflect current interests in the O&P profession and attendee feedback from previous Annual Meetings.

Thranhardt Lectures

Thursday, February 19, 8:00 – 10:00 am
The Thranhardt Lectures are one of the most anticipated events at the Academy Annual Meeting. Thranhardt Lecture Award winners will present their research at 8:00 am. 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.

TL1 Ankle-Foot Orthoses for Children with Myelomeningocele: Functional Effects Under a Dual-Task Paradigm
Nikta Pirouz, CPO

TL2 Quantification of Residual Limb Skin Health and Circulation in Response to Elevated Vacuum Suspension
Matthew Wernke, PhD

Related O&P Organization Events

OPAF & The First Clinics

Wednesday, February 18; Shotgun start at 8:00 am
OPAF will be hosting the Spring 2015 Thranhardt Golf Classic on Wednesday, February 18. Full details and registration will be available on the OPAF website, www.opafonline.org, closer to the event. Come join your industry friends and colleagues for a morning golf tournament in support of the work of OPAF & the First Clinics.

Thursday, February 19; 6:30 – 9:30 pm
OPAF will host the First Bid Live & Silent Auction, Cocktails for a Cause, and Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation. Come celebrate the work of the First Clinics and raise your bid paddle for fabulous auction items!

For more information, contact Robin Burton, OPAF executive director, at Robin@opafonline.org, or call (980) 819-9404.

National Commission on Orthotic & Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)

Residency Director's Workshop
Thursday, February 19; 1:10 – 3:10 pm

Residency directors, mentors, and residents will learn about the NCOPE residency program and its most recent updates.

American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics

Improving Your Business While Increasing Your Compliance
Friday, February 20; 1:50 – 3:20 pm

Are your accreditation standards up to date? Will you glide through your next accreditation survey? If you're not sure, this session is for you. Learn about how ABC's accreditation tools can help you improve your practice. You'll leave with a set of skills that you can use immediately:

  • Avoid the most critical issues that ABC surveyors find during surveys
  • Chart documentation to support treatment and billing, ensure you are paid for the services you provide, and defend yourself from audits
  • Comply with ABC standards that apply directly to your practice
  • Find opportunities to market your practice
  • Use best business practices to save time and money

Speaker: Jim Lawson, ABC outreach development manager

Poster Presentations

Thursday, February 19, 4:10 – 5:40 pm
Poster presentations will be on display in the Exhibit Hall during the entire meeting. Authors will be on hand to discuss their posters during this session.

Society Forums

Thursday, February 19, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
The Scientific Society Forums provide an opportunity for members and interested nonmembers to meet society leaders and learn about what Academy scientific societies have to offer. Society members will present education programs, preview future projects, and discuss cases in an informal setting. Join the societies at 6:00 pm for light refreshments before presentations begin.

SF1 Gait and Lower Limb Prosthetics
The Gait and Lower Limb Prosthetics Societies will present a joint forum on practical uses of outcome measures. Using sample cases from society members, the panel will discuss gait assessment and other measures, as well as examine how the resulting data can improve patient outcomes and inform your practice. Audience participation is encouraged during this forum.

SF2 Spinal Orthotics
The Spinal Orthotics Society forum will focus on casting techniques for scoliosis bracing, including a discussion on advanced considerations and tips and tricks to achieve a successful outcome. Audience participation is encouraged.

SF3 Upper Limb Prosthetics
The Upper Limb Prosthetics Society (ULPS) will host a session of rapid-fire case presentations on adaptations to upper-limb harnessing and cabling. The audience will be invited to help solve difficult cases. The forum is open to all Annual Meeting attendees.

SF4 Craniofacial
The Craniofacial Society invites you to participate in an open discussion of multiple hot topics, such as treating older kids and determining the cutoff age and goals for treatment. The discussion also will review craniofacial literature published in 2014, with a focus on the Netherlands study that concluded that cranial remolding helmets are ineffective. The session will close with a discussion of treatment of babies with torticollis and deformational head shape issues.

SF5 Lower Limb Orthotics
The Lower Limb Orthotics Society invites you to an interactive presentation on medically complex lower extremity orthosis users. Topics will include the C-Brace, the IDEO orthoses, and integrating FES into orthoses. Additional topics will be covered, including ad-hoc case discussions from the audience. Come and get involved in the future of Lower Limb Orthotics!

Forum topic to be announced.

Residency Networking Session

Thursday, February 19, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
The Academy invites O&P students to an informative networking session. During this program, students will meet with representatives from the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) to learn about the residency process. Representatives from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) and the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) will discuss the post-residency steps to becoming certified. The Academy's Research Education Committee will share how the directed study reports are reviewed and selected for Academy Resident Awards. Residency directors from various types of O&P facilities will provide insight on what students should look for in a residency site. This event is open to students and educators only.

O&P Student Social

Thursday, February 19, 7:45 – 8:45 pm
The Academy invites all O&P students, residents, and educators to an informal networking session. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of ABC. This event is open to students, residents, and educators only.

Annual Member Business Meeting & Continental Breakfast

Friday, February 20, 7:30 – 8:30 am
The Annual Member Business Meeting provides Academy members the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and learn about the achievements and goals of the Academy. Members are encouraged to play an active role in this meeting. The Academy will present the Honorary Membership Award and induct its new class of Fellows during this event.

Immediately following the Annual Business Meeting, all board members will be available to answer your questions. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your thoughts. We look forward to seeing all of our members at this meeting.

Mastectomy Program

Friday, February 20, 8:15 am – 5:50 pm
The Academy is pleased to offer a full day of programming for mastectomy fitters. This program is presented in conjunction with the American Association of Breast Care Professionals (AABCP), led by Rhonda F. Turner, PhD, JD, BOCPO, CFom.

Technician Program

Friday, February 20, 8:15 am – 5:50 pm
The Academy will offer a full day of education geared toward technicians. The Academy Fabrication Sciences Society is a key contributor to this year's content.

Pedorthic Program

Friday, February 20, 8:15 am – 6:10 pm
The Academy is answering the needs of the pedorthic practitioner and others interested in learning more about pedorthics.

O&P High School Awareness Program

Friday, February 20, 9:00 – 11:30 am
As part of our ongoing career outreach campaign, the Academy has invited New Orleans-area high school students to learn about career opportunities in O&P. Students will participate in a hands-on, interactive session where they will be introduced to O&P devices, learn about the education and training required to become a certified professional, and be paired with a current O&P student for a tour of the Exhibit Hall.

Women in Orthotics & Prosthetics Reception

Friday, February 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Join us for a wine and cheese reception sponsored by Townsend Design and Hanger, Inc. Network with colleagues and learn how you can help the Academy recruit women into the O&P profession and offer them the support they need to succeed. This event is open to all Academy members.

Student Interview Day

Saturday, February 21, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Meet your match at the 41st Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in New Orleans! The Academy Student/Resident Committee will host a Student Interview Day, where potential O&P residents and representatives from residency sites across the nation can meet to seek out their respective matches.

For students, the Interview Day is an opportunity to meet with many prospective residency sites in one day. For residency sites, it's a simple way to find candidates to fill open positions.

This event offers students and residency directors an efficient, cost-effective way to meet face-to-face.

This event is open to Academy student members only and separate preregistration is required. Visit www.oandp.org/src/events/ for more information.

Organized Sessions

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

Certificate Programs for Professional Development

Academy Certificate Programs for Professional Development are an integral part of the Annual Meeting education program. Modules from the Orthotic Management of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and the new Prosthetic Management of the Medically Complex Patient Academy certificate programs will be offered. These modules can count toward earning or renewing your Fellow of the Academy (FAAOP) designation.

Product Display Showcases

These dynamic manufacturer presentations, held on the Exhibit Hall floor, are offered Thursday through Saturday. The lively, informative presentations are worth .5 credits per half hour.

Your Annual Meeting Personal Scheduler

Plan the sessions you will attend even before you reach New Orleans using our online Personal Scheduler. It's a simple and productive way to schedule your time.

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.

Professional Development

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