Fellow-Qualifying Courses

Opportunities to Renew Fellow of the Academy Designation

The Academy is dedicated to meeting the needs of the busy practitioner. Those interested in renewing the Fellow of the Academy designation will have multiple opportunities to meet their educational requirements at the Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium. Attendance at four Organized Sessions will count as one Certificate Program for Professional Development.

Opportunities to Earn the Fellow of the Academy Designation

To earn the Fellow (FAAOP) credential you must complete two Certificate Programs for Professional Development. The Annual Meeting program includes modules from the Orthotic Management of Cerebral Palsy (CP1-5) and the Clinical Applications of Gait assessment (GA 1-4). Participation in any or all modules of two Certificate Programs will count toward the requirement. If you attend these sessions, you must complete the remaining modules online.

To learn more about the Fellow program and determine your eligibility, visit www.oandp.org/fellow.

Time Program Code Thursday, March 2
9:10 AM - 10:40 AM OS1 Organized Session
Muscle Length, Strength, and Stiffness
Elaine Owen, MSc, SRP, MSCP; Keith Smith, CO, LO, FAAOP; Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD; Mark Holowka, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP
This session presents a comprehensive review of patients with joint angle challenges. Speakers will discuss treatment options for addressing spasticity and joint contracture and review how joint angle challenges affect the orthotic prescription. Topics include spasticity management, optimal kinematic alignment and movement patterns, and static progressive versus dynamic bracing.
  OS2 Organized Session
Preliminary Objective Findings of the First US, FDA Approved Clinical Trial on Osseointegration
Phil Stevens, Med, CPO; Sarina Sinclair, PhD; James Peter Beck, MD; Bart Gillespie, DPT
In 2015, the FDA authorized the first U.S. clinical trial on osseointegration. The trial is examining the safety of the percutaneous osseointegrated prosthetic (POP) implant for transfemoral amputees at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Specific aims of the trial include evaluating the safety of the POP implant, optimizing the associated surgical technique, developing associated postoperative rehabilitation techniques, and building a clinical platform for transferring osseointegrated technology to other VA and military institutions. This session will review the studies that contributed to the POP implant design, the relationship of the POP approach to other international osseointegration techniques, and the objective findings of this clinical trial to date.
12:20 PM - 1:50 PM OS3 Organized Session
3-D Printing in Clinical Practice
Tracy Slemker, CPO, FAAOP; Tyler Dunham, CO; Tyler Manee; Jeff Erenstone, CPO; Russ Hornfisher
3-D printing is here and in use by O&P practices around the country. Three practices will explain how they use 3-D printing as a central component of their practice. This is not a new idea; these are companies that got involved with 3-D printing years ago.
  OS4 Organized Session
From the Operating Room to ADLs: A Review of the IASPT
Laura Miller, PhD, CP; Matthew Wernke, PhD; Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP
Last year, the First International Symposium on Innovation in Amputation Surgery and Prosthetic Technologies was held in Chicago. This symposium reviews advanced surgical procedures and the latest prosthetic technologies that take advantage of the procedures presented at the symposium, and offers firsthand experiences with navigating reimbursement for advanced prosthetic technologies.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM OS5 Organized Session
Upper Limb Prosthetics - Evolution of Modern Practice
Andrea Hess, CP; Chris Baschuk, MPO, CPO, LP, FAAOP; Pat Prigge, CP, FAAOP(D); Gerald Stark, MSEM, CPO/L, FAAOP; Blair Lock, MScE, PEng.
Sponsored by: The Upper-Limb Prosthetics Society
Prosthetists who are faced with making decisions and recommendations on appropriate treatment plans for the upper-limb prosthetic population often feel as if they are jumping off a cliff without a safety net. Busy practices leave little time to invest in learning all the newest technologies available to this population and with the wide variety of limb presentations, especially in partial hand, may feel lost in the sea of information and possibilities. This session will attempt to calm the storm and give practical insights into modern upper-limb prosthetic practice.
  OS6 Organized Session
Animal O&P
Jim Alaimo, CPO
A growing source of revenue for O&P practices is the treatment of animals. This is a fast-growing, cash business. Jim Alaimo, CPO, started an animal-only O&P practice ten years ago. The success of his animal-only practice has expanded to the point that he has been speaking at veterinarian meetings around the country about O&P services for animals. He will share his insights and experiences.
Time Program Code Friday, March 3
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM OS7 Organized Session
Carbon Fiber Ankle Foot Orthoses - Matching Device to Patient
Andrea Ikeda, MS, CP; David Knapp, CPO, M.Ed.
This organized session will review various carbon fiber AFOs and introduce information that will help clinicians match a patient’s profile with the appropriate carbon fiber AFO design.
  OS8 Organized Session
Rotationplasty: PFFD to Sarcoma and Transitions to Adulthood
Brian Giavedoni, MBA, CP, LP; Colleen Patricia Coulter, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
This session will identify the surgical differences between rotationplasty for patients with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD) and patients with sarcoma; common surgical and prosthetic challenges from the physician, prosthetist, and physical therapist perspectives; differences in prosthetic design and alignment for the prostheses; and various treatment considerations based on severity and resection levels. This session will also cover the nuances when transitioning these patients to adult practices.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM OS9 Organized Session
Challenging Orthotic Case Studies
Michael Carroll, CPO, FAAOP; Elizabeth Peterson, CPO; Gary Bedard, CO, FAAOP; Keith Smith, CO/LO, FAAOP
The challenging orthotic case studies session will feature several orthotic clinical cases and the challenges faced by their treating practitioners.
  OS10 Organized Session
Thematic Poster Session
Matt Wernke, PhD; Justin Pfaff; Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP; Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MSPO, CP, FAAOP; Lee Childers, PhD, MSPO, CP
Join the thematic poster session which will focus on the topic of elevated vacuum. Thematic poster sessions are meant to be more of a townhall forum than a lecture series. Presenters will provide short presentations on material in various areas of elevated vacuum. Questions in the room are directed at other audience members as well as presenters to promote discussion.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM CD1 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD1)
Pathophysiology of Cranial Deformities
Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO, LPO
Review the pathophysiology of plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, and other cranial deformities.
  CD2 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD2)
Screening and Differential Diagnosis of Cranial Deformities
Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO, LPO
Discuss the role of the primary care providers in screening cranial deformities. Discuss the mechanism for differential diagnosis of cranial deformities.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM OS11 Organized Session
Improving Patient Care with Smart Data
Brian Hafner, PhD; Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MSPO, CP, FAAOP; Jaclyn Meg Sions, PhD, DPT, PT; Jim Wynne, CPO, FAAOP; Rebecca Stine; John Rheinstein, CP, FAAOP(D); Cara Negri, BSME, CP, FAAOP
Sponsored by: The Gait and Lower-Limb Prostehtics Societies
Outcome measures can be a daunting task to take on in your clinic. It may seem time consuming, and you may not be sure about the return on the investment. This symposium will help you select the most appropriate measures for a given client/patient, introduce ways to interpret outcomes to improve clinical practice, and demonstrate value through client/patient examples while demonstrating feasibility.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CD3 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD3)
Cranial Orthoses for Conservative Management
Jessica Corso, CO
Define the principles associated with conservative orthotic management of cranial deformities.
  CD4 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD4)
Cranial Orthoses for Postoperative Management
Darren Poidevin, CPO
Define the principles associated with postoperative orthotic management of cranial deformities.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM OS12 Organized Session
Prescription Medications for O&P
Michael Fotis, PhD; Christopher Robinson, MS, MBS, CPO, ATC, FAAOP(D)
Every patient seen by a practitioner should have his or her weight and blood pressure taken, be given some form of exercise test, and be asked to provide a list of medications he or she is taking at every visit. O&P practitioners should be more aware of the medications their patients are taking and the effect they have on O&P outcomes. This program will explain common medications and the impact they can have on O&P treatment.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM CD5 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD5)
Role of the Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist in the Treatment of Cranial Deformities
Sarah Stewart, PT, DPT, PCS
Discuss the role of physical/occupational therapy for the treatment of cranial deformities (from the physical therapist’s perspective).
  CD6 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD6)
Review of the Evidence
Dulcey Lima, CO
Review the evidence for orthotic management of cranial deformity.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM OS13 Organized Session
Meet Your Peers - Who Is Working on What You Care About?
Niki Pirouz, MSPO, CPO/LPO; Lee Childers, PhD, MSPO, CP; Chrysta Irolla, MSPO, CPO, LPO; Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP; Kinsey Herrin, MSPO, CPO; Sam Hale, MSPO, CPO; Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP; Wendy Beattie, CPO, FAAOP; Molly Hill, MSPO, CPO, LPO; Russell Walker, CP, LP, FAAOP; Nick Mata
Ever wish you had more time to ask peers about a challenge you’re facing or perhaps vet a new approach, strategy, or technology? The purpose of this unique, facilitated networking session is to share perspectives about a specific topic with a subset of your peers. Round table discussions feature topics ranging from current clinical treatment challenges to modern developments in O&P practice. Meet your peers, start a new discussion, and continue it throughout the week and beyond.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM OS14 Organized Session
Team Rehabilitation for Children with Arthrogryposis
Brigid Driscoll, PT, CO; Kaitlin Kieras, MS, OTR/L; Jonathan Heifetz, CPO, LPO
Successfully managing the complex functional issues associated with arthrogryposis requires a comprehensive team approach. This session will address the team rehabilitation approach for caring for children with arthrogryposis. We will address improving the quality of life from the physical therapist, occupational therapist, and orthotist viewpoints.
Time Program Code Saturday, March 4
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM OS16 Organized Session
Prosthetic Case Studies
Brian Giavedoni, MBA, CP, LP; Colleen Patricia Coulter, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS; John Rheinstein, CP, FAAOP(D); Gary Berke, CP, FAAOP
See some of the unique cases in our field and ask if you would have done something different.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM OS15 Organized Session
“Hack” Your Academy Membership—How to Get the Most from the Dues You Pay
Leigh Davis, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP; Katie Johnson, MS, CPO; Kate Allyn, CPO; Michelle J. Hall, MS, CPO, FAAOP(D); Christopher Robinson, MS, MBA, CPO, ATC, FAAOP(D); Sarah Thomas, CPO; Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP
You pay your Academy dues, but what’s in it for you? Learn resources available to you and mechanisms the Academy facilitates on behalf of its members. Get the most out of the State of the Science Program. Boost your expertise with secondary knowledge resources. Catch the best of the Online Learning Center. Expand your social network by volunteering with scientific societies or the Academy governance on your way to becoming a Fellow of the Academy. Tour the new website, and see how the Academy brings the profession to your fingertips.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM OS17 Organized Session
Outcomes of Dysvascular Partial Foot Amputation
Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons); Michael Dillion, PhD, BPO(Hons)
In this symposium, we will describe the results of a systematic review on the outcomes of dysvascular partial-foot amputation and discuss how this evidence can be used to help patients and clinicians make more informed decisions about amputation surgery.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CD7 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD7)
Shape Capture Options for the Manufacture of Helmets
Kyle Sherk, MS, CPO, FAAOP
Review the mechanisms used for shape capture for the manufacture of helmets.
  CD8 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD8)
Role of the FDA in the Manufacture of Helmets
Kyle Sherk, MS, CPO, FAAOP
Discuss the role of the FDA for the manufacture of helmets.
1:10 PM - 2:40 PM OS18 Organized Session
Gaining a Therapist’s Perspective to Address Limb Deficiency
J. Chad Duncan, PhD, CPO; Kristi Turner, OT; Tiffany Grunewald, PT
This presentation will address therapies and techniques associated with helping children and adults with limb deficiency achieve successful functional outcomes. This session will focus on the perspectives of the occupational therapist, physical therapist, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physician.
  OS19 Organized Session
Scoliosis: 3-D Biomechanical Correction Theory in Orthotic Treatment for Idiopathic Soliosis
Sun Hae Jang, MSc, CO, FAAOP (Part 1); Grant Wood, CO, MS, BOCP; Miguel Gomez, MD, LO; Rebecca Hurst, PT (Part 2)
Sponsored by: The Spinal Orthotics Society
Part 1: How to Determine 3-D Optimal Biomechanical Correction and Orthotic Designs for Several Typical Idiopathic Scoliosis Case Examples
Part 1 of this organized session will identify biomechanical correction theory based on current 3-D pathological features of idiopathic scoliosis (IS) and detailed mal-alignment patterns in three planes, especially the relationship between sagittal plane patterns and coronal curve patterns. We will then introduce how to determine optimal 3-D orthotic designs for several typical IS case examples (30 min).

Part 2: Comparison of 3-D Corrective Force System and Orthotic Design in the Same Case Scenario of Idiopathic Scoliosis Between Different Idiopathic Scoliosis Orthotic Systems
In part 2 of this organized session, four panelists who use a specific manufacturer’s orthotic system will be given the same IS case scenario and asked to introduce their key corrective force principles, corrective modification methods, and orthotic designs. Each panelist will have 15 minutes to discuss his or her approach (60 min).

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