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Read the latest news from the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about NUPOC and our recent achievements.

  • Fatone to Conduct Seminar at University of Nebraska

    Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), will be the featured speaker at a seminar series hosted by The Department of Biomechanics and The Center for Research in Human Movement Variability (MOVCENTR) at the University of Nebraska (Omaha) on December 1, 2017. Dr. Fatone will present The NU-FlexSIV Socket: Development, Research, and Dissemination. She will discuss research about the fabrication, comfort and performance of the NU-FlexSIV Socket; and address early evidence of its clinical implementation.

  • Brinkmann and Leckrone Present AAOP Webinar

    Spencer LeckroneJohn Brinkmann, CPO, FAAOP, and Spencer Leckrone (MPO 2018), presented the webinar, What Is ‘Behavioral Science’, and What Does It Mean for My Practice, for the AAOP Behavioral Sciences Society. Mr. Leckrone, a founding member of the Behavioral Sciences Society, has a strong interest in behavioral sciences and their strategic integration into patient care. This inaugural webinar described how understanding the behavioral sciences can support and improve effective clinical decisions and communications with patients and colleagues. The webinar demonstrated how to implement these strategies.

    The American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP) offers Scientific Societies for members to share interest and develop further expertise in specific areas. The nine Scientific Societies include 1) CAD-CAM, 2) Gait, 3) Fabrication Sciences, 4) Craniofacial, 5) Lower Limb Prosthetics, 6) Lower Limb Orthotics, 7) Upper Limb Prosthetic, 8) Spinal Orthotics, and the newly formed 9) Behavioral Sciences Society, chaired by Mr. Brinkmann.

  • Bondre and Brinkmann Present AOPA Webinar

    As part of the AOPA Healthcare Compliance & Ethics Week, Nina Bondre, CPO, MPO (2015), and John Brinkmann, CPO, FAAOP, presented the webinar, Teaching Professionalism and Ethics during Residency.  The webinar identified professional ethical standards described by ABC and NCOPE and provided an overview of how the NUPOC MPO program teaches ethics. Ethical decision-making emphasizes a conscious approach, reflective practice, real-time feedback, and clear guidance in company policies. Presenters analyzed themes derived from 200 student responses to the ethical question, “What should I do when…” and discussed specific scenarios involving ethical dilemmas. 

  • NUPOC Participates in Health Professions Week

    NUPOC participated in Health Professions Week 2017

    NUPOC collaborated with the National Commission on Orthotics & Prosthetics Education (NCOPE) to participate in Health Professions Week (HPW) Virtual Fair on November 8, 2017. HPW is an on-line initiative designed to educate students about opportunities in Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) and 18 other allied health disciplines. HPW provided interactive opportunities for students to explore P&O or other allied health education programs, communicate directly with health care practitioners, and learn about educational requirements for each allied health career.

    NUPOC educators J. Chad Duncan, PhD, CPO, CRC, and Kristen Carnahan, CPO, interfaced as Chat Leaders with HPW students. They conducted person-to-person informational segments about how students can prepare for a P&O career, volunteer at a P&O facility, and select course requirements for undergraduate and graduate degree programs. They also discussed resident training and professional certification. R. J. Garrick, PhD, led the outreach activities and facilitated the collaboration with NCOPE.

  • Helen Oh Exhibit Opens at NUPOC


    Helen Oh Exhibit opens at NUPOC Gallery

    At NUPOC, science, technology, and art intersect. In recognition of the artistry that is vital to prosthetics and orthotics, NUPOC is delighted to announce the installation and exhibition of drawings by Helen Oh.

    Ms. Oh is a realist painter who has studied with leading realist artists, including Harvey Dinnerstein, Aaron Shikler and David Levine. She attended the School of Visual Arts, National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League of New York. She holds a BFA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from Harrington College of Design. She won a Julius Halligarten Painting Prize from the National Academy Museum and twice received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. Ms. Oh teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago). She exhibits her work nationally.

    Helen Oh is a realist artistThrough drawing, Ms. Oh seeks to create a clearer vision of life. I endeavor to connect my audience to a realism that celebrates the formal qualities of graceful lines, volumes, and textures. For this exhibition, I selected drawings of human figures, seashell fossils, and a Thoracic Lumbar-Sacral Orthosis (TLSO) that was cast and fabricated at NUPOC.”

    Artists and Certified Prosthetist-Orthotists (CPO) cultivate similar skills. A maxim holds that a good prosthetist-orthotist needs the triad of “head, heart, and hands”. Superior cognitive ability, compassion, and hand skills enable CPOs to serve their patients well. As scientists and clinicians, CPOs are rigorously trained in human anatomy, biomechanics, behavioral sciences, professional issues, practice management, and independent research. They also employ creative artistry that bridges science and technology to fit and fabricate functional, comfortable, wearable prostheses and orthoses.

    NUPOC appreciates Helen Oh and the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago) for making this exhibit possible.

  • J. Chad Duncan Presents at Rehabilitation Educators Conference

    Chad Duncan, PhD, CPO, CRC, presented the results of his research, The Effect of Having Comorbidities on Finding Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), at the National Rehabilitation Education Conference, hosted by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education in Arlington, VA. The conference is an annual information exchange among professionals who train, recruit, and hire rehabilitation counselors.

    Dr. Duncan discussed his research findings on Vocational Rehabilitation for individuals with limb loss or absence and the effect of amputation and amputation with comorbidities on employment outcomes. Amputation with co-morbidity includes diabetes and amputation, or depression, diabetes, and amputation.

    Individuals with limb loss or absence can receive funding for prosthetic care through VR services when VR assists them in developing essential occupational skills and obtaining employment. VR services are available in all fifty states and a national database (RSA-911) documents each person’s demographics, type of disability, use of VR services, the cost of services, and employment outcomes.

  • MPO 2018 Makes Teddy Bear Orthoses for Lurie Patients

    MPO 2018 students' service project fabricated teddy bear orthoses for pediatric orthotics patients

    Sara Jerousek (MPO 2017) was the Lurie service project liaison NUPOC hosted a service project that fabricated Thoracic Lumbar-Sacral Orthoses (TLSOs) and Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) worn by teddy bears. The orthosis-clad bears were donated to Lurie Children’s Hospital for pediatric orthotics patients. The teddy bear orthosis project carries forward a 2016 Boy Scout Eagle Project that initiated the donation of plush bears wearing orthoses to Lurie orthotics patients.

    Michael Hoggatt (MPO 2018), President of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Student Society (NUPOSS), and Sara Jerousek, MPO, a NUPOC graduate (2017) and current orthotics resident at Lurie, led the service project. Ms. Jerousek selected this project as one of her resident service projects. “It’s a project that hones fabrication skills and helps kids in need of comfort during medical treatment and intervention. Hopefully, it will give them comfort and make them smile.

    The NUPOC students have successfully fit and fabricated TLSOs and AFOs for human clients, so they enjoyed designing whimsically patterned, miniature orthoses and fitting them on the brightly colored bears. Young orthotics patients and their families respond positively to the cheerful bears. Children who interact with the teddy bears may feel less anxiety, fear or resistance to wearing an orthosis. 

  • Matthew Major Invited Speaker at UIUC

    (From left) Yih-Kuen Jan, Matthew Major, and Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler at UIUC.Matthew Major, PhD, presented Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center: Graduate Education in Orthotics and Prosthetics & Applied Rehabilitation Research to Optimize Interventions for Limb Loss to the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health (KCH) Colloquium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Yih-Kuen Jan, PT, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Laboratory at UIUC, invited Dr. Major to address the colloquium.

    After the lecture, Dr. Major discussed mutual research interests with Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC; and Ian Rice, PhD, Assistant Professor (KCH). He also visited the Mobility and Fall Prevention Research Laboratory directed by Manuel Hernandez, PhD.

  • NUPOC Hosts Residency Interview Days

    MPO 2018 students interview for NCOPE accredited P&O residencies  MPO 2018 students interview for NCOPE-accredited P&O residencies.

    MPO 2018 students interview for NCOPE-accredited P&O residencies.MPO 2018 students polished their professional resumés and interview skills in preparation for Residency Interview Days, hosted at NUPOC on October 19 and 20, 2017. Officers and members of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Student Society (NUPOSS) have worked collaboratively with NUPOC faculty to invite P&O companies from throughout the USA to interview members of the MPO class of 2018 who are seeking supervised residencies. All the dozen companies that accepted the invitation to conduct on-site interviews are NCOPE accredited for residency training and most have multiple clinical sites.

    NUPOSS president Michael Hoggatt confirmed the companies that conducted residency interviews at NUPOC: American P&O, Bionic P&O, Comprehensive P&O, East Point Prosthetics and Orthotics, Evergreen P&O, Fourroux Prosthetics, Hanger, Mary Free Bed O&P, Pacific Medical Prosthetics & Orthotics, Prevail P&O, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, and Wright and Filippis. 

    In December 2017, this class will conclude their clinical practicum at NUPOC and complete their final didactic quarter off-site.

  • NU-FlexSIV Socket Course Sponsored by ISPO Norway

    The October 2017 NU-FlexSIV Socket Course was sponsored by ISPO NorwayStefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), and Ryan Caldwell, CP, FAAOP, taught the 2-day NU-FlexSIV Socket Course to six prosthetists from Norway and Denmark. ISPO Norge sponsored the course held at Sophies Minde Ortopedi in Oslo, Norway. Rune Nilsen and Andreas Huck from ISPO Norge organized the course. All prosthetists successfully fit the NU-FlexSIV Socket to five patients with transfemoral amputation. See additional coverage on the ISPO Norge Facebook page. 

The Childress Fund

Established with a generous gift from the Childress family, the Childress Fund accepts donations that help to continue Dudley Childress' work by stimulating interest in rehabilitation engineering for Prosthetics-Orthotics.

The Childress Fund benefits all who are interested in P&O and especially individuals who live with physical impairments. We invite you to be part of this ongoing effort by giving generously to the Dudley S. Childress, PhD, Research and Education Fund.