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  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Residency Programs

    The Division of Orthotics and Prosthetics offers two residency programs, one in Orthotics and one in Prosthetics.  Each is twelve months in duration and typically begins in July and ends the following year.  The Orthotic and Prosthetic residency program is a cooperative effort between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the School of Health Related Professions.There are four phases of the residency: Clinical Observation & Technical Assistance Phase, Clinical Assistance Phase, Direct Supervision Phase, and Indirect Supervision Phase.

    The program is accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).  The program prepares the resident to take the American Board of Certification Examinations.  The resident is a full-time UMMC employee, receives a salary, and a benefits package.  The resident is responsible for all NCOPE resident registration fees.  The resident’s experiences will include:   

    Clinical Experiences in:

    • Inpatient care at a University Trauma center, CARF - accredited rehabilitation hospital, and Pediatric hospital
    • Outpatient clinic and fabrication Center
    • Tracer CAD/CAM system
    • The STARscanner™ Laser Data Acquisition System
    • Upper and Lower extremity Microprocessor systems 

    Participation in:

    • Interdisciplinary patient care
    • Educational offerings and learning experiences through the University of Mississippi Medical Center
    • Collaborative practice with physicians, physical therapist, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, nurses and all other members of the health care team
    • In-services and Journal Club

    Requirements

    • Graduate from a CAAHEP accredited O&P university program
    • Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) residents must satisfy the orthotic-prosthetic educational qualifications as outlined in the National Commission of Orthotic and Prosthetic Education's (NCOPE) Standards of Accreditation for the Orthotic/Prosthetics Residency Program.  http://www.ncope.org/
    • Transcripts must be submitted to NCOPE from the college or university which conferred your undergraduate or graduate degree.  Transcripts may be sent directly to NCOPE from the school or enclosed in official sealed envelopes mailed with your registration form.  All transcripts must be received within the first 60 days of starting a residency program.  For each day after the initial 60 days, the resident's end date will be extended.  Transcripts are not official if opened by the resident.  Student copies of transcripts are not acceptable.  If you are registering for a second residency, you do not have to submit a new transcript.

    Application

    • Applications for the residency are accepted from January 1 through April 1 prior to the residency beginning in July.
    • Application materials should include the following:
      • Letter of interest that included the applicant's goals for residency
      • Current curriculum vitae
      • Two letters of reference (those can be sent by the reference directly to our program or the letters can be included by applicants with their application materials)
      • Work Experience and Internships should be included, whether paid or volunteer work 
    • Application information can be obtained by contacting the Division of Orthotics and Prosthetics located in the University Rehabilitation Center:

                            Rick Psonak MS, CPO, FAAOP
                           
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
                            Division of Orthotics & Prosthetics
                            777 Lakeland Drive
                            Jackson, MS 39216
                            (601) 815-4844
                            Rpsonak@umc.edu

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