Orthotics and Prosthetics Residency Program

Orthotics and Prosthetics Residency Programs

The Division of Orthotics and Prosthetics offers two residency programs, one in orthotics and one in prosthetics. Each is 12 months in duration and typically begins in July and ends the following year. The residency programs are a cooperative effort between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the School of Health Related Professions.T

There are four phases of the residency:

  • Clinical observation and technical assistance
  • Clinical assistance
  • Direct supervision
  • Indirect supervision

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 and receives a salary and 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 UMMC
    • Collaborative practice with physicians, physical therapists, 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. 
  • 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 Jan. 1-April 1 prior to the residency beginning in July.

Application materials should include the following:

  • Letter of interest that includes 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 materials can be mailed and/or emailed to the following:

Derrick J. Melton, MHSA, MBA
UMMC Division of Orthotics & Prosthetics
777 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 815-4844

Bret Lee, CPO
UMMC Division of Orthotics & Prosthetics
777 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 815-4844

For more information about UMMC's Division of Orthopedics, Orthotics and Prosthetics, click here

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