A resident mentor is a certified or licensed O&P professional who is given the task of teaching the resident in his/he area(s) of expertise. A resident mentor should have not only the knowledge and skills necessary to teach a resident effectively, but he/she should also have the interest, energy and time to teach. A resident mentor is a somewhat broad term that could apply to several of the staff at the residency program. For example, a Certified Pedorthist can be a resident mentor if he/she meets the qualifications defined in section 4.2. However, there are specific resident mentors who are allowed to supervise and assess a resident when his/her patient care abilities are being assessed for competence. It is only these specific resident mentors who are given access to NCOPE's online tracking system. These mentors must meet the qualifications defined in 184.108.40.206.
Meet NCOPE resident, Abbey Sammons—Abbey is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Prosthetic-Orthotic program and calls Lafayette, Louisiana home. When she was young a family friend had a child with congenital limb loss who was unstoppable and his determination to thrive motivated Abbey in her career choice.
She’s always known she wanted to work in a profession where she would work with the human body and once she discovered prosthetics/orthotics, she was hooked. Abbey feels that O&P allows her to be active and on the go and she is excited about the challenges awaiting her in the clinic.
In April, Abbey had the opportunity to volunteer at a bilateral above knee amputee boot camp where 50+ patients were learning to walk from their stubbies all the way up to their full length prostheses. Abbey says of her experience at the boot camp, “It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had since starting my O&P career. It was amazing to be able to encourage so many people and to help them re-learn to walk again.”
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