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 18.104.22.168.
Meet Alexis Peterson — Current orthotist practitioner resident at Hanger Clinic in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Born and raised in Long Beach, Alexis completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and her Master’s in O&P at Loma Linda University. She chose to pursue O&P after noticing the impact that O&P has on people’s lives while coaching a children’s wheelchair basketball team for the Rehab Institute of Chicago (RIC) as well as her involvement with the DoD warrior games. Alexis says “Watching kids adapt using orthotics and prosthetics was truly something amazing.” After volunteering at an O&P clinic, she just knew this profession was right for her. She is very excited to become certified and begin her career!
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