NCOPE's philosophical position continues to remain the same regarding non-competes and residency. That is, NCOPE does not look favorably on the use of non-competes at any time during residency. However, based upon legal recommendation, NCOPE cannot ban non-competition agreements, since there is no universal public policy reason against such an agreement. Residents are employees of, and receive salary and benefits from their residency program. As employees, in most states they can be asked to sign valid non-compete agreements.
Meet Zachary Block, graduate of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center and current O&P Dual resident in his home town at Hanger Clinic in Kansas City, MO. Zachary decided to pursue a career in O&P because it allows him to combine his engineering skills and knowledge of patient care. For Zachary, it’s “The Best of Both Worlds”. Zachary enjoys seeing his contribution to the improvement of the patients’ quality of life with the devices made at this facility. Zachary loves his career choice and is having a blast in residency every day! He also appreciates opportunities to speak to current students to help them see if O&P is the right career choice for them. Zachary has a positive and motivational attitude and stays active through volunteerism with O&P organizations that promote physical activity and fitness.
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