Reaching Beyond Our Borders 2007 ‘Exceeds Expectations’

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Rob Kistenberg, CPO, FAAOP, U.S. ISPO chair introduces Marlo Ortiz, CP (M).
Rob Kistenberg, CPO, FAAOP, U.S. ISPO chair introduces Marlo Ortiz, CP (M).

U.S. ISPO, a national member society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), hosted the Reaching Beyond Our Borders 2007 (RBOB 2007) conference in cooperation with The O&P EDGE February 1-3 at the Hyatt Cancun Caribe Resort. The conference was established to facilitate the exchange of information and resources among healthcare professionals involved with the rehabilitation of adults who require orthoses and prostheses in order to maximize their level of function and independence.

The 144 attendees, which included 45 Latin American registrants, had the opportunity to network with rehabilitation professionals, learn about progressive treatment options across the Western Hemisphere, and strengthen the rehabilitation community in the region. In addition to a full slate of presentations and workshops, participants were treated to cool ocean breezes, a poolside welcome reception, a sit-down dinner, and entertainment.

Speakers included Rob Kistenberg, CPO, FAAOP; Kevin Carroll, CPO, FAAOP; John Fisk, MD; Frank Gottschalk, MD; Karen Andrews, MD; John Bowker, MD; John Miguel Gomez, MD, LO; Edgar Caudillo S., O&P (Engineer-Mexico); Gerardo Caudillo S. (O&P-Mexico); Juan Carlos Camacho, P/O (M); Mary Williams Clark, MD; John Michael, MEd, CPO, FAAOP, FISPO; Jose Salvador Carrasco Rico, PT; Leland Lou, MD; Mario Eugenio Guevara Martinez, Fernando González, Gilberto Abarca, and Evelyn de Sermeno (University Don Bosco); Marlo Ortiz, CP (M); Alberto Esquenazi, MD; and Elías Fermón CP (M). Simultaneous translation was provided for all Spanish and English general sessions. Various workshops were conducted each afternoon, and Rosie Jované, OP-Panama, provided translation when needed.

"RBOB 07 exceeded everyone's expectations," said Kistenberg, U.S. ISPO chair. "The presentations were top-notch in both English and Spanish, and the translation worked wonderfully. The attendees were multicultural and the location was, well, Cancun. U.S. ISPO seems to have hit a formula for a great meeting, with a strong program, solid support, and good attendance. We look forward to hosting RBOB meetings for years to come--well, every other year to come. RBOB 2009 is already being planned."

Conference organizer Dianne Farabi was also pleased with the conference outcome. "[RBOB 2007] was a successful partnership of the U.S. and Latin American attendees," she said. "It was an enthusiastic sharing of information and networking. Without the generous sponsorship of the 21 vendors, the conference would not have been as successful." Major sponsors for the event were Otto Bock HealthCare and Ohio Willow Wood.

U.S. ISPO will alternate each year between a Caribbean Rim conference and a Pacific Rim conference. Next year's Pacific Rim Conference will be held January 27-31 at the Sheraton Maui, Maui, Hawaii.

For more information or to register as an attendee, vendor, or speaker, contact Dianne Farabi, 614.659.0197; e-mail:dfarabi@columbus.rr.com

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