IV. Results

Survey Questions
1. What is your gender?

2. What is your age?

3. How many years of clinical O&P experience have you had as a practitioner?

4. How many consecutive years has your facility offered an NCOPE accredited residency? (Graduates that completed the 1900-hour criteria do not apply to this survey).

5. How many years have you managed an NCOPE accredited residency program?

6. Does your facility offer an ongoing residency program, with a new resident every year?

7. How would you describe your resources, to guide a student through their research requirement?

8. How would you describe your residents’ preparation to carry out their own research project?

9. In general, have your residents have met your expectations.

10. To what level should the following competencies be taught in a graduate’s primary education –Vs- a graduate’s residency?
a. Ethics: Developing the ability to provide ethical patient care by applying the ABC Canons of Ethical Conduct in order to maintain ethical professional services.

b. Professionalism: Developing an awareness of the humanity and dignity of all patients within a multicultural society

c. Examination Techniques: Developing knowledge of examination techniques with respect to positioning, ROM, ligament/muscle testing and palpation. Instruction that includes interpretation of tests commonly used by other allied health disciplines and how they apply to orthotic-prosthetic practice.

d. Patient Handling: Developing knowledge of patient handling techniques with respect to positioning and transferring in a manner that is safe for the patient.

e. Prescription Criteria: Relating orthotic-prosthetic design to forces involved in orthotic-prosthetic pathomechanical problems. To use basic mechanical principles related to three-point force system, hydraulics, torque, combined loading, etc.

f. CAD/CAM: Develop knowledge of system processes used in computer-aided design and manufacture of orthoses and prostheses.

g. Fabrication Processes: Developing knowledge of processes, tools and machinery used in current state-of-the-art orthotics-prosthetics manufacturing.

h. Patient Education: Developing ability to educate patients regarding safe usage, maintenance and hygiene issues related to orthoses-prostheses.

i. Rehab Team Practices: Understanding the concept of healthcare systems and the roles of orthotists - prosthetists and other allied health professionals in rehabilitation.

j. Health Economics: Developing knowledge of the basic economic forces affecting orthotics and prosthetics.

k. Infection Control and Universal Precaution: Developing knowledge of disease prevention and infection control methods along with specific concerns relative to the practice of orthotics and prosthetics.

l. Documentation: Developing skills in appropriate documentation methods to ensure proper treatment and legal records are maintained.

Open-Ended Questions
11. Is there any subject that could be covered in the primary educational setting that isn’t currently being covered, or needs to be elaborated on in greater detail?

12. What changes would you like to make to your residency program?

13. What do you need or whose assistance would be beneficial in making those changes?

14. What changes to the NCOPE residency program would you suggest, if any?

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