- Educate current IIOP students about all areas of research in O&P and rehabilitation
- Promote opportunities to students for O&P research, both in graduate and post-graduate years
- Foster participation in the IIOP Student Government Association (SGA)
- Encourage and support networking between IIOP students and alumni
- Support people with limb differences including, but not limited to, veterans, amputees, and people living with disabilities
- Advocate unity within the O&P community
- Enhance relationships between the O&P community and other related healthcare professions
- Forge relationships with the local community to spread awareness of our profession
- Recruit future practitioners into the O&P field through educational outreach
The SGA was established in 2021 and membership is open to all currently enrolled full-time IIOP students. $10 dues are collected at the second meeting of every semester. Dues can be paid here
SGA Upcoming Events
- Student Government General Body Meeting (Zoom) – July 21, 12:30 PM
- Student Government General Body Meeting (Zoom) – August 4, 12:30 PM
- “Tips for a Successful Residency” Lunch and Learn (Zoom) – August 9, 12:00-1:30 PM
- Student Government General Body Meeting (Zoom) – August 18, 12:30 PM
- New Student Orientation w/ Hello, Hello, Goodbye Luncheon – August 20
President: Jacob Sliman
Hometown: Ocean Springs, MS
Undergraduate: University of Southern Mississippi
Why I picked O&P: I have always enjoyed working with my hands as well as helping people and this occupation is the perfect combination of the two. I get to tinker and build devices that help improve the quality of life in many individuals and it is extremely rewarding.
Favorite part about Tampa: The nearby beach towns and nice water.
Vice President: Savanna Stumpf
Hometown: Norco, LA (Basically New Orleans)
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University
Why I picked O&P: When I learned about prosthetics, it gave me more of a meaning than just “hands-on medical work” I was looking for. I realized I could help shift the minds of people that the perceived “disability” of limb loss should really be showcased as an ability, and bring light to this O&P field that is so underrated.
Favorite part about Tampa: There is always a new adventure each weekend. Between weekend markets, Bolts games, weekend festivals, and the beach, I could never be bored.
Treasurer: Ian Seth Reyes
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergraduate: Georgia Tech
Why I picked O&P: I wanted to stick to my childhood dream of becoming a superhero, so I wanted to be in a profession where I can help people get back on their feet (pun intended).
Favorite part about Tampa: Watching the Lightning play at Amalie Arena
Secretary: Rene Respicio
Hometown: Winter Haven, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Why I Picked O&P: Full disclosure – coming out of high school, I kinda just blindly chose biomedical engineering because I felt my skills could best be applied in that field. That decision opened up different opportunities for me and eventually I found myself on an incredible mission trip where I learned about prosthetics and how drastically these devices can change a person’s life. From that point on, I switched gears and set my sights on becoming an O&P clinician.
Favorite Part about Tampa: Boba shops galore!