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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 1/23/23

Hi everyone!

Reflecting on an amazing week for the Sophomore cohort! We finished up our first class of the semester with plaster casting! It was such a great experience and I loved looking around the room and seeing how excited and proud all of us were. We also received our White Coats on Friday! This is a huge step in our journey to becoming CPO’s and we could not be more thrilled to enter into this next phase and start working with patient models in a few months. This cohort is truly starting to feel like a family, and to be experiencing all of these milestones together is amazing! The ceremony was wonderful, and it was so special to have our families and friends in town to cheer us on. Next week we are moving into our Clinical Evaluation Tools class, and we have the Gasparilla parade, so check back soon for more updates. Thank you all for reading!

Sam Bousman 

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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 1/17/23

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We are back at IIOP and have officially started our lab classes! It has been so exciting getting to know the machinery and the different techniques to go along with them. We are in our Introduction to Laboratory Skills and Materials in Orthotics and Prosthetics class. This class gives us a great introduction to all the tools and machines we will be using for the rest of our time here at IIOP and in our future careers! We have also been able to interact with the senior class who recently got back from their clinical rotations! It has been great getting to know them and asking them for tips in the lab. This week, we had our back-to-school BBQ, which was given to us by Grace Prosthetics! We were so appreciative, and the food was amazing, as always. That’s all for this week but check back next week for more lab projects as well as our White Coat Ceremony!

Thanks for reading,

Sam Bousman

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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 12/08/22

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We have officially completed our first semester here at IIOP. Everyone spent so much time studying and the hard work paid off. I am so proud of my classmates and cannot wait to see what is in store for us over our next 3 semesters here. After final exams, our class attended the senior symposium which took place on December 7th. It was so cool to see what each of the seniors chose to do their research projects on, and it was a great way to start brainstorming different topics that our class can research for our future symposium! The freshmen class would like to extend a huge congratulations to the graduating seniors! They have been great role models for our class, and it has been so fun talking with all of them between classes to ask for advice and any other questions that we might have about clinical, residency, and our future semesters here at IIOP. We wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors. That’s all for this semester, check back in January to see all of us back in the lab! I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sam Bousman 

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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 11/30/22

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I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We are gearing up for final exams, and everyone is studying so much. This week we completed our second journal club assignment for Pathology class. Everyone found two research articles related to O&P, and then in groups, we discussed any similarities, differences, or limitations that we found within our articles and presented them to the class. This was a helpful exercise and was good practice for finding relevant research articles for our projects in the upcoming semesters. In Neuroanatomy and Anatomy class this week, we were put into groups and assigned individual chapters/lectures to review for exams. We presented our topics to the class, which was a great refresher heading into next week. We are so excited to be just about done with our first semester here at IIOP, and we can’t wait for what’s to come. Check back next week and wish us luck on our final exams! Thanks for reading.

Sam Bousman

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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 11/21/22

So much is happening this week before we head out for Thanksgiving break. First, we had Student Government board elections; your new SGA board members are Reagan Handley (President), me (Vice President), Carolyn Ornato (Treasurer), and Katherine Lahue (Secretary). We are so excited to work together and become more involved in the IIOP community and can’t wait to bring new ideas to the table! There is a new club here at IIOP that is all about research! Shoutout to Cyd Daquila and Kristen Peterson for creating the research club where anyone at IIOP that is interested in research can come together and discuss new findings in the field of O&P and put their own group project together during their time here. Cyd and Kristen gave an excellent presentation that sparked interest in a lot of our class! This week we also gave our semester presentations for Anatomy, and everyone did great. Next week, IIOP is providing us with a Thanksgiving feast at lunch! We are so grateful and are looking forward to enjoying time with friends and loved one’s next week. Check back soon and I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Sam Bousman 

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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 11/14/22

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We have started to review for final exams! It is hard to believe they are less than a month away. We have been doing a lot of interactive group activities in Dr. O’s classes to help us prepare. Last week in Anatomy we were partnered up and presented on our assigned muscle group. This was a great way to review the lower extremity muscles from the midterm and continue learning the upper extremity muscles that will be on the final! It was really fun to watch these presentations because each group presented in different ways. We had some groups get creative and make up dance moves to demonstrate the muscle actions. On Thursday a group of us went to Trivia which was also so fun and a great way to bond outside of class! Next week we will give our semester presentations for Anatomy. We have worked very hard on these for about 2 months now, so we are ready to present what we have learned. Next week we will also have SGA elections, so check back to see who your new student government leaders will be! Have a great week and thanks for reading! 

Sam Bousman 

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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 11/09/22

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I hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween weekend! With Gait class being over, we have Thursday’s and Friday’s off for the remainder of the semester! We still have a lot of material to cover in Dr. O’s classes for pathology, Neuroanatomy, and Anatomy, so it has been nice to have a few extra study days! It is so hard to believe we are almost at Thanksgiving break; everyone is looking forward to seeing their friends and loved ones in just a few shorts weeks. We have our semester presentations coming up soon for Anatomy, so we have been working hard on finishing those up as well. That’s all for now, check back next week and thank you for reading!

Sam Bousman 

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Alyssa Noe – Student Blog 11/01/22

Sorry it has been a couple weeks since I have updated you all on the senior class! We have had 2 midterms and 2 final exams since then on prosthetics and we are just beginning our upper limb orthotics course. We are getting so close to graduation it is hard to believe it is only little over a month away! Where has time gone! We all have been working so hard to place our residency spots and it is so exciting to see my classmates and I finalizing our residencies. In addition to exams the past couple weeks, we have been working on our research projects for our symposium coming up December 7th. It is going to be amazing learning about all the different research projects my classmates and I have come up with over the course of this semester. I hope you all come and watch us! 

Until next time,

Alyssa

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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 10/31/22

Hi everyone!  

We have officially finished our gait class! It is crazy to think about how fast these 5 weeks have gone by. This week we had our lab practical for clinical outcomes measures, and our final exam for gait. The lab practical was great practice for us having one on one time with the professors in preparation for our future lab classes and the board exams. We also gave our semester presentations in Dr. O’s classes for Pathology and Neuroanatomy. Everyone did a great job on their presentations, and it was interesting to see what everyone learned and how they chose to present their findings to the class.  The weather has been beautiful here in Tampa lately, so we have all been enjoying some time outside during our lunchbreaks! Everyone is looking forward to Halloween and it has been fun talking about everyone’s costumes! We even got to see a peg leg that some of the senior class made for a pirate costume, and it was so cool to see how well it turned out! That’s all for now and check back next week for more updates. Thanks for reading!

Sam Bousman 

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Sam Bousman – Student Blog 10/24/22

Hi everyone! 

We made it through midterms! Our class is so happy that all our studying paid off, and of course we had to celebrate with bowling. This was a great bonding experience for the group, and we discovered some of us are good at bowling (I am not one of them). We got back into Anatomy and Physiology lecture this week and had the opportunity to finish up working on our presentations for Pathology and Neuroanatomy. It is so hard to believe that we are over halfway through our first semester here at IIOP. We are having such a great experience and are getting more and more excited to get into our lab classes next semester! In gait lab this week, we learned about the different gait deviations that a patient can present with, and different orthotic treatments to go along with them. We were put into groups and had a few minutes to present on our assigned gait deviation, some of the groups were creative and engaging with how they chose to present, and it was a fun way to learn the information. We will give our semester presentations next week for Neuroanatomy and Pathology and we are looking forward to listening to what each group learned about their topic! Check back soon for more updates and thank you for reading!

Sam Bousman 

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