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Brooke Merryman – IIOP Student Blog 5/16/22

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since the last blog post. Rewinding back to last month before stressing about finals, we took a trip to Busch Gardens and conquered many of the rollercoasters as well as the carousel. Then, we spent many many hours together studying for finals, and all of us passed them with flying colors. Most of us went home afterwards for a short but sweet two-week summer break. Now, we have started our first class of sophomore semester, Intro to Lab Skills and Materials in O&P. We each received our own toolbox and have started working with all the machines and power tools including the band saw, grinders, sand blaster, blow torches, and many more. This past Friday, we had our white coat ceremony and can now work with patients!

This week’s highlight is Zachary (on the carousel)! He hails from northeast Texas, and Zach studied at the University of Texas at Tyler for Kinesiology with a minor in Biology. He so far has been crushing it with using all the power tools and having great hand skills. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, kayaking, and anything outdoorsy. You will definitely want to be friends with him during a zombie apocalypse to survive.

Stay tuned for the next blog post with more photos and details of our summer projects!

Brooke

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Trevor Bryant – IIOP Student Alumni Blog 4/22/22

Trevor Bryant, May 2021 Graduate, tells us about his time at IIOP, how IIOP impacted his career, and what he is up to now!

IIOP Alum, Trevor Bryant –

My time at IIOP was ideal for my learning style. I had a smaller class compared to other Orthotic and Prosthetic programs, which allowed intimate learning spaces. I was able to have direct contact with my professors who still aid me in my navigations through residency to this day. The ample lab time and hands-on practice were, at first, daunting. However, it has made me comfortable in lab settings and knowledgeable about machinery and tools. I am thankful for my time at IIOP and hope I make them proud. 

Currently, I am nearing the end of my prosthetic residency in Orlando. The past year has taught me about the O&P field, patient care, and who I want to be as a clinician. Morals and integrity come into play far more than I was expecting. I am happy to say I am proud of the clinician I am and continue to develop into. 

Most recently I have been trained in direct lamination for both transtibial amputees and transfemoral amputees. This method allows me to laminate a definitive socket directly over a patient’s limb. I think this is where the field could be headed.

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Alyssa Noe – IIOP Student Blog 4/19/22

Hi All,

Welcome back hope you all had a fabulous Easter! 🐰 Our class celebrated Easter on the beach, which was different for most of us, but we all had a blast. As we approach the end of the semester, we are excited to head into our clinical rotations. We are finishing up lower-limb orthotics in the next couple of weeks and this week, and our final is April 28th! We cast, fabricated, and fit accommodative foot orthotics, a UCBL, and a solid ankle AFO. Everyone’s turned out great, and we are learning many different techniques and methods when it comes to the fabrication process. Enjoy the many pictures attached and stay tuned next week for the final week before the summer semester and clinicals.

Best,

Alyssa Noe

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Brooke Merryman – IIOP Student Blog 4/12/22

Hi everyone,


Time has been flying by! We are in the last three weeks of our first semester. We have already completed our first class, Clinical Gait Analysis, and everyone finished well. One of the labs in Gait involved an orthotic gait analysis where we tried on different lower-limb orthotics and compared our gait patterns with and without the orthotic device. We have done a few more class bonding activities, including indoor rock climbing and Topgolf. We are currently giving our major presentations for Anatomy class with a thorough review of the upper and lower limbs. Finals are just around the corner, so we are preparing for the showdown of this semester.


The student highlight of the week is Jacob! (He’s the one waving on the wall) He is a local to Florida coming from Orlando and graduated from the Seminole State College with a degree in Science Management with a Biology focus. For our Student Government Association, he will be taking up the mantle as the president for the summer semester. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his cats and going rock climbing.


Sincerely,


Brooke

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Alyssa Noe – IIOP Student Blog 3/30/22

Hello All,

Last week was very exciting we created a Custom Bivalve TLSO. We went through the processes of scanning, carving, modification, fabrication, fitting, and delivery. Being able to create my very own TLSO helped me understand and relate to patients who use custom bivalve TLSOs. This week we finished up our Orthotics Management of the Spine Class on Tuesday with our final exam which went well. Now, we are onto our next class adventure in Orthotics Management of the Lower Limb. I am so excited because we get to create a pair of foot orthotics that we get to keep! So, stay tuned and check back to see my foot orthotics! 

Until next time,

Alyssa Noe

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IIOP Student Blog 3/22/22

Hello all!

After many hours of studying (shout out to Rachel for letting us use her apartment’s study space), we finally finished mid-terms last week, and everyone did well and passed! We had five exams total in a week and a half, along with our presentations for Pathology. Although we are enjoying the reduced workload, we are starting the following sections of our classes and learning new material for the finals. For our Gait Analysis class, we had a guest speaker, Dr. Sheila Clemens, the Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at FIU, come in for two days to go over various gait deviations that result from pathologies and deviations from patients with lower limb prosthetics. We had the opportunity to work with two amputees to observe their gait and provide exercises to improve it.


This week’s student highlight is Terrance! He is a local to the Tampa area, living in Clearwater. He graduated from St. Petersburg College for Health Care Administrations. Terrance has the most O&P experience out of all of us since his dad is a CPO and founded the company Superior Prosthetics and Orthotics. He enjoys fishing, riding his Wave Runner, and hanging out with his nephews and nieces in his free time.

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Alyssa Noe – IIOP Student Blog 3/17/22

Busy week this week learned how to calculate Cobb angles on double major curves, learned how to make trim lines for a Boston brace, took our Orthotic management of the spine midterm, started scanning for our custom bivalve TLSO, and even celebrated pie day! This semester is flying by and I am enjoying every second of it. Can’t wait to see the custom bivalve TLSO scan be carved into a positive mold and see the thermoforming process next week!

Check Back!

Alyssa

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First Years Blog 3/4/22 – Brooke Merryman

Hey everyone,

The time is going by fast with mid-terms coming up next week. Everyone has been studying hard, and we have also started our semester presentations. This week, we had our neuroanatomy presentations with case studies including scenarios of traumatic brain injuries from gun shot wounds to infants needing cranial helmets to correct plagiocephaly. In our gait class, we have been using the gait mat to analyze our walking gait and compare it to the manual calculations we measured with the chalk and paper. We will occasionally take some breaks and finally got a photo at the bowling alley with all nine of us. I got to lead everyone in a combat workout class to de-stress from studying, and it was a bonding experience to say the least.

Brian is our highlight for this week’s post! (He’s the one next to the neuro presentation.) He is from Miami, Florida and studied Biology at Florida International University. In his free time, he is pumping iron or visiting his fiancé in Miami who is going to law school. He is one of the best presenters in the class and the champion of creating case scenarios.

-Brooke Merryman

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Alyssa Noe – IIOP Student Blog 3/8/22

The past couple weeks we finished our prosthetics management of the lower limb class! We had our final exam yesterday and I learned a great deal about prosthetics and can’t wait until fourth semester to learn even more. Today, we started our Orthotics Management class of the spine, and I am excited to learn all about spinal anatomy again and how we as future clinicians can help correct different spinal conditions. 

Alyssa

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Alyssa Noe – IIOP Student Blog 2/25/22

This week we saw patient models again! This time we casted a different patient for a TSB, total surface bearing socket. After the last couple weeks modifying and fitting our PTBSC, patellar tendon bearing, supracondylar sockets I feel more confident in going through the process of evaluation, casting, and fabrication! Not going to lie doing it the first time was a little stressful but after fitting my first socket I gained more of an understanding for the entire process. So casting, modifying, and thermoforming this week’s TSB socket I have felt more comfortable and relaxed. I can’t wait to continue learning different suspension methods and going through the process multiple times to build up that confidence and learn more and more to become the best practitioner I can be.

Until next time,

Alyssa Noe

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