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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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First Years Blog 2/16/22 – Brooke Merryman

Hi all!

The weather has been getting warmer in Tampa, so our lunch breaks have been outside with some recreational time. Midterms are drawing ever closer now being less than 3 weeks away and we have started putting together our semester presentations for most of our classes. Last week in our Gait Analysis class, we performed postural evaluations on each other and this week we did manual mensuration of gait parameters. This involved measuring our cadence and walking speed as well as putting chalk on our feet, walking across white paper, and measuring the length and width of our steps.

The student highlight of our class this week is Rachel (the one playing ping pong)! She is from Boston, Massachusetts and is getting her second Master’s degree here after getting her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Kinesiology at UCF. Our neuro class is a breeze for her, and she enjoys reading and hanging out with her two cats.

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Alyssa Noe – IIOP Student Blog 2/14/22

The past couple weeks we learned all about the componentry of lower limb prosthetics! We were able to get our hands on all the components and put together our very own transtibial prosthetic leg. I realized how many different pieces and parts are individualized to the patient for their safety and comfort. It is incredible to see all the pieces and parts come together like a puzzle. Wednesday this week some of the SGA members took a field trip to Tallahassee, Florida to speak to legislators about O&P, what we do in our field, the curriculum at our school, and learned a lot about how the senate and House of Representatives works! It was truly an incredible experience. This week we see patient models and get to cast and fit our first transtibial patient! I am so excited and can’t wait to tell you all how it went next week! 

Check back, 

Alyssa Noe 

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First Years Blog 2/4/22

Hello everyone!

I would like to introduce the new class at IIOP! There are nine of us starting the new year off with Brian, Candace, Jacob, John, Joseph, Rachel, Terrance, Zack, and I am Brooke, the blogger for our group. Some have traveled from Texas to Virginia to go to this school while a few of us are locals of Tampa and Orlando. We dove straight into classes with Neuroanatomy, Anatomy and Phys, Pathology, and Gait Analysis. We spend many hours studying and learning the anatomy and pathologies of the lower limbs. Dr. O has us presenting information from our books and journal articles to each other. When the books are put away, Tampa is being explored and our school is being represented at the bowling alley and roller-skating rink.
Best wishes,
Brooke Merryman

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Alyssa Noe – IIOP Student Blog – January 28, 2022

Introduction to Lab and materials was a great class loved getting into the hands-on part of our masters program! We received our white coats on Friday, January 21st which was an amazing experience. The ceremony not only excited me for the future as a CPO, but also my lifelong commitment in treating O&P patients! Now we are into our clinical evaluation tools class where we are learning and understanding the patient examination procedures to support clinical practical decisions. Check back next week! 

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Alyssa Noe – IIOP Student Blog – January 2022

Hope you all had a fantastic break, but we are back and ready for a fun semester!! We are starting our second semester in Intro to lab. The first week was full of labs which were all hands on. I love doing the hands on projects and seeing the finished product. Some of the projects we completed this week include bending metal, metal calipers, rivet tool, and a biomechanical tool. It is so satisfying to build your own project from start to finish using all the machines and tools. It just gives me excitement for the future for when we have our own patients and we will be making custom devices for them! This week definitely made me look forward to the upcoming weeks and diving into the O&P field the next couple semesters. I am so ready to learn all there is to learn about Orthotics and Prosthetics in this new year!! Let’s go 2022!

Alyssa Noe

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Alyssa Noe-IIOP Student Blog- December 7, 2021

I’m back!

It has been a minute since I posted a blog! The semester is winding down and I have been busy with finals , SGA, and planning for the holidays. SGA helped with the senior symposium on Friday December 3rd which was a success. It was nice to hear the 4th semester students present their research topics and get some insight on some of the research areas I may be interested in for my future project. Additionally, I have been studying like crazy for my four finals only 2 left this week then we are on winter break! December 9th be sure not to miss out on graduation for the 4th semester students and congratulate them on their accomplishments over their 4 semesters at IIOP. Lastly, I am so excited to be able to see my family and friends for the holidays and I hope you all enjoy the holidays as well❤

Until next time,

Alyssa Noe

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Alyssa Noe-IIOP Student Blog- November 22, 2021

Hello All,

It is me again, last week was a shorter week so I decided to combine it with this week!

It’s been a great two weeks with lectures in anatomy, Pathology, neuroanatomy, and gait lab. Last week in gait we learned about pathological gait deviations of the hip, knee and foot/ankle. Then, we practiced these deviations before we got tested on 2 of them. I loved learning each of the gait deviations and what phases of gait they affected. This week in gait we practiced outcome measures with a partner and competed for the best results! On Friday, we were provided a Thanksgiving lunch which was literally amazing and I am so thankful and appreciative for IIOP for having this lunch for all the students and faculty.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

We are almost to Thanksgiving break so hang in there!

Best,

Alyssa 

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