Hello! My name is Carlie Kubit and I am in my 3rd semester at IIOP. I have had a very busy start to summer semester, but I have been enjoying every minute. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 2022 AOPA Policy Forum in Washington D.C. as the student representative for IIOP. Students, practitioners, patients, and other individuals in the O&P field gathered from across the nation to speak to members of congress about the Medicare Orthotic and Prosthetic Patient-Centered Care Act. My group and I met with the staff of the 2 senators and 4 representatives from Ohio, my home state, in hope they would be interested in cosigning the bill. We shared our stories and discussed the four patient-centric goals the legislation would accomplish if passed. It was an incredible experience to be a part of and I was able to meet so many different people in the O&P field.
On Monday I started my clinical rotation at Orthotic Prosthetic Center Inc (OPC) in Tampa. Throughout the upcoming weeks I will be rotating through other OPC offices in the area and cannot wait to work with more practitioners. It has only been one week, but I have seen a variety of orthotics and prosthetics all the way from fitting an off the shelf AFO to watching a patient learn to use their Ossur i-Limb. It has been a great experience so far and I am very excited to spend the next four weeks with other OPC practitioners.