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Francesca Cicchetti – IIOP Student Blog – October 27, 2020

Francesca Cicchetti – IIOP Student Blog – October 27, 2020

Happy Fall Y’all!!! I cannot believe we are approaching the end of October…pretty soon my cohort will be done and off into the residency world *sniffle sniffle.* But anyway, I am getting ahead of myself and do not want to think about that yet. These past few weeks have been nothing short of amazing. We finished up our upper extremity orthotic course about two weeks ago. We wrapped up with fitting prefabricated wrist hand finger orthoses, fracture orthoses, shoulder elbow wrist hand orthoses, and lastly, our final exam!! Then we dove right into our contemporary practice class and had some wonderful patient models come in and help us with our total surface bearing casting techniques (it was also a wonderful way to spend my birthday!!)

Last week (*drumroll please*) we finally started our prosthetic management of the lower limb 2 class…AKA OUR TRANSFEMORAL CLASS!!! I know I personally have been looking forward to this class since I started the program and so have my classmates. We are SO excited it’s finally here 🙂 It is definitely a change from our transtibial unit, but a wonderful one. Last week, our three amazing patient models came in for castings of ischial containment sockets. We spent last week modifying our casts, fabricating check sockets for them, and then putting our good bench alignment skills to the test. This week we are fitting and laminating their definitive sockets for delivery! It has been so much fun so far and I cannot wait to see how they all turn out. Tune in next week to see the final products!! Happy Tuesday everyone, make it a great week!

Signing off for now,

Fran!!