Orthotic Patient Model

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Orthotic and Prosthetic education in the classroom must be broad in order to cover the amount of pathologies, disorders, and amputations a CPO will most often see. There is no way that every single potential case can be covered in the education nor is it possible for an example of every case to be brought in as a teaching tool for students to hone their patient/practitioner skills. Our education with a patient model stops after a few hours of wearing the device, but in the real world, that patient will go on to wear the device much longer and need more follow-up care than we see in school. This dilemma is where clinical experiences come in to play for an Orthotics and Prothetics student. During clinical experiences, students get the chance to see practitioners work with patients of all different diagnoses and learn from their experiences. These learning experiences give students something that they cannot get in the classroom, real-life in the moment patient interactions with patients that are not paid to be there as a learning tool.
Though some of our patient models can be challenging to work with, most of them are more than happy to help students grow in their education. They are often full of helpful hints during fittings and want nothing less
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These ideas were not something I could have learned in the classroom, but something I could only have learned by being in a real world setting, following clinicians that had been working in the field for years prior. I also saw clinicians deal with challenging patients, whether they did not want to wear their device or they could not get comfortable in the device. The practitioners each had their own way of working with the patient to make them satisfied. A lot of the techniques they used were things they said they learned through trial and error, not in the
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