Students Present at ASOA Conference
Several USA students in the Master of Orthopaedic Assistant program presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Orthopaedic Assistants in Atlanta, Georgia, this summer:
• Bhekumuzi Khumalo and Edith Krajewski presented a lecture on surgical treatments for residual clubfoot and other pediatric flatfoot deformities, citing research from a trip taken in January by a small surgical team to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to triage cases and perform surgeries.
• Thomas Miller presented “Case Study: Grade IV Sacral Decubitus Ulcer in a C6 Quadriplegic.”
• Ali Hohman-Brown hosted a poster session about the longterm use of bisphosphonate for the treatment of osteoporosis and its risks for atypical femur fractures.
• Dustin Janzen discussed the effects of diabetes on osteoarthritis and how patients recover from total joint replacement.
• Suzanne Haddock and Katie Hubbell presented “Biomet Total Hip Arthroplasty: Metal on Metal vs. Polyethylene Prosthesis.”
Papers Published in Gerinotes
The Academy of Geriatric Physical therapists quarterly newsletter, Gerinotes, featured reflection papers submitted by four California-based students: Casey Seibert, Grace Bhalla, Karen Tong, and Morgan Romans. Their papers were originally written for a Gerontology course.
In Their Own Words
Miguel Labrada, Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy student
“From day one of the program, we have been presented with many challenges. Personally, I am a visual learner and find it challenging to learn by reading lecture notes and books. One of the things that has helped me adjust is the professors’ availability and willingness to go above and beyond to guide students.”
“I have learned so much valuable information in the program. It took about a week to realize that this program was more intense than I had expected, but that motivated me to learn more. I found myself in a position where all I could do is learn, and from many very knowledgeable individuals.
“Our lectures are complemented by on-campus lab weekends; when heading home on Sundays, I feel a sense of accomplishment. We get to go over so much while we’re there. I can also put some of the skills that I learn into practice where I work.
“The way I approach learning opportunities has evolved since my first day in this program. I am now better at taking criticism from others more constructively as well as being more honest with myself. Overall, I hope to continue to improve my self-awareness by talking to those around me, both professors and students, and open-mindedly listening to what they have to say.”