2.03 Intra- & interprofessional experiences in O&P education: What does it look like and where is it going?

Location: Tlaquepaque, Second floor
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Orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) education programs must introduce students to a plethora of content, including the rehabilitation team and component manufacturers. Given the educational requirements as outlined by the International Society for Orthotics and Prosthetics and national accreditors, interweaving manufacturer-created content and inter-professional learning experiences can be a challenge for educators. This symposium will provide evidence-based recommendations and evaluate programmatic approaches to intra- and interprofessional education in orthotics and prosthetics.

Part one will focus on intra-professional collaboration. O&P has a variety of roles within the profession, including but not limited to technicians, manufacturers, and administrative staff. We will discuss considerations for incorporating various O&P professionals into clinician-level curricula through active learning methodologies.

Part two will focus on interprofessional collaboration. Orthotists and Prosthetists must communicate effectively with physicians and therapists in order to ensure the most appropriate and effective plan of care. We will provide examples of interprofessional activities with medical and therapy students which offer ways explain professional roles and establish communication pathways.

Part three will focus on future ways to integrate intra- and interprofessional education into the spectrum of learning, from classroom instruction to clinical residency and professional development. We will apply principles from parts one and two to discuss the intricacies of the rehabilitative care team and workplace dynamics.

Statement of the objective / learning objectives

Attendees will be able to define intra- and interprofessional education, apply evidence-based teaching methodologies, and discuss the application of educational approaches to “real-world” clinical scenarios.


Jeremy Sherman
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA


Lisa Abernethy
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
Ashley Mullen
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA

Event Location

Tlaquepaque, Second floor