A resident mentor is a certified or licensed O&P professional who is given the task of teaching the resident in his/he area(s) of expertise. A resident mentor should have not only the knowledge and skills necessary to teach a resident effectively, but he/she should also have the interest, energy and time to teach. A resident mentor is a somewhat broad term that could apply to several of the staff at the residency program. For example, a Certified Pedorthist can be a resident mentor if he/she meets the qualifications defined in section 4.2. However, there are specific resident mentors who are allowed to supervise and assess a resident when his/her patient care abilities are being assessed for competence. It is only these specific resident mentors who are given access to NCOPE's online tracking system. These mentors must meet the qualifications defined in 126.96.36.199.
Meet Sarah Leonard. Sarah received her Masters of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Hartford and is currently completing a dual residency program at Adaptive Prosthetics & Orthotics, LLC in Connecticut. Sarah has a degree in Engineering but once she found out that the O&P field would allow her to work with her hands, interact with others, and problem solve, she was sold! It was an article shared with her by her grandfather about the iLimb that initially sparked her interest. Sarah clearly remembers the first time she watched a recent amputee take their first steps post-op, the joy they had and the difference a device could make in their life. This winter, Sara had the opportunity to volunteer with Skiers Unlimited, where she helped teach disabled children and their families how to ski.
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