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 188.8.131.52.
Meet Nicholas Sellas, CO
University of Pittsburgh graduate Nick Sellas, CO recently completed his prosthetics residency at the Hanger Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA and will soon be taking his ABC credentialing exams. Nick graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. At that time, he wasn’t sure about his future career. After graduation he started working in an entry level position at Hanger Clinic and later earned his C.Ped. credential. It was during his 15 months at Hanger that he realized the amazing impact of the O&P profession. Nick loves helping people regain or reach their functional potential and his heart lies in pediatric orthotics. Nick attributes that to having such an amazing childhood—he wants to ensure that every child has the opportunity to run, play and have enjoy their youth.
“I believe this profession is truly amazing. We, as a whole, give people their independence, confidence and in many cases, their life back. I love seeing how this profession rallies together to improve patient care, both on the clinical side and legislative.”
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