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 220.127.116.11.
Meet Abbey Mercier, an orthotics resident at Hanger Clinic in Athens, Georgia and a graduate of the Georgia Tech MSPO program. Abbey’s undergraduate background was in mathematics and chemistry, but she also has a passion for art and creating new ideas. She was elated to find a career that combined all of these aspects into one.
Shortly after Abbey began her orthotics residency, she had to fulfill her Army Reserve commitment and place her residency on hold for five months. Though it was challenging to switch from civilian life to military life, Abbey’s ability to relate to the veteran patient population drastically increased. She is eager to experience continued growth—not only as a clinician but also as a member of the military.
Abbey encourages everyone to pursue his or her aspirations, even if it means having to put your dreams on-hold for a while. Abbey ends her days feeling fulfilled and happy knowing she helped someone accomplish a goal and with the satisfaction that they left in a better state than when they arrived.
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