NCOPE's philosophical position continues to remain the same regarding non-competes and residency. That is, NCOPE does not look favorably on the use of non-competes at any time during residency. However, based upon legal recommendation, NCOPE cannot ban non-competition agreements, since there is no universal public policy reason against such an agreement. Residents are employees of, and receive salary and benefits from their residency program. As employees, in most states they can be asked to sign valid non-compete agreements.
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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