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The Academy Mentoring Program (members only)

The Academy mentoring program pairs new entrants in the profession with mentors on an annual cycle. The objective of the Academy Mentoring Program is to foster relationships within the profession that follow the Student Resident Committee mission through networking, interacting, and encouraging relationships.

Objectives

  • NETWORK: Facilitate networking to expand channels for goal realization for both mentors and protégés. Connect participants to opportunities for increased involvement in the Academy and in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics.
  • INTERACT: Create a framework for interaction between students/residents with experienced professionals in clinical work and research.
  • CHALLENGE: Challenge participants to think about and verbalize future goals and ways to work toward them.
  • ENCOURAGE: Develop relationships that foster encouragement through accomplishments, frustrations, and all life experiences.

Expectations of Participants

  • Maintain a relationship that fosters the Student Resident Committee mission.
  • Contact at least once a month via phone or email.
  • One goal setting session and regular follow up is strongly encouraged. Goal setting session should include:
  • Goal for mentor-ship relationship
  • One long term and one short term professional/personal goal
  • Student Resident Committee will send out monthly discussion points, which may include:
  • Challenging clinical case studies
  • Resume critique
  • Job search strategies
  • Research or directed studies
  • Presentations and abstract writing techniques
  • Exam preparation
  • Commit to participation for 1 year, (April–March each year). At the end of each calendar year, mentors and protégés will be given the following options:
  • Continue with current pair/group
  • Discontinue with current pair/group and be re-matched
  • Discontinue all participation

Pairing Guidelines

  • Mentors
  • Must be an Academy member in good standing
  • Must be an ABC-certified practitioner with minimum 3 years experience
  • Senior Protégé
  • Must be an Academy member in good standing
  • May be a current orthotics/prosthetics resident through NCOPE program
  • May be an ABC-certified practitioner with any amount of experience who wants to expand knowledge in an area of special interest
  • Junior Protégé
  • Must be an Academy member in good standing
  • May be either a current orthotics/prosthetics resident or student through NCOPE program
  • Matching
  • Mentors may be paired with up to two protégés
  • A Senior Protégé may be both a mentor to a student/resident (Junior Protégé) and a protégé to a more experienced clinician
  • Pairs/groups may be matched based on interest or geography per their request

Timeline of Program

  • ENROLLMENT: January 1 - March 1 
  • KICKOFF: April 1
  • PROGRAM COMPLETION: December 31

Benefits for Protégé

  • Will have someone to help develop goals, make plans to achieve them, and provide resources for achieving the goals
  • Gain experience in interacting with orthotic and prosthetic professionals
  • Access to people who have experienced orthotics and prosthetics school, residency, and beyond
  • Guidance in research and clinical practices
  • Support through professional/personal experiences

Benefits for Mentors

  • Opportunity to contribute to the advancement of the field of orthotics and prosthetics by fostering the development of new practitioners
  • Opportunity for reflection on past experiences
  • Connection to academia
  • Input of research ideas for school/residency research projects
  • Support through professional/personal experiences

What does it take to be a good protégé?

Be teachable, take initiative, and honor your commitment. Be willing to learn new things, obtain another perspective, and be responsive to suggestions and constructive criticism. Commit to initiating monthly contact with meaningful discussion. Be appreciative of your mentor's time and investment; mentors usually have very demanding jobs and will be participating because they are committed to mentoring. Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's questions and comments.

What does it take to be a good mentor?

Be flexible, take the initiative, and be responsive. Remember what it was like when you were in your protégé's position. Foster discussions by suggesting topics, sharing personal experiences, and posing questions. Be responsive to your protégé's questions and comments in a timely manner. Challenge your protégé to achieve their goals and to be an active participant in the field of orthotics and prosthetics as a whole.

** Click here to meet of one of our Mentor and Protégé pairs. **

Email Academy Mentoring Program if you have any questions.

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Contact

The American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
1331 H Street NW, Suite 501 Washington DC, 20005
(202) 380-3663
info@oandp.org