Orthotics and Prosthetics Residencies
The orthotics and prosthetics residency programs at Gillette are each one-year programs accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). At Gillette, residents acquire the clinical training necessary to be successful orthotists and prosthetists and have the opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations.
An orthotics residency at Gillette focuses primarily on pediatric patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. It also includes a two-month rotation at our Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare clinic for adult patients. Residents have the opportunity to custom-fabricate and fit orthoses for patients who have complex conditions, including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, scoliosis, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
A prosthetics residency at Gillette focuses on pediatric and adult patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings. The primary location is at our Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare clinic. Residents have the opportunity to fabricate, fit, and adjust various types of prostheses for patients who have complex conditions ranging from congenital anomalies, such as fibula hemimelia, to diabetes, to trauma.
At Gillette, orthotics and prosthetics residents are encouraged to participate in hospital conferences and continuing education, shadowing, and observational opportunities, including:
- Daily orthopedic resident lectures
- Grand rounds presentations
- Gillette-sponsored conferences and seminars
- Gait and motion analysis observations
- Spine and extremity surgery observations
- Visits to outreach services and sites
- Journal Club meetings
Orthotics and prosthetics residents acquire skills in patient care and fabrication through hands-on learning, beginning with the initial assessment of a patient. Working closely with a certified orthotist/prosthetist, residents evaluate patient needs to determine the appropriate orthoses or prostheses. Residents also learn technical aspects of patient care, including:
- Molding and evaluating negative impressions
- Fabricating and modifying positive impressions
- Fitting all types of orthoses
- Working with prefabricated orthoses
- Providing immediate postoperative prosthetic care
- Keeping accurate documentation (assessments, prior authorizations, billing, etc.)
Residents collaborate with Gillette’s extremity, spine, craniofacial and prosthetics teams, learning to create all types of custom devices and to select proper materials and components. During their time at Gillette, residents work with a variety of fabrication materials. Although most modern braces are thermoplastic, conventional orthoses are occasionally made for older patients.
Residents also interact with patients and families in a clinical setting—first, by accompanying a certified orthotist/prosthetist in meetings to discuss patient needs, and then by working with families during the molding, casting and fitting processes. From evaluation to final fitting, residents take an active role in the orthotic or prosthetic fabrication process. They remain involved in follow-up appointments to ensure that each orthosis or prosthesis fits and functions effectively.
Applicants to Gillette’s orthotics or prosthetics residency programs should have a master’s degree, a post-baccalaureate certificate or bachelor’s degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics from a CAAHEP accredited school. Candidates should have an interest in working with children and teens who have disabilities. A keen attention to detail, sound grasp of biomechanics and anatomy, and technical skills are important as well.
Gillette’s orthotic and prosthetic resident will complete a 1-year orthotic residency, followed by a 1-year prosthetic residency.
Due to budgetary limitations, an orthotics residency for the 2015-2016 year will not be offered. The prosthetics residency for the same period has already been filled internally.
Please continue to check back for updates related to the status of our residency program.
Orthotics and Prosthetics at Gillette
Gillette is among a select group of Twin Cities children’s hospitals that offers on-site assistive technology services to patients. Many of our patients have disabilities that require frequent appointments with multiple specialists. As an added convenience for families, orthotic or prosthetic appointments are scheduled on the same day as a child’s doctor visit whenever possible.
Because it’s important for families to have easy access to orthotic and prosthetic services, Gillette orthotists/prosthetists are available at our St. Paul Campus and outpatient clinics. Families in greater Minnesota can access orthotics services through our outreach services and sites.
Gillette orthotists and prosthetists share a commitment to helping patients achieve greater independence and enjoyment in life through assistive technology. Our practitioners work as a team to provide the best possible patient care and service.
To learn more about the orthotics and prosthetics residency program, call Gillette Assistive Technology at 651-229-3800 or email:
Michelle Hall, CPO, FAAOP (Prosthetics Residency Director)
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