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ACPOC 2024 Annual Meeting

April 24–27 | Denver, CO | Grand Hyatt Denver

Early Bird Registration ends February 23rd

Statement from ACPOC 

The gut-wrenching events of the past week have uprooted the principles of all humanity.

Like many of you, I am heartbroken and saddened by the brutal attacks.

Our ACPOC family is not spared as Romona Okumura, CPO, is held in Gaza reportedly safe in a United Nations compound waiting to be allowed to cross into Egypt.

Dr. Anna Vergun and Ramona have been volunteering side by side for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund for over a decade.

Anna and Ramona were providing humanitarian work in the West Bank. Ramona went to Gaza a day before Anna, the day of the attack.

Ramona told Anna not to come to Gaza as something bad was happening. Anna was able to cross into Jordan before the border was closed. Ramona was not as fortunate.

Personally, this is one of the most difficult messages I have composed as ACPOC’s president.

With tears in my eyes, I want to reassure ACPOC’s members and children and their families in our care that ACPOC does not condone the callous brutal killing of all humans.

ACPOC is an association dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. ACPOC respects all individuals regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation , or socioeconomic status.

ACPOC strives to treat all individuals with respect, empathy, and understanding.

Challenging times like these attacks can unite us.

We should pray that our leaders bring those in hostage and unable to travel back to their homes safely.

We should all wish for an end to this conflict.

We should all strive for peaceful existence for all.

During the challenging days ahead please keep Ramona and all others impacted by this conflict in your thoughts and prayers.

And please remember, “Together we are Better”.

Colleen Coulter PT, DPT, PhD
President of ACPOC

Phoebe Scott-Wyard, DO
Vice President of ACPOC

Anna Vergun, MD
Past President of ACPOC

ACPOC Webinar Series

Join ACPOC for our new Webinar Series featuring monthly topics in orthotics and prosthetics.

Registration is free for ACPOC Members and $50 for Non-Members

Psychosocial Considerations for Children with Limb Differences and their Families during and after the Global Pandemic

February 21st, 2024, 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Presented By: Phoebe Scott-Wyard, DO, OT & Vivian Yip, OTD, MA, OTR/L

Dr. Phoebe Scott-Wyard is a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and an associate professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is double board-certified in pediatrics and physical medicine & rehabilitation.

Originally from Maine, Dr. Scott-Wyard completed her undergraduate degree in behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins University before attending medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. She completed a combined residency in pediatrics and physical medicine & rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati. She served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Scott-Wyard is especially interested in treating children with limb differences. Before coming to Rady Children’s, she served as the medical director of the Child Amputee Prosthetics Project clinic at Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles for six years. She is also the vice-president of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics. She has served as a volunteer for Camp No Limits, Challenged Athlete’s Foundation, and Angel City Games.

 

Vivian Yip OTD, MA, OTR/L has worked with children with limb differences since 2006. She worked as an occupational therapist with a comprehensive clinical team to provide care to children with limb differences at the former Child Amputee Prosthetics Project at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Los Angeles. She is also an OT at UCLA- Orthopedic Hospital. Vivian has presented various topics pertaining to pediatric limb difference and prosthetics for the Association of Children’s Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC), Myoelectric Control Symposium (MEC), Skills for Life (SFL), American Occupational Therapy Association(AOTA), Occupational Therapy Association of California(OTAC).

She is a clinical instructor and invited guest lecturer for various MOT programs in Southern California. She is currently on the Board of Directors for ACPOC. Completion of her doctorate included qualitative research of individuals with congenital limb loss and their relationship with their prosthesis. She has various publications including co-authored chapters in the Atlas of Amputation and Limb Deficiencies. She has regularly volunteered with Camp No Limits (for children with limb loss) and is on their IDEA committee.

Mentorship & Sponsorship: Identifying Key Differences & Implications for Career Advancement

March 20th, 2024, 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Presented By: Manasa Ayyala, MD 

Dr. Ayyala earned her MD from Temple University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Following residency training, she completed a General Internal Medicine Fellowship in Medical Education at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During this fellowship, she completed formal longitudinal coursework through the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program in both curriculum development and teaching skills.

Dr. Ayyala joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 2017 and leads curriculum development and implementation efforts around unconscious bias, microaggressions, and structural racism in the health equity and social justice longitudinal thread for clerkship students. Her work in curriculum development around topics of health equity and social justice has been presented regionally and nationally and published in peer-reviewed journals including Medical Teacher and The Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Ayyala is committed to promoting physician wellness, health equity, and humanism in medicine. She has experience in physician wellness research and peer-support interventions spanning the learning continuum from undergraduate medical education to faculty wellness. She currently serves as faculty vitality champion representing the Department of Medicine in the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Faculty Vitality Taskforce and Chair for the Department of Medicine Wellness Committee. 

In September 2020, she was appointed as Director of the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. The Center, founded in 2004 with a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, promotes dignity and respect for the individual, commitment to the relief of suffering, and the delivery of care that is kind, just, and humble.

Dr. Ayyala is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and practices general internal medicine in the primary care clinic at University Hospital Ambulatory Care Center and attends on the general medicine wards at University Hospital.

So Every BODY Can Move: A National Mobility Movement

April 17th, 2024, 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Presented By: Nicole Ver Kuilen & Sam Miller, MPA

I am the founder of a nonprofit advocacy organization called Forrest Stump. Forrest Stump is dedicated to expanding access to prosthetic technology and raising the standard of care for all amputees. I founded Forrest Stump in 2017 after completing a 1,500 mile triathlon down the west coast to raise awareness for amputees.

 

Sam Miller, MPA, is the State & Federal Advocacy Manager at the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA). A Chicago native currently living in the Washington DC area, Sam has experience with disability advocacy and local government service.

Call for Nominations

The Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics Nominating Committee, is requesting nominations for members willing to serve on the ACPOC Board of Directors. The following positions will be accepting nominations:

  • 2024 – 2026 Vice President (2-year term; automatically ascends to President – also a 2 year term)
  • 2024 – 2026 Secretary-Treasurer (2-year term)
  • 2024 – 2027 Member-at-large (2 positions for 3-year term)

Current members are welcome to nominate him/herself or another member, with the stipulation that the member is aware of and accepts the nomination. With the nomination, please confirm the position in which the candidate should be considered.

The commitments of the ACPOC Board of Directors are as follows:

  • The Vice President shall be responsible for filling in for the President if the President becomes indisposed. The Vice President will need to be prepared to fill the role of the Presidency after their two-year term has been fulfilled.
  • The Secretary-Treasurer shall be the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Accounting Officer of the Corporation. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be in charge of its financial affairs, funds, securities and valuable papers and shall keep full and accurate records thereof. The Secretary-Treasurer will be responsible for reporting on the association’s financial status at each board meeting and the Members Business Meeting.
  • Attend, or participate via conference call, in all ACPOC Board Meetings – traditionally on Wednesday and Saturday of the ACPOC Annual Meeting and the first Saturday in November.
  • Share all disclosures and conflicts of interest with the ACPOC Board of Directors prior to all Board Meetings, excluding self from participation in any discussions in which a conflict exists.
  • Create committee liaison reports as needed.
  • Participate in Strategic Plan, Bylaws, and Policy and Procedure voting, review and updates
  • Actively participate in Board Committees and committee assignments
  • Assist in ACPOC’s membership growth and  leadership development

Nominations must be submitted by 4:00 pm Central Time, on Friday, March 1, 2024. Verbal nominations may not be accepted. If you applied last year and would like to be considered on the ballot again, please apply again to confirm your interest to be on board and what position you would like to run.

The slate and a proxy ballot will be sent to members prior to the 2024 ACPOC Annual Meeting for those unable to attend. A hard copy slate and ballot will be provided to members at the ACPOC Member Business Meeting on Friday, April 26th in Denver, Colorado.

Save the Date for the 2025 Annual Meeting!

April 9th – 12th, 2025

New ACPOC Membership Levels

ACPOC is excited to announce our new membership levels!

Trainee/Student Membership

Dues are $35 per year while you’re in school, residency and first year of practice. Proof of enrollment in school and program required with graduation dates, upload a letter from your director when you apply

Apply Here

 

Clinic Membership

Discounted rate on Physician, Non-Physician, and Corresponding membership if you have 3+ people who want to join and belong to the same clinic/hospital

Apply Here

ACPOC Member Spotlight

ACPOC members are essential to achieving our mission of improving quality of care for patients. Starting in October, ACPOC will recognize a member of the month to help display the personal and professional accomplishments of our members, and to encourage members to network with one another. Featured members will be highlighted in our ACPOC news, social media channels, and on the ACPOC website.

 

If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague, please submit your information and a photo.

ACPOC Industry Partner Spotlight

ACPOC would like to thank our Industry Partners! You are essential to achieving our mission of improving quality of care for patients. In each ACPOC News Issue, we would like to recognize a Industry Partner on their story of how your company came to be, a new product you you want to share or share or a parent/patient who has a compelling story you would like to share. These featured Industry Partners are highlighted in our ACPOC news, social media channels, and on the ACPOC website.

 

If you would like to nominate yourself or others, please submit your information and a photo.

Post your Job to the ACPOC Website!

Post your job on the online ACPOC Job Board, at the Annual Meeting, or in an email job posting to ACPOC members for $150/month

Introducing the refreshed ACPOC logo!

ABOUT ACPOC

The Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) is recognized as the worldwide leader of multidisciplinary rehabilitative care of children, adolescents, and young adults with musculoskeletal differences.

FIND A MEMBER

Use our member directory to find a qualified ACPOC member.

RESOURCES

Many valuable resouces are avalable to help you find the specific information to help your children with limb loss or orthopedic disabilities.

Join in! Track down sports clubs and organizations that meet your child’s needs.