Scientific or experimental study is critical in the validation of orthotic/prosthetic clinical practice. The recent adoption of new education essentials for the orthotist/prosthetist acknowledges this and incorporates research in the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.
Residents-in-training have many practical goals and objectives throughout the 12-month experiential period. Residents are at the precipice of clinical competency and strive to enhance their skills through observation, repetition and the acquisition of knowledge secondary to the formulation of intuitive questions. Their inquisitive nature makes them ideal candidates to engage in O&P research.
There are many types of research ranging from a simple case review to an extensive retrospective study of a treatment methodology. Regardless of format, both types of research can be undertaken successfully by a resident orthotist/prosthetist while in this crucial graduate training period.
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