Weber: Future of O&P lies in new graduates, technological advances

LAS VEGAS — The future of the O&P profession will see the continued advancement of technology through research carried out by students who are now graduating from master degree programs, according to Jim Weber, MBA, president-elect of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association.

Weber will replace Michael Oros, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, as president of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on Dec. 1. Speaking at the AOPA World Congress, he told O&P News that the goal of orthotists and prosthetists will be to help patients live better lives.

“This is actually our 100th year celebration and I think there’s probably been more progress in this industry in the last 15 years than there might have been in the 30 years prior. It’s been a very exciting time for our field,” Weber said. “The future of O&P is going to be carried primarily by the new graduates who are coming out of the master’s programs for our practitioners. The technology that is available and being developed on a regular basis is meant for the mobility of our patients, and the future is going to be the continued advancement of that technology.”

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