School of Health Professions

O & P Program Student Research Awards, Presentations, and Publications

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Awards

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American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists

Thranhardt Lecture: this is the highest level of recognition of an abstract submission from one of our professional organizations, the AAOP. The top two, sometimes one, submissions are chosen by members of the Clinical Content Committee based on blinded scores for research quality, relevance, and innovation.

Best of Resident Research Awards: Resident research abstracts submitted to one of our professional organizations, the AAOP. The resident awards are comprised of the best of the "Resident Research Awards" and the best of the "Resident Literature Review Awards" projects performed by students enrolled in NCOPE residencies. 

  • Charles Ronkos (Class of 2021) Estimated Provider-Patient Ratios in U.S. Orthotic and Prosthetic Care, State-Level Trends and Discrepancies
  • Emily Lipski (Class of 2020) Assessing Mobility in Ecuadorians with Lower Limb Amputations: Functional Level of Prospective User Compared to Functional Level of Prosthetic Device
  • Katy Patterson (Ewing) (Class of 2020) Effects of “Open Heel” Modification for Orthoses on Pediatric Gait: A Case Study
  • Westin W. Humble (Class of 2018) Rate of Diabetic Foot Re-Ulceration Following Prescription of Diabetic Arch Supports
  • Cerise Knakal (Class of 2018) Product Development: A Beginner’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Technical Guide
  • Sara Stackhouse (Class of 2018) The Effects of a Simulated Locked KAFO and the Becker PreStride on Percent Stance, Step Length, and Velocity in Able-Bodied Subjects
  • Brandon L. Smith (Class of 2017) Comparing PLUS-M Administration by Phone to In-person Techniques
  • Alexander Boehme (Class of 2017) Novel Dehydration Technique in Plaster Mold Fabrication and Its Effects on Vacuum Thermoforming
  • Maria Lourdes Carmela Cruz (Class of 2017) Entrustment Trends in Orthotic and Prosthetic Residencies
  • Adam Kohn (Class of 2016) The Prevalence of Psychosocial Challenges Among Lower Limb Amputees
  • Amandi Rhett (Class of 2016) A Comparison of an Above the Knee Amputee Sprinter Who Uses A Straight Pylon Non-Articulating Running Prosthesis and an Articulating Knee Running Prosthesis to Sprint - A Case Study

Poster Awards: Resident research posters are submitted to one of our professional organizations, the AAOP. The poster awards are comprised of the best of the poster presentations given at the annual meeting.

Comparison of Visual Gaze Behavior for Two Different Methods of Myoelectric Control: A Case Study
Nicole Walker (Class of 2018)

J. David Holcomb School of Health Professions Research Day Awards

Each year, graduating students from the Orthotics and Prosthetics program and the Physician Assistant program gather for the J. David Holcomb School of Health Professions Research Day, named after the founding dean of the SHP. Over 60 SHP students gather to present their master’s Thesis posters to poster judges, faculty, fellow students, and members of the local BCM community. The top three posters receive $500, $250, and $100 prizes respectively.

Class of 2021

  • First Place: Emily Patterson - Orthotics and Prosthetics Residency Program
  • Second Place: Hannah Clark  - Quantifying the Material Quality of the Low-Cost, Easy-Fabrication, Namaste Prosthetic, Liner Using Standardized Liner Testing
  • Third Place: Annie Gibbs - Perceptions of Residency Autonomy and Gender Within the Baylor College of Medicine
  • Product Pitch:  Tatiana Rypinski - RAFO: Rapid Ankle Foot Orthosis
  • RITTE Value Award: Matthew Ho

Class of 2020

  • First Place: Audrey-Anne Patterson - The Effects of Custom Functional Foot Orthoses and UCBL Orthoses on Foot Posture Index and Center of Pressure in Adults with Flexible Flat Feet.
  • Second Place: Maria Larraga Martinez - The Pitfalls of Using an Unvalidated Interview Scoring Rubric in Graduate Admissions.
  • Third Place: Sarah Chaikind - A New Normal: An Examination into Modern Cephalic Index.
  • Product Pitch: Nathan Schmetter - OSCOPE: Objective System for the Collection of Orthotic and Prosthetic Evidence.
  • RITTE Value Award: Stephen Sliva

Class of 2019

  • First Place: Erica Ling - Impact of Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Offloading Footwear on Gait Function Beyond Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.
  • Second Place: Jennifer Penner - How Are They Doing? Preceptors’ Perceptions of Value Added by Residents in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Clinical Setting
  • Third Place: Michelle Forbus - Changes in Foot Posture Index and Comfort in Individuals with Flexible Flat Feet: Functional Foot Orthoses vs. UCBL Orthoses.
  • Product Pitch: Kara Clark  - 2019: Time is Still Money
  • Product Pitch: Eddie Krische - The New Frontier of Education: Digital Classrooms

Class of 2018

  • First Place: Meredith Roehrs - A Comparison of Learning Parameters on Two Myoelectric Control Strategies in a Unilateral Transradial Amputee: A Case Study.
  • Second Place: Sara Stackhouse - The Effects of a Simulated Locked KAFO and the Becker PreStride on Percent Stance, Step Length, and Velocity in Able-bodied Subjects.
  • Third Place: Cerise Knakal - Product Development: A Beginner’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Technical Guide.
  • Product Pitch: Megan Glahn - Addressing the Psychological Complexity of Scoliosis Bracing.

Class of 2017

  • First Place: Mary Heaton - The Multi-Disciplinary Approach To Lower Limb Amputation: Physician And Prosthetist Analysis
  • Second Place: Karli Nash - Novel Dehydration Technique In Plaster Mold Fabrication And Its Effects On Vacuum Thermoforming.
  • Third Place: Brittany Rhodes - Determining The Effectiveness Of Inter-Professional Education Between Prosthetists And Engineers Through An Online Module.
  • Product Pitch: Alberto Adame - The Development Of A Passive Hand With Lockable Manually Articulating Joints.

Class of 2016

  • First Place: Amandi Rhett - A Comparison of the Performance of Two Different Set Ups for a Running Specific Prosthesis, a Straight Pylon and an Articulating Knee, by a Sprinter with a Unilateral Transfemoral Amputation - A Case Study
  • Second Place: Correy Dennis, Kailey Hansen - Prophylactic Hyperextension Elbow Orthosis Product Development;  Adam Kohn - The Prevalence of Psychological Challenges Facing Lower Limb Amputees.
  • Third Place: Katy Cummings - Effects of Fabrication Techniques on Thermoplastics used in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Product Pitch: Corey Dennis and Kailey Hansen - Prophylactic Hyperextension Elbow Orthosis Product Development

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National Presentations

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Podium Presentations

  • Gibbs A, Mullen A. Perceptions of residency autonomy and gender in the Baylor College of Medicine orthotics and prosthetics residency. Podium presentation at the AmericanAcademy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, March 2022. https://doi doi:10.1097/01.JPO.0000822488.20801.01
  • Harrison T, Smith I, Mullen A. Predictors of student success in an orthotics and prosthetics education program. Podium presentation at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. Virtual, May, 2021.
  • Miiller E, Christie H, Penner J, Mullen A. The unexpected value of clinical residents: a pilot study. Podium presentation at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. Chicago, IL, March, 2020.
  • Forbus M, Hoelscher R, DiBello S, Mullen A. The effect of functional foot orthoses and UCBLs on spatiotemporal gait parameters and gait in the adult flat foot population. Podium presentation at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. Chicago, IL, March, 2020.
  • Andrews G, Mullen A. Gender bias in orthotic and prosthetic residency evaluations. Thranhardt Award podium presentation at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. Chicago, IL, March, 2020.
  • Cruz MCL, Utay JB, Mullen A. Entrustment trends in orthotic and prosthetic clinical residencies: a preliminary report. Podium presentation at the 44th annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. New Orleans, LA, Feb. 14-17, 2018.
  • Wright DB, Mullen A, Gardner AK. Student-led faculty development: Must we mind the gap? Podium presentation at the 51st annual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. St. Petersburg, FL. Oct. 18-20, 2018.
  • Wright DB, Mullen A, Gardner AK. The effectiveness of student participation in faculty development. Podium presentation at the Texas Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (TSAHP) annual meeting. San Antonio, TX. September 21-22, 2018. 
  • Miller M, Mullen A, Gardner AK. What clinical rotation factors impact resident success? An examination of autonomy, patient interactions, and learning objectives. Podium presentation at the 50th annual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. San Antonio, TX. October 18-20, 2017. 

Poster Presentations

  • Patterson E, Kenworthy SA. The Impact of Subtalar Joint Position on the Dynamic Interaction of Ankle and Knee Motion. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. Atlanta, GA, March 2-5, 2022.
  • Boe BE, Mullen A, Gardner AK. Examining the Competency of Recent Graduates of an Orthotics and Prosthetics Training Program. Poster Presented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists 44th Annual Meeting & Symposium. New Orleans. Feb. 14-17, 2018.
  • Miller M, Mullen A, Gardner AK. What clinical rotation factors impact resident success? An examination of autonomy, patient interactions, and learning objectives. Poster presentation at the 50thannual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. San Antonio, TX. Oct. 18-20, 2017.
  • Melvin M, Gardner AK, Mullen A. Documentation diligence: The effect of logging encounters on performance in residency. Poster presentation at the 50thannual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. San Antonio, TX. Oct. 18-20, 2017.
  • Bradley S, Utay J, Gardner AK, Mullen A. Teaching behaviors in clinical preceptors: Do they matter? Poster presentation at the 50thannual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. San Antonio, TX. Oct. 18-20, 2017.
  • Meyer D, Deaton M, Hudson A, Rocha V, Mullen A, Bickley C, Ortiz A. Comparison of electromyography and gait in transition from locked knee ankle foot orthosis to stance control orthosis. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists 43rd Annual Academy Meeting. Chicago, IL, March 1-4, 2017.
  • Boe B, Gardner AK. Examining the competency of recent graduates of an orthotics and prosthetics training program. Poster presentation at the Baylor College of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educator’s Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship. Houston, TX. Sept. 29, 2017.  
  • Boe BE, Gardner AK. Examining the competency of recent graduates of orthotics and prosthetics training. Poster presentation at the 50th annual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. San Antonio, TX. Oct. 18-20, 2017. 
  • Boe BE, Mullen A, Gardner AK. Examining the Competency of Recent Graduates of an Orthotics and Prosthetics Training Program. Poster Presented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists 44th Annual Meeting & Symposium. New Orleans. Feb.14-17, 2018