Special Events and Contests

Students and Residents –Gain National Recognition and Advance Your Career! 
Enter to win one of two prestigious awards–The Student-Resident Poster award honors two meritorious scientific papers submitted for presentation as a poster at the National Assembly. The purpose of these awards is to encourage students and residents to share their research through outstanding poster presentations.  The Otto and Lucille Becker Award is presented for the best orthotic abstract submitted and the Edwin and Kathryn Arbogast Award for the best prosthetic abstract submitted by a qualifying student or resident. The poster must be exhibited and presented at the National
Assembly for the award recipient to receive the prize.

The winners receive a $500 cash award, registration to the Assembly, coach-class airfare to the National Assembly and three nights hotel. To qualify to present a poster in this category and eligible for consideration for this award, the main author must be a student (baccalaureate or master level) or a resident at a qualified patient care facility. The sponsoring school is also recognized. Abstracts will not be considered for either award if they have been previously presented, published, or are currently submitted with pending decision on acceptance elsewhere. These awards have been made possible by a special endowment by Becker Orthopedic and Willow Wood. 

Enter today Submission Deadline is August 1, 2022.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 
OPAF Luncheon Fundraiser
12:30 – 2:00pm
Support a great cause while enjoying Texas style BBQ during the “Workshop Day” lunch break.  The cost is $50 and all proceeds support the First Clinics and your patients. 

Welcome to San Antonio Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Kickoff your Assembly experience at the “Welcome to San Antonio” Reception. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and connecting with your colleagues.  The Welcome Reception is included with you’re the full conference registration.  Guest tickets can be purchased for $45. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Networking Break
9:00 – 10:30am
After the morning general session, enjoy a beverage and our NEW networking icebreaker.  Interact with likeminded attendees by filling up a cup labeled with the conversation you are most interested in.  Examples include Advocacy, O&P Digital Care, Research, Business & Regulatory, Technical Fabrication or Clinical Care. Can’t decide, that’s okay, you will have the opportunity for a different conversation during the Friday morning break. 

O&P Experience Zone
5:00 – 6:30pm
This unique event featuring patient success stories and demonstrations will showcase how the CPO and device work together to restore lives.  This event will feature exhibitors and caregivers working together to create amazing outcomes.  It will be held in conjunction with the traditional Happy Hour. This event is included with your full conference registration.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Networking Break
9:00 – 10:30am
See description above. 

Professional Women in O&P—Celebrating Success
11:30am – 1:00pm
Women registering for the 2022 National Assembly are invited to a special event acknowledging the contributions and advancements of women in O&P.  The program offers women a casual opportunity to network and learn from other successful females in the profession. Join us for lunch as we celebrate landmark achievements, leadership, and discuss mentorship and dealing with the unique issues of professional women.  Space is limited. RSVP required. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
O&P Digital Care Showcase
Noon – 2:00pm
The Digital O&P Showcase will be a hands-on event to learn about computer-based 3D design software tools utilizing a provided prosthetic and/or orthotic patient case (the patient file,3D scan, and positive model), exhibitors will present a fabricated mold, device, or 3D print.    

OPAF First Clinic—First Things First
9:00am –3:00pm
Assembly attendees are welcome to participate in the First Clinic happening simultaneously on Saturday, October 1 on the upper level of the convention center. This continuing education module is designed for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other allied health practitioners.  The goal of the course is to demonstrate basic mobility skills required for safety in the limb loss population. First Things First reviews epidemiology related to the limb loss population and evidence-based intervention programs related to fall prevention.  We demonstrate practical techniques to help the individual mitigate the force of a fall and get up from the floor after a fall. First Things First is our most introductory course teaching patients, caregivers, and practitioners how to build confidence in basic mobility while reducing risk of falls. The format includes a classroom lecture and a practical portion to allow for hands-on participation.  At the completion of the course, rehabilitation professionals will be able to directly apply these skills into daily practice and participants will leave with renewed confidence in their fundamental mobility. 

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