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ABC, in partnership with The Orthotics and Prosthetics Foundation for Education and Research (The Foundation), would like to congratulate Jessica Smit, CPO, as the recipient of the 2024 ABC Resident Travel Award.

Jessica was selected for her National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) residency project and received $2,500 to attend and present her research at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (The Academy2024 Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in Chicago, March 6-9.


Jessica Smit, CPO

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab


Metabolic Cost of Walking During Steady and Non-Steady State Tests in Persons with Lower Limb Amputations

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University followed by her Master’s in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Eastern Michigan University in 2020. Jessica completed her orthotics residency at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and her prosthetics residency at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago where she now continues to work as a clinician. Jessica earned her CPO credential from ABC in November 2023.

The ABC Resident Travel Award Program supports prosthetic and orthotic residents’ travel to the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium so that they may present their NCOPE directed study report or project.

“ABC is thrilled to be able to partner with The Foundation to provide this award and invest in future O&P practitioners,” said Billy Lester, CPO, ABC Board President. “We would also like to extend our appreciation to all the reviewers for this year’s submissions.”


About The O&P Foundation

The O&P Foundation was established to advance the art and science of orthotic and prosthetic rehabilitation by enhancing clinical practices through professional training awards, promoting educational opportunities through academic scholarships, strengthening the body of knowledge through research grants and fellowships, and inspiring excellence through the recognition of scholarly achievements. To learn more about The O&P Foundation, visit

About ABC

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics is the comprehensive credentialing organization whose mission is to establish and advocate for the highest patient care and organizational standards in the provision of safe and effective orthotic and prosthetic services. To learn more about ABC, please visit