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Professional Activity Resources

Professional Activity

Each resident regardless of their chosen program type and track must complete a professional activity.  There are 2 acceptable ways to complete the professional activity: deliverer an O&P awareness presentation or volunteer for an O&P organization (professional or humanitarian).  Documentation of completion will require materials used to participate in the activity (such as presentation slides) and contact information for a person at the organization where the presentation or volunteer activity was performed.

O&P Awareness Presentation

The purpose of a the O&P Awareness Presentation is to promote the O & P profession. It encourages the resident to develop their skills in public speaking and confidence when interacting with others in a professional environment.  This presentation should integrate current information that can be referenced to partner O&P organizations.

Potential Audiences: 

  • Community service organizations (Ex: Rotary International)
  • Youth oriented programming (Ex: Boy Scouts of American)
  • School-based audiences (Grade School to Post-Secondary)

Volunteer for an O&P Professional Organization

There are numerous NGO and not-for-profit organizations that could benefit from a resident practitioners insight and effort. Volunteering for an O&P organization enables the resident to see the value that is provided to multiple stakeholders including practitioners, the local community, and the patients we serve.  A wide variety of volunteer roles and responsibilities are acceptable.  

Example Volunteer Activities: 

  • Fund-raise for a not-for-profit organization
  • Coordinate a used component drive for an international O&P care organization
  • Assist with a career day hosted by the Academy or AOPA designed to educate local high school students about the O&P profession
  • Attend a pro-bono clinic and assist credentialed practitioners in providing clinical services

Are you having trouble identifying if a specific activity could be counted as a professional activity?  The chart below should be helpful in guiding the resident and director/mentor in making an appropriate determination.