Clinical Practicum

  1. The student should be able to meet the following learning objectives:

  2. Assess the medical condition of a patient related to their orthotic or prosthetic management using appropriate investigative techniques, which include patient history taking and clinical testing.

  3. Formulate an optimal prosthetic and orthotic solution using information from the patient assessment, other members of the health care team, medical charts, etc.

  4. Communicate and discuss patient goals and expectations and discuss and debate the prosthetic management with the patient, co-workers and other members of the health care team.

  5. Reliably measure and capture a positive cast or image of patient’s appendages, while correctly positioning the body part and if appropriate, apply the necessary corrective force system.

  6. Identify, prescribe and justify selection of appropriate materials and components in the fabrication of the prostheses or orthoses.

  7. Construct the prostheses or orthoses by using appropriate fabrication techniques in preparation for the initial fitting.

  8. Fit the prostheses or orthoses to the patient using static and dynamic functional criteria established from the original assessment.

  9. Evaluate the quality of the prostheses or orthoses fit to ensure the appropriate interface contouring, force application and trim lines.

  10. Identify problems related to device fit and/or alignment and be able to suggest and implement appropriate correction.

  11. Assess and solve prosthetic or orthotic problems as part of short and long term patient care.

  12. Maintain accurate records of patient treatment and follow up as well as confidentiality of such information.

  13. Communicate effectively with patient, co-workers, and other health care professionals in such a manner that will ensure the highest quality of service and reflect a professional attitude on the part of the student.

  14. Educate the patient and/or caregiver on use, care and function of the prostheses or orthoses.

  15. Understand the methodology of problem identification, problem solving in a process that includes all stake holders, with the patient at the centre.