New Investigator Research Award

ACPOC is also pleased to offer the "New Investigator Research Award" for papers accepted for the Annual Meeting by qualified students, residents, and fellows in the field of pediatric orthopaedics, orthotics, and prosthetics. Monetary awards are provided for up to three award recipients, in addition to waived Annual Meeting registration and one year ACPOC membership. Award recipients must attend the Annual Meeting to present their paper, and are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Who is Eligible: Students and residents in O&P, MD, OT, and PT programs, who are completing or have completed their directed study in the current year. The study must be applicable to the pediatric population.

The criteria to be considered for the award are:

  1. A letter from the head of the applicant's department verifying training status.
  2. The majority of the work must have been completed during the time the applicant was a student or resident.
  3. You are eligible to submit, if you are within one year of completing the training program.
  4. A full manuscript must be submitted.
  5. Winning manuscripts must be eligible for publication in the ACPOC News.
  6. All students and residents (medical, physical, engineers, researchers, occupational therapy, orthotic, and prosthetic) are welcome to submit applications.


New Investigator Research Award Recipients


1st Place: Kaitlin A. Cash, CPO, Case Study: Use of an IMU System to Examine Gait Changes when Altering Alignment in a Rotationplasty Prosthesis

2nd Place: Rachael Rosen, MPO, The Effect of Body Mass Index on In-Brace Correction Obtained by a Boston-Style Scoliosis TLSO in Patients Diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Retrospective Study

3rd Place: Meghan Guglich, BSc(Kin), Yoga Therapy for Phantom Limb Pain


1st Place: Burhan Dhar, CPO, Conversion of Hip Disarticulation into Transfemoral Amputation

2nd Place: Jessica McQuerry, MD, Effect of Amputation Level on Quality of Life and Subjective Function in Children


1st Place: Burhan Dhar, CPO, Tibial - Fibular Bone Synostosis Permanent Solution In Pediatric Transtibial Amputations. Case Review Of Two Bilateral Transtibial Amputees


1st Place: Natasha Casimir, MS, PT, DPT, Functional Outcomes of a Child with Möbius Syndrome and Congenital Lower Limb Deficiencies after Rehabilitation: A Case Report


1st Place: Asim M. Makhdom, MD, MSc, The Accordion Maneuver And The Effects Of Compression Loading On Delayed Regenerate Bone Formation In Cases Of Limb Lengthening


1st Place: Hannah G. Godlewski, CO, Investigation Of The Providence Tlso For Treatment Of Scoliosis

2nd Place: Shana Garland, The Effect Of Dynamic Elastomeric Fabric Orthoses On Upper Extremity Function Of Children With Cerebral Palsy: Systematic Review Of The Literature

3rd Place: Hunter Scott, RP, Investigating The Use Of Elevated Vacuum Suspension On The Adult Pffd Patient: A Case Study


No awards given


1st Place: Todd Dewees, CPO and Brock W. Sande, CPO, Using Gait Analysis to Compare the Sagittal Plane Biomechanical Effects of Three Designs of Ankle Foot Orthoses

2nd Place: Carly Genn, BEng, Electromyography Patterns During Swinging in Children with Upper Limb Loss: Wearing Their Prosthesis Versus Not Wearing It

3rd Place: Melissa Malkush, CP, MSPO, Why Do Children With Cerebral Palsy Stop Wearing Their Lower Extremity Orthoses?


1st Place: Anka Michielsen, PT, MSc, Parent and Self-reported Participant and Health-related Quality of Life in Dutch Children and Adolescents with Congenital Lower Limb Deficiencies

2nd Place: Anne E Fecko, OTR/L, MSEd, BEO, Prevalence of Rotator Cuff Tear in Paraplegic Patients Compared to Controls: A Case-Control-Study

3rd Place: Katelynn Craig, Developing and Implementing Force Transducers in Gross Motor Tasks as a Means of Quantitative Assessment


1st Place: Rebecca K Spragg, MSPO, Natural Progression of Non-Synostotic Plagiocephaly

2nd Place: R. Dwight Putnam, Exploring the Applications of Semi Custom Silicone Partial Foot Prostheses in a Pediatric Amputee Population

3rd Place: Matthew Paruch, Initial Correction in Providence and Charleston Braces for Idiopathic Scoliosis

4th Place: Olga V. Vigna, Physical Appearance of Prosthesis after Syme/Boyd Amputation vs Van Nes Rotationplasty in Adults with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD)