The Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Student Society (NUPOSS) is an official Northwestern University student organization that falls under the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and strives to serve the interests of NUPOC MPO students. Consistent with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s competency-based education framework, NUPOSS provides opportunities for Prosthetics & Orthotics-related professional development, medical knowledge, scholarship, community engagement, service, effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Membership in NUPOSS is voluntary and open to current students. Students who are enrolled in the NUPOC MPO program may benefit most from membership in NUPOSS. NUPOC graduates who wish to be informed about NUPOSS activities may do so through the Northwestern University alumni network or the NUPOC Facebook.
NUPOSS Mission Statement
NUPOSS provides enrichment opportunities through professional development activities and collaboration with P&O and related healthcare professions. We strive to foster an environment where students are enriched by mentorship and networking opportunities with P&O and healthcare professionals.
Selected NUPOSS activities are represented below. See an account of
NUPOSS Activities conducted by the MPO Class of 2017.
NUPOSS Activities conducted by the MPO Class of 2016.
NUPOSS Activities conducted by the MPO Class of 2015.
- Medical Knowledge and Scholarship: Interact with faculty sponsor and "Lunch-and-Learn" guest speakers; assist NUPOC STEM education programs
- Professional Development: Develop résumé, career-building seminars, and Career Days
- Community Engagement and Service: Evaluate, organize and pack prosthetic quadrilateral brims donated to P&O training schools in Ghana and The Philippines; volunteer at Illinois Special Olympics, Go Baby Go!, and other events
- Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Help to organize and facilitate 2016 on-site and virtual Career Days; design and promote NUPOC badge and NUPOSS shirts
NUPOSS Officers, Duties and Terms
Elected officers serve from February 1 of the NUPOC onsite portion through January 31 of the following year.
i. Coordinates and organizes all activities
ii. Nominates individuals to ad hoc committees to help conduct duties and plan events
iii. Publicizes executive board applications every January
iv. Organizes elections for incoming MPO class
v. Organizes monthly meetings
vi. Coordinates NUPOC MPO Orientation activities and greet incoming MPO class
i. Assists NUPOSS President in conducting duties
ii. Conducts presidential duties when President is absent
iii. Coordinates activities to facilitate networking, public relations and conferences
i. Manages NUPOSS funds
ii. Reimburses members for NUPOSS-related expenses
i. Coordinates with faculty advisor to manage “Lunch-and-Learn” activities
ii. Documents meetings and disseminate notes to MPO students
iii. Organizes volunteer opportunities and activities
Michael Lynn Hoggatt, President
Megan Sech, Vice President
Kierra Falbo, Treasurer
Terese Jenks, Secretary
NUPOSS Faculty Co-Advisors
Michael L. Cavanaugh, CPO
J. Chad Duncan, PhD, CPO, CRC