Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center

NU-FlexSIV Socket Course FAQs

We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the NU-FlexSIV Socket Course offered for Continuing Education credit. If you do not see your question or would like more information, please contact us.

FAQs: 2016 NU-FlexSIV Socket Course

What does the Course cost?
You pay no fee to attend the Course. However, you will be responsible for the cost of your and your Patient Model’s accommodations, transportation, parking, evening meals, and incidentals.

Will this course be offered in the future?
The NU-FlexSIV Socket Course may be offered through NUPOC as a for-fee course.

What is considered an experienced prosthetist?
The course is designed for CPs/CPOs with a minimum of 5 years' experience.

Can I attend the Course as an observer?
No. At this time, space constraints do not allow us to offer observer status.

I am a P&O resident. Can I observe the Course with my prosthetics supervisor who is a registered participant?
No. At this time, space constraints do not allow us to offer observer status. 

How many ABC credits can I earn?
Full participation in the Course will enable you to earn 15.5 ABC / BOC Continuing Education Credits.

What if I do not complete the Course? Can I get credit for 15.5 ABC / BOC CE?
No. You can only attain the number of credits you earn through participation in the Course. During the Course, you must sign in to each morning and afternoon session with your name and ABC / BOC Prosthetist number to ensure that the credits are applied to your name. 

Is it mandatory to bring a Patient Model?
Yes. The Certified Prosthetist must register himself/herself and his/her Patient Model. You must have a Patient Model to participate in this course.

Can I attend the course without registering a Patient Model?
No. Full registration and participation require registration for the Certified Prosthetist and Patient Model. You must have a Patient Model to participate in this course.

When should I register my Patient Model?
Register your Patient Model as soon as possible, but not later than:
     Wednesday, May 11, 2016 for Session 1
     Friday, June 24, 2016 for Session 2

Is a Patient Model with Knee Disarticulation Amputation (KDA) appropriate for this course?
No. Although KDA amputees can wear the NU-FlexSIV Socket, KDA Patient Models are not appropriate for inclusion in this particular course.

I am an experienced Certified Prosthetist and also have a TFA. May I participate and act as my own Patient Model?
Yes. If you have a minimum of 5 years expereince as a CP and you have successfully cast yourself, it is acceptable to participate as a CP and act as your own Patient Model. We are willing to offer assistance when necessary. 

What are the L-Codes for this socket technology?
We have no L-code recommendations for our new socket technique. While we appreciate that this may raise clinical care and reimbursement issues, it is beyond the scope of our technology development research to address such issues. Ultimately, clinicians must determine how to apply this new technique in their practice using their best judgment, including navigating reimbursement issues.

What is the Agenda for the 2-day course?
NU-FlexSIV Socket Course Agenda (2016).

Do Patient Models have to be available during the entire two days?
No. Patient Models must be available 10:15 a.m. to noon and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Day 1; and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Day 2. These times are subject to change. Patient Models are advised to bring shorts that they can wear during socket casting, fitting and walking with the NU-FlexSIV Socket.

Should I bring my own tools?
The Course will provide the tools necessary for the fabrication of the NU-FlexSIV Socket; however, you are welcome to bring your own tools and use them onsite.

What will I take home?
The Certified Prosthetist will take home hands-on knowledge about the NU-FlexSIV Socket, the NU-FlexSIV Socket Manual on a USB drive, the liner that fits your Patient Model, and the check socket that you have fabricated. Also, full participation in the course will enable you to earn 15.5 ABC / BOC CE for no fee.

Can the Patient Model take home the socket and liner?
No. The Certified Prosthetist will leave NUPOC with the socket and liner, but not a vacuum pump. The Certified Prosthetist can decide what to do with the socket and liner after leaving NUPOC.

Where is the Course held?
The NU-FlexSIV Socket Course is held at:
     Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC)
     680 North Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1100
     Chicago, IL 60611
     TEL: 312-503-5700
     FAX: 312-503-5760

Does the Course include any meals?
Yes. Both days of the Course include a light breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon breaks for the Prosthetists and their Educational Model. Dinner is on your own.

Where can I park?
The area around NUPOC is called Streeterville. See Streeterville Parking to find local parking lots.

How much does parking cost?
See Streeterville Parking to find rates of nearby parking lots. If you plan to move your car within 12 hours, we can provide 12-hour parking passes for the garage located at 222 East Huron Street. Parking passes are issued for only the Huron/Superior Garage at 222 East Huron. If you do not move your car within 12 hours, you will pay for the time in excess of 12 hours at the following:

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