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Career Connections: Prosthetist (WillowWood)

5 minutes

(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Jeffrey Denune:

(Describer) Title: Allied Health – Prothetist In an exam room, a man takes off his prothetic leg in front of another man sitting across from him.

(man) My position is the clinical director of prosthetics, so I'm a certified prosthetist, ABC-certified prosthetist. As a clinical director of prosthetics, I work with engineering, design, and development of prosthetic devices. I work with the research team and Ohio State University with research for medical devices for transtibial and transfemoral amputees. I have a unique situation where, as a prosthetist, I work directly with amputees, and have for 28 years. I'm employed by a manufacturer, so my responsibility is, again, the customer in the building, working with engineers to design prosthetic componentry.

(Describer) He helps the man take off a ring which fits into the leg’s upper socket.

When a patient comes to WillowWood, I work with closely them in prototyping prosthetic devices prior to them being released in the industry, into the market.

(Describer) The man puts the leg back on.

The devices we're working with in-house, as a manufacturer, are prototype components that are undergoing testing at the time. During patient visits or patient fittings, they can vary. I have patients who come in for a 30-minute appointment, it may be a follow-up on a prototype

(Describer) He adjusts the knee joint.

or a device that we're testing.

(Describer) The man walks.

It varies patient to patient. No two patients are the same. Every patient has different needs. It can go from a 30-minute visit to an entire 40-hour week visit. The end goal with every amputee is comfort, functionality, and quality of life.

(Describer) The man walks between bars in a physical therapy room, testing the joint between the socket and thin shank to the foot.

Students who may wish to get into this field, current standards vary from state to state. Minimum requirements today would be a bachelor's degree, and current maximum requirements would be a master's degree. In Ohio, currently, the minimum requirement is a master's degree to be eligible for state licensure, to be certified to see patients. Certification is national, so the American Board of Certification would certify me nationally, so I could work in Ohio and California.

(Describer) After more adjustments, the man walks back toward Denune, who crouches watching the man turn away.

In this field of orthotics and prosthetics, job prospects are enormous. The sky's the limit. There's a huge demand for prosthetists and orthotists in the industry.

(Describer) He adjusts a prosthetic leg in a workshop.

It's amazing the amount of job offers out there, trying to get skilled people to work with amputees. Great career to get into, wide open, not only working with amputees, but working with manufacturers, working with design teams, working with marketing teams, working with amputee coalition, amputee groups to support others. Huge, huge opportunity in this industry. You can start off working on a bench as a technician. Obtain that bachelor's degree, move up and get your state licensure, and begin working with patients to owning your own facility one day and helping others.

(Describer) He studies the knee mechanism.

I love that every day is different, every patient is unique, has unique needs and unique desires to perform their quality of life. I travel internationally, so I've gotten to know amputees around the world and created colleagues and relationships around the world that I couldn't have done without working for WillowWood.

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Prosthetists evaluate and measure patients for artificial limbs. They also design and make prostheses that fit patient needs and their lifestyle. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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Runtime: 5 minutes

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