Open Online Course: Interdisciplinary Amputee Care
Caring for patients with an amputation is complex and involves a network of specialists. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provides students and trainees with over ten 20-minute videos in which they can learn more about the relevant professions and their associated education paths. Specialists from all over the world will present examples of good cooperation between the various professions in treatment centres.
The series focuses on highlighting - and thus improving - interdisciplinary cooperation between prosthetists and orthotists, physicians, medical technology engineers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and administrative assistants in the health sector. Each professional group will be delivering a concise presentation of their education paths and work descriptions in relation to the care of amputees. The aim is for students and trainees to gain an insight into the tasks and skills of the experts involved and enable them to provide better interdisciplinary cooperation in the future. The resulting mutual understanding should enable and motivate professionals from various disciplines to work together on equal terms towards improving patient care.
The concept for the free MOOC was developed by Urs Schneider (Head of LifeSciences Fraunhofer IPA and Head of Human-Technology Interaction IFF, University of Stuttgart)), and will be introduced at OTWorld in Leipzig on 12 May 2022 by him with Prof Levi Hargrove (Director and Scientific Chair, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago) and Prof Michael Goldfarb (Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville). The English language videos will be posted in the OTWorld media library after the event, thus making them available free of charge to interested parties worldwide.
In compiling the content, special attention was paid to the internationality of the institutions and speakers in order to look at best practices across different countries. The videos will feature the following speakers:
Prof Kirsten Albracht
Course Manager, Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technology, Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Aachen, Germany
Dipl.-Ing. Merkur Alimusaj
Head of Technical Orthopaedics, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
Teacher, Don Bosco University, El Salvador, San Salvador
Prof Michael Goldfarb
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
Prof Bernhard Greitemann
Medical Director of Klinik Münsterland am RehaKlinikum Bad Rothenfelde, Germany
Prof Levi Hargrove
Director and Scientific Chair, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, USA
Dr Ann-Kathrin Hömme
Course Manager/Advisor at the Bundesfachschule Orthopädie-Technik (BUFA) & FH Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany
Dr May Sirintip Kaewtip
Lecturer, Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (SSPO), Bangkok, Thailand
Lecturer, Bad Hersfeld University of Applied Sciences, DGUV University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
Dr Urs Schneider
Head of LifeSciences Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA and Head of Human-Technology Interaction IFF, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Don Bosco University, El Salvador, San Salvador
The course format is aimed worldwide at students and trainees in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics, medical technology, medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, healthcare administration, as well as interested participants from any other discipline.