The mission of Human Study e.V. is to make education in physical rehabilitation that is both contemporary and based on advanced knowledge and science available to participating clinicians via blended distance learning, using a proven combination of e-learning and hands-on didactic tools.
The full spectrum of treatment and care in physical rehabilitation is incredibly diverse and constantly advancing through applications of new innovative techniques and technology.
The SPECIALIZED COURSES IN ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS (SCOPe) are designed by Human Study e.V to provide continuing and advanced educational opportunities so that motivated prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) clinical practitioners have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in order to keep pace with the developments in the prosthetic and orthotic contemporary practice.
SCOPe Courses are delivered in three phases:
Phase 1: Up to 8 weeks of theoretical content teaching in the e-learning format (online)
Phase 2: Up to 9 days of on-site clinical workshop with hands-on instructions and training
Phase 3: Three months of online follow-up for revision of individual student case presentations
Participants sit for a Final evaluation exam leading to a Certificate of Achievement (required for certification of attendance and satisfactory completion of all course requirements)
The overall number of participants per class is limited to 10 participants to ensure best possible knowledge transfer.
The high-level outcome during the on-site clinical workshops and training seminars is guaranteed through an advantageous number of clinical expert trainers per group, determined by the size of the group.
The beauty of blended learning is that it takes advantage of technology to make experts in the field from all around the world available to everyone! SCOPe lecturers come from Spain, Germany, Australia, Tunisia, Croatia, Thailand and the United States. This diversity provides international perspectives and developments, which filter nicely through the course.
The following subject areas are currently offered by Human Study.
- Transfemoral Ischial Containment Prosthetics (TF IC)
- Spinal Orthotics (SO)
- Lower Limb Orthotics (LLO)
- Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthotics (KAFO)
- Dynamic Ankle-Foot Orthotics (DAFO)
- Ankle-Foot Orthotics (AFO)
- Transtibial Prosthetics (TT)
- Hip Disarticulation Prosthetics (HD)
- Knee Disarticulation Prosthetics (KD)
- Partial Foot Prosthetics (PF)
- Myoelectric Upper Limb Prosthesis (MyoULP)
If your topic of interest is not on our list of available courses, please contact us! Additional options are available upon request.
In SCOPe, the e-learning phase takes between five (5) and eight (8) weeks, depending on the subject area. In this phase, participants study online (interactive theoretical content and video materials) and participate in weekly online conferences (live lectures and discussions).
To participate in online activities, each participant is enrolled to the Human Study web-based learning platform that serves as a virtual classroom which is used for studying and review of specific multi-media content, communication and submission of coursework.
Each participant also gains access to platform tools such as forums, direct messaging and the glossary.
The e-learning phase allows participants to organize their studies at their own time and location, to fit their own personal and professional schedules (asynchronous learning).
The content areas delivered through the e-learning part will vary according to the subject matter of the course selected.
In general, this is theoretical content which includes:
- Professional Practice
- Material Science
The expected study/activity time required for the e-learning phase is in average 6h per week. Once the theoretical e-learning phase is completed, the hands-on clinical workshop is implemented on-site, at a centralized location.
The ultimate goal of the clinical hands-on instruction and training workshop is that each participant manufactures one or more prosthetic/orthotic devices (according to subject area) under the close monitoring of the expert trainers/instructors.
Trainers/instructors perform the clinical hands-on demonstration in a step-by-step approach covering all aspects of the treatment process, including the fabrication/finishing procedure as well as the patient fitting, adjusting and testing. Participants are encouraged to immediately reproduce the demonstrated techniques under close monitoring of the trainer/instructor. Participants replicate the entire treatment process, from the patient intake and anamnesis up to the testing, fitting and analysis of the final device.
Clinical instruction and training workshop follows individual requirements to meet the specific needs of each subject area and is led by renowned prosthetic and orthotic experts.
The clinical instructions and training workshop is organized on-site, at a centralized local P&O facility, over a period of five to nine days. Following the on-site clinical workshop, participants enter the online follow up phase of the course, where they replicate the learned techniques by treating patients at their home facilities and present their comprehensive case studies to the trainer team through the Human Study e-learning platform.
Online Follow-up Phase
During this follow-up period, participants replicate the learned techniques by treating patients at their home facilities and present up to three (3) clinical case presentations based on the implementation of the learned techniques and knowledge. These presentations are reviewed and discussed online with the trainer team and fellow participants in the class, by means of the e-learning platform.
The online follow-up period is organized over a period of three (3) months. During this period participants are encouraged to reflect and exchange with the trainer team on the lessons and techniques learned during the e-learning and on-site activities, implementing the learned knowledge and techniques into their daily practice at their home workshop facilities.
Case presentations are delivered through a Power Point template format provided by the course teachers. The review and discussions take place during online live sessions (synchronous), where the procedures and results are analyzed in the group, thus acquiring a valuable feedback from the peer group with the trainer as moderator.
SCOPe primarily aims at P&O clinicians who are currently active in treating patients and are interested to advance their knowledge and skills by learning new state-of-the-art techniques or improving the already acquired ones to escalate their own performance. This advancement in quality and range of services will especially and directly benefit the patients under their care.
The range of SCOPe covers a number of basic courses that are a great place to start, if you are new to the field. The advanced courses will extend your knowledge and enable you to build competency in new areas, increasing and/or improving the range of services you will be able to offer.
To apply for a SCOPe course, you will need to have:
- At least 1-year of clinical working experience in the prosthetics/orthotics profession
- Accessible computer and internet access
- Good command of written and spoken English. Bilingual course delivery may be available upon early request.
At the end of the course, participants are offered an opportunity to sit for the final theoretical examination.
Candidates who manage to present at least one (1) case presentation during the online follow-up period and successfully pass the final theoretical examination will be awarded the Human Study Certificate of Achievement, verifying the satisfactory fulfillment of all course requirements.
There is no general SCOPe fee. Fee for each of the courses offered within the SCOPe pool is calculated on an individual basis, depending on the requirements of the course topic. The calculation considers relevant factors such as the number of e-learning weeks for the theoretical content, duration of the clinical on-site workshop, number of participants, etc. Please contact your SCOPe Team for fee information.