Lizz Peterson's Blog

Graduation Day!  

Written by lizzpeterson Thursday, July 1, 2010 3:32:18 PM
Today is my last day of O&P school. I took my final final this morning and will graduate in a few short hours this afternoon from the Prosthetics program. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone and how much I’ve... read more

Electrified Hands 

Written by lizzpeterson Monday, June 21, 2010 11:42:41 PM
There are only two weeks of school left, and the cool stuff just keeps coming! Today we learned about myoelectric controlled prostheses. We had already made sockets for our patients, but hadn’t designated a location on the socket for... read more

Transradial Days 

Written by lizzpeterson Monday, June 14, 2010 10:19:08 AM
Three weeks until graduation…we’re on the final unit of the semester: Upper Extremity Prosthetics! We’ve learned a lot these first few days. In order to understand how to don and use a harness, we got to put one on each... read more

A Glimpse of the Real World 

Written by lizzpeterson Tuesday, June 8, 2010 1:10:52 PM
We had our last transfemoral critique yesterday. It was a lot more fun than the previous ones, for sure. This last project was an independent project. We could cast the patient any way we wanted, we could fabricate any style of socket, and... read more

A Place For Our Soldiers 

Written by lizzpeterson Monday, May 31, 2010 11:32:57 AM
A couple of weeks ago, our preceptor day was spent in San Diego at the Balboa Navy Medical Center. Navy Medical is one of three hospitals that soldiers wounded in battle are flown to for care. Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington,... read more

A Break From the Schoolwork 

Written by lizzpeterson Wednesday, May 19, 2010 12:51:16 AM
Update on last weekend’s surf clinic: The founder of AmpSurf was nominated as a CNN Hero. Click here forvthe link to the video and story. The AmpSurf Clinic inspired a few of my classmates and I to learn to surf. Last... read more

Not Just Another Day at the Beach 

Written by lizzpeterson Sunday, May 9, 2010 7:43:24 PM
This past weekend, the Association of Amputee Surfers in Southern California hosted their monthly surf clinic in San Clemente, CA. A few classmates and myself signed up as volunteers, while a few others signed up to participate. It was one... read more

Embrace Your Inner Tango 

Written by lizzpeterson Monday, May 3, 2010 4:39:10 PM
There was a “Tango on the Street” Festival yesterday in Santa Monica. No, I didn’t go to tango (although the music was quite infectious). I went to watch and support one of our transfemoral patient models as she made her... read more

An Education: The Classroom Meets the Real World 

Written by lizzpeterson Sunday, April 25, 2010 8:04:18 PM
I could not have been luckier this week with the way that class work tied into preceptor hours. Cal State builds 6 preceptor days into the already busy schedule. It allows us to see different types of O&P offices and patients. My... read more

You Say Goodbye (to Transtibial) and I Say Hello (to... 

Written by lizzpeterson Monday, April 19, 2010 1:07:11 AM
We had our final transtibial patient fitting and critique early in the week. At the final critique, I had one of those moments that reaffirms why I chose this profession. The patient model my partner and I worked with for Total Surface... read more
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