Gunter Gehl Scholarship
The 2017 Gunter Gehl Scholarship was awarded to Diana Pressney, MPO, BSBME, BSBIO at our November meeting. Her presentation described her work in the development and design of a study on the Ability AFO. Diana is a co-investigator for the study, which is being conducted at the Shirely Ryan Ability Lab. Diana created the study design, wrote the IRB, and will be involved in data collection and analysis.
“This generation of prosthetists and orthotists is leaving schools across the country prepared to make great contributions to P&O research” said John Brinkmann, CPO, Midwest Chapter Past President. “The Gunther Gehl Scholarship allows the Midwest Chapter to identify and encourage this emerging talent. I look forward to how these clinicians will improve patient care and our professional credibility as they begin their careers."
In 1992 The Midwest Chapter Scholarship Award was re-named The Gunther Gehl Scholarship Fund in honor of Gunter Gehl, Director of Prosthetics Education at the Northwestern University Prosthetic –Orthotic Center, and in recognition of his distinguished career in prosthetic education and his influence upon those who sought his instruction and guidance.
The scholarship fund celebrates Gehl’s career-long commitment to embracing innovation and accepting change while remaining grounded in fundamental principles and concepts . Candidates for the scholarship must be a Resident in Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin and are evaluated based upon their research presentations given at the Midwest Chapter annual meeting.
The Midwest Chapter was established by the late Loren Jouett and several other practitioners from the Chicago area. The first organizational meeting was held on January 4, 1971 in Beigler Auditorium at the Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. The first educational meeting was held on January 15, 1971 at the Beigler Auditorium at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. The topic was “The Psychological Aspects of Patient Care.”