AOPA from the Perspective of a First-Time Attendee

Published in Orthotics & Prosthetics on October 20, 2021

The AOPA National Assembly was held September 9-11, 2021 and even though COVID-19 is still a concern, show organizers were able to host a successful and safe event for the O&P profession.

OPGA BoothOPGA was excited to be back in person at the event. Miranda Murphy, Member Service Representative for OPGA, had a fresh perspective of the long-running show.

"As a first-time AOPA attendee, I very much enjoyed the conference,” said Murphy. “I appreciated the opportunity to get to meet our OPGA members face-to-face and speak with professionals who were hearing of OPGA for the first time. The atmosphere was full of great energy, and hearing professionals in the O&P field talk about their practices and share their stories was admirable.”

The OPGA booth was busy with members stopping by to say hi, chat about member benefits, discuss ways to take advantage of all resources that the OPGA membership offers, and catch up with other VGM representatives on other services that they provide.

AOPA BoothEven though this year was a little different for OPGA since the O&P Woman of the Year was announced virtually instead of in-person, events like AOPA solidify that orthotic and prosthetic practitioners are a supportive group of colleagues, whose focus is making the lives of their patients better.

“The O&P profession is a close-knit circle,” said Murphy. “Everybody knows everybody and their friendliness and willingness to help certainly shined through pertaining to the values of the individuals in this field. The O&P profession is a special group. All interactions I encountered throughout the event have a lot to say about the folks practicing in this great profession.”

Thank you to our current members who stopped by the booth to chat. It’s always great to see you all in person! Also, thank you to the Convention Hall staff, AOPA staff, and our OPGA team for all their efforts in preparation for this event. We are looking forward to seeing you all again at the Academy meeting in March! If you have questions about your OPGA membership, contact Miranda Murphy at 855-458-6972 or miranda.murphy@vgm.com.


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