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Taber Hammond ’13

Helping Hands

I started my coursework in the University of Hartford’s new Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program this summer. Over the next two years, I will learn how to design and custom fit orthopedic braces and artificial limbs.

There is a growing need for prosthetics and orthotics because more people are losing their limbs due to diabetes and other medical complications, as well as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After I earn my degree, I want to use my skills to help injured veterans. This career path would be very rewarding and would give me the chance to work with state-of-the-art technology and develop cutting edge new prosthetics.

Before coming to the University of Hartford, I studied community health education at the University of Maine at Farmington. After graduation, I worked for a company that developed lifestyle programs for large corporations. I gave tips to corporate employees on how to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle, but many of them were not interested in changing their lives. I ran up against a lot of resistance and that was discouraging.

Because of that experience, I really wanted to work with a population that was willing and motivated and decided Prosthetics and Orthotics would be a perfect fit. I believe that the people who will be coming into my future office will want to work hard to improve their lives.

The University of Hartford’s Prosthetics and Orthotics Masters program is one of just a handful in the entire United States, so I will have an edge in the competitive job market. I had to come back to school to pursue this field but students just thinking about college and a future career can apply to the combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program, which will allow them to complete both degrees within five years. I would recommend students get into the field while they can. It’s a growing industry and is definitely a good option.

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