Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions recently welcomed their newest Resident, Kaitlynn Pung.
Pung first became interested in the O&P field during her senior year of college at Middle Tennessee State University. She was watching a television program in which Dr. Oz interviewed an amputee and her prosthetist, and was so fascinated by it that it prompted her to shadow a local prosthetist to learn more.
She ended up shadowing at the Bulow OPS clinics in Nashville. That experience then led her to apply for a job at BCP Group (Bulow’s shared services) so she could learn more about the business side of the field. A year later, she applied and was accepted into Northwestern University’s Prosthetic and Orthotic program.
Prior to her experience in the O&P field, she was planning on becoming a doctor.
“Ultimately, I always knew I wanted to help patients which lead me to my pre-med path in undergrad,” she said. “Upon learning more about the field, I fell in love with how hands-on the field is both with the patients and in the lab.”
Pung continued to work for BCP Group during her time in graduate school, and shadowed at the office during school breaks. Currently, she is researching the effects of gender influences in patient-practitioner communication on patient satisfaction and compliance in adults living with orthotic and prosthetic needs.
“When finished, I hope to publish my research and encourage more communication-based research in O&P, as it is very lacking,” she said.
Her goals as a resident with Bulow OPS is to grow pediatric referrals in both Orthotics and Prosthetics. Pung’s areas of interest in orthotics include scoliosis, Charcot Marie Tooth and Cerebral Palsy patient populations, cranial remolding, rare cases and pediatric patients. Her interests in the prosthetic field include upper extremity, pediatric patients, veterans and patients living with diabetes.
She strives for patient satisfaction, which she accomplishes via a strong academic foundation in O&P and applying this foundation to the patient’s goals.
“In the end, I want to increase my patient’s quality of life, and with patient practitioner collaboration I feel there is nothing we can’t accomplish,” she said.