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OrthoWorx, Grace launch orthopaedic graduate program

Statement issued Tuesday:

The OrthoWorx Center for Excellence in Orthopaedics and Grace College announce the launch of the Graduate Program for Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs with classes beginning May 2011. Plans are underway to begin the program with a course entitled “Introduction to Medical Device Law,” to be taught by an orthopaedic industry expert.

This program is unique in that the curriculum is developed by and for the orthopaedic medical device industry, focusing on such topics as medical and scientific writing, ethics, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submissions and compliance, global device regulations, project planning, clinical design, best practices, management, and monitoring of clinical studies.

“Grace College is excited to partner with OrthoWorx and with our world-class local orthopaedic companies in developing this truly unique program,” said Dr. Steve Grill, dean of the Grace College School of Adult & Community Education. “Our community is truly blessed to be the ‘Orthopaedic Capital of the World,’ and this one-of-a kind educational program will help to maintain that enviable international position.”

The program’s startup costs were provided by OrthoWorx, the local initiative established to maintain and expand Warsaw’s position as the “Orthopedic Capital of the World.” According to Brad Bishop, Orthoworx Executive Director, “This Center of Excellence Program is in direct response to one of the most pressing educational needs in the orthopedic industry. We are pleased that Grace College has stepped forward to clarify specific knowledge requirements and has built a program that will help industry respond to increasingly complex global regulation.”

Grace College will develop, market, and administer this accredited program in a learning environment designed especially for working adults. Program Director Allyn Decker is currently recruiting students and faculty for the first cohort of 30 participants. Curriculum options include a regulatory or clinical certificate (24 credit hours), and a master’s degree in both disciplines for 36 credit hours. Both tracks are designed to complete in twelve months. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, graduating with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Qualified individuals can begin the application process online by going to the Grace website at www.grace.edu/admissions and locating the program’s link within the School of Adult and Community Education, or by contacting Allyn Decker directly at deckerap@grace.edu or telephone 574-372-5100, ext.6509.

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

OrthoWorx (www.orthoworxindiana.com) is a Warsaw-based, industry, community and education initiative established to advance and support growth and innovation within the region's uniquely concentrated, globally significant orthopedics device sector. Funded in part by the Lilly Endowment, OrthoWorx was founded in 2009 out of a comprehensive study conducted by BioCrossroads. The initiative engages and enhances the broader community interests that both serve and depend upon the sector's continued growth by targeting an integrated set of educational, workforce, cultural, communication, branding, logistical and entrepreneurial efforts.

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