Grace College Orthopaedic Program Graduates First Class of 30 Students

The ORCA graduating class of 2012. Graduates (from left, back two rows): Mark Warner, George Reed, Kyle Harbison, Joshua Meyers, Ed Masters, Jeff Murphy, David Kreider, Justin Grostefon, David Heilig, Scott Lee, Troy Lee, Adam Conner, Landon Reifsnider, Christopher Hunter, Joe Perry, Mike Wolford, David Fawley, Jeff Schram From left, kneeling: Robert Paton (far left), ORCA Educational Technology Specialist; Molly Fishel, Kim Earle, Cathy Garrison, Andrea Hicks, Annette Minthorn, Kim Rowe, Stephanie Vass, Eila Pattee, Peggy Overmyer, Verdonna Huey, Allyn Decker, ORCA Program Director; Caryl Brooke, ORCA Administrative Assistant. Not present, Dawn Calhoon.

The Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs (ORCA) graduate program at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind. graduated its first cohort on May 19. Thirty ORCA students received their degrees in the college’s annual commencement ceremony after completing a rigorous year of study in twelve courses designed by and for professionals in the orthopaedic industry.

This graduate program is targeted to professionals who desire a thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations mandated by the federal government, especially the FDA, as they apply to orthopaedic products. Grace College partnered with OrthoWorx to launch this program one year ago, and it has since enjoyed wide industry support. Of the 30 students enrolled, 22 come directly from local orthopaedic firms such as Zimmer, DePuy, Biomet, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, and Orthopediatrics.

David Fawley, a Clinical Intern at DePuy Orthopaedics and ORCA graduate said, “This program provided a challenge and on-target subject material that really stretched me and helped me to grow as I began working in orthopaedics shortly after beginning classes. I found that what I was learning in the classroom translated very appropriately into real-world application.”

In addition to David, two other non-industry ORCA students have been accepted to long-term internships at local companies, with one of those resulting in a permanent position in clinical affairs. Three other students have taken on new responsibilities at their current companies because of the knowledge they’ve gained through the ORCA program.

Program information and application materials can be accessed at www.grace.edu/orca. Grace College is a member of the North Central Association, and its programs are accredited by the Commission on Higher Learning.

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The Seminary is conservative, evangelical, and has a rich tradition of sound biblical education that prepares men and women for both local and global church ministry. All of the institution’s academic, residential, athletic, and social priorities are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. Grace College also offers convenient and flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees and an on-campus or online degree completion program. The newest initiative—Grace College Weber School—is a highly-affordable, easily-accessible two-year degree program in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Grace has historically been among the top schools of its size and 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.”  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

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