Hand Therapy Fellowship

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The mission of the URI Hand Therapy Fellowship Program is to inspire and empower the Occupational or Physical Therapist with advanced knowledge, clinical reasoning and practice skills necessary to develop and implement a plan of care as a passionate, evidence-based clinical specialist in the field of Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation. Ultimately, this clinician would earn the designation of Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).

Description

The URI Hand Therapy Fellowship is a 12-month structured didactic and clinical mentoring program designed to empower the Occupational or Physical Therapist with the advanced knowledge, clinical reasoning and practice skills necessary for successful practice in the hand and upper limb rehabilitation specialty.  The program provides both a strong foundation and ultimately aims to prepare a clinician to earn the designation of a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). 

Program Goals

  • Provide a Fellowship program with a faculty-led curriculum that establishes advanced competencies consistent with the description of Hand and Upper Limb rehabilitation specialty practice.
  • Deliver high quality evidence-based Hand Therapy specialty education in a blended environment that prepares the clinician to become a Hand and Upper Extremity specialist and ultimately become a Certified Hand Therapist.
  • Provide consistent program delivery to Fellows across all clinical sites.
  • Provide a superior mentorship component that promotes clinical and professional development.
  • Provide opportunities for fellows to be active consumers and potentially contributors of scientific literature. 
  • Growth of clinicians that exhibit the highest standards of professionalism.

Program Director

Jennifer DeYoung, MOT, OTR/L, CHT

 

Location

All program modules are online (allowing for participation throughout our company regardless of location), and there are four required live two-day weekend labs based in Atlanta, GA. 

Program Structure & Plan of Study

Each fellow provides patient care at one of URI partners’ leading outpatient facilities.  

The program consists of: 

Five Online/Blended Courses

These are sequential in nature:

  1. Program Orientation Course and Resources 
  2. Foundational Concepts and Treatment Techniques in Upper Extremity Practice
  3. Upper Extremity Soft Tissue, Fracture, Tendon and Nerve Conditions 
  4. Upper Extremity Common Conditions
  5. Upper Extremity Complex Trauma and Special Populations

 

Four live, two-day Weekend Labs

  1. Orthosis Fabrication and Management Labs (2)
  2. Upper Extremity Manual Therapy Certification Lab (2)

 

Capstone Projects

  • Case Study: Fellow will write and present a PowerPoint presentation case study via WebEx or live as determined by the Program Director per cohort.
  • Scholarly Project: Media production of a CHT prep review, other instructional module, or research project promoting the practice of hand therapy as approved by the Program Director. This will be presented via webinar or live as determined by the Program Director per cohort.
  • Mock CHT Exam: Fellow will take our practice exam online and results will be reviewed with the Program Director.

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) Examination: when eligible (three years of licensed OT/PT practice and 4,000 practice hours in a hand therapy caseload).

Course Descriptions

Mentoring Model

One-hundred fifty (150) hours of 1:1 mentoring by a CHT (preferably of the same discipline for the majority of mentoring hours).

Outcomes

URI is proud that 100% of our qualified Hand Therapy Fellowship graduates sitting for the Certified Hand Therapy Exam in 2020 successfully passed and achieved the designation CHT, compared to the National CHT Pass Rate of 55%. Overall, 6/7 graduates have passed the national exam.

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For years I had wanted to specialize in hand therapy, but I just couldn’t bridge the gap as a general orthopedic physical therapist. The URI Hand Fellowship equipped me with quality mentorship, learning tracks, and valuable orthotic workshops. Becoming a Certified Hand Therapist has enhanced my career in so many ways, and I couldn’t have done it without this program. Thank you URI Hand Fellowship!

– James L

Testimonials

For more information, please contact us at HandFellowship@upstreamrehabinstitute.com