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Rehabilitation

Hand Therapy Fellowships

HSS Rehabilitation

Duration: 10 months (September through June annually)
Stipend: A salary proportional to a 50% case load is provided
Positions: 2 non-accredited
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery, Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy Center
Contact: Julia Doty OTR/L, CHT, at dotyj@hss.edu or call 917.260.4400

HSS offers Hand Therapy Fellowship programs for occupational and physical therapists. Both fellowships are full-time, 10-month programs. Fellows work 35-40 hours per week, spending approximately 50% of their time in educational experiences and 50% providing supervised patient care.

A weekly education series of lectures and labs with assigned readings is the cornerstone of the didactic portion of the fellowship. In addition, fellows are instructed in the specialized skill of upper extremity and orthotic use, design and fabrication in weekly labs.

One-on-one mentoring, including co-treatments, case review, and skills practice, supports the development of clinical reasoning skills and professional behavior. Clinical communication and technical skills are developed and applied through patient care delivery, introducing more complex cases over time. Knowledge is enhanced by observing specialty therapy practices and hand/upper extremity surgery, office visits with the HSS hand surgeons, and attendance at HSS Hand Service Grand Rounds and Hand Therapy and Rehabilitation inservices. The fellows’ developing competency in hand therapy is integrated and shared through the completion of five projects/presentations.

The HSS Hand Therapy Fellowship for Occupational Therapists is a clinically-based training program for experienced occupational therapists seeking to specialize in hand therapy.

The mission of the program is to provide occupational therapists with a comprehensive, structured program of clinical and didactic experiences for the development of advanced clinical reasoning, skills, and behaviors in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy program  
  • Current OT licensure and registration in New York State or eligibility to attain them prior to start of fellowship
  • Malpractice insurance (minimum $1 mil per occurrence/ $3 mil aggregate)
  • 1 year of experience after graduation in an outpatient orthopedic setting with some experience in hand/upper extremity rehabilitation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum requirements as above
  • Total of 3 or more years of experience after graduation including 1 or more years in hand/upper extremity rehabilitation in an outpatient orthopedic setting
  • Membership in AOTA and/or ASHT

Application

Submit the completed application form, supporting materials as listed on the form, and a $50 non-refundable application fee (check made out to Hospital for Special Surgery) by April 30th to:

Julia Doty, OTR/L, CHT
HSS Rehabilitation 
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
 

The HSS Hand Therapy Fellowship for Physical Therapists is a clinically-based training program for experienced physical therapists seeking to specialize in hand therapy.

The mission of the program is to provide physical therapists with a comprehensive, structured program of clinical and didactic experiences for the development of advanced clinical reasoning, skills, and behaviors in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Current PT licensure and registration in New York State or eligibility to attain them prior to start of fellowship
  • Malpractice insurance (minimum $1 mil per occurrence/ $3 mil aggregate)
  • 1 year of experience after graduation in an outpatient orthopedic setting with some experience in hand/upper extremity rehabilitation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum requirements as above
  • Total of 3 or more years of experience after graduation including 1 or more years in hand/upper extremity rehabilitation in an outpatient orthopedic setting
  • Membership in APTA and/or ASHT

Application

Submit the completed application form, supporting materials as listed on the form, and a $50 non-refundable application fee (check made out to Hospital for Special Surgery) by April 30th to:

Julia Doty, OTR/L, CHT
HSS Rehabilitation 
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
 


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