Integrating Perspectives: Learning, Collaborating and Innovating

Posted by Brocha Z. Stern, PhD, OTR, CHT 07/01/2024

On behalf of the 2024 ASHT Annual Meeting Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to ASHT's 47th Annual Meeting on September 26-29, 2024, in St. Louis, MO. Our theme is “Integrating Perspectives: Learning, Collaborating and Innovating,” which highlights and celebrates the richness of what we can learn from each other within our specialty, as well as from perspectives and disciplines outside of our specialty. Thank you to those who submitted proposals during the Call for Sessions – you are the co-creators of the meeting experience.

New this year is the ASHT Pediatric Specialty Day, a special full-day pre-conference event on Thursday. Join us on a journey beyond the fundamentals, delving into the intricacies of pediatric hand therapy, and then stay for the full meeting experience. Thank you to the co-chairs of this inaugural event: Peggy Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT and Lindsey Williams, OT, CHT. 

Also new this year are clinical practice posters, which are intended to increase the amount of educational content and number of speaker opportunities at the Annual Meeting. We are excited to offer this new opportunity and encourage all attendees to engage with this new content on the on-site digital kiosks and the online platform.

Other highlights of the meeting include multiple Pre-Conference Institutes, high-impact plenary sessions and 30+ instructional concurrent sessions. After the pre-conference events, non-stop content will span from Thursday evening through Sunday morning, with the ability to earn up to three continuing education hours on Sunday. The main meeting will kick off with an outstanding opening session Thursday evening that includes a lecture by Daniel A. Osei, MD, MSc and a panel on shared decision-making. On Friday, be inspired by the presidential invited speaker Hope Boykin — a multi-hyphenate dancer, choreographer, educator, director, writer and speaker — and the 2024 Presidential Address by Aviva L. Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT. Elevate your practice on Saturday with a lecture on the patient experience by our international invited speaker Jean Paul Brutus, MD. Attend the scientific sessions, sponsored by the American Hand Therapy Foundation, to help close the knowledge-to-practice gap. The exhibit hall, an annual highlight, will offer cutting-edge resources that will advance your practice. We will have special opportunities for students and first-time attendees. Additionally, we have not forgotten the fun — please register for St. Lou-a-Palooza (our attendee party) on Saturday evening!

The Annual Meeting will be held in the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a boutique hotel that is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. A unique experience, the hotel itself is an attraction this year; however, for those who cannot make it to St. Louis, we are again offering a virtual attendance experience where you can access the same high-quality content on demand.

Whether you are attending your first ASHT Annual Meeting or returning for your 25th, we believe you will leave energized and inspired.

We look forward to welcoming you to St. Louis in September!

Brocha Z. Stern, PhD, OTR, CHT
ASHT 2024 Annual Meeting Committee Chair