2020 ASHT Hand Therapy Review Course - St. Louis, MO


Important Announcement Regarding the St. Louis Hand Therapy Review Course
The health, safety and well-being of our attendees, faculty and community is our highest priority. Due to COVID-19 — the coronavirus — the St. Louis Hand Therapy Review Course scheduled for April 3-5, 2020 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, has been canceled in order to minimize exposure to others and the risk of community spread. The venue has also asked that this event be canceled in order to minimize the exposure to others and comply with its university policy on COVID 19. ASHT hopes to reschedule the St. Louis course at a future date this year and will communicate further information about this new date once it is established.

For those who have reserved a room at the Parkway Hotel, you must contact the hotel yourself at 314-256-7777 to cancel your reservation with no cancellation fee. If you do not contact the hotel to cancel your reservation, you will be responsible for the room fee.

Registrants were notified via email on March 12 with further information regarding this cancelation. Please monitor your inbox and/or spam folders for this communication.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding of the need to protect our attendees, faculty and community during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and good wishes are with the attendees and their families, and with everyone around the world, as we come together to face this challenge with unity and compassion. 

Day 1: Pre:Course: Foundational Science of the Upper Extremity: An Anatomy and Kinesiology Review
Days 2 and 3: Comprehensive Survey of Hand Therapy

Day 1 Description
Friday, April 3 (Pre-course)

Foundational Science of the Upper Extremity: An Anatomy and Kinesiology Review
A working knowledge of the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper extremity provides a solid foundation for therapeutic evaluation and intervention. Using classroom-lecture style and cadaver lab components, this pre course will review the anatomy and biomechanics of each joint, examine the brachial plexus and innervation patterns of the arm and hand, and allow for faculty guided anatomy review with cadaveric specimens. This section will include 12 cadavers with 24 upper extremity anatomical structures tagged for viewing over a two-hour period. Before entering the Dissection Suite, all attendees will be required to sign a Chemial Hygiene Form, which will be provided on site.

Day 1 Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Create an individual learning plan to address three identified areas of weakness in hand therapy topics.
  2. Explain interaction between boney anatomy, static and dynamic stabilizers, and proprioceptive reflexes necessary to allow pain free range of motion and force transmission across the following joints: digits, thumb, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Days 2 and 3 Description
Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5

Comprehensive Survey of Hand Therapy Review Course Description
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the evaluation and intervention processes pursued for typical diagnoses in upper extremity rehabilitation. Advanced clinicians will describe fundamental concepts, clinical reasoning, and evidence to provide a multi-faceted approach to the hand therapy process. Adjunctive methods for intervention will be analyzed as a means to facilitate outcomes, and expert panels will be offered throughout the weekend to allow a high level of attendee-faculty interaction via discusssion panels.

Days 2 and 3 Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Design appropriate treatment plans for patients with four common upper extremity peripheral nerve diagnoses including ulnar neuropathy, median neuropathy, and radial neuropathy and upper brachial plexus injuries.
  2. Create custom treatment plans for patients with three discrete levels of crush or blast injuries: Finger level, wrist level, distal forearm level injury.  
  3. Justify clinical application of three physical agents for patients with upper extremity diagnoses.
  4. Determine how to modify hand therapy protocols for the following conditions:  hand fractures (phalangeal, metacarpal), wrist fractures (carpal or distal radius), and tendon injuries (flexor or extensor injuries).
  5. Discuss three discrete patterns of wrist instability using patient history, symptoms, diagnostic testing, and clinical special testing.
  6. Propose an appropriate treatment plan including orthosis and safe exercise progression for 90% of patients with Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex injuries and ulnar wrist pain. 
  7. Design a custom program considering post-operative limitations for each patient after arthroplasties, including one each of the following procedures: shoulder reverse or traditional arthroplasty, elbow total arthroplasty, wrist total arthroplasty, thumb carpometacarpophalangeal interposition arthroplasty and index, middle, ring, and small digits metacarpophalangeal and proximal interphalangeal arthroplasty.
  8. Identify two appropriate rehabilitation goals and three interventions to promote post-operative healing and recovery of function in the spectrum of three conditions of rotator cuff injury (tendinitis, tendinosis, and rotator cuff tear), and two instability conditions of the shoulder (traumatic unidirectional and atraumatic multidirectional). 

Registration is on a first come first served basis. Limited enrollment is planned to ensure quality of course and ample instructor-participant attention. Cancellation of registration up to two weeks prior to course date will result in a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS ESTABLISHED DEADLINE. It is the responsibility of the registrant to notify ASHT of cancellation in writing or by email to education@asht.org. Refunds will be issued within 30 days of notification. In the unlikely event that a course is canceled, ASHT will provide full refund of the registration fee only.

All grievances may be directed to the ASHT Education Division by sending an email to:

Three Days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Members: $450
Non-Members $560
Education Plus Associate: 3-Day Registration Plus New ASHT Associate Membership (for Non-Members) $735 *
Education Plus Affiliate: 3-Day Registration Plus New ASHT Affiliate Membership (for Non-Members) $735 *

* Education Plus combines new Associate or Affiliate Membership dues and HTRC 3-day registration into one payment. Membership will be valid thru 12/31/20.
* Education Plus is solely for non-members who would like to join ASHT; it is not for existing members who would like to renew their membership.

For further information about Associate of Affiliate Membership, please visit Membership Categories.

Two Days: Saturday and Sunday
Members $380
Non-Members $475

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Participants will receive a course syllabus containing a printed copy of session presentations upon arrival at the course. A week before the course, a link will be distributed to all registered attendees for downloading the course schedule and syllabus. 

For further information or questions regarding this course, contact education@asht.org or call 856-380-6862.

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