Outpatient Hand Level II Curriculum and Road Map to CHT
- No requirements are needed prior to this course, but an interested in hand therapy and occupational therapy is beneficial.
This is a capstone presentation generated by a third year Drake University Occupational Therapy Doctoral Candidate. The presentation summarizes the capstone project which was intended to generate level II curriculum for an outpatient hand surgical setting. The setting of this capstone took place at DMOS located in West Des Moines, IA. The project was created through an initial literature review, critically appraised topic, and collaboration with CHT's onsite. The project includes several artifacts that are intended to assist with future student engagement and expectations. Artifacts include an annotated bibliography on common surgical procedures, a weekly checklist, pre site study guide materials, an anatomy review coloring guide, and a “how to guide” to complete common orthoses fabrication. Additionally, the project provided information and resources for students interested in continuing on for their advanced certification of CHT. This presentation is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in outpatient hands as well as plan to continue on for their CHT. It is also beneficial for site mentors looking to enhance or expand their site curriculum for students. By the end of this presentation students and fieldwork mentors will be able to identify three common injuries seen in this setting, the orthoses that correspond with those injuries, as well as identify the steps to becoming a CHT.
Who this course is for:
- This course is designed for students interested in hand therapy and occupational therapy as well as for mentors at level II fieldwork sites that are interested in curriculum development for their students.
I am a third year Occupational Therapy Doctoral Candidate at Drake University. Prior to attending Drake, I obtained my B.S. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Madison. I have had the opportunity to train in multiple settings and with diverse patient populations. My dance background has further developed my ability to address kinesiology and various biomechanical approaches to care. I have been able to incorporate movement and various holistic practices while working with Dance for Parkinson’s and in various treatment plans. I have a strong passion for movement and helping others return to what they love doing. I have the privilege of completing my capstone rotation with an orthopedic surgery clinic with an attached rehabilitation clinic. Currently at the surgery center, my work with post-surgical and nonsurgical patients has familiarized me with management of many orthopedic injuries. I have enjoyed all of my hand rotations and plan to continue on in hand therapy with the goal being to become a certified hand therapist.