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The clinical and didactic education corresponds with the requirements set forth by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Our program is currently in our candidacy year and working toward joining the other 9 approved Hand Therapy Fellowships across the country. The mission of this fellowship program is synonymous with the other AOTA Fellowship Programs which, “is to cultivate and recognize post-professional training programs that advance the knowledge and skills of licensed occupational therapists in focused areas of practice.” – AOTA

Program Overview

The program utilizes several methods of instruction. The fellow will receive a weekly 2 hour lecture series in addition to further didactic study through independent study courses via an online platform. In addition to the various forms of didactic and laboratory education, the fellow will also receive direct supervision during patient care hours and interactions with a clinical faculty member. The fellow will also have the opportunity to observe hand surgeons in the clinic and the operating room.

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Methods of instruction

The program utilizes several methods of instruction. A clinical faculty member provides accompanying lab instructions throughout the course of the fellowship. The fellow will receive further didactic study though independent study courses via an online platform. In addition to the various forms of didactic and laboratory education, the fellow will also receive direct supervision during patient care hours and interactions with a clinical faculty member.

Curriculum

200 Didactic hours, with over 100 of them being faculty given lectures

350 Mentor hours, providing supervision to the fellow during patient care hours

100 Observation hours in multiple settings including with hand surgeons, sports medicine, urgent care, and radiology – in clinic and in the operating room

Quarterly journal clubs

Monthly continuing education provided by the hand therapy faculty

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduated from an accredited Occupational Therapy Program
  • 2 years of work experience as an occupational therapist (any setting acceptable)
  • Hold a validated California Occupational Therapy License
  • Comply with all Agile Physical Therapy employment requirements
  • Applications can be submitted to [email protected] Due February 1. [Link to application]

Fellowship Facts

  • [Link to AOTA Fellowship Website]
  • No Tuition Fees
  • Residents receive a full benefits package and are paid $87,360 annually for 40 hours of patient care per week.
  • The program begins in August each Year and runs for 52 weeks.
  • Since 2020: Enrolled Fellows – 1
Program Director
Megan-Meisenheimer

Dr. Megan Meisenheimer, PT, DPT, OTR/L, CHT

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Clinical Sites

Sunnyvale Location (Sutter)

Fremont Location (Sutter)

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