Hand Therapy Student Experiential Learning Clinic

Dr. Kaskutas and Dr. McAndrew mentors students in the Hand Therapy Student Experiential Learning Clinic (SELC). This scholarly experience gives students opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and experience in hand therapy. Students should consider this lab if they are interested in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and return-to-work programming.

General Description of Student Activities

Students participating in this lab evaluate and treat under- and un-insured patients with hand and upper extremity conditions referred by Washington University hand surgeons. Extensive training and competency development is performed prior to providing patient care. Students are closely supervised by clinician with hand therapy expertise, with peer mentoring augmenting the learning experience. For their scholarship, students design, implement and analyze the findings of a project embedded in the Hand Therapy Student Experiential Learning Clinic. Students may produce a manuscript that can be published in peer-reviewed literature and have the opportunity to present their research findings at local, state and national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Student training to enhance clinical reasoning for the hand therapy SELC
  • Addressing the social determinants of health in the hand therapy SELC
  • Infusing occupation-based practice into hand and upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Patient outcomes in the student hand therapy clinic
  • Practice patterns in the student hand therapy clinic
  • Student outcomes in the student hand therapy clinic
  • Peer mentorship model in SELCs
  • Management of pain in patients with hand and upper extremity conditions

Mentors

Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine
Assistant Director of Educational Evaluation and Quality

Phone: (314) 286-1672
Fax: (314) 286-1601
kaskutasv@wustl.edu

Rose McAndrew, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Lecturer

Phone: (314) 286-1600
Fax: (314) 286-1601
mcandrew.rose@wustl.edu

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Current, future and accepted applicants are encouraged to virtual visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our virtual visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion,  followed by a chat with a current student.

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Questions?

Call Dr. Kniepmann at (314) 286-1610
or Robin Hattori at (314) 286-1653