ASHT Hand Therapy Review Course – April 22-24

Washington University School of Medicine is hosting the 2016 American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) Hand Therapy Review Course on April 22-24.

The course descriptions and objectives of this three-day event are:

Friday, April 22 (Pre-course)

Foundational Science of the Upper Extremity:
An Anatomy and Kinesiology Review

7:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.


Cindy Glaenzer, PT, CHT, Susanne Higgins, MHS, OTR/L, CHT, Lorna Kahn, PT, CHT, Vicki Kaskutas, MHS, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Kim Kraft, PT, DPT, CHT, and Rhonda Powell, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Course Description
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 Chemical Hygiene Form, which will be provided on site.


  1. To identify the foundational science and anatomical concepts which inform effective clinical decision-making and practice in upper extremity rehabilitation.
  2. To differentiate the biomechanical aspects of normal and abnormal motion as influenced by the musculoskeletal system of the upper extremity.
  3. To provide an opportunity for kinesthetic learning through examination of cadaveric specimens.

Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24
Comprehensive Survey of Hand Therapy Review Course
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cindy Glaenzer, PT, CHT, Susanne Higgins, MHS, OTR/L, CHT, Lorna Kahn, PT, CHT, Kim Kraft, PT, DPT, CHT, and Rhonda Powell, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

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 descripbe 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 discussion panels.


  1. To recognize key assessment and treatment tenets of hand therapy practice with particular focus on clinical reasoning, case discussion and evidence-based practice.
  2. To identify appropriate plans of care for a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to fractures, tendon injuries, arthritic conditions, peripheral nerve injuries and complex multi-system injuries within the upper extremity.
  3. To identify appropriate orthosis utilization for a variety of diagnoses within the upper extremity.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please visit:

Registration deadline is April 6, 2016 at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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