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Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship

Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship

The Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship at UW Health is a full-time, 13-month program that begins July 3 and continues through August 2024. The program accepts one applicant per year at this time.

Our fellowship is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and skills of occupational therapists to be local and national leaders in upper extremity and hand rehabilitation and lymphedema.

About the Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship

This one-on-one mentoring program is designed for occupational therapists who aspire to be leaders in the field of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. You will gain advanced clinical skills, learn collaborative evaluation and treat children and adults who need hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, hand therapy or lymphedema rehabilitation. This fellowship program also encompasses education, leadership and research.

Fellows are compensated as part of a stipend package that includes dental and health insurance.

Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship curriculum

The UW Health Occupational Therapy Fellowship will focus on the fellow’s development of knowledge, competency and advanced practice skills in the following core areas:

  • Advanced knowledge
  • Reasoning and performance skills
  • Ethical practice skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Scholarly and/or professional activities
  • Hours applied toward and therapy certification examination

Contact information

Amy Brossard
Program Coordinator
(608) 890-6720

Recruitment Center
(608) 263-6500
careers@uwhealth.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the benefit of doing an occupational therapy fellowship?

A: A fellowship provides post-professional training in a specialized area of practice. Participation in a fellowship offers specific experience which combines didactics, mentorship, and clinical practice in the fellowship area in order to progress the fellow towards becoming an advanced-level clinician. This can increase professional marketability in the future.

Q: What experience is needed to apply for a fellowship?

A: You must:

  • Be a graduate of an AOCTE-accredited occupational therapy program
  • Be a registered occupational therapist (OTR) and have six months’ experience, or more, in rehabilitation of upper extremity from any setting: Acute, chronic or lymphedema.
  • Be eligible for licensure as an occupational therapist in Wisconsin
  • Obtain NPI number prior to start of fellowship program

Q: Can I apply if I am not yet licensed or have not graduated OT school?

A: You must be a graduate of a AOCTE-accredited occupational therapy program and have a valid Wisconsin license and a NPI number.

Q: Can I apply if my license is in another state?

A: We can only accept candidates who are licensed in Wisconsin.

Q: What diagnoses will I see?

A: You will see clients with a variety of upper-limb conditions, which could include orthopedic, post-surgical, nerve injuries, cumulative-trauma injuries, amputations, lymphedema and oncology.

Q: What does it cost to apply to the fellowship program?

A: There is no cost to apply.

Program outcomes

The UW Health hand and upper extremity clinics have a long-standing tradition of mentoring occupational therapy students from local, state and national programs, as well as offering a mentorship program for all newly hired UW Health hand therapists.

As the only Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship program in Wisconsin, the fellow will benefit from the mentorship experience with UW Health and the resources of the University of Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Program, UW Health Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Clinic and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Stipends and benefits

The Occupational Hand Therapy Fellow will receive:

  • An annual stipend, paid on a bi-weekly basis
  • Comprehensive health insurance coverage, including basic dental and vision
  • Additional benefits include life insurance, tax-sheltered annuity and deferred compensation
  • Paid leave time to include 10 personal days (which includes vacation, continuing education and sick time) and eight holidays

Eligibility requirements

The Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship at UW Health is a full-time, 13-month program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program, you must:

  • Be a graduate of a AOCTE-accredited occupational therapy program
  • Be a registered occupational therapist (OTR) and have six months’ experience, or more, in rehabilitation of upper extremity from any setting: Acute, chronic or lymphedema.
  • Be eligible for licensure as an occupational therapist in Wisconsin
  • Obtain NPI number prior to start of fellowship program

Licensing

To obtain information on licensing, contact the Wisconsin Department of Licensing.

Application and selection process

Application process

  • Cover letter detailing the reason for an application to the fellowship program
  • Statement letter of goals and objectives for fellowship area of interest in hand therapy research
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of reference including one from a former employer
  • Submit all required materials here

Application dates

  • The application period will open approximately Oct. 1
  • The application deadline is March 1
  • Interviews will occur in March
  • The expected offering date is April 5
  • The expected program start date is on or about July 3

Selection process

  • Full application screened, scored on standardized form and ranked
  • Top 5-10 applicants advance to second review
  • Face-to-face formal interview will be scheduled (virtual interview may be considered)

Program mission

The Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship at UW Health is a full-time, 13-month program.

Our mission

UW Health is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care, teaching, research and community service. The mission of the UW Health Occupational Hand Therapy Fellowship is to create occupational therapists who serve clients and their families with a focus on evidence-based care with a respect for diversity, local, national and global service and social responsibility. The program will prepare the resident by using:

  • Experience in patient care
  • Mentoring
  • Didactic education, independent study
  • Presentations and clinical reasoning skills
  • Teaching opportunities to interns, staff, faculty and community