Hand Therapy Residency

About the residency
The hand therapy residency is a joint program of Fairview Hand Centers and University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy program. Residents will work side by side with experienced hand therapists, hand surgeons, and PhD OT professors to hone their skills and knowledge to practice at an advanced level in the exciting, growing field of hand therapy.

Training will include direct clinical care, physician and surgery observation, graduate-level didactic coursework, research and teaching.

Residents will conduct research and educate future therapists while under the supervision of experienced hand therapists, OT educators and researchers. These skills will assist in clinical research and presentation. Residents will also participate in improving community awareness of benefits of hand therapy.

Residency graduates will:

  • Develop knowledge and skills needed to provide client-centered, advanced hand therapy care
  • Participate as a team member with hand therapists and hand surgeons
  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills
  • Develop skills to design, conduct and disseminate research

Residency salary and benefits
We offer a competitive salary and full benefits including health, dental, disability and malpractice insurance and vacation.

About residency faculty
The residency is supported by clinical and academic faculty members. The clinical faculty has advanced training in acute and cumulative trauma clinical care, with advanced orthotic fabrication skills. The academic faculty has advanced training in occupational and hand therapy science, and scientific and clinical research.

Applying to our program
Applications are accepted from August 1 (year prior) to March 15 for the one-year residency program. We accept one registered occupational therapist (OTR) each year. Preference will be given to the OTR with at least one year’s experience in upper limb rehabilitation. Residents are required to have proof of current Basic Life Skills (CPR) certification, must be eligible for Minnesota state OT licensure.  

Candidates should submit a one to three page summary statement of goals and objectives for the residency, a current resumé, and three letters of reference, including one from a former employer.

Mail or fax your application to:

Hand Therapy Residency Coordinator
Virginia O’Brien, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
University Orthopaedics Therapy Center
2450 Riverside Ave, STE R102
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
FAX: 612-273-7101

For further information regarding the Hand Therapy Rehabilitation residency, email Virginia O'Brien.
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