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Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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2019 Michigan Medicine Hand Symposium: Current Surgical Interventions and Treatment for Complex Hand Injuries

Presented by Michigan Medicine PM&R Therapy Division in Partnership with Michigan Medicine Plastics Surgery and Orthopedics

Approved for 13 contact hours through the Ohio Occupational Therapy Section

Tuition: $375.00

Dates of the course: March 8, 2019 from 7:30am – 5pm and March 9, 2019 from 7:30am – 1 pm


This one-and-a-half-day course includes evidence-based lecture from multiple Michigan Medicine hand surgeons, physician assistant(s), certified hand therapists, occupational therapists, and Michigan Medicine hand therapy fellows on a variety of upper extremity conditions, current surgical and non-surgical interventions, and rehabilitation techniques. Special features include live-video observation of dissection and demonstration of surgical procedure on upper quadrant cadaver, lab sessions for guided fabrication of hand or wrist orthoses using alternative materials, and innovative clinic modality product demonstrations. Michigan Medicine speakers will offer questions and answers following each of their talks.

Who Should Attend?
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Occupational Therapists

Upon conclusion of the day’s learning, participants will be able to:

  1. Further your understanding of surgical procedures and rehabilitation following digit/wrist arthroplasty and bone grafts.
  2. Develop skills for better identification and treatment of upper quadrant hypermobility and its implication in pain and ADL independence.
  3. Identify anatomical structures of the upper quadrant through observation of cadaver dissection.
  4. Become familiar with ergonomic modifications and posture in instrumentalists.
  5. Receive overview of innovations in surgical intervention and rehabilitation following burn injury.
  6. Fabricate digit, wrist, or elbow orthosis using alternative casting materials.
  7. Gain exposure to use of negative pressure therapy and Low-Level Laser Therapy modalities and their benefits in the treatment of cumulative trauma disorders.
  8. Identify general post-surgical complications and pit falls.
  9. Learn the basics in evaluation and treatment of Scleroderma.

About the Instructors

The team of Michigan Medicine medical professionals who specialize in hand surgery represent extensive depth and breadth in multiple specialties, including (but not limited to) traumatic and degenerative/arthritic problems of the upper extremity, nerve injuries, burn, complex fractures, sport-related trauma and congenital hand problems. All attending surgeons presenting at the Hand Symposium are active leaders in the field of research, published in scientific articles and providers in innovative surgical interventions derived from evidence-based research. The Hand Therapy program at Michigan Medicine includes more than a dozen certified hand therapists, many skilled occupational therapists and a dedicated staff to support the needs of our patients. It is the first program in the nation to offer a hand therapy fellowship program accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association to train occupational therapists through a year-long residency program. The entire team of therapists, surgeons and support staff contribute to each resident’s didactic education and specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of patients with upper extremity dysfunction. Our Hand Therapy providers are dedicated to offering the most informed and effective care for our patients.”


Friday, March 8th

7:30 – 8:00 Registration

8:00 – 9:00 Volar Approach to PIP Arthroplasty

9:00 – 9:20 Therapeutic Protocol after PIP Arthroplasty

9:20 – 9:30 Break

9:30 – 11:30 Live-video dissection & surgical procedures on cadaver

11:30 – 12:15 Post-operative Evaluation & complications

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – on your own

1:15 – 2:00 Hemi-Hamate Arthroplasty

2:00 – 2:15 Therapeutic Protocol after Hemi-Hamate Arthroplasty

2:15 – 3:00 Current concepts in bone grafting

3:00 – 3:20 Rehabilitation following bone grafting: case study

3:20 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:15 Surgical Intervention and Management of burn injuries

4:15 – 4:45 Post-burn Upper Extremity Occupational Therapy

4:45 – 5:00 Questions

Saturday, March 9th

7:30 – 8:00 Check in

8:00 – 9:00 Pain Management of the Upper Extremity

9:00 – 9:30 Occupational Therapy Management of Hand Impairments in People With Scleroderma

9:30 – 10:00 Managing Hypermobility

10:00 – 10:30 Performing Arts Medicine

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:15 Negative Pressure Therapy & Laser Therapy for cumulative Trauma

11:15 – 1:00 Open Labs: Alternative materials for orthotic fabrication of the upper extremity

Negative Pressure Therapy

LLLT - Photobiomodulation


The Kensington Hotel

3500 S State Street

Ann Arbor MI 48108

* Rooms reserved under course at a discounted rate

Parking is located in the hotel flat lot.

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Course Content Questions: Course Content Contact: Colleen Coughlin, OTRL, CHT, (cmcough@med.umich.edu )

Registration Question, please contact:

Andrew Marsh, CEC

Michigan Medicine

325 East Eisenhower Parkway, 2ND Floor

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Fax: 734-615-1116

Email: abmarsh@med.umich.edu

1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48109
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