AO Trauma Hand NA Hand Therapy Essentials

Examine the relationship between hand surgeons and hand therapists during online case-based discussions with experts from both fields.

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Have you, a surgeon, ever wondered how to articulate and deliver key messages regarding your patient and their post-operative care? Or have you, a hand therapist, wondered how surgeons evaluate patients and decide on the surgical approach to fix the fracture?

Hand Therapy Essentials is a 7-week series of case-based discussions that will highlight the importance of the relationship between surgeons and hand therapists in delivering quality patient care.

Hear perspectives and approaches to treatment and post-operative care from a team of surgeons and hand therapists. Join discussions that showcase how an inter-professional partnership and two-way effective communication can help achieve desired patient and clinical outcomes.


Directly provided by AO North America.

  • Learning objectives
    Upon completion of this event, participants will be able to
    Highlight the relationship between hand surgeon and hand therapist
    Analyze coordination, communication, and handovers in patient care as it relates to the hand surgeon working in collaboration with hand therapists
    Explain the importance of post-operative care and the need for collaboration between the surgeon and therapists
    Exchange surgeon's and therapist's perspectives on patient centered care using case examples
    Recognize the role of the inter-professional healthcare team in achieving quality patient outcomes

  • Who should attend

    Orthopedic, plastic, and general surgeons; hand therapists (OT and PT), NPs, PAs, medical and surgical trainees.

Event calendar

Event topic Date Recording
Hand Therapy 101 Apr 29 2021  Watch
Flexor Tendon Injuries May 06 2021 Watch
Extensor Tendon Injuries May 13 2021 Watch
Nerve Compression and Nerve Injuries May 20 2021 Watch
Wrist May 27 2021 Watch
Elbow  Jun 03 2021 Watch
International Round Table  Jun 10 2021 Watch

Course chairs

Chaitanya Mudgal, MD, MS (Ortho), MCh

Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital

Rebecca Neiduski, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

Elon University


  • Kiran Agarwal-Harding, MD, MPH
  • Gretchen Bachman, OTD, OTR/L, MBA, CHT
  • Kyle Bickel, MD
  • Paul Binhammer, MSc, MD, FRCSC
  • Philip Blazar, MD
  • Jay Bridgeman, MD, DDS
  • John Capo, MD
  • Charles Cassidy, MD
  • David Dennison, MD
  • John Elfar, MD
  • Gilberto Gonzalez Trevizo, MD
  • Jeffrey Greenberg, MD, MS
  • Lauren Grossman, MD
  • Amit Gupta, MD, FRCS
  • Sonu Jain, MD
  • Paige Kurtz, MS, OTR/L, CHT
  • Jeffrey Lawton, MD
  • Kevin Malone, MD
  • Nicholas Pulos, MD
  • Peter Rhee, DO, MS (Ortho)
  • Marco Rizzo, MD
  • Gary Solomon, OTR/L, MBA
  • Alexandra St. Clair, OTR/L
  • Chia Wu, MD, MBA