Johns Hopkins Hand Therapy Fellowship
Our hand therapy fellowship features mentored advanced clinical practice in hand therapy and occupational therapy in the outpatient setting, including over 1,000 hours of clinical work and over 500 hours of scholarly activities. Fellows obtain the knowledge and skills in evaluation, care planning and implementation, as well as clinical reasoning necessary to care for patients with upper extremity and hand conditions as part of an interprofessional health care team. The fellowship also provides all the resources for preparing for and successfully passing the hand certification exam.
Duration: 12 months
Accreditation: AOTA Accredited
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Application deadline: March 3, 2024
Interview decision: Mid-March 2024
Interviews: End of March 2024
Selection decision: Beginning of April 2024
Program start: Tentative start date July 15, 2024
Prerequisites: Maryland state license, registration with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, outpatient rehabilitation level II fieldwork experience, completion of the Physical Agents Modalities Certification course didactics (per Maryland Regulations COMAR 10.46.06 [pdf]), and preference is given to those with one year of work experience in an outpatient clinic that treats hand and upper extremity conditions.
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Please click the pay application fee link to pay the supplementary application fee. Application will not be processed until the fee is received and application is complete. All fees are non-refundable.
- Didactic education
- One-on-one mentoring from board-certified hand therapists
- Preparation toward hand certification
- Attendance at American Society of Hand Therapists/American Occupational Therapy Association/ relevant hand conference
- Experience with a variety of upper quarter conditions
- Opportunities to participate in physician conference, observe hand surgeries and attend the upper quarter didactics offered by The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s orthopaedic and plastic surgery programs
Hear from Our Past and Current Fellows
Class of 2022Rachel Park, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, PAMS
"The fellowship program exceeded my expectations beyond what I had anticipated. I knew I would be participating in a rigorous and challenging program and I knew I would be provided wonderful learning opportunities. However, I was blown away by the quality and organization of the coursework and depth of knowledge of all the mentors. The highlight was definitely the opportunity to learn from several mentors."
Class of 2022Hannah Enright, MOT, OTR/L, CHT
"It [the program] gave me the confidence in splinting, evaluating and various treatment methods to best meet the patient's needs and goals. My ability to perform a comprehensive evaluation has made me so much more cost and time-efficient for my patients."
Class of 2024Madeline Kaempfer, MS, OTR/L
"Not only does this program positively impact my growth as a clinician, it is filled with continuous and updated resources that further expand my knowledge as an OT. This program allows me to add many skills and clinical pearls to my OT toolbox that I could not get elsewhere. Throughout the program, you have ample opportunities to see a wide range of diagnoses and learn many techniques and interventions while getting wonderful support and direct mentoring."
Class of 2023Meghan Bowler, OTR/L
"The program exceeded my expectations. One of the greatest highlights was hearing a patient compliment our teamwork/support for one another. It was an environment that fostered creative thinking and collaboration, and you never felt alone. Another highlight was independently fabricating my first splint. It wasn't the fabrication essentially, it was the fact that I understood the critical thinking and clinical reasoning to support it."
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Current Fellows | Class of 2024
Samantha Witte, OTD, OTR/L
Undergraduate school: University of South Florida, bachelor's of science in health sciences, concentration in behavioral and biological health science
Graduate school: University of Florida, doctor of occupational therapy
Hometown: Crystal River, Florida
Professional interests: orthopedics, neuro rehabilitation, athletic return to sport programming, trauma
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: The Johns Hopkins hand fellowship program offers advanced hands-on clinical practice with direct mentorship from knowledgeable and experienced certified hand therapists. One of the unique features of the program is its emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and opportunities to learn and grow from other rehab specialties and physicians. Baltimore also has a large, diverse population that we provide care for.
What I like about Baltimore: I have loved learning about the art, culture, and food scenes here in Baltimore! There is always something going on between festivals, farmers markets, and sporting events. Likewise, there is also plenty of space for hiking, running trails, and parks to explore.
Madeline Kaempfer, MS, OTR/L
Undergraduate school: Towson University, bachelor's of science in occupational health and well-being
Graduate school: Towson University, master's in occupational therapy
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Professional interests: hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, trauma, post-operative care
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: The Johns Hopkins Hand Therapy Fellowship offers a unique and immersive hands-on experience. I was drawn by the direct mentorship, opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, and lay out of didactic learning styles. The Johns Hopkins network provides care for a wide range of patient populations, further enhancing experience within hand therapy while learning from the best.
What I like about Baltimore: Baltimore has so much to offer. There are always events going on and has something for everyone. The city is filled with amazing locally owned businesses including restaurants, cafes, thrift stores, and art. The culture, people, and exploring different parts of the city has been fun!
Meghan Bowler, OTR/L | Class of 2023
Undergraduate school: Westfield State University, bachelor's of arts in psychology
Graduate school: University of New England, master's in occupational therapy
Hometown: Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Professional interests: hand therapy, orthopedics, post-operative
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: The numerous opportunities for mentorship and guidance with a diverse population of patient conditions, in combination with the support and dedication that the mentors demonstrated to the fellowship was incomparable. The program aligned with my learning style providing opportunities for hands on skills labs and modules with evidenced based research, interdisciplinary learning, and development of clinical reasoning. The program aimed to develop all aspects of who I aspired to be as a professional and individual. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to learn among the Johns Hopkins community.
Jordan Bradford, OTD, OTR/L | Class of 2023
Undergraduate school: University of Florida, bachelor's of science in health science, minor in spanish
Graduate school: University of Florida, doctor of occupational therapy
Hometown: Bradenton, Florida
Professional interests: trauma, athletic injuries, scapular pathomechanics, wound care
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose the hand therapy fellowship at Johns Hopkins because of its emphasis on hands-on clinical skills and direct mentorship. I was drawn by the many ways this program offers multidisciplinary learning from incredible clinicians; the hand fellowship mentors offer adequate support while challenging me to step out of my comfort zone. I also chose Johns Hopkins because of its location in the heart of Baltimore city which offers a unique opportunity to provide care for a broad range of diagnoses and patient populations.
What I like about Baltimore: Having grown up on the gulf coast of Florida, I am loving the transition to living in a vibrant city! Baltimore has a little bit of everything to offer -- art, culture, sports, and proximity to other major cities. I've really enjoyed experiencing the change of seasons for the first time and getting used to city living.
Hannah Enright, MOT, OTR/L, CHT | Class of 2022
Undergraduate school: Missouri State University, bachelor's of science in psychology
Graduate school: Maryville University, master's in occupational therapy
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Professional interests: hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, wound care, trauma
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because I hope to treat all of my patients with the best that medicine has to offer and at Johns Hopkins I have the guidance of expert clinicians and resources to learn how to do so.
What I like about Baltimore: I have loved checking out all the local artists and small businesses that the city has to offer so far.
Rachel Park, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, PAMS | Class of 2022
Undergraduate school: University of Southern California, bachelor's of arts in sociology
Graduate school: University of Southern California, master's of arts and doctorate in occupational therapy
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Professional interests: upper extremity and hand rehabilitation, pain management, wound management, return to meaningful activities
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I was drawn by the organized structure and opportunities for direct mentorship offered by the Johns Hopkins hand therapy program. I was also excited by the exposure to various patient populations, interdisciplinary collaboration and exposure to evidence-based practice. It is an honor and privilege to be learning at one of the most reputable teaching and research institutions with extremely knowledgeable and empathetic mentors.
Brittany Moore, MOT, OTR/L, CHT | Class of 2021
Undergraduate school: University of Florida, bachelor's of science in applied physiology and kinesiology
Graduate school: University of Florida, master's in occupational therapy
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida
Professional interests: hand therapy, orthopaedics
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: In order to become the best possible hand therapist, you must train and work with the best. Johns Hopkins is one of the most prestigious institutions in regards to medicine, health care and research. It was an easy decision.
What I like about Baltimore: Traveling was of great interest to me after living in Florida for 29 years. I recently moved from a small beach town in Florida to downtown Baltimore City. I enjoy living the city life, the running and hiking community, the changing of seasons and the ability to walk everywhere.
Susan Bousquet, OTR/L, CHT | Class of 2020
Undergraduate school: Louisiana State University, bachelor's of science in kinesiology with a concentration in human movement science
Graduate school: Tennessee State University, master's in occupational therapy
Professional interests: hand therapy
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose the Johns Hopkins fellowship over others because of the wide variety of diagnoses to see and treat firsthand, the combined learning with other disciplines (occupational therapy/physical therapy/speech-language pathology), the bimonthly hand conferences with hand surgeons and all of the resources available through the Hopkins system.
What I like about Baltimore: I recently moved to the area and I’m pleasantly surprised. I enjoy the running community, proximity to trails, history and ease of travel.
Kaitlin O’Sullivan, OTR/L, CHT | Class of 2019
Undergraduate school: University of Delaware; B.S. in health science
Graduate school: Thomas Jefferson University; M.S. in occupational therapy
Hometown: Somers, New York
Professional interests: physical disability, upper extremity rehabilitation, neuro rehabilitation
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: This program entails comprehensive exposure to the clinical reasoning involved in assessment and management of various upper extremity injuries and pathologies. As a fellow, I have countless resources at my disposal, including access to the most recent evidence-based practice, opportunity to work alongside knowledgeable and experienced certified hand therapists, participation in interdisciplinary collaboration, and opportunities to attend various national conferences.
What I like about Baltimore: I am new to Baltimore, but it seems as though there are a ton of things to do and explore in and around the city. I am looking forward to getting better acquainted with the city!
Joseph Schenk, OTR/L, CHT | Class of 2018
Read a Q&A with Joseph about his fellowship experience.
Undergraduate school: York College of Pennsylvania; B.S. in behavioral science
Graduate school: Sacred Heart University; M.S. in occupational therapy
Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland
Professional interests: hand therapy
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I grew up in Maryland and always had high respect for Johns Hopkins as one of the best hospitals in the world. I thought there would be no better place to learn and grow as a therapist.
What I like about Baltimore: the culture and people
Shannon Griffiths, OTR/L, CHT | Class of 2018
Undergraduate school: D’Youville College; B.S. in human occupation
Graduate school: D’Youville College; M.S. in occupational therapy
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Professional interests: orthopedics and wound care. After becoming a certified hand therapist, I would like to pursue lymphedema certification.
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: reputation and opportunity to gain a level of exposure I wouldn’t be able to achieve in a standard clinical setting
What I like about Baltimore: So many things to see and do, proximity to DC and it is easy to get to many different places. Also I like that it is a Southwest hub, so direct flights are a perk