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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
Apply: download instructions
Application deadline: The 2020 enrollment period is closed, please check back for 2021 deadlines
Interview decision: February
Interviews: March
Selection decision: Mid-April
Program start: July
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, prefer 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.

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.

- Joseph Schenk, Class of 2018

Fellowship Features

  • 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

Fellowship Coordinator

Jyo Supnekar, occupational therapist in White Marsh, MD

Jyo Supnekar


Certified Hand Therapist and Lymphedema Therapist


Current Fellow | Class of 2020

Susan Bousquet, occupational therapist

Susan Bousquet, OTR/L

Undergrad: 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.

Fellowship Alumni

Kaitlin O’Sullivan, occupational therapist

Kaitlin O’Sullivan, OTR/L, CHT | Class of 2019

Undergrad: 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 Schenck, OT

Joseph Schenk, OTR/L, CHT | Class of 2018

Read a Q&A with Joseph about his fellowship experience.
Undergrad: 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, OT

Shannon Griffiths, OTR/L | Class of 2018

Undergrad: 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

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