Hand Specialty Update: 2021 Courses & Events

By Chaitanya Mudgal, MD, MS (Ortho) MCh

21 January 2021

This article is from the AO Trauma NA community newsletter. Read the full issue here.

The hand specialty continues to offer additional web-based learning sessions to their 2020-2021 curriculum. Building upon the successful implementation of the “Must Know Series—How I Do it” and the “Sage on Stage Series”, the AO North America Hand Education Committee (NAHEC) has several new on-line series in the works.

Starting with 10 sessions of Hand Surgery Essentials Series designed for learners of varying backgrounds and experience levels, including trainees and practicing surgeons looking for a knowledge refresher, these sessions highlight anatomy, biomechanics, kinematics and management of various conditions in Hand Surgery. Each 60-minute session incorporates essentials of condition-specific Hand Therapy as well. NAHEC used this series as an opportunity to bring in new faculty and new hand therapists and pair them with a mentor to facilitate and ensure quality education. 

Another scheduled online offering is the Advanced Wrist Summit. This newly designed course transitioned from a face-to-face event to an on-line series and will focus solely on fractures, soft tissue injuries and complications seen in the wrist. Participants attending and completing the 9-session series will be offered priority registration at discounted rates to attend the Advanced Upper Extremity course currently scheduled on August 12-14, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

Ideally, Consultation Corner, another anticipated online forum, will allow participants to discuss their own case(s), as well as cases highlighted by the faculty: this event will begin early in 2021.

Faculty will allow time for reflection on the content presented and share valuable lessons learned in addition to tips and tricks for managing hand and wrist injuries.

In 2021 NAHEC also seeks to trial simultaneous regional lab events in Houston, Boston, and Louisville, with Louisville hosting the event online for all three locations. The hope is to bring the practical exercises for the Hand & Wrist Fracture Management Course to local residents while offering the knowledge via the online platform.

Finally, NAHEC is developing a new four to five session Hand Therapy Essentials series for hand therapists. Each session will focus on specific hand and wrist injuries that a hand therapist may encounter and want guidance on managing. Faculty consist of hand surgeons and hand therapists working together to develop the curriculum.

Related pages

AO Trauma Hand NA


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