Rehabilitation of the Hand

Course code
D24
Course fee (excl. housing)
€950.00
Student fee (excl. housing)
€650.00
Level
Bachelor
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This course is intended for students and recent graduates in physiotherapy and related fields interested in hand therapy. For those interested in pursuing a career in hand therapy this course will provide an excellent foundation. For others, it will provide a solid base of knowledge for occasional 'hand patients'. The purpose of this two-week summer course is to provide participants with knowledge and skills of the most common diseases, injuries and surgeries of the hand and wrist. To do all this we will use various interactive methods to encourage clinical reasoning. You are expected to prepare a pre-reading assignment.

This course is intended for students and recent graduates in physiotherapy and related fields interested in hand therapy. For those interested in pursuing a career in hand therapy this course will provide an excellent foundation. For others, it will provide a solid base of knowledge for occasional 'hand patients'.

Besides many interesting interactive lectures and workshops at the HU, we will visit the Sint Antonius Hospital (Nieuwegein & Utrecht) and the dissecting room of the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

The purpose of this two-week summer course is to provide participants with knowledge and skills of the most common diseases, injuries and surgeries of the hand and wrist. The participant will obtain a deeper understanding of hand anatomy and movement patterns. The diagnostic process is discussed in seminars and in presence of ‘real life’ patients at the St. Antonius hospital in Nieuwegein and Utrecht. We will design treatment plans in accordance with the wound healing process and the contextual factors of the patient off course. To do all this we will use various interactive methods to encourage clinical reasoning. You will be introduced to the specialized field of hand therapy during lectures and workshops by hand therapists (physical therapists and occupational therapist) and a plastic surgeon. Of course it is an illusion that you can become an expert in hand rehabilitation within a period of two weeks. On the other hand, you will learn things and get acquainted with knowledge and skills that little other students have. We hope and expect that you and your future patients will experience benefits of the knowledge and inspiration that you will gain by following this summer course.

Before the start of the course you are expected to prepare a reading assignment. The time required for this reading depends on your prior knowledge, but is estimated on 25 hours.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Katrien van der Velden, MSc

Lecturers

Hand therapists (physical therapists & occupational therapists), a kinetics therapist and a plastic surgeon. Bachelor, Master and Phd level!

Target audience

Students and recent graduates in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and related fields interested in hand therapy

Course aim

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the functional anatomy of the hand and wrist.
  2. Recognize the clinical features of common hand and wrist pathologies.
  3. Evaluate hand and wrist function.
  4. Make a choice in treatment options for patients, based on wound healing principles and functional anatomy.
  5. Communicate in English within a professional context.
  6. Explain the value of an interdisciplinary approach in hand rehabilitation

Study load

The course consists of 2 x 5 week days from 9 am to 5 pm: (Guest) lectures, workshops, group assignment and excursions. Preparation assignment: refreshing anatomy and wound healing principles and pre-reading.

Costs

Course fee:
€950.00
Student fee:
€650.00
Included:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
€350.00

Course fee of €950 is for professionals, both foreign and Dutch. Foreign and non-HU students receive a €300 discount. HU students receive a €900 discount.

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.

Application

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter

More information

Katrien van der Velden MSc | E: katrien.vandervelden@hu.nl 

Registration

Application deadline: 29 May 2020