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University of Washington: Academic Personnel: School of Medicine: Rehabilitation Medicine Hand Therapy Fellow, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Occupational Therapy

May 29, 2024 | Job Postings

Hand Therapy Fellow, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Occupational Therapy

University of Washington: Academic Personnel: School of Medicine: Rehabilitation Medicine

Location

Seattle, WA

Open Date

Mar 06, 2024

Description

The Occupational Therapy Division of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has a full-time Fellow position available in Hand Therapy. This post-graduate fellowship is on an annual, 12-month appointment, with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024. Other fall 2024 start dates may be considered.   

The fellowship provides a full-time annual base salary of $61,008 – $68,004 ($5,084 – $5,667/month) and package that includes paid holidays, health insurance, and vacation and sick leave. Medical, dental, malpractice insurance, and retirement benefits are included. 

A joint commitment between the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington (UW) and Harborview Medical Center (HMC) Hand Therapy Clinic to provide further education in hand therapy, the Hand Therapy Fellowship mission is to inspire the next generation of hand therapists to develop and employ the highest ethical standards, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice to rehabilitate clients, and build a network of qualified CHTs throughout the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region. 

This close relationship between UW and HMC provides our Hand Therapy Fellow with a combination of both academic and clinical exposure that offer a unique and unparalleled perspective for work in this field. The Fellowship offers the opportunity to be mentored by experienced clinicians and to act as a mentor for MOT students. The Fellow will get extensive experience in post-trauma hand therapy, treating our most vulnerable populations and also directly contributing to the classroom. 

The Hand Therapy Fellow’s time will be allocated as 75% patient care (no holiday or weekend requirements), 25% didactic learning and teaching. The Fellow will collaborate with hand surgeons and hand surgery fellows; attend weekly lectures with attending surgeons, hand surgery fellows and surgical residents; and participate in daily collaboration with the Hand Therapy Team. The Fellow will participate in interdisciplinary lectures with our colleagues in the Physical Therapy residency programs, as well as in Journal Club and clinical education meetings with the Hand Therapy Team. There will be opportunities to teach in the UW Master of Occupational Therapy graduate program, as well as for leadership and advocacy. The Fellow will receive 1:1 mentorship with an experienced team of certified hand therapists.  

As the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally and medically vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission to population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. Owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington, HMC serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine.  

The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our personnel enjoy not only outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.   

*Please note that for administrative purposes, the Hand Therapy Fellowship will be appointed under the Resident non-ACGME job profile in the University of Washington’s HR/Payroll system. This does not change the designation within the OT profession as a Hand Therapy Fellowship. 

Qualifications

Applicants must  

  • be a Nationally Registered Occupational Therapist through NBCOT 
  • hold or be eligible to obtain an OT license in the state of Washington 
  • be legally eligible to work in in United States 
  • have 1 year minimum of practicing with physical disabilities population (Level II Fieldwork can count towards this year) 
  • hold a current BLS CPR Certification 

Application Instructions

Please visit the link below and submit the following by uploading to the University of Washington portal: 

  • Resume/CV. Please include any continuing education, work experience, volunteering, or observation hours related to hand therapy. 
  • Letter of intent for this fellowship that includes an explanation of how completing a hand fellowship program would help you meet your professional goals. 
  • The names and contact information of two professional references you have asked to email letters of recommendation for you to the Fellowship Directors at rmunaim@uw.edu. 
  • Statement 1: Describe your personal learning style, methods to learn a substantial amount of information in a timely fashion, and methods for clinical decision-making. 
  • Statement 2: Explain how your professional goals align with this fellowship’s mission: “To inspire the next generation of hand therapists to develop and employ the highest ethical standards, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice to rehabilitate clients, and build a network of qualified CHTs throughout the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region. 

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.