About the Program
This fellowship offers supervised, non-mentored, direct clinical patient care that allows the fellow to integrate knowledge gained from all content areas, and to gain experience in the management of occupational performance impairments affecting the upper extremity.
The programs supports one-on-one mentoring of patient evaluation and treatment with a hand therapy specialist to advance the fellow’s skill in evaluation and treatment of upper extremity injuries and conditions, including examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and return to activity.
Research and Investigation
Fellows will develop and present case studies and on specific patients and conditions, and they participate in literature reviews and general faculty and fellow discussions to promote evidence based practice. Additional research opportunities are available based on individual fellow's interest and research skills.
Fellows will spend clinic hours with orthopedic surgeons who influence orthopedic care to develop an understanding of current surgical and medical interventions, along with the rehabilitation implications.
Weekly lectures are offered to fellows to enhance the fellows’ knowledge of upper extremity rehabilitation.
The program includes weekly participation in instructional laboratory experiences to increase the fellows’ knowledge and motor skills in examination and intervention for upper extremity rehabilitation.
Topics covered in didactic sessions:
- Foundations for Intervention
- Special Considerations for Care
- Injured Worker
- Fellowship Coordinator: James Drury, MOT, OT, CHT
- Clinical mentors:
- Delanie Bossier, OTR, CHT
- Kristen Culler OTR
- Becky Corona, OTR
- Padmaja Deshpande, OTR, CHT
- Christian Ely, OTR, CHT, COMT-UE, CWT
- Sarah Himmelmann, OTR, CHT
- Sandy Medrano, COTA
- Mark Nesslage, OTR, CHT
- Michael Parkinson, OTR, CHT
- Kera Tovar, OTR, C/NDT
For more information on the Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hand Fellowship Programs, please contact:
James Drury, MOT, OT, CHT