Program Information

Fellowships Educational and Professional Goals and Objectives

  1. The fellowship program supports the mission, vision, and values of MetroHealth through its commitment to excellence and service to the community.
    1. Educate and train fellows to address the healthcare needs of individual in our community who have hand and upper extremity concerns.
    2. Provide excellent, evident-based care to all clients, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
    3. Engage fellow in leadership and community-based education opportunities to better serve the community.
    4. Fellows will demonstrate commitment to the field of occupational therapy and the health and wellness of the community by engaging in a minimum of 4 hours of service or advocacy projects or events.
    5. Retain graduates as engaged employees of the Metro Health System.
  2. The fellowship program will achieve and maintain American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) accreditation.
    1. Annual review of fellowship program will meet AOTA advanced practice training guidelines.
    2. Obtain and renew AOTA fellowship accreditation.
    3. Annual review of budget demonstrates financial viability and sufficient operational resources to sustain a quality fellowship program.
    4. Obtain fellowship satisfaction score of 8/10 at completion of program
  3. The fellowship program will maintain highly skilled staff dedicated to teaching, learning and career advancement by obtaining specialized certifications needed to sustain a quality fellowship program and meet program and departmental goals.
    1. Maintain adequate number of fellowship mentors who meet program faculty requirements.
    2. Mentors and fellows will pursue ongoing professional development in hand or upper extremity therapy.
  4. The fellowship program will encourage teamwork, leadership and collaboration between patient, therapist, physician, and other providers to enhance outcomes in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
    1. Provide exposure to individual with hand and upper extremity conditions in different service locations within the Cleveland area.
    2. Provide opportunities to collaborate with team members during clinics, meetings, and patient appointments.
    3. Demonstrate effective communication and teaching skills in interdisciplinary, clinical, professional, and educational settings.
  5. The fellowship program will develop advanced practitioners who promote the profession of occupational therapy and hand therapy to serve diverse populations who have complex medical and psychosocial backgrounds.
    1. Fellow will implement specialist-level knowledge and clinical reasoning skills.
    2. Fellow will achieve requirements for successful completion of all fellowship modules and learning objectives.
    3. Fellow will have an average patient reported satisfaction score of 4 out of 5
  6. The fellowship program will assist in the acquisition of knowledge, treatment hours and experience required for the fellow to take the Hand Therapy Certification Examination.
    1. Fellowship program attracts qualified applicants who are dedicated to career advancement.
    2. Fellow contributes to the profession of occupational therapy via continued employment in hand therapy post completion of fellowship.
    3. Within 2 years of fellowship completion, fellow will meet eligibility requirements and take the HTCC exam to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).