ASHT's International Committee is committed to the mission of advancing the specialty of hand therapy through communication, education, research and the establishment of clinical standards throughout the international community. Here you can learn more about international hand therapy organizations, meetings and fellowships, volunteer opportunities and more.
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International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT)
The mission of the IFSHT is to provide global networking and educational opportunities to develop and enhance the practice of hand therapy. IFSHT represents more than 5,000 hand therapists worldwide, and endeavors to promote the principles and practice of hand therapy internationally, thereby increasing the number of patients who receive specialized rehabilitation.
IFSHT-IFSSH Teaching Grants: IFSHT and IFSSH have joined together to support international projects that further the practice of hand therapy. Recently, a group of Canadian hand therapists traveled to Uganda to work with and teach local therapists there about hand therapy. This project was supported by a grant from the IFSHT-IFSSH International Teaching Fund. Do you have a project or are you considering one that will further the practice of hand therapy in a country other than your own? If so, you can apply for support from IFSHT-IFSSH. Projects are eligible for up to $1,000 in funding. Click here for more information and the application forms for the IFSHT-IFSSH International Teaching Grant program.
IFSHT Newsletter: Hand Therapy Connections
The International Ambassador Program brings together U.S. therapists and international therapists to navigate the Annual Meeting, network and build new relationships. Any therapist attending the conference may participate in this free program. Therapists from the United States will serve as “ambassadors” for international therapists attending the meeting. ASHT will match U.S. therapists and international therapists on a one-to-one basis.
Your participation is flexible and we encourage participants to establish their own schedules. Activities may include sitting together during lectures, sharing a meal, introducing each other to fellow therapists and discussing roles and responsibilities in your therapy practice.
While connecting to hand therapists, surgeons, and researchers in other areas of the world may seem daunting, there are many ways to reach out to our international colleagues given the many avenues that technology provides. Below is a resource list for communication and information sharing across continents. This is meant to be a starting point, rather than a comprehensive list, for the continued development in the field of hand therapy.
Canadian Society of Hand Therapists
April 21-22, 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The theme of the CSHT conference is "The Future of Hand Therapy,” featuring an inspiring line-up of speakers and topics. The conference will be held at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. Take advantage of a 25% discount with the U.S. dollar exchange rate for this excellent professional development experience.
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel booking deadline: March 21, 2017 (use Group Code: CCC-GFC5445 or the meeting name; contact 1-800-663-1144 or 604-697-0202; https://www.coasthotels.com)
Early Bird Conference registration deadline: April 7, 2017
4th European Symposium on Pediatric Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
June 15-16, 2017
Congress of the Czech Society for Hand Therapy
November 9-11, 2017
Moravia, Czech Republic
ASHT International Invited Lecturer
This lecture is financially supported by ASHT and allows an international therapist to become a faculty member at the ASHT Annual Meeting. The invited lecturer's costs are subsidized. The International Invited Lecture is an invited position; however, if you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please contact email@example.com.
Review a full list of ASHT's fellowship and graduate programs.
Evelyn Mackin award from the Philadelphia Hand Foundation
Evelyn Mackin award from the American Hand Therapy Foundation
International Volunteer Toolkit
Find useful tools such as travel tips, up-to-date information on countries around the world, language tools and travel insurance.
Access a list of organizations that sponsor international volunteer opportunities.
*This listing is provided as a resource and not an indication of ASHT endorsement.