Hand Therapy Fellowship

The University of Washington (UW) Division of Occupational Therapy and Harborview Medical Center (HMC) Hand Therapy Clinic are jointly offering a 12-month intensive fellowship opportunity for occupational therapists pursuing a specialization in Hand Therapy.


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.


As the region’s only Level I Trauma 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 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. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the UW and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW 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 staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

This close relationship between UW and HMC provides our Hand Therapy Fellow with a combination of both academic and clinical exposure that provides a unique and unparalleled perspective. 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 contribute to the classroom.

Learning experiences will include:

  • 75% patient care, 25% didactic learning and teaching.
  • Collaboration with hand surgeons and hand surgery fellows.
  • Weekly lectures with attending surgeons, hand surgery fellows and surgical residents.
  • Opportunities to teach in the UW MOT graduate program.
  • 1:1 mentorship with an experienced team of certified hand therapists.
  • Daily collaboration with the hand therapy team.
  • Interdisciplinary lectures with our colleagues in the physical therapy residency programs.
  • Journal club and clinical education meetings with the hand therapy team.
  • Opportunities for leadership and advocacy.


Full-time 12-month fellowship starting annually in the fall in Seattle, WA.  Fellows will work 40-50 hours per week M-F with no holiday or weekend requirements.

Stipend & Benefits

Occupational therapy hand fellows will be compensated 2/3 of a new graduate salary and will be employees of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Medical, dental, malpractice insurance, and retirement benefits are included.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Nationally Registered OT through NBCOT.
  • Hold or be eligible to obtain an OT license in the state of Washington.
  • Legally eligible to work in the US.
  • Have 1 year minimum of practicing with physical disabilities population. Level II Fieldwork can count towards this year. 
  • Current BLS CPR Certification.

Applications are currently open. Visit the UW Interfolio site to submit an application. 

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