2021 ASHT Annual Meeting Submission Site

This site has been created to accept submissions for Pre-Conference Institutes and Instructional Courses to be presented at the 44th ASHT Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on October 7-10, 2021.  

Submissions will be accepted from December 11, 2020 through January 22, 2021. As you prepare your submission, please consider the meeting theme and associated objectives. Please note that you are not able to leave and come back to your submission. If you start the submission process, you will need to complete it in full. 


The 2021 ASHT Annual Meeting Committee chose this theme to emphasize and highlight the hand and upper extremity therapy community coming together on issues that challenge us, strengthen our practice and unite us. This meeting in St. Louis will be a reunion for our community after the global pandemic forced the cancellation of our 2020 live event and we held our first-ever virtual meeting. While we were grateful to convene online and provide programming, nothing replaces the full educational experience of an in-person meeting. Our committee found this year exposed inadequacies in healthcare access that we find vital to our profession moving forward, so we decided to include equity in our theme as well as excellence to elevate hand and upper extremity therapy involvement in clinical practice, education and research.

Here are a few objectives to address: 
  1. Hand and upper extremity therapy research papers and presentations demonstrating that patients' overall function and satisfaction improve with our services.
  2. As legislators continually debate healthcare reform, we need to ensure that both occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) are considered essential services.
  3. The Annual Meeting Committee welcomes proposals that represent the diversity of hand and upper extremity therapy services offered to all patient populations and varying practice settings.
In keeping with the theme of the 2021 meeting and based on feedback surveys to the membership, the Annual Meeting Committee suggests that some or all of the following themes be evident in your 30-minute, one-hour, two-hour or Pre-Conference (four-hour) proposal:
  • Create engaging and innovative strategies to meet optimal patient outcomes
  • Clinical pearls to advance excellence in daily practice skills
  • Evidence-informed content for the novice and experienced hand and upper extremity therapist
  • Program content to facilitate improved patient outcomes through inter-professional collaboration, inclusive of surgeon/therapist, legislative collaboration, etc.
  • Addressing prevention and wellness strategies and programs to address the overall needs of hand and upper extremity therapy patients across diverse settings
  • Empowering hand and upper extremity therapists to collaborate with their patients to participate in meaningful interventions to meet occupational goals
  • Branding the high standard and value of hand therapy and the certified hand therapists (CHT) credential
The Annual Meeting Committee will review all submissions and inform you of our decision no later than March 2021. 

Please note that those who submit content and are chosen to present at the Annual Meeting are responsible for their own meeting registration and all meeting-related travel expenses. 
Thank you for your willingness to contribute to the 2021 ASHT Annual Meeting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Nora Barrett, MS, OTR/L, CHT, WCC
2021 Annual Meeting Chair


Taylor Check

ASHT Meeting Coordinator

Rachel Pigott, MPH, OTR/L, CHT
2020-2021 ASHT President

2021 Annual Meeting Committee
Kim Kraft, PT, DPT, CHT
Brocha Stern, PhD, OTR, CHT
Melissa Hartsfield, OTR/L, CHT
Rebecca Saunders, PT, CHT
Rose McAndrew, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Sean Clancy, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Stacy Baker, MOT, OTR/L, CHT