ASHT Annual Meeting Submission Site Introduction

Welcome to the submission site for the 2019 ASHT Annual Meeting! 

This site has been created to accept submissions for Pre-Conference Institutes and Instructional Courses to be presented in Washington, DC between October 3 – 6, 2019.  

Submissions will be accepted from December 3, 2018 through January 10, 2019. As you prepare your submission, please consider the meeting theme and associated objectives. 


This theme was chosen by the 2019 ASHT Annual Meeting Committee to emphasize the need for collaboration and teamwork to achieve best outcomes for our patients.  A shared vision and collaboration between therapists, patients, surgeons and other referral sources will enable us to have an impact on legislation and reimbursement for quality healthcare.  During this meeting we want to give participants the tools to achieve best outcomes through enhanced skills and knowledge, merging current research and education, evidence and experience.

Here are a couple of objectives to address: 
  1. Hand 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 therapy services offered to all patient populations and varying practice settings. In keeping with the theme of the 2019 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 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 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 therapy patients across diverse settings
  • Empowering hand 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 early March 2019. 

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 2019 ASHT Annual Meeting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. 

Tambra Marik, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
2019 Annual Meeting Chair

Taylor Check
ASHT Meeting Coordinator

Linda Klein, OTR, CHT
2018-2019 ASHT President

2019 Annual Meeting Committee
Kimberly McVeigh, CHT, OT, MBA
Nora Barrett, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Diane Coker, PT, DPT, CHT
Kim Kraft, PT, DPT, CHT
Alexandra M. MacKenzie, OTR/L, CHT
Rebecca Saunders, PT,CHT
Pamela Tutten, OTD, CHT