Assistant Dean for Outreach/Continuing Education Nancy Nelson, PhD, OTR, CHT, led the successful organization and staging of the annual Wisconsin Hand Experience, held May 11-13, 2017.
The conference, in its 18th year, brought together highly regarded and experienced speakers and over 250 participants from around the US. The scientific program specializes in topics related to hand therapy, and is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences Outreach Office.
The focus of this year’s conference was “Treatment of Nerve and Tendon Injuries: Optimizing Clinical Reasoning and Intervention Strategies.” The lectures, presentations and workshop sessions for each day were guided by specific learning outcomes ranging from targeted medical interventions for wrist and hand injuries to holistic patient needs and pre- and post-operative outcomes.
Nelson, who has been involved with the Wisconsin Hand Experience for more than fifteen years, said this of the event. “This conference is a unique opportunity for professionals in hand therapy to immerse themselves in the full scope of the specialty. People who attend are able to speak one-on-one with experts in their field to develop deeper knowledge on diagnosis and treatment interventions.”
A clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Technology, Nelson was the recipient of the UWM Academic Staff Outstanding Performance & Service Award in 2016 and the CHS Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2012. Her commitment to service and community engagement is apparent in her work with both departments she calls home.
The CHS Office of Outreach/Continuing Education promotes professional growth and lifelong learning. Responding to the needs of the community, the office welcomes input from individuals and health care organizations when designing and offering continuing education classes to the campus and community.