In collaboration with the Guatemala Hand Surgery Association, the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS), American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), Touching Hands Project (THP), and the newly formed Guatemala Hand Therapy Society, GHHF has coordinated a one to two-day symposiums in an effort to bring American and Latin American hand professionals and students under one roof. Lectures and workshops cover a variety of topics from flexor tendon repairs to nerve injuries to our most popular orthotic hands-on workshops. Speakers include both American and Guatemala professionals and we have been proud to highlight MD’s who are the best in their fields, such as renowned hand surgeon Scott Kozin (former AAHS President, Shriners Hospital for Children) Rebecca Neiduski, dean of the School of Health Sciences at Elon University, and distinguished physician Steven Shelov (Associate Chief of Staff at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and former Chairman of Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center).
GHHF volunteer therapists continue to provide five days of hands on training through various site visits and workshops. Locations include both public and private facilities and local universities. Along the way, volunteers distribute unattainable plastic material used to fabricate customized patient orthotics.