It is my pleasure to share information about the ASHT 2023 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX September 28 – October 1, 2023. This Annual Meeting gives therapists who specialize in the upper extremity a chance to come together for educational sessions, practice updates, advocacy, research, vendor meetings and networking. Our theme this year is “Resilience: Stronger Together!” This emphasizes the hand and upper extremity therapy community working together to overcome challenges and supporting our network as we are stronger together. We will convene on issues that challenge us, connect to strengthen our practice and grow our community to unite us.
At the ASHT Annual Meeting, we strengthen relationships and are exposed to many new learning opportunities. Networking with other therapists throughout the conference is always an exciting time as we gather to see old friends and meet new ones. The plenary sessions and extensive educational sessions throughout the conference will provide updates and discussion of some of the everyday challenges we face as therapists, as well as evidence-informed practice. Our exhibit hall will have many vendors who are eager to tell you more about their therapy products; their support is so important to us. This meeting will offer in-person opportunities as well as on-demand sessions for those who cannot attend the meeting but wish to have the same educational opportunities.
Plenary sessions will include cadaver dissections, panel discussions, physician talks and an international speaker. Pre-Conference Institutes on September 28 will also be available to enhance your educational experience. We are so excited for these speakers to share their experiences as they educate us on their areas of expertise. The diversity of speakers throughout the conference will help us grow and learn. This year, we are fortunate to be able to offer our attendees a get-together after the last afternoon session on Saturday, September 30. Be sure to stick around for some good ol’ Texas fun!
San Antonio is an area full of culture and steeped in history. The San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk hotel and is across the street from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center where our sessions will be held. The San Antonio Riverwalk is directly behind the hotel and gives you an opportunity to sightsee, shop and enjoy the fun atmosphere at the various nearby restaurants. Whether you take a river boat cruise or enjoy the walking path from the hotel, you will find a city that is rich in history, bursting with culture and booming with modern attractions.
On behalf of the ASHT 2023 Annual Meeting Committee, we look forward to seeing and hosting you in San Antonio for the ASHT 2023 Annual Meeting.
Missy Thurlow, MBA, OTR/L, CHT
ASHT 2023 Annual Meeting Committee Chair