On this episode we are joined by Marty Walsh, OTR/L, CHT, the executive director of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Marty answers all of our questions about the Certified Hand Therapy Exam and gives some great insight as to how the questions are developed and how HTCC ensures that the designation of CHT maintains its high level of respect.
Martin Walsh, OTR/L, CHT became the Executive Director of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) in 2013. He joined the HTCC staff in 2004 as the Manager of Examination Services. He has been involved with HTCC as a volunteer since 1998, serving several terms as an item writer and then as an item writer mentor. Marty was appointed to the Examination Committee and Disciplinary Review Committee in 2002 and has been actively involved in all aspects of examination development.
A Certified Hand Therapist since 1992, Marty received most of his training and experience in hand therapy at Davies Medical Center in San Francisco, working with the microsurgeons and therapists at Davies Medical Center. He continues to have a passion for the treatment of patients with traumatic injuries to the hand and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. Marty has lectured both at home and abroad on the topic of complex injuries to the hand. Marty has also volunteered his time working with patients and teaching therapists in South America. He has traveled to Colombia, Bolivia and Peru and has been active with the organization Resurge. In 2010 Marty received the Paul Brand Award of Professional Excellence from the American Society of Hand Therapists.