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The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is the oldest and most prestigious medical specialty society in the United States devoted entirely to the hand and upper extremity. What started as a small group of 35 surgeons in the 1940s has grown to a Society of more than 3,500 members.  Throughout the years, ASSH members have produced essential, long-lasting educational resources for their specialty.  Their collaborations with each other, fostered by the Hand Society, have proven invaluable.

Joining ASSH as any member type will connect you with the largest network of hand and upper extremity surgeons in the world.  View the full list of ASSH membership categories below, and choose the one that’s right for you.

Active Member

Become one of more than 1,500 who have joined ASSH as an Active Member, earning the privilege to become fully vested in the future of the hand and upper extremity specialty.  ASSH Active membership includes access to every educational resource, patient education material, and connection opportunity imaginable.

Who can become an active member? U.S. hand surgeons who have passed the Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) as administered by the appropriate Specialty Board (ABOS, ABPS, ABS or AOBOS) AND Canadian hand surgeons who are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

More details on becoming an ASSH Active Member

Value of Active Membership

 

  • Subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery, a $420 value, includes:
      • Valuable research with free access to the JHS website, where the entire 28 year history is available to members for search and use
      • Free JHS iPad app that allows you to download issues of JHS and read them offline
      • Emails that inform you of new content that is instantly available online, even before it arrives in printed format
      • Opportunities for earning CME through JHS articles
  • Full and free access to Hand-e, the premier hand and upper extremity online learning resource (videos, articles, platform search, etc.), a $299 value, includes:
      • Ability to search and filter not only Hand-e platform - which includes videos, articles, images, educational sessions, and Annual Meeting instructional courses - but also all ASSH digital content, including JHS and the ASSH Textbook.
      • Access to new content, added multiple times a month
      • Access to content organized by the SHUE and ASSH Textbook curriculum
      • Search function according to content or learning channel (e.g., videos) and access to “just-in-time” content/technique videos for your next case
      • Ability to view and use Hand-e content on any device with an Internet browser:  computers, tablets, smartphones
  • Full and free access to the Industry Guide (prepared and vetted by the ASSH Commercial Support Committee) includes:
      • Integrated Hand-e search results to include industry content such as vendor profiles, product guides, and industry videos
      • Dedicated industry search engine which will allow you to find products or services via keyword search, filter industry results by popular product categories, and browse content using the core curriculum of hand surgery subject areas
      • Identify industry events in your area for hands-on training or learn more about an upcoming tradeshow using the Industry Calendar
      • Stay current on the latest product information with industry Newsbriefs
      • Access product information directly through the Guide, including techniques guide, sales brochures, and product training videos
      • Review a company’s full product line and easily connect with your local sales rep
      • Responsive, online platform allowing for easy searching and browsing from your desktop, phone or tablet
  • Inclusion in Find a Hand Surgeon function on ASSH website, which is visited monthly by approximately 6,000 patients looking for hand surgeons.
  • Discounts on ASSH products and services:
      • Attend the ASSH Annual Meeting and ASSH courses for 25% less compared to the standard price
      • Discount of 20% on the ASSH Self-Assessment Exam, which is required for MOC
      • Savings of 25% or more on ASSH publications (books, e-Books, and monographs)
  • Automated tracking and record keeping for all ASSH CME activities, which reduces the clerical burden of tracking your CME for MOC.
  • Subscription to all ASSH newsletters, including:
      • Weekly Member Update: The member newsletter that keeps you informed of all ASSH activities and health policy changes
      • Coding Corner Newsletter: Written by former ASSH President and coding expert Dan Nagle, MD, this newsletter will update you on the latest coding changes and provide you with real-world examples to receive maximum reimbursement.
      • Government Affairs Newsletter: The ASSH Government Affairs Committee works hard to represent the upper extremity specialty in Washington.  The Government newsletter will keep you up-to-date on their efforts and the latest news from the Hill.
      • Business of Hand Surgery Newsletter: The private practitioners of ASSH are here to help you navigate the business of hand surgery.  Their newsletter gives helpful tips and shares any news that may affect your practice.
      • Correspondence News: This monthly newsletter, edited by Kevin F. Lutsky, MD, features articles from ASSH members with surgical pearls, tips, techniques, and words of wisdom.
  • Access to the Members Listserv, the member-led forum for your most important questions.
  • Ability to apply for ASSH-sponsored grants and awards
      • Annually, the ASSH and AFSH partnerships provide $700,000 in research and education grants
  • Voting rights and committee eligibility
      • There are dozens of ASSH committees ready to welcome new ASSH members with fresh ideas.  Each committee has a specific mission, from providing patients with more information to improving emergency hand care or planning the Annual Meeting.  Which committee is right for you?
      • Active Members vote on new Council members, bylaws revisions, and new Active, International, Supporting, and Honorary ASSH Members.

 


Candidate Member

Hand-eASSH Candidate Membership is the premiere stepping-stone to becoming an Active Member of our Society.  As a Candidate Member, you have the opportunity to learn, grow, and fully participate in the Society alongside some of the most established hand and upper extremity specialists in the world.  Enjoy nearly identical benefits as ASSH Active Members, and begin your journey as a member of this prestigious hand surgeon network.

Who can become a Candidate Member? Surgeons who are within 3 years of completing an ACGME-accredited residency in orthopaedic, plastic or general surgery OR surgeons who have been selected for, engaged in, or completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship in hand surgery OR surgeons who are in practice up to 5 years post fellowship.

More details on becoming an ASSH Candidate Member.


Value of Candidate Membership

  • Reduced membership dues, compared to Active Member dues of $750
      • Candidate Residents and Fellows pay no annual dues, receiving full benefits
      • Candidate Members post-fellowship pay reduced yearly dues of $420, receiving full benefits
  • Subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery, a $420 value, includes:
      • Valuable research with free access to the JHS website, where the entire 28 year history is available to members for search and use
      • Free JHS iPad app that allows you to download issues of JHS and read them offline
      • Emails that inform you of new content that is instantly available online, even before it arrives in printed format
      • Opportunities for earning CME through JHS articles
  • Full and free access to Hand-e, the premier hand and upper extremity online learning resource (videos, articles, platform search, etc.), a $299 value, includes:
      • Ability to search and filter not only Hand-e platform - which includes videos, articles, images, educational sessions, and Annual Meeting instructional courses - but also all ASSH digital content, including JHS and the ASSH Textbook.
      • Access to new content, added multiple times a month
      • Access to content organized by the SHUE and ASSH Textbook curriculum
      • Search function according to content or learning channel (e.g., videos) and access to “just-in-time” content/technique videos for your next case
      • Ability to view and use Hand-e content on any device with an Internet browser:  computers, tablets, smartphones
  • Full and free access to the Industry Guide (prepared and vetted by the ASSH Commercial Support Committee) includes:
      • Integrated Hand-e search results to include industry content such as vendor profiles, product guides, and industry videos
      • Dedicated industry search engine which will allow you to find products or services via keyword search, filter industry results by popular product categories, and browse content using the core curriculum of hand surgery subject areas
      • Identify industry events in your area for hands-on training or learn more about an upcoming tradeshow using the Industry Calendar
      • Stay current on the latest product information with industry Newsbriefs
      • Access product information directly through the Guide, including techniques guide, sales brochures, and product training videos
      • Review a company’s full product line and easily connect with your local sales rep
      • Responsive, online platform allowing for easy searching and browsing from your desktop, phone or tablet
  • Inclusion in Find a Hand Surgeon function (Candidates post-fellowship only) on ASSH website, which is visited monthly by approximately 6,000 patients looking for hand surgeons.
  • Discounts on ASSH products and services:
      • Candidate Residents and Fellows can attend the ASSH Annual Meeting for nearly 90% less than the standard price.  Candidate Members post-fellowship receive the reduced Member rate.
      • Discount of 20% on the ASSH Self-Assessment Exam
      • Savings of 25% or more on ASSH publications (books, e-Books, and monographs).  Candidate Residents and Fellows receive the special Resident/Fellow price.
  • Automated tracking and record keeping for all ASSH CME activities, which reduces the clerical burden of tracking your CME.
  • Subscription to all ASSH newsletters, including:
      • Weekly Member Update: The member newsletter that keeps you informed of all ASSH activities and health policy changes
      • Coding Corner Newsletter: Learn from the best and begin building your coding expertise with this newsletter written by former ASSH President and coding expert Dan Nagle, MD.
      • Government Affairs Newsletter: The ASSH Government Affairs Committee works hard to represent the upper extremity specialty in Washington.  The Government newsletter will keep you up-to-date on their efforts and the latest news from the Hill.
      • Business of Hand Surgery Newsletter: The private practitioners of ASSH are here to help you navigate the business of hand surgery.  Their newsletter gives helpful tips and shares any news that may affect your practice.
      • Correspondence News: This monthly newsletter, edited by David Labosky, MD, features articles from ASSH members with surgical pearls, tips, techniques, and words of wisdom.
  • Access to online ASSH membership directory, the most accurate source of member contact information, accessible from any device.
  • Access to the Members Listserv, the member-led forum for your most important questions.  You can participate or simply observe to hear the opinions of our members on unique cases.
  • Committee eligibility
      • There are dozens of ASSH committees ready to welcome new ASSH members with fresh ideas.  Each committee has a specific mission, from providing patients with more information to improving emergency hand care or planning the Annual Meeting.  Which committee is right for you?
International Member

International Membership is a unique opportunity for surgeons from across the globe to gain access to the hand and upper extremity resources of ASSH.  Connect with more than 1,500 ASSH surgeons based in the U.S. in addition to upper extremity specialists from 45 different countries.  International Membership provides the opportunity to learn and connect from anywhere in the world.

Who can become an International Member? Hand surgeons residing outside of the United States who have been in active practice in their specialty for a minimum of five (5) years.

More details on becoming an International Member.

Value of International Membership

  • Subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery, a $420 value, includes:
      • Valuable research with free access to the JHS website, where the entire 28 year history is available to members for search and use
      • Free JHS iPad app that allows you to download issues of JHS and read them offline
      • Emails that inform you of new content that is instantly available online, even before it arrives in printed format
  • Full and free access to Hand-e, the premier hand and upper extremity online learning resource (videos, articles, platform search, etc.), a $299 value, includes:
      • Ability to search and filter not only the Hand-e platform - which includes videos, articles, images, educational sessions, and Annual Meeting instructional courses - but also all ASSH digital content, including JHS and the ASSH Textbook.
      • Access to new content, added multiple times a month
      • Access to content organized by the SHUE and ASSH Textbook curriculum
      • Search function according to content or learning channel (e.g., videos) and access to “just-in-time” content/technique videos for your next case
      • Ability to view and use Hand-e content on any device with an Internet browser:  computers, tablets, smartphones
  • Full and free access to the Industry Guide (prepared and vetted by the ASSH Commercial Support Committee) includes:
      • Integrated Hand-e search results to include industry content such as vendor profiles, product guides, and industry videos
      • Dedicated industry search engine which will allow you to find products or services via keyword search, filter industry results by popular product categories, and browse content using the core curriculum of hand surgery subject areas
      • Identify industry events in your area for hands-on training or learn more about an upcoming tradeshow using the Industry Calendar
      • Stay current on the latest product information with industry Newsbriefs
      • Access product information directly through the Guide, including techniques guide, sales brochures, and product training videos
      • Review a company’s full product line and easily connect with your local sales rep
      • Responsive, online platform allowing for easy searching and browsing from your desktop, phone or tablet
  • Inclusion in Find a Hand Surgeon function on ASSH website, which is visited monthly by approximately 6,000 patients looking for hand surgeons.
  • Discounts on ASSH products and services:
      • Attend the ASSH Annual Meeting and ASSH courses for 25% less compared to the standard price
      • Savings of 25% or more on ASSH publications (books, e-Books, and monographs)
  • Subscription to ASSH newsletters, including:
      • Weekly Member Update: The member newsletter that keeps you informed of all ASSH activities.
      • Correspondence News: This monthly newsletter, edited by Kevin F. Lutsky, MD, features articles from ASSH members with surgical pearls, tips, techniques, and words of wisdom.
  • Access to online ASSH membership directory, the most accurate source of member contact information, accessible from any device.
  • Access to the Members Listserv, the member-led forum for your most important questions.
  • Ability to apply for ASSH-sponsored grants and awards: Annually, the ASSH and AFSH partnerships provide $700,000 in research and education grants
  • Committee eligibility: There are dozens of ASSH committees ready to welcome new ASSH members with fresh ideas.  Each committee has a specific mission, from providing patients with more information to improving emergency hand care or planning the Annual Meeting.  Which committee is right for you?

International Candidate Member

ASSH International Candidate Membership is a category available to certain applicants prior to becoming an International Member of our Society.  As an International Candidate Member, you have the opportunity to learn, grow, and fully participate in the Society alongside some of the most established hand and upper extremity specialists in the world.  Enjoy nearly identical benefits as ASSH International Members, and begin your journey as a member of this prestigious hand surgeon network.

Who can become an International Candidate Member? Surgeons who are within five (5) years of having completed a one-year ACGME-accredited or RCPSC-accredited fellowship in hand surgery, or have spent a minimum of one year as an observer of such a fellowship.

More details on becoming an ASSH International Candidate Member.

 

Value of International Candidate Membership


Reduced membership dues, compared to International Member dues of $350

  • International Candidate Members post-fellowship pay reduced yearly dues of $200, receiving full benefits

Subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery, a $420 value, includes:

  • Valuable research with free access to the JHS website, where the entire 28 year history is available to members for search and use
  • Free JHS iPad app that allows you to download issues of JHS and read them offline
  • Emails that inform you of new content that is instantly available online, even before it arrives in printed format

Full and free access to Hand-e, the premier hand and upper extremity online learning resource (videos, articles, platform search, etc.), a $299 value, includes:

  • Ability to search and filter not only Hand-e platform - which includes videos, articles, images, educational sessions, and Annual Meeting instructional courses - but also all ASSH digital content, including JHS and the ASSH Textbook.
  • Access to new content, added multiple times a month
  • Access to content organized by the SHUE and ASSH Textbook curriculum
  • Search function according to content or learning channel (e.g., videos) and access to “just-in-time” content/technique videos for your next case
  • Ability to view and use Hand-e content on any device with an Internet browser:  computers, tablets, smartphones

Full and free access to the Industry Guide (prepared and vetted by the ASSH Commercial Support Committee) includes:

  • Integrated Hand-e search results to include industry content such as vendor profiles, product guides, and industry videos
  • Dedicated industry search engine which will allow you to find products or services via keyword search, filter industry results by popular product categories, and browse content using the core curriculum of hand surgery subject areas
  • Identify industry events in your area for hands-on training or learn more about an upcoming tradeshow using the Industry Calendar
  • Stay current on the latest product information with industry Newsbriefs
  • Access product information directly through the Guide, including techniques guide, sales brochures, and product training videos
  • Review a company’s full product line and easily connect with your local sales rep
  • Responsive, online platform allowing for easy searching and browsing from your desktop, phone or tablet

Inclusion in Find a Hand Surgeon function on ASSH website, which is visited monthly by approximately 6,000 patients looking for hand surgeons.

Discounts on ASSH products and services:

  • Attend the ASSH Annual Meeting and ASSH courses for 25% less compared to the standard price
  • Savings of 25% or more on ASSH publications (books, e-Books, and monographs)

Subscription to all ASSH newsletters, including:

  • Weekly Member Update: The member newsletter that keeps you informed of all ASSH activities and health policy changes   
  • Correspondence News: This monthly newsletter, edited by David Labosky, MD, features articles from ASSH members with surgical pearls, tips, techniques, and words of wisdom.

Access to online ASSH membership directory, the most accurate source of member contact information, accessible from any device.

Access to the Members Listserv, the member-led forum for your most important questions.  You can participate or simply observe to hear the opinions of our members on unique cases.

Committee eligibility

  • There are dozens of ASSH committees ready to welcome new ASSH members with fresh ideas.  Each committee has a specific mission, from providing patients with more information to improving emergency hand care or planning the Annual Meeting.  Which committee is right for you?
Affiliate Member

Joining ASSH gives allied healthcare professionals the platform to learn and network directly with the most established individuals of the hand and upper extremity industry.  Affiliate Membership gives you access to the same top-notch resources, opportunities, and patients as all other ASSH members.

Who can become an Affiliate Member? Fully licensed allied healthcare professionals (i.e., hand therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse)

More details on becoming an ASSH Affiliate Member.


Value of Affiliate Membership

  • Subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery, a $420 value, includes:
      • Valuable research with free access to the JHS website, where the entire 28 year history is available to members for search and use
      • Free JHS iPad app that allows you to download issues of JHS and read them offline
      • Emails that inform you of new content that is instantly available online, even before it arrives in printed format
      • Opportunities for earning CME through JHS articles
  • Full and free access to the Industry Guide (prepared and vetted by the ASSH Commercial Support Committee) includes:
      • Integrated Hand-e search results to include industry content such as vendor profiles, product guides, and industry videos
      • Dedicated industry search engine which will allow you to find products or services via keyword search, filter industry results by popular product categories, and browse content using the core curriculum of hand surgery subject areas
      • Identify industry events in your area for hands-on training or learn more about an upcoming tradeshow using the Industry Calendar
      • Stay current on the latest product information with industry Newsbriefs
      • Access product information directly through the Guide, including techniques guide, sales brochures, and product training videos
      • Review a company’s full product line and easily connect with your local sales rep
      • Responsive, online platform allowing for easy searching and browsing from your desktop, phone or tablet
  • Discounts on ASSH products and services:
      • Attend the ASSH Annual Meeting and ASSH courses for 40% less compared to the standard price
      • Savings of 35% or more on ASSH publications (books, e-Books, and monographs)
  • Subscription to Weekly Member Update: The member newsletter that keeps you informed of all ASSH activities and health policy changes
  • Access to online ASSH membership directory, the most accurate source of member contact information, accessible from any device.
  • Committee eligibility: There are dozens of ASSH committees ready to welcome new ASSH members with fresh ideas.  Each committee has a specific mission, from providing patients with more information to improving emergency hand care or planning the Annual Meeting.  Which committee is right for you?

 

 

Supporting Member

As key contributors to the hand and upper extremity, Supporting Members can enhance their knowledge of the field with the unlimited resources of ASSH.  These professionals have access to massive amounts of images, articles and videos for research projects, personal use, and students.  Supporting Members have the ability to work directly with and tap into the brains of hand surgeons everywhere.

Who can become a Supporting Member? Non-surgeons who have contributed to the understanding and/or treatment of disorders of the upper limbs and who support the programs of the Society.

More details on becoming an ASSH Supporting Member.

 

Value of Supporting Membership

  • Subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery, a $420 value, includes:
      • Valuable research with free access to the JHS website, where the entire 28 year history is available to members for search and use
      • Free JHS iPad app that allows you to download issues of JHS and read them offline
      • Emails that inform you of new content that is instantly available online, even before it arrives in printed format
  • Full and free access to Hand-e, the premier hand and upper extremity online learning resource (videos, articles, platform search, etc.), a $299 value, includes:
      • Ability to search and filter not only the Hand-e platform - which includes videos, articles, images, educational sessions, and Annual Meeting instructional courses - but also all ASSH digital content, including JHS and the ASSH Textbook.
      • Access to new content, added multiple times a month
      • Access to content organized by the SHUE and ASSH Textbook curriculum
      • Search function according to content or learning channel (e.g., videos)
      • Ability to view and use Hand-e content on any device with an Internet browser:  computers, tablets, smartphones
  • Full and free access to the Industry Guide (prepared and vetted by the ASSH Commercial Support Committee) includes:
      • Integrated Hand-e search results to include industry content such as vendor profiles, product guides, and industry videos
      • Dedicated industry search engine which will allow you to find products or services via keyword search, filter industry results by popular product categories, and browse content using the core curriculum of hand surgery subject areas
      • Identify industry events in your area for hands-on training or learn more about an upcoming tradeshow using the Industry Calendar
      • Stay current on the latest product information with industry Newsbriefs
      • Access product information directly through the Guide, including techniques guide, sales brochures, and product training videos
      • Review a company’s full product line and easily connect with your local sales rep
      • Responsive, online platform allowing for easy searching and browsing from your desktop, phone or tablet
  • Discounts on ASSH products and services:
      • Attend the ASSH Annual Meeting and ASSH courses for 25% less compared to the standard price
      • Savings of 25% or more on ASSH publications (books, e-Books, and monographs)
  • Subscription to ASSH newsletters, including:
      • Weekly Member Update: The member newsletter that keeps you informed of all ASSH activities and health policy changes
      • Correspondence News: This monthly newsletter, edited by David Labosky, MD, features articles from ASSH members with surgical pearls, tips, techniques, and words of wisdom.
  • Access to online ASSH membership directory, the most accurate source of member contact information, accessible from any device.
  • Access to the Members Listserv, the member-led forum that allows you to observe or participate in discussions on difficult cases.
  • Ability to apply for ASSH-sponsored grants and awards: Annually, the ASSH and AFSH partnerships provide $700,000 in research and education grants
  • Committee eligibility: There are dozens of ASSH committees ready to welcome new ASSH members with fresh ideas.  Each committee has a specific mission, from providing patients with more information to improving emergency hand care or planning the Annual Meeting.  Which committee is right for you?

 

For all membership questions, please contact ASSH Membership Manager Mary McCarthy at mmccarthy@assh.org.

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