Meeting the Challenge of the New Decade

Frequently Asked Questions


Onsite Information
CME Questions
Program Questions
International Attendees Questions
Registration Questions
General ASSH/AFSH Information

Onsite Information: 
The 2012 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois.

Locations of meeting and resources:
Registration Desk – Grand Registration, Gold Level, East Tower
Main Scientific Session – Grand Ballroom, Gold Level, East Tower
Exhibit Hall - Riverside Center, Purple Level, East Tower
Committee Meetings – Hyatt Regency Chicago, Check the schedule
Educational Resource Center – Columbus G H, Gold Level, East Tower
Founders Circle Lounge – Grand Suites 5, Gold Level, East Tower (near registration)
E-Posters – Columbus Foyer, Gold Level, East Tower
AFSH Booth - Near registration, Gold Level, East Tower
Speaker Ready Room
Speakers must preview their computer-generated materials before presenting. The Speaker Ready Room is located in Wrigley Room, Bronze Level, West Tower. Speaker Ready Room hours are:
Tuesday, September 4 -- 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 5 -- 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, September 6 -- 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday, September 7 -- 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, September 8 -- 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM

ASSH Educational Resource Center
The ASSH Educational Resource Center will provide information on all ASSH activities, publications, courses, future annual meetings, patient education brochures, self-assessment examinations, apparel and more.  ASSH staff members will be available to answer your questions, fill publication orders and accept course registrations. Onsite hours are:

Wednesday, September 5 -- 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, September 6 -- 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, September 7 -- 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, September 8 -- 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall is located in Riverside Center, Purple Level, East Tower. The exhibit hall hours are:

Thursday, September 6 -- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, September 7 -- 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, September 8 -- 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Boxed Lunches
Lunch will be provided in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM and Friday 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Lunch on Saturday will be in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Internet Access

Free wifi will be available in the Hyatt Regency to meeting attendees from September 4th - September 8th. To access the wireless network, please refer to the handout in your registration envelope, or see a member of ASSH staff at the information booth.

Meeting App - ASSH AM 2012

How do I find the ASSH App?
OR - If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, go to the App store on your device to search for “ASSH AM 2012”.  If you have an Android phone or tablet (ie. HTC, LG, Samsung, Motorola), go to Google Play to search for “ASSH AM 2012”
Using a Blackberry or Windows phone?  Direct your device’s internet browser to to find our website has been mobile-optimized.

Is there a fee to download or use any features in the app?
No.  The app and all its features are completely free.


Do I need wireless access to use the app?

Sometimes.  You will need wireless access to:
  • download the app. 
  • view Online Resources like handouts and ePosters.
  • send emails from the app. 

Can someone help me with questions I have about the app?
Yes.  You can email any questions to prior to the meeting. 
If you find an error or missing information, please send a note to Jessica at
While you are at the meeting, visit the ASSH App Center located inside the ASSH Educational Resource Center on the Gold Level, East Tower of the Hyatt Regency Convention Center.
You can also use the “SEARCH” function in the app to find information about the meeting and events.

Do I need to download the app?
Not really – but with the app you can use maps to find your way around the Hyatt Regency Convention Center, build your personal schedule, find information about speakers, take notes on each session, review exhibitor descriptions and find them easily in the exhibit hall and much more.

Can I use the app to register?
No.  You will need to register via the ASSH Central Office prior to August 17 or onsite.  Refer to registration hours here.

Where are the Annual Meeting Handouts?
On the ASSH website just click here.   You can access them now or download them to your device for off-line viewing during the meeting.

Do I get a CD-ROM this year?
No.  The information you need is available via the native app or mobile-optimized website.


CME questions:

How many hours of CME will I receive if I attend this meeting?

The ASSH designates this live activity for a maximum of 36.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Note: The maximum number of credits listed above include additional fee pre- and post- courses. Those who choose not to register for additional fee sessions are eligible for up to 21.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

How do I get my CME certificate?
The Hand Society’s Certificate of Course Completion form is available online only. Upon the completion of the meeting you will be able to login at  > Information for Surgeons and Hand Care Professionals > My CME to verify the hours you attended and the number of CME credits you have earned by participating in the 67th ASSH Annual Meeting.

Claiming your hours online is quick, easy and automatically updates your CME transcript for immediate printing!  If you are a new attendee or forgot your login information, please contact the ASSH by email at  or call (312) 880-1900 to obtain your login information.

DO NOT create a new online account if you have trouble logging in –– your registration record is attached to your original login and your education credits will not appear if a new login is created. For assistance with using the website or accessing your CME information online stop by the registration desk onsite or contact the Hand Society.

Who accredits this meeting?
The 67th ASSH Annual Meeting has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Does this meeting qualify for CEU?
No.  However, non-physician attendees can claim proof of attendance by following the same steps listed above for claiming CME.

Does this meeting satisfy any patient safety credit hours?
Please check the ASPS website.

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Program questions:

When does the meeting start?
The official start of the Annual Meeting is on Thursday, September 6, 2012.  However, committee meetings and precourses begin on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

Where can I find the session calendar and session information?
Check the Program page to get started.

What courses will be recorded and sold?
The American Society for Surgery of the hand will be capturing audio lectures and video PowerPoint presentations on selected sessions, listed below, during the 67th ASSH Annual Meeting to be made available on the ASSH eLearning Portal.  To pre-order any or all of these sessions, please complete the order form and return it onsite to the Educational Resource Center.  You may also fax the form after the meeting to (847) 384-1435 or mail it to ASSH 822 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60607.   The videos will be available on the eLearning Portal approximately 3 weeks after the close of the Annual Meeting.  You will receive an email with access instructions when the videos are available.

Precourse 01 : New Options in Minimally Invasive Hand Surg
Precourse 02:  Neurovascular Injuries. Part 1: Entrapment Neuropathies
Precourse 04: Treatment of Hand/Wrist Injuries in Athletes
Precourse 05: Neurovascular Injuries. Part 2: Arterial Injuries
Precourse 06: There is an Elbow. You must fix it.
Precourse 07: Financial Basics for Hand Surgeons
Precourse 08: Bad to the Bone: Salvage of the Failed Wrist
Precourse 09: Evidence Based Treatment of DRF in 2012
Precourse 10: Congenital Hand Surg. Current. Concepts, Master Techniques
Master Skills Series in Wrist and Hand Reconstruction
Post-course: Soft Tissue Reconstruction

• Symposium 01 Highlighting the Achievements of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand
• Symposium 02 Thumb Reconstruction: Over 100 Years of Technical Refinement
• Symposium 03 Tennis Elbow: Doing Something vs. Nothing
• Symposium 04 Fast and Furious: Thumb CMC Arthritis in 5-Minute Bullets
• Symposium 05 My Favorite Flexor Tendon Repair and Why
• Symposium 06 Health Policy:  Practicing Medicine with Increasing Governmental Regulation
• Symposium 07 Evidence Based Medicine 2012 - The Use of Evidence in Daily Practice
• Symposium 08 Hand Smackdown
• Symposium 09 The Distal Forearm Joint A – Z
• Symposium 10 Patients and Procedures - Those to Avoid and Those to Embrace
• Symposium 11 Innovative Treatment for Combat Injuries in the Upper Extremity
• Symposium 12 PIP Joint Replacement: The International Perspective
• Symposium 13 Evolving Indications, Role of Hemiarthroplasty and Salvage of the Failed Total Wrist Arthroplasty
• Symposium 14 Distal Motor and Sensory Nerve Transfers – A Changing Paradigm
• Symposium 15 Fragility Fractures of the Upper Extremity: What Every Hand Surgeon Should Know
• Symposium 16 Treatment Options for the Scapholunate Ligament Complex  

IC01: Dupuytren's Contracture: MOC Approved


When will committee meetings be held?
Committee meetings will be scheduled from Tuesday through Saturday.  View the current schedule

What is the Annual Meeting attendance requirement for ASSH Active members?
ASSH Active members must attend at least one ASSH Annual Meeting Society every three years. “Attendance” at an ASSH Annual Meeting is considered a full paid registration and is not fulfilled by single day registrations, individual pre or post course registrations, or acting as faculty/presenter/discusser for a course.

What is the appropriate attire for the meeting?
Business casual.

Where can I get precourse handouts?
If you are registered for a precourse, your registration includes a copy of the precourse syllabus.  The syllabus will be distributed at the door where your precourse is being held.  If there are extra copies of the precourse handouts available at the end of the precourse, these may be purchased from the ASSH Educational Resource Center during the meeting (except for the coding course).

Where can I get handouts for the instructional courses & other sessions?
Handouts for symposia and instructional course lectures will be posted on prior to the meeting.  An e-mail notification will be sent to annual meeting attendees as soon as handouts become available for downloading. 

Where can I get abstracts for the meeting?
Meeting abstracts will be posted on prior to the meeting.  An e-mail notification will be sent to annual meeting attendees as soon as the abstracts are available.  Meeting attendees will also receive an abstract book onsite containing all the abstract being presented at the meeting.  Abstracts from prior meetings can be found in the Annual Meeting Abstract Archives.

What awards are given out at the Annual Meeting?  When are they given? How can I apply?
There are many grant and award opportunities. You can find specific award announcement times on our Schedule at a Glance.

How can I submit an abstract?
Please refer to the Program > Abstracts page for detailed information.

What are the dates for future annual meetings?

68th Annual Meeting of the ASSH
October 3-5, 2013 * San Francisco, CA
Residents & Fellows Conference and Precourses begin on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

69th Annual Meeting of the ASSH
September 18-20, 2014 * Boston, MA
Residents & Fellows Conference and Precourses begin on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
70th Annual Meeting of the ASSH
September 10-12, 2015 * Seattle, WA
Residents & Fellows Conference and Precourses begin on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015


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International attendee questions:

How do I get a letter of invitation?
If you need an official letter of invitation to attend the ASSH Annual Meeting, please contact staff at

Are there special registration discounts for international attendees?
Attendees from Korea, this year’s International Guest Society, are entitled to a registration discount.  Please contact  for the discount code before registering online.

What is the international reception and how do I get invited?
The International Reception is open to all international attendees and their guests.

How can I become an International Member of ASSH?
Learn more about membership here.


Registration questions:

How do I register?
Visit the How to Register page now.

Where is onsite registration and when is it open?

Registration is located in Grand Registration, East Tower. If you need to select or purchase tickets, you may do so onsite. All tickets are on a space-available basis. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Registration hours are:

Tuesday, September 4, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, September 6, 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, September 7, 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, September 8, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

What is the cancellation policy? 
Please visit the registration fees and policies page for details on the refund and cancellation policy. 

What is the youth attendance policy?
Adults 18 years of age and older may visit any area of the annual meeting, provided admittance requirements are met according to the information that follows. These policies are strictly enforced.

Exhibit Hall - Children 6-17 years of age must purchase an exhibit hall pass at the ASSH Registration Desk to gain admittance to the exhibit hall. Parents or legal guardians are required to sign a release and waiver of claim for children between 6-17 years of age and must accompany them at all times while in the exhibit hall. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted to enter the exhibit hall under any circumstances.

Guest Program - All individuals participating in a tour must purchase a ticket and sign a release and waiver of claim. Some activities have a minimum age limit. Optional tour tickets are nonrefundable once purchased.

What does the spouse/guest program include?
Visit the Social Activities section to find out more about the spouse/guest program, as well as optional tours and evening shows.

Will my registration materials be mailed to me?
No. You will not receive registration materials in advance of the Annual Meeting.  However, two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting, you will receive an e-mail notification that provides you with detailed information regarding your attendance at the Annual Meeting.  This will include instructions on location and times when you can check in and pick up your registration material.

How do I get a copy of my invoice?
Please visit > Information for Surgeons and Hand Care Professionals > My Transactions to access any ASSH invoice.

How do I know if you have received my registration?
You may visit > Information for Surgeons and Hand Care Professionals > My Transactions to verify your registration has been processed. 

Who can I contact if I have questions about my registration?
For registration questions, please call (312) 880-1900 or email

What sessions are require an additional fee?
There is an additional fee required if you plan on attending any of the following:
• Residents and Fellows Conference
• Optional Precourses and Postcourse
• Tours and Social Events

I am a speaker, do I need to register?
Yes, all speakers are required to register and pay to attend the Annual Meeting.

Can I register to only visit the Exhibit Hall?
Yes, exhibit-only passes are available at the following rates:
One Day Pass - $125; 3-Day Pass - $200

What is included with my registration?
A full meeting registration entitles you to the following:
• Access all the scientific sessions, instructional course lectures, interactive case reviews and product demonstration workshops
• Access to the Exhibit Hall
• Daily box lunch
• Onsite Program and Scientific Abstract Book
• Complimentary downloadable handouts for symposia and instructional course lectures

I am an exhibitor, can I attend sessions?
Exhibitors registered as staff representatives may attend General Sessions.  To attend any of the Precourse or Instructional Course, etc. you must be registered as an attendee.  For more information about pricing, contact

How do I register for a Symposium?
All symposia are included in registrations as they are part of the concurrent scientific sessions at the Annual Meeting and seating capacity is not an issue.  You do not need to register for these.

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General Information about ASSH and AFSH:

Where can I learn more about the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand?
Learn more at the AFSH website.

Where can I learn more about the products offered by ASSH?
Learn more by visiting the ASSH Store.

Where can I learn about applying for membership to ASSH?
Learn more about joining ASSH.

How can I reach someone in the ASSH Central Office?
The ASSH phone number is (312) 880-1900, or find out how to contact a staff member

Who is on the ASSH Council?
Learn more about the ASSH Council members.

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