Young Members Steering Committee

Volunteer Note

R. Glenn Gaston, MD

Chair, Young Members Steering Committee

The Young Members Steering Committee is designed to engage young members and candidate members of the ASSH and ensure their needs, interests, and concerns are recognized be the ASSH Council.

The committee is composed exclusively of members within the first eight years of active ASSH membership.  Its focus has been three-fold: 1. To bolster interest in hand surgery and the ASSH among medical students, residents, and fellows; 2. To help the ASSH identify and meet the needs and goals of its young members; 3. To host an educational Annual Forum during the ASSH Annual Meeting designed specifically for residents, fellows, and young members.

In an effort to increase interest in hand surgery, the Committee has reached out to program directors in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery to heighten awareness for the Candidate Membership offered by the ASSH.

In response to goals and interests expressed by young members in recent years, the Committee began a mentorship program for young members to partner with a senior member of the Hand Society for guidance.  Also, the Committee is finalizing a web link to the ASSH site specifically for young members with such topics as how to become more involved as a young member, timelines for applications for the CAQ and MOC, social media links, etc.

The culmination of the year's work by the Committee is seen in our Annual Young Members Forum.  This forum is a wonderful educational and social event.  At the upcoming 2012 Forum, talks will include “Your first contract," “Using social media in your practice," “Boards and MOC: A Timeline for success," and “How to give an effective presentation." The forum will be followed by a cocktail hour.

This Committee meets once per year at the ASSH Annual Meeting and corresponds by email and conference call throughout the year as needed to discuss issues germane to our young members.  It has been a pleasure to serve on this Committee over the last four years, and I would encourage any interested young member to participate.