2012 Comprehensive Review Course

Volunteer Note

Michael Neumeister, MD
The annual ASSH Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery is being held July 13-15 in Chicago.
This intensive, three-day review is organized to prepare hand surgeons of all backgrounds for subspecialty certification in surgery of the hand (formally the Hand CAQ) administered through the American Boards of Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgery.  The course will provide both young and seasoned surgeons with consolidated synopses of the evidence behind current treatment trends.

The course provides in-depth coverage of all topics, from the elbow to the hand.  Lectures are designed to discuss relevant anatomic, biomechanical, and pathologic features of common upper-extremity conditions and their treatments.  The invited faculty will summarize and critically appraise the published research that is directing the field of hand and upper extremity surgery.  In response to feedback from prior attendees, this year's course will include question-and-answer sessions, allowing the audience to immediately test its knowledge.

The course follows the General Orthopaedic Review, which is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the ASSH.  The General Review taking place on July 12 is an all-encompassing, one-day update on orthopaedics outside of the hand.  This offers hand surgeons the chance to stay up-to-date on broader orthopaedic conditions and prepare for the general orthopaedic questions on the hand subspecialty examination.

Both the Comprehensive Hand Review and the General Orthopaedic Review are CME-approved programs, and registration is closing soon.  Whether you consider attending this course in preparation for board examination, recertification, or to expand and update your knowledge, myself and co-chair Ryan Calfee, MD, expect that this year's course will meet your needs.  Don't miss the June 21 registration deadline.