2013 Comprehensive Review Course

Volunteer Note

Ryan Calfee, MD, MSc and Thomas Hughes, MD
The annual ASSH Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery is being held July 12-14th at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown hotel.  This intensive, three day review is designed to prepare hand surgeons of all backgrounds for subspecialty certification and recertification in surgery of the hand 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 will 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 which is directing the field of hand and upper extremity surgery.  In response to feedback from prior attendees, this year’s course will use an audience response system to allow interactive question and answer sessions during panel discussions.  We have also added additional topics including nerve transfers, upper extremity prosthetics, and skin cancers. 
This course follows the General Orthopaedic Review which is co-sponsored by the AAOS and the ASSH.  The General Review taking place on July 11th is an all encompassing one day update on orthopaedics outside of the hand.  This offers hand surgeons the chance to keep 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 June 21st.  Whether you consider attending this course in preparation for board examination, recertification, or to expand and update your knowledge, myself and co-chair Thomas Hughes expect that this year’s course will meet your needs.   We look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago.