Weekly Member Update - March 7, 2014

Accepting Applications for the Richard H. Gelberman Scholar Award

Registration Now Open for Fracture Coding Webinar

Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

What Every Surgeon Should Know About the Wrist

Health Volunteers Overseas Traveling Fellowship: Applications Due April 1

One Month Left Until Grant Deadline

February Correspondence News Now Available

Where Credit Is Due

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Accepting Applications for the Richard H. Gelberman Scholar Award
Gelberman_smaller2014 marks the first year of the Richard H. Gelberman Scholar Award, which was created to fund some or all of the costs of an ASSH Candidate Member’s traveling educational experience. 

Intended for a young hand surgeon who has demonstrated strong potential for excellence in patient care, research and education, the inaugural Gelberman Award – named after the current AFSH President – will be announced at the 2014 Annual Meeting. The Gelberman Scholar will conduct his or her visit in 2015 to accrue knowledge of operative techniques or research methodologies that will be utilized early in the applicant's academic practice of hand, upper extremity, or microsurgery.

Now is your chance to have an early and lasting impact on the field of hand surgery!  Apply for this award by visiting the Gelberman Scholar webpage.


Registration Now Open for Fracture Coding Webinar

Tuesday, March 25, 8PM Eastern

Legrand_borderLet us help you prepare for the daunting transition to ICD-10, which is fast approaching.  Coding expert Mary LeGrand will lead a one-hour session on the complicated topic of acute fracture coding on Tuesday, March 25.

Gain the coding experience you need and join Mary for this webinar to:

  • Discuss key documentation changes to support ICD-10 terminology and code selection.
  • Incorporate coding guideline changes related to fracture coding.
  • Articulate how to report fractures documented as displaced versus non-displaced, closed and open.
  • Demonstrate understanding of 7th character extensions and encounter definition.

Register now for ICD-10 Part II: Fractures. The $75 registration fee includes access to the live session and a recording for later viewing. With questions, contact ASSH staff member Olivia Moran at [email protected].

Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Chicago - July 18-20, 2014

ASSH's renowned Comprehensive Review Course is your home for advanced review and updates on the latest research.  Covering anatomy, biomechanics and pathology as well as diagnostic and treatment methods, this course examines the full spectrum of upper extremity surgery so you walk away with all the tools you need, whether you are preparing for recertification or just staying on top of your game. 

Join us, along with our faculty of recognized experts in hand surgery, in the exciting city of Chicago.  Between the jam packed program and the sights and sounds around town, not a minute of your time will be wasted.

As part of your registration fee, you will receive both a print syllabus and downloadable digital syllabus at the course, and a full screen PDF of the CompReview_200x200_ETpresentations for continued review after the course.  Register today!

Looking for more? Come a day early!

General Orthopaedic Review
July 17, 2014

If you are preparing for the general orthopaedics section of the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand, be sure to include the AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review in your registration.  This additional fee program is held the day before the Comprehensive Review course and is a lively and convenient program with all of the generally accepted principles of orthopaedics that you need to study.  If you are an AAOS Member, but not an ASSH Member, call the ASSH office at 312-880-1900 for your AAOS Member discount code for the General Orthopaedic Review.

Please note: the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of General Surgery do not provide content or material for this educational program.

What Every Surgeon Should Know About the Wrist: Distal Radius, Carpus and Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain

Wrist14_200x200_ETMay 2 - 3, 2014
Sheraton Austin, Austin, TX

Whether the wrist is part of your everyday repertoire or it's an untouched territory you'd like to explore, Austin, TX, May 2-3, is the place to build your expertise.  This course will present the latest research and techniques regarding disorders of the wrist. It will cover all of the common conditions as well as conditions that are seen less frequently.  The programming created for this two day course will give you all the best tips and knowledge that you need to provide state-of-the-art care to your patients.  Apply the latest research and knowledge to your clinical practice and enjoy Austin.  Register today.

Health Volunteers Overseas Traveling Fellowship: Applications Due April 1

Supported by a generous grant from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand

HVO WhiteApply today for the AFSH-HVO Traveling Fellowship to spend 4 or more weeks at an HVO teaching site in a developing country.  The successful applicant will be exposed to a wide range of surgical pathologies not commonly seen in the United States.  Learn how to communicate more effectively with people from different cultures and be exposed to the realities and constraints of delivering health care in a resource scarce environment.  This opportunity will enhance your ability to be flexible, adaptable and hone your decision-making skills.  Eligible applicants include: R3, R4, R5, Fellows and Surgeons within three years of completing their fellowship.  The applicant should not have been in practice for more than five years.  This opportunity is open to those residing in U.S. and Canada only.  Review the application requirements and submission details.  Deadline to submit is April 1, 2014.

One Month Left Until Grant Deadline

There is still time to submit grant applications in a number of categories.  Grants are due April 7, 2014.

Clinical Grants - $20,000 over two years
Basic Science Grants - $20,000 over 1 year
Peripheral Nerve Grant - $20,000 for either a basic science or clinical grant

And don’t forget: Weiland Award applications are also due April 7, 2014.  The guidelines for eligibility have changed.

February Correspondence News Now Available


Correspondence News is now part of Hand-e.  Log-in to hand-e.assh.org with your ASSH username and password to access this month's articles from:

  • Robert J. Strauch, MD
  • Sanjay K. Sharma, MD
  • Jane Siegel, MD

Please let us know what you think of Correspondence News on Hand-e by sending feedback to [email protected].

Where Credit is Due

This week, Past-President W.P. Andrew Lee, MD appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman with his patient, former Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco.  Mr. Marrocco received a double arm transplant in 2012 after being injured in Afghanistan by a improvised explosive device.  Click on the image below to watch Part I of the interview.


Thank You to AFSH Donors

AFSH25_logo1_finalR. Jeffrey Cole, MD
Edward Diao, MD
Orhan Kaymakcalan, MD
Ericka A. Lawler, MD
John A. McFadden, II, MD
Steven S. Shin, MD

Have you made your annual donation to the Foundation?  Visit www.afsh.org/donate now to support research, education and outreach in the field of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.