Weekly Member Update - March 21, 2014

Hand-e Update – Take Another Look

Final Call for Committee Applications

10 Days Left to Apply for Education Director

Fracture Coding Webinar on Tuesday 3/25

Comprehensive Review

What Every Hand Surgeon Should Know About the Wrist

Alert Your Young Colleagues to the Clinician Scientist Development Program

Apply for the AFSH & HVO Traveling Fellowship

The AFSH is Now a Part of Amazon Smile

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Hand-e Update – Take Another Look

Zlotolow borderDan Zlotolow, MD
Hand-e Editor

You may have seen it in President Kozin’s January update, or when you read the Correspondence News or Coding Corner newsletter.  In each of those cases, you have seen the future of ASSH member resources: Hand-e.

Even in these few short months, Hand-e is growing and changing.  We have made changes to the ways you can find and access content, we have added more content, and we have commissioned a team of 23 section editors to cultivate Hand-e content in a way that ensures the value of Hand-e to ASSH members.
Our editorial team’s focus in the short term is enhancing the seamless access to articles, images and videos from the ASSH textbook, scientific abstracts, ASSH newsletters, annual meeting videos and presentations and soon, the Journal of Hand Surgery, all through Hand-e.

Our subsequent focus will be on expanding our surgical technique video library so that Hand-e’s Surgical Skills library will become your go-to reference.  All Hand-e content is peer-reviewed by these section editors, so you know it is a source you can trust.   Read more.

Final Call for Committee Applications

Today is the final day to submit your application for an ASSH committee!  Choose from one of dozens of committees looking for fresh volunteers on our volunteer webpage.  To apply:

  1. Complete the 2014-2015 Committee Application (new assignments only).


  2. Complete the Term Renewal Request Form (for current terms ending this year).

Terms will begin at the 69th ASSH Annual Meeting in Boston and will last three years. With questions, contact ASSH Governance Coordinator Olivia Moran at

10 Days Left to Apply for Education Director

Interested in joining ASSH leadership?  You have less than two weeks to submit an application for Education Division Director, a coveted position responsible for 20 ASSH committees.  The new director will oversee Annual Meeting, ASSH courses and publications, the Self-Assessment Examination and much more.

Each application must include the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Four-page CV
  • Two letters of support from ASSH members
  • Completed ASSH Conflict of Interest form

For application details and the qualifications/commitments of this position, visit the Council application page.  Terms will begin at the 69th Annual Meeting in Boston.  With questions, contact ASSH Governance Coordinator Olivia Moran at

Fracture Coding Webinar on Tuesday

Webinar_ETThere’s still time to register for Part II of the ICD-10 webinar series!  This session takes place on Tuesday, March 25 and will focus on coding for acute fractures of the hand.  Registration is $75 for a one-hour session with coding expert Mary LeGrand, who will:

  • 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.

The registration fee for this webinar includes access to a recording for later viewing.  To register and for more information, visit the Part II registration page.  Email Olivia at with questions.

Comprehensive Review

CompReview_200x200_ETChicago - 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. Register now.

Looking for more? Come a day early!
General Orthopaedic Review
July 17, 2014

What Every Hand 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 now.

Alert Your Young Colleagues to the Clinician Scientist Development Program

The deadline to apply for the AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scientist Development Program (CSDP) is March 31.  They are seeking applicants in their PGY2-PGY5 residency years, in fellowships, and Junior Faculty through year three who have the potential and desire to become orthopaedic clinician scientists.  ASSH will sponsor one hand surgeon applicant to attend.

The workshop will run September 25-27.  The CSDP provides participants with an orientation to the research environment including research history, funding sources and orthopaedic research organizations.  The workshop also provides the opportunity to meet and interact with research professors and establish a mentor relationship with selected faculty.

Apply for the AFSH & HVO Traveling Fellowship

HVO WhiteThe AFSH & HVO Traveling Fellowship was created to foster an exchange of scientific information among physicians serving the hand and upper limb community worldwide.  Develop your decision-making skills while forging personal and professional relationships that will last a lifetime.  Traveling Fellows will spend 4 or more weeks at an HVO teaching site in a developing country.  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 in U.S. and Canada only.  Review the application requirements and submission details.  Deadline to submit is April 1, 2014.

The AFSH is Now a Part of Amazon Smile

AFSH LogoShopping on Amazon?  Remember to shop via and select the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand as your charity of choice.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of Amazon purchases to the AFSH every time you shop.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, same prices, same service – only now you can support the AFSH without doing anything extra!

For Chrome browser users, check out the "Smile Always" extension that will redirect to so you’ll never forget.


Thank You to AFSH Donors

J. Mack Aldridge, III, MD
David A. Cautilli, MD
AFSH25_logo1_finalMark R. DeHaan, MD
G. Thomas Frazier, Jr., MD
Leonard F. Hubbard, MD
Trevor P. Lynch, MD
John A. McCarthy, MD
James C. McIntosh, Jr., MD
Brian A. Murphy, MD
J. Megan Patterson, MD
J. Gordon Rawles, Jr., MD
Michael S. Shuler, MD
Christopher J. Widstrom, MD
Brown University Hand Surgery Club

Please join AFSH in thanking our corporate sponsor, Stryker, for their grant in support of Soft Tissue and Nerve Repair.


© 2016 American Society for Surgery of the Hand

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