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Benefits of ASSH Candidate Membership
  • ASSH Candidate Residents and Candidate Fellows pay no annual dues, and receive the resident/fellow rate for ASSH registrations and products.

  • ASSH Candidate Members (post-fellowship) pay reduced annual dues of $420 (Active Members pay $750), and receive the member rate for ASSH registrations and products. As of the end of 2012, ASSH Candidate Members (post fellowship) are now listed in the Find-A-Hand-Surgeon search tool - listing in Find A Hand Surgeon is contingent upon availability of Work contact information.
      
  • ALL ASSH Candidate Members receive:
    • Complimentary subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS), both print and online.
    • Full access to Hand-e​, a comprehensive online educational platform
    • Access to, and inclusion in, the online ASSH Membership Directory
    • Access to Member Listservs
    • Weekly Member Updates
    • Access to the ASSH Image Library
    • JHS online CME
    • Career Opportunities
    • Get involved - serve on Committees
 
Additional benefit information available on the New Member Information page.
 
Not a member? Click here for Candidate Membership Application information.
 
How can I check my current ASSH membership status?
 
Logon* to www.assh.org , go to Member Center, look in the left hand toolbar > My Profile, RATE = Member Type under Membership Status.
 
*ALL ASSH Members have a record and logon information in the database – please DO NOT create a new record online.
 
If you need your username and password for the ASSH website please contact the ASSH Central Office at (312) 880-1900 or email: membership@assh.org.
 
ASSH Candidate Membership Status Reminder
 
  • Conferral of ASSH Candidate Membership does not imply that you will be qualified for, or admitted as, an ASSH Active Member.

  • ASSH Candidate Membership is limited to a maximum period of five (5) years after completion of fellowship.
     
  • Completion of the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) DOES NOT mean you are automatically an ASSH Active Member - must apply for ASSH Active Membership.

  • Candidate Resident status may be extended if you are completing a second qualifying residency.  You must provide ASSH with a letter from second residency director indicating your current status in the program and giving the start and completion dates for the residency in order to request an extension of your Candidate Resident status.

  • Candidate Fellow status may be extended a second year if you are completing a second year in a qualifying fellowship.  You must provide ASSH with a letter from second fellowship director indicating your current status in the program and giving the start and completion dates for the fellowship in order to request an extension of your Candidate Fellow status.

  • Candidate Membership eligibility* cannot be extended beyond the first five years in practice, after completion of fellowship.  To continue your membership benefits without interruption, you must sit for the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) and be accepted to Active Membership before the end of your fifth year in practice.  Otherwise, you will lose all membership benefits and revert to non-member status.  If your ASSH Candidate Membership eligibility expires, and you move to Non-Member status with no membership benefits, you can still apply for ASSH Active Membership as soon as you meet all of the qualifications for ASSH Active Membership.  Expired ASSH Candidate Membership eligibility is not looked upon negatively by the Membership Committee for ASSH Active Membership applicants.
 
*Your eligibility may expire sooner if you no longer meet the requirements for Candidate membership, e.g. you do not complete a hand fellowship, move outside the US or Canada, do not pay dues after you complete your fellowship; etc.
 
Candidate Members residing in Canada, or Canadian trained, must be physicians within three (3) years of completing an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (“RCPSC”) accredited residency in orthopaedic, plastic or general surgery or an AOA (American Osteopathic Association) accredited osteopathic orthopaedic surgery residency; shall be engaged in an ACGME-accredited or RCPSC-accredited fellowship in hand surgery; or shall be within five (5) years of having completed an ACGME-accredited or RCPSC-accredited fellowship in hand surgery.  Physicians residing in Canada have the option of applying for ASSH Active Membership or ASSH International Membership.  Canadian trained physicians, residing in the US, may qualify to apply for ASSH Active Membership.
 
Please review the documentation above detailing the requirements for Candidate Membership.  If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Bloesch – Membership Manager.
 
Email: membership@assh.org or Phone: (312) 880-1900 or Fax: (847) 384-1435
 
How to Retain Your ASSH Membership Benefits
 
If you are an ASSH Candidate Member enjoying the benefits of ASSH membership, make sure you take the appropriate steps to continue those benefits without interruption.
 
If your ASSH Candidate Membership eligibility expires, and you move to Non-Member status and no membership benefits, you can still apply for ASSH Active Membership as soon as you meet all of the qualifications for ASSH Active Membership.
 
Review the chart below to determine what you must do to retain your uninterrupted membership within ASSH.
 
​Who are you? ​When your ASSH membership benefits will end ​How to continue your benefits without interruption
​(CR) Candidate resident within the last 3 years of residency program ​Benefits will end when you complete your residency*, unless you… ​Provide ASSH with your fellowship program name, start date and expected completion date
​(CF) Candidate Fellow in a hand surgery fellowship ​Benefits will end when you complete your fellowship,unless you… ​Pay $420 annual dues, beginning the year after you complete your fellowship**
​(CM) Candidate Member (dues paying) within the first five years of practice after fellowship completion ​Benefits will end and Candidate membership eligibility will expire when you are five years post-fellowship, unless you… ​Sit for the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) within three or four years after completing your fellowship AND apply for (and are approved for) ASSH Active Membership by the end of your fifth year in practice after fellowship
​(CM) Candidate Member(dues paying) in practice more than 5 years after completion of fellowship*** ​Immediately ​To resume your benefits, you must apply for and be accepted for ASSH Active Membership****
 
*Candidate Resident status may be extended if you are completing a second qualifying residency. You must provide ASSH with residency details.
 
**Candidate fellowship may be extended a second year if you are completing a second year in a qualifying fellowship. You must provide ASSH with fellowship details.
 
***Candidate Membership eligibility cannot be extended beyond the first five years in practice. You must sit for the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) and be accepted to Active Membership before the end of your fifth year in practice. Otherwise, you will lose all membership benefits and revert to non-member status. Your eligibility may expire sooner if you no longer meet the requirements for Candidate membership, e.g. you do not complete a hand fellowship; you do not pay dues after you complete your fellowship; etc.
 
****Former/expired Candidate Members can still apply for ASSH Active Membership upon meeting the current qualifications for ASSH Active Membership. Expired ASSH Candidate Membership eligibility is not looked upon negatively by the Membership Committee for ASSH Active Membership applicants.
 
It will take approximately two years from the time you apply for the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) until your Active membership benefits begin, provided you are accepted into Active membership.

  • Plan to sit for the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand), in Hand Surgery as soon as you are eligible, generally within your third year of practice.  Review the requirements with your board now, so you are ready when the time comes.  (Remember to SAVE a copy of your case list and coversheet submission from the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand), to facilitate the ASSH Active member application process.)  The examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) is administered by your specialty Board and your eligibility to sit for the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) is not contingent upon ASSH Membership.  For questions regarding the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand), contact the appropriate specialty Board.
  • Canadian trained ASSH Active Membership applicants “shall be certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada”.

  • Perform at least 125 major hand surgery operations in a consecutive 12-month period, and track those cases for your examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand), application.

  • Apply to your board to take the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand). While the exam is administered in the fall ~ September (applications are traditionally available in November of the year prior to exam date), the application deadline is generally very early in the year ~ February 1.

  • SAVE a copy of your examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand), case list and coversheet (the coversheet is the page with the breakdown of the cases into categories) for submission with your ASSH Active Membership application.  The Boards DO NOT keep this information on file for more than 6 months after the exam, and are not required to provide copies.

  • Successfully complete the examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand), generally administered in or around September.

  • Attend at least one ASSH Annual Meeting during the three years before you apply for ASSH Active membership.  For example, if you are applying in 2013, make sure you attend a meeting in 2012, 2011 or 2010.  “Attendance” at an ASSH Annual Meeting is considered a full paid registration and is not fulfilled by single day registrations, individual pre or post course registrations, or acting as faculty/presenter/discusser for a course.  This is a Bylaws requirement which cannot be waived or overlooked.

  • Download an ASSH Active Membership application from www.assh.org in the fall (applications are usually available in September) of the year prior to your year of application to ASSH. You will find the application on the Active Membership application page.

 

  • If you are a current ASSH Candidate Member within five years of starting practice, pay your Candidate dues for the year of your Active application, so that you will receive your membership benefits without interruption.

  • Complete your Active Membership application and submit all supporting materials to ASSH by the first Monday in February of the application year.

  • Wait patiently for a decision.  The ASSH Active Membership application is a long process and final determinations are not made until approximately July of the application year.

  • If accepted, pay your one-time Initiation Fee of $700 during the year of acceptance.

  • Plan to attend a special New Member/Lifetime Member luncheon at the ASSH Annual Meeting during your year of election.

  • Begin to pay your $750 annual dues in the year following election.  (Complete Active Member benefits go into effect January 1 of the year following election).

  • If you are not a current Candidate Member when you are elected to Active membership, your JHS subscription will not begin until the January after your election.

For all membership questions and concerns, contact the ASSH Membership Department.

Jeanne Bloesch - Membership Manager, can answer all of your questions about the application process.
 
Email: membership@assh.org or Phone:  (312) 880-1900 or Fax:  (847) 384-1435