ASSH Volunteer Opportunities

*The 2014-2015 committee application period is now closed.


 

Efforts by our members are crucial to the success of our volunteer organization.  Use the links below to learn more about the wide breadth of volunteer opportunities at the ASSH.  Here you will find more information about the committees and their charges.  Please review the charges carefully.  Members are expected to commit to the charges as listed.

 

Alphabetical Listing of ASSH Volunteer Committees:

A - C

D - G

H - M

P - R

S - Z

 


 

Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference Committee

The Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference Committee works to develop the Residents and Fellows Conference program by reviewing submitted abstracts and selecting the top papers and posters.  At the conference, the committee is asked to rate the presentations to determine the Joseph E. Boyes Award for Best Paper.

Time and Responsibilities Commitment:

  • Participate in the review of Resident and Fellow Conference abstract submissions in late February/early March.
  • Assist in the selection of the top paper presentations and posters based on the abstract submissions.
  • Provide feedback and rate the top paper presentations to determine the recipient for the Joseph E. Boyes Award for Best Paper at the Residents and Fellows Conference held on the Wednesday before the Annual Meeting.
  • Hours/year: 5-10 with 2-3 conference calls 
  • Peak time: March-April

Charges:

  • To plan and administer the annual Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery at the ASSH Annual Meeting;
  • To coordinate meeting plans with the Annual Meeting Program Committee and the Young Members Steering Committee;
  • To develop and administer a career opportunities program during the Adrian E. Flatt conference;
  • To assist interested parties in making arrangements for interviews during the conference;
  • To encourage attendees to apply for Candidate Membership in the ASSH.
 

 
This Committee reviews and evaluates the Annual Meeting program and makes recommendations for improvement and innovation.  This Committee is also responsible for recommending future sites for the Annual Meeting.
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Meets at least once a year
  • Committee work consists of reviewing annual meeting evaluations, participating in conference calls and F2F meeting, reviewing annual meeting site selection reports
  • The Committee is open to any member who has an interest in influencing the content, format and location of the Annual Meeting can participate in this Committee
  • Hours/year: 5-10 with 1-2 conference calls
  • Peak time: spring and fall

Charges:

  • To review all aspects of the prior Annual Meeting including the scientific program, posters, invited speakers, commercial exhibits, meeting venue, audiovisual facilities, social events, finances and corporate support;
  • To review registrant evaluations of the prior Annual Meeting;
  • To make recommendations to the following years program chairman and Council about ways to enhance the meeting and optimize the registrants’ educational and social experience.
 
 

 
This committee plans and administers the scientific program of the ASSH Annual Meeting. 
Conference calls as necessary
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Meets at least once a year
  • Committee work includes reviewing and scoring abstracts
  • Any member who has an interest in contributing to the Annual Meeting scientific program can participate in this Committee
  • Hours/year: 5-10 with 1-2 conference calls
  • Peak time:  right before Annual Meeting and before quarterly Council meetings
 Charges:
  • To plan and administer the scientific program of the ASSH Annual Meeting;
  • To solicit abstracts, and from those abstracts, develop the content for the scientific program of the ASSH Annual Meeting
  • To coordinate committee activities with the Annual Meeting Scientific Displays Committee and with the Precourses Committee, Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference Committee and other committees related to the Annual Meeting;
  • To work with the ASSH Central Office, Commercial Support Liaison and commercial sponsors to enhance financial success of the meeting;
  • To work with the ASSH President and Host City Committee to develop the social program of the meeting and to help select other educational and ceremonial activities.

 


 
The Annual Meeting Scientific Displays Committee works to select the poster presentations displayed at the Annual Meeting from the evolving format of traditional poster to e-poster.  At the Annual Meeting, the committee gathers to rate the presentations and determine the Julian M. Bruner Award for Best Poster.
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Participate in the review of Poster abstract submissions in late March/early April.
    Assist in the selection of the top e-poster presentations based on the abstract submissions late March/early April.
  • Review the e-poster presentations and select a top 10 based on submissions in mid-summer.
  • Provide feedback and rate the top poster presentations to determine the recipient for the Julian M. Bruner Award for Best Poster at the Annual Meeting.
  • Hours/year: 5-10 with 1-2 conference calls
  • Peak time: March - June

Charges:

  • To solicit and select scientific exhibits, posters, and video presentations for the Annual Meeting. 
  • To recognize the best submission in each format with announcement and awards. 
  • To select scientific displays available for future educational purposes.
 
 

 
The committee overseas much of the practice management-related education curriculum for the Hand Society. Committee members may be involved in writing newsletter articles, developing webinars and running sessions at the Annual Meeting.
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • 3-4 hrs a year. Committee members are usually asked to contribute topic ideas to the practice management curriculum and either write or find an author for one article.
  • Private practice experience preferred, but anyone may join the committee
  • Hours/year: 10 -15, with 2-3 conference calls
  • Peak time: Just before and after Annual Meeting, and winter

Charges:

  • To create an online newsletter addressing topics related to the business of hand surgery
  • To  publish the newsletter no less than six times a year.
  • To  sponsor and promote business centered courses at the annual meeting 
  • To  work with outside consultants to develop Internet based business related education material. 
  • To create a core curriculum of business related topics to be updated and repeated on a three-year cycle.
  • To  work with the ASSH Government Affairs committee to keep ASSH members apprised of government regulations impacting on the business aspects of hand surgery.

 

 
The committee works to establish best methods for data collection using the outcome measures identified as most appropriate. Committee members catalogue and evaluate outcome measurement instruments for the upper extremity, submitting for journal publication.
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • Anyone may join the committee
  • Hours/year: Variable hours depending on organizational directives
  • Peak time: even throughout year

Charges:

  • To solicit and organize collaborative multi-center clinical trials by the ASSH membership;
  • To provide clinical outcomes data on treatments and procedures in hand surgery.
 

 
The CSC works with industry servicing the hand and upper limb community to form mutual partnerships.  CSC members build relationships with Corporate Partners to help financially support Hand Society initiatives, raise money for the Foundation and create a positive exchange which helps advance the science and practice of hand surgery.
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Participate in face-to-face committee meeting during the ASSH Annual Meeting
  • Participate in conference calls throughout the year, as necessary
  • Engage in face-to-face meetings with industry during the AAOS Annual Meeting in the Spring and the ASSH Annual Meeting in the Fall
  • Walk the exhibit hall during the AAOS Annual Meeting and ASSH Annual Meeting to engage with current and prospective exhibitors
  • Participate in “thank bank” reaching out to 1st time Corporate Partners, Exhibitors, and Advertisers to thank them for their support
  • Assist with promoting Corporate Advisory Council activities and initiatives, as necessary
  • Cultivate relationships with industry to strengthen ASSH/AFSH Corporate Partner program
  • Hours/year: less than 5
  • Peak time: September and February

Charges:

  • To develop and review policies regarding industry interaction;  
  • To solicit from industry unrestricted grant support for the various ASSH activities, including the Annual Meeting, international meetings, specialized courses research and the ASSH website;  
  • To develop a format whereby industry can sponsor technical training during CME courses without additional cost to registrants;  
  • To review requests for industry support from ASSH committees;  
  • To prioritize and coordinate proposals for industry support;  
  • To suggest new corporate relationships;
  • To coordinate  activities with the AFSH leadership to set mutually productive strategies and avoid overlap and conflicting efforts.
 
 
This Committee oversees the development and execution of stand-alone continuing medical education courses sponsored by the ASSH.
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Meets at least once a year
  • Committee work may take between 5-10 hours (reviewing course outlines, evaluation summaries, participating in conference calls, reviewing course endorsement requests)
  • Any member who has an interest and experience in developing CME courses can participate in this Committee
  • Hours/year: 5-10 with one major conference call
  • Peak time: March - May
Charges:
  • To develop continuing medical education courses and special meetings of the ASSH over a five-year planning horizon.  This includes ASSH sponsored and co-sponsored stand-alone CME programs, Annual Meeting Precourses and Postcourses, combined bi-national meetings;  
  • To solicit and review proposals for these educational programs;  
  • To supervise the transition of favorable proposals into successful  programs;
  • To coordinate the content and timing of educational offerings with other professional organizations who have overlapping educational interests with the ASSH;  
  • To advise the ASSH as to the feasibility and terms of co-sponsorship of ASSH courses.
 

 

The Diversity Committee's was created with the purpose of encouraging diversity and cultural awareness ASSH members and leaders in order to be responsive to the needs of our patients in an ever-changing diverse world.
 

Time and Responsibility Commitments:

  • If schedule permits, attend one face-to-face meeting at the ASSH Annual Meeting.
  • Attend conference calls on an as-needed basis.
  • Membership is open to all ASSH members
  • Hours/year: less than 5
  • Peak time: even throughout year

 

Charges:
  • To propose guidelines for ASSH patient education materials, business plans, and Committee actions for diversity awareness as it relates to patient care, patient and surgeon education, and Society functions and reflect best practices of corporations and industry;
  • To pursue available resources that facilitate diversity awareness, i.e. AAOS Diversity Advisory Board, for guidance in how to promote diversity in patient and surgeon related education;
  • To develop strategy (ies) for new and existing products and services that address diversity awareness if appropriate;
  • To encourage and aid our members to provide hand surgery services to diverse populations.
 
The ER Hand Care committee began as a task force to address the issues of emergency hand care in Level 1 trauma centers in the US.  Because of the work completed by L. Scott Levin, MD, the ASSH was heavily involved in the creation of the ACS Green book on emergency care.  This group was installed as a standing volunteer committee in 2011.

Time and Responsibility Commitments:

  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • Membership is open to all ASSH members
  • Hours/year: 5 - 10, with the possibility of one face-to-face meeting with the ACS
  • Peak time: even throughout the year
 Charges:
  • To define an optimal emergency hand care system that will improve hand care for all patients.
  • To liaison with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the AAOS and the ASPRS to define optimal care paradigms.
  • To suggest guidelines and mechanisms capable of achieving the above.
  • To define the "mission" for optimal emergent hand call.
The Ethics and Professionalism committee was born out of a recognized need for our members to adhere to high standard of professionalism within our organization and in care.
 

Time and Responsibility Commitments:

  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • Membership is open to all ASSH members
  • Hours/year: 10 - 15
  • Peak time: even throughout the year
 
Charges:
  • To support the Code of Ethics and Professionalism for Hand Surgeons;
  • To promote ethical conduct and professional behavior among ASSH members;
  • To educate both new and established members about ethical conduct and professional behavior;
  • To develop "Position Statements" separate from the Code about ethical and professional issues such as ER call, indigent care and physician-industry relationship;
  • To establish a comprehensive ASSH "Ethics and Professionalism program" that fosters and advances ethical principles among members. This program may include:
  • Presenting symposia during annual meetings.
  • Publishing annual articles in the Review Section of the JHS on ethics and professionalism.
  • Identifying or training ASSH members to serve as resources on ethics.
  • Maintain an on-line repository of information on Ethics for Hand Surgeons including the Code, Position Statements, Articles and Course Syllabi.
  • To educate members about the importance of ethics and professionalism by overseeing the implementation of a periodic (every 2-3 years) course on professionalism for new members of the ASSH, including information on Ethics and Professionalism in CME Courses sponsored by ASSH where appropriate.
  • To have new members sign an attestation statement indicating their acknowledgment and acceptance of the Society's Code of Ethics and Professionalism.
The committee monitors the use of evidence in all aspects of ASSH and ensures that all content meets a certain Level of Evidence. Committee members seek to educate ASSH members on proper use of and the importance of evidence.
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • Anyone may join the committee
  • Hours/year: 5 -10
  • Peak time: Heavy workload in April/May for LOE(Level of Evidence) abstract reviews

 

Charges:

  • To promote the use of evidence in all aspects of upper extremity surgery practice;
  • To appraise Council and other appropriate ASSH leadership on AAOS, AMA, ACS, and ASPR Evidence Based Practice activities on an outgoing basis;
  • To review and comment to the Council on the Evidence Based Practice guidelines set forth by other societies/professions and evaluate the potential impact to our members that guidelines may have on political processes like “Pay for Performance;”
  • To act as a resource and advisor for members on quality improvement activities;
  • To make recommendations regarding the interaction of the ASSH with the AAOS and/or non-orthopaedic organizations and vendors in the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives;
  • To create up-to-date informational symposia and media events to educate and inform our members about the political and practice management consequences of Evidence Based Practice/Pay for Performance initiatives. decision analysis, and cost-effectiveness;
  • To check the AAOS Research website and report new developments to the Executive Committee.


 
The committee seeks to educate ASSH members on current federal and state issues that may potentially impact the practice of hand surgery. The committee may advocate on behalf of ASSH at the direction of the ASSH Council.
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at Annual Meeting
  • Committee members contribute articles and review content for the newsletter throughout the year, roughly 6 issues a year
  • Anyone may join the committee
  • Hours/ year: Some committee members attend the NOLC in April, a 2-3 day conference to lobby Congress sponsored by AAOS
  • Peak time: September/October and NOLC meeting

 

Charges: 

  • To increase the advocacy efforts on behalf of hand surgery patients and hand surgeons;
  • To represent hand surgery in deliberations with other national specialty organizations, corporations and government agencies dealing with matters of social and economic importance;
  • To keep the membership informed about governmental issues;
  • To periodically poll the membership to develop a "key man" network;
  • To communicate periodically through conference calls with the AMA Liaison and Coding and Physician Reimbursement Committee; 
  • To incorporate the activities of the Coding and Physician Reimbursement Committee into the work of the Government Affairs Committee;
  • To participate in the annual National Orthopaedic Leadership Committee (NOLC) spring meeting in Washington DC;
  • To develop a liaison with the AAOS  Specialty Society lobbyist to represent the interests of the ASSH.
 

 
 
The Historian and Museum Committee works to document and record important historical events in the Society's history.  As of 2012, the group will begin working in earnest to develop a Historical Booth Exhibit for display at the 2013 Annual Meeting. **Note** This committee will be combined with the Chase Library Committee beginning in 2013.
 
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
  • Conference calls as necessary- this commitment will increase over 2012 with tasks associated with developing the 2013 Annual Meeting exhibit
  • Ability to attend a face-to-face meeting at the 2012 Annual Meeting
  • This committee is open to all members
  • Hours/year: less than 5
  • Peak time: even throughout the year

 

Charges:

  • To prepare an annual report for presentation to Council.  This report should include a chronological account of significant events and activities of the Society during the previous year.  The report should also include multimedia supplements as appropriate, such as videotape interviews with Society Presidents and other significant contributors;  
  • To archive and catalog historically significant materials, e.g., documents, photographs, videos, etc.;  
  • To prepare an annual budget request for Council's approval;  
  • To prepare the formal Historian's Report at the conclusion of his/her term.  This report will be read at the Annual Meeting of the Society and subsequently published in the Journal of and Surgery;  
  • To act as liaison to the Bunnell Hand Society Library in San Francisco, the ASSH collection in Baltimore and the new facility in the Central Office in Chicago;
  • To attend the Annual Meeting Council meeting and the Council dinner; 
  • To attend other Council meetings and special events as invited.
 
 
 

 
 
Charges:
  • To review the current functions of the ASSH website and associated technologies as providing critical connections between the various ASSH divisions and as a valuable resource for the ASSH membership and our patients
  • To identify current website initiatives and their position within the broader strategic vision of the ASSH
  • To review existing social media efforts and to develop a formal social media strategy for inclusion of our overall technology plan
  • To coordinate use of existing and future peer-to-peer libraries (e.g., existing Image Library and potential video library)
  • To explore and to experiment with online publications and e-books
  • To review policies of and provide guidance for ASSH content-sharing (e.g. online and electronic media) with other societies and organizations
  • To explore the role of online patient communities
  • To explore and to create a strategy for developing applications (“apps”) for mobile devices in such a way as to increase the value members have in
    interacting with and consuming information from the Hand Society
  • To recognize resource requirements and to prioritize resource allocations for all technology development and the integration of external technologies
  • To provide guidance to the Website Committee and all member groups that have technology requests regarding policies pertinent to commercial
    applications, industry sponsorship, and control of content
  • To consider future opportunities for technology development and for external technology applications based on the broader strategic vision of the
    ASSH.

 


 
 
This Committee advises Council on how to better meet the needs of International Members.  It is also responsible for developing programs to increase awareness and participation of international hand surgeons in ASSH meetings and publications and creates opportunities for ASSH members to interact with international hand surgeons
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
 
  • Conference calls conference calls as necessary
  • Meets once a year
  • Amount of committee work required is dependent on current organizational priorities
  • Any member who has an interest and experience in improving and expanding the ASSH’s role in the international arena of hand surgery can participate in this Committee
  • Hours/year: less than 5
  • Peak time: September/October around annual meeting

 

Charges:

  • To advise Council on how to better meet the needs of International Members;
  • To develop programs to increase awareness and participation of international hand surgeons in ASSH meetings and publications, both as subscribers and contributors; 
  • To advise the ASSH regarding international meetings and courses that would be of potential interest to US members;
  • To develop opportunities for ASSH members to interact with international hand surgeons.
  
 

 
 
The committee seeks to introduce medical students to the field of hand surgery. Committee members may also develop education tools which are posted on the ASSH website for public use.
 
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at Annual Meeting
  • Variable hours depending on organizational directives
  • Committee is composed of the chair, vice chair and ASSH staff
  • Hours/year: 2 - 3
  • Peak time: even throughout year

 

Charges:

  • To introduce medical students at the earliest possible stage to the wonders of the upper extremity and to a career in hand surgery; 
  • To plan and arrange for hand surgeons from ASSH and AAHS to interact with every first year medical student during anatomy dissection;
  • To develop supporting materials.
  • Going forward the committee will be composed of the chair, vice chair and staff
 
This committee’s major tasks include educating our members on the Maintenance of Certification process; developing a maintenance of certification program for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand that ensures the Hand Society's leadership in this area; assessing the various components of maintenance of certification and determining where there are opportunities for the Society to either develop new products or enhance some of our existing educational products and programs; and maintaining communication with parent Boards regarding requirements for Maintenance of Certification.
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Meets at least once a year
  • Committee work may take between 10 to 15 hour commitment (participating MOC courses at the Annual Meeting, creating questions for the pre-/post-test for the MOC, liaison work with parent Boards)
  • To participate in this Committee, one must be a member who has served the ABOS, ABPS, and ABS.
  • Hours/year: more than 20
  • Peak time: September/October around annual meeting
 
 Charges:
  •  To determine how to best educate our members on the Maintenance of Certification process. 
  • To develop a maintenance of certification program for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand that assures the Hand Society's leadership in this area. 
  • To assess the various components of maintenance of certification and determine where there are opportunities for the Society. 
  • To determine if there are opportunities, through Maintenance of Certification, for enhancing some of our existing educational products and programs. 
  • To determine the best method for packaging a maintenance of certification program for our members and others. 
  • To explore methods for partnering with other organizations in the development of a comprehensive program, where appropriate. 
  • To suggest a marketing approach for the ASSH Maintenance of Certification program.

 

The Membership Committee works closely with staff to plan and administer the ASSH's member application and process.
 

Time and Responsibilities Commitment:

  • Membership Committee members are required to be Active members of the ASSH in good standing.
  • Members will be required to review Active member applications in spring (typically month of March).  The review period will be between 4-6 weeks in length.
  • Members are required to attend two conference calls (on two separate dates).  These calls will range from 30-60 minutes in length and typically occur in mid-April.
  • Hours/year: 5- 10
  • Peak time: March and April 
Charges:
  • To plan and administer ASSH's membership application and election process.
  • To annually evaluate the requirements for ASSH membership vis-a-vis the requirements for obtaining the Certificate of Added Qualifications in surgery of the hand.
  • To draft guidelines for the Membership Committee for Council and/or membership approval.
  • To monitor trends in membership demographics; including # of new members, membership projections, membership cancellations, conversions from candidate membership to active members, etc., and report to Council annually.
  • To review annual membership marketing plan, and make adjustments, if needed, based upon membership trends.

  
The Military Relations Committee exists to promote and maintain positive interactions and communications between the US Military Hand Surgeons and the ASSH by the support of active duty military hand surgeons in clinical patient care, research, and education by identifying the issues facing the US Military Hand Surgeon and determining how the ASSH can positively impact those issues.
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
  • Conference calls infrequently, but held as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting during ASSH Annual Meeting
  • Average hours per year - less than  10
  • Requirements for participation in the Military Relations Committee: ASSH member (any type); expect that a relationship exists between individual and US Military (ie. previous or current service).
  • Hours/year: 5- 10 with one to three conference calls as necessary

  • Peak time: June

 Charges:
  • To promote and maintain positive interactions and communications between the US Military Hand Surgeons and the ASSH by the support of active duty military hand surgeons in clinical patient care, research, and education;
  • To serve as a liaison between US Military Active Duty Hand Surgeons and the Research Division;
  • To promote and solicit Military research grants to the Research Division;
  • To serve as a liaison between the US Military Hand Surgeons and the ASSH to identify the recipients of the AFSH/ASSH Military Hand Surgeon Scholarships to attend the ASSH AM;
  • To identify the issues facing the US Military Hand Surgeon and determine how the ASSH could positively impact those issues.
 

 
 
The Physician Reimbursement and Coding Committee advocates for fair reimbursement for hand surgeons by initiating and responding to all issues related to the use of hand surgery CPTTM codes. 

Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Committee participation is requested 1-2 times a week, throughout the year, as coding questions come in from members. 
  • Almost all work for the average committee member occurs online, except for a two-hour face-to-face meeting during the ASSH Annual Meeting. 
  • Most committee members put in no more than 10 hours per year total.  However, those who take on additional responsibilities put in hundreds of hours.
  • An understanding of and/or passion for learning about the CPTTM process is required.
  • This is generally a long-term (many year) commitment as there is a significant learning curve to be able to fully participate in this committee's work.
  • Hours/year: 10 - 20 depending on your participation
  • Peak time: January, April and October

Charges:

  • To ensure consistency with the American Medical Association's CPT codes for hand surgery;
  • To review recommendations from ASSH members for CPT code changes; 
  • To assist members with coding issues;
  • To make recommendations to the American Medical Association's CPT Editorial Panel regarding the creation, modification or deletion of hand surgery CPT codes; 
  • To educate the membership regarding the physician reimbursement and coding process; 
    To appoint a member of the Physician Reimbursement and Coding Committee to act as an advisor to the American Medical Association's CPT Committee; 
  • To appoint a member of the Physician Reimbursement and Coding Committee to act as an advisor to the American Medical Association's CPT Editorial Panel;
  • To communicate with other specialty societies sharing similar interests regarding Coding and Physician Reimbursement issues; 
  • To review all hand surgery codes within the federally mandated five-year relative value review process for undervalued or overvalued codes; 
  • To collect data supporting any changes proposed within the five-year review process; 
  • To review the results of the ASSH five-year review of the American Medical Association's RUC and HCFA; 
  • To keep abreast of, and participate in, Coding and Physician Reimbursement actions initiated by other medical specialty societies and/or government agencies; 
  • To inform, communicate and solicit from other specialty societies ASSH Physician reimbursement and Coding Committee proposals; 
  • To use the ASSH website and other means to communicate with the ASSH membership regarding Coding and Physician Reimbursement issues.
 
 

The Plastic Surgery Visiting Professorship Program seeks to encourage plastic surgery residents to specialize in hand surgery.  The program sends veteran plastic hand surgeons to plastic surgery residency programs around the country, particularly to those programs that do not have a full-time, plastic hand surgeon on their faculty.  The program has been in existence since 2004.
 
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • No face-to-face meetings
  • Variable hours depending on organizational directives
  • Plastic hand surgeons preferred for this committee
  • Hours/year: three, two-hour blocks
  • Peak time: even throughout the year

Charges:

  • To continue the Plastic Surgery Visiting Professor Program to expose plastic surgery residents to leaders in hand surgery.
 
 
 
The Private Practice Committee was established as an initiative that will improve the representation and participation of private practice hand surgeons in Hand Society activities, governance, and leadership.  Based on the recommendation of the ASSH Identity Task Force,  Council approved the creation of the Private Practice committee.
 
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
No information at this time.
 
 
Charges:
  • To suggest ways in which the ASSH can enhance the experience of its members in private practice.
  • To develop a short track mechanism for private practitioners to bring relevant issues to the attention of the committee for timely consideration.
  • To identify members in private practice who are interested in committee participation, governance and leadership and communicate that information to the CAG and NAG.
  • To identify new active and candidate members in private practice who are interested in committee participation, governance and leadership and submit their names to the Past President for consideration for the Young Leaders Program.
  • To identify those areas in which members in private practice feel that they have concerns and challenges which might be unique to that group so that council can address those issues.
  • To suggest a panel of private practice members to compete in the Annual Smackdown against their counterparts in academic practices.
  • To identify perceived "stumbling blocks" to advancement in the governance and leadership of the ASSH.
 
The Public Education Committee develops and revises educational content on conditions of the upper extremity.  This content is delivered through the ASSH website and brochures that are made available for purchase. 

 

Time and Responsibility Commitments:

  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Responsible for the development/revision of 2-4 educational topics per year.
  • To be on the Public Education Committee you need to be an Active Member, Affiliate Member or Candidate Member.
  • Hours/year: 5 - 10
  • Peak time: February - March

 

Charges:

  • To develop, maintain, and revise as necessary, patient-focused education content regarding
  • common problems in hand and upper extremity surgery
  • To explore opportunities for using content on the ASSH website and in brochures
  • To work with the relevant committees to help members create their own brochure.
The PPAC advises Council and staff on decisions regarding ASSH publications and products.  They weigh in on everything from determining topics and selecting editors to making strategic decisions about our long term goals.  Members are expected to have some experience with the publication process and interest in or knowledge of the publishing market.  
 
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • Online participation through polling
  • Conference calls when necessary
  • Special assignments like book reviews or product liaising may be requested. 
  • Hours/year: less than 5
  • Peak time: September

Charges:

  • To oversee the information products of the ASSH with an emphasis on the creation of new products and publications for new and existing audiences that can expand and broaden the revenue base, while expanding the spheres of awareness of hand surgery; 
  •  To evaluate opportunities for ASSH information product endorsement.  To develop a process for approving publications for web sales and distribution; 
  • To explore the development of additional products for on-site as well as website sales and distribution.
 
 

 
The Research Management Committee reviews all grant applications and makes recommendations on grant funding to ASSH Council and the AFSH Board. The committee develops policy for grant funding and the review process. Committee members may be asked to participate in other research programs, such as the mentoring program.
 
Time and Responsibility Commitments:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • 1-2 day, face-to-face meeting at ASSH office every June
  • Heavy workload for grant reviews during February, late April/May and August.
  • Significant research experience preferred, but not required
  • Hours/year: 25 - 30. This committee requires a significant time commitment.
  • Peak time: May, June and August

 

Charges:

  • To publicize, select, administer, and provide oversight for both Basic Science and Clinical Research grants;
  • To develop mentorship of promising young investigators in hand surgery (Residents, Fellows, and/or Junior Faculty);
  • To  initiate new funding programs and awards to diversify the ASSH research portfolio.


 
This Committee coordinates ongoing ASSH policy on education of residents in hand surgery (policy, strategy, and tactics) and sponsors the Resident Educators Workshop at the ASSH Annual Meeting.
Time and Responsibilities Commitment:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meetings as necessary
  • To be on the Resident Education Committee you need to be involved in a residency training program
  • Hours/year: 10 - 15
  • Peak time: even throughout the year

Charges:

  • To coordinate ongoing ASSH policy on education of residents in hand surgery (policy, strategy, and tactics);
  • To update the ASSH Pocket Manual of Hand Surgery, including the online component;
  • To gather/evaluate data.


 
The Self-Assessment Exam Committee works with the ASSH staff to create the annual Self-Assessment Exam. The exam is a 200-question, self-study exercise that is offered to hand and upper extremity care professionals. Exam takers earn CME credit by achieving a minimum passing score.
 

Time and responsibility commitments:

  • Two face-to-face meetings: one during the ASSH Annual Meeting; one Winter Meeting (usually January) in Chicago.
  • Question writing: two for the Annual Meeting; 10 more for the January meeting.
  • Question review: Each committee member who is able to attend the Winter Meeting is asked to review a set of approximately 15 questions in advance of the Winter Meeting.
  • Following the Winter Meeting, volunteers are sought from the committee to review the questions that are approved for the exam.
  • Hours/year: More than 20 with two face-to-face meetings per year
  • Peak time:  September - January

Charges:
  • Provide hand and upper extremity care professionals with a comprehensive review tool of basic principles that can also be used by practicing clinicians to stay abreast of new developments and concepts within the specialty.
  • Help exam takers detect and differentiate injury mechanisms, pathologies, and applied anatomy associated with upper extremity conditions treated by hand surgeons.
  • Help exam takers develop informed, evidence-based clinical decision practice options in the treatment of upper extremity disorders.
  • Help exam takers differentiate and apply the range of conservative and surgical treatment options to deal with upper extremity problems that present to a hand surgeon’s practice.
  • Assess basic cognitive reasoning skills and clinical aptitudes required of all hand surgeons in practice to complete maintenance of certification.
 
 

Time and responsibility commitments:

  • Face-to-face meeting at ASSH Annual Meeting Thursday Breakfast.
  • Conference calls as necessary.
  • Solicit and organize topics for Senior Member Breakfast program.
  • Senior Member Relations Committee Members should be ASSH Senior/Retired or Lifetime Members in good standing.
  • Hours/year: less than 5
  • Peak time: even throughout the year
 
Charges:
  • To represent the interests of the ASSH Senior Member population regarding membership benefits, curriculum topics, and website functionality.
  • To coordinate the ASSH AM Senior Member Breakfast program
  • To promote the inclusion of ASSH Senior Members in ASSH educational programs at the AM
  • To identify issues facing our Senior/Retired Members and determine how the ASSH could positively impact those issues.
  • The Chair will serve a one year term

The committee seeks to educate ASSH members about volunteer opportunities around the world. The committee also seeks to create partnerships with larger outreach organizations so that ASSH members may volunteer in the event of a natural disaster in a part of the world.
 
Time and responsibility commitments:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • Variable hours depending on organizational directives
  • Committee members participate in the Volunteer Service Luncheon at the Annual Meeting and award the annual Volunteer Service award
  • Anyone may join the committee
  • Hours/year: 15 - 20
  • Peak time: even throughout the year
 
 Charges:
  • To act as liaison between, and an information source for, interested surgeons, organizations, committees and groups needing their services; 
  • To prepare a poster exhibit for consideration by the Annual Meeting Scientific Displays Committee to inform ASSH members of the opportunities to participate in volunteer hand surgical services; 
  • To organize a luncheon during the ASSH Annual Meeting during which a member makes a presentation on his or her volunteer experience;
  • To serve as a clearinghouse in times of significant disasters requiring the need for hand surgeon volunteers and to coordinate member surgeons interested in volunteering with the appropriate groups (Physician Volunteers Overseas, AAOS, ASPS, etc) to provide care in times of disasters.

  

The Website Committee oversees content and maintenance of the ASSH website. The committee also develops policy on website content usage.
Time and responsibility commitments:
  • Conference calls as necessary
  • Face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting
  • Variable hours depending on organizational directives
  • Anyone may join the committee
  • Hours/year: less than 5
  • Peak time: varies with two- three conference calls as needed
 
 Charges:
  • To promote and develop additions to the ASSH website
  • To maintain policies regarding commercial applications to the ASSH website
  • To maximize the ASSH website's accessibility to on-line searchers and search engines
  • To adapt the educational content of the website to adhere to recommendations of the MOC Task Force

 


 
As a core group of newly accepted ASSH members and members with fewer than eight years in the Society, the Young Members Steering Committee is tasked with recognizing the changing needs of our young members and developing recommendations to Council that address these concerns. Note: Committee members must rotate off after having eight or more years of Active membership.

Time and Responsibility Commitments:

  • Members are required to have been an ASSH Active member for fewer than eight years.
  • If schedule permits, attend one face-to-face meeting at the ASSH Annual Meeting.
  • Attend conference calls on an as-needed basis. 
  • Hours/year: less than 5
  • Peak time: even throughout the year with conference calls as needed

Charges:

 

  • To advise Council regarding the means of fulfilling needs of members elected within the past eight years.
  • To encourage medical student, resident and fellow interest in hand surgery careers.
  • To direct a forum and reception for members elected within the past eight years for professional development and social interaction.
  • To identify residents and fellows in hand surgery, assist in advising them of benefits of Candidate membership and participate in a mentoring program to guide them through active membership.