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 Weekly Member Update - June 29, 2012

Volunteer's Note

Upcoming OCC Webinar: Kienböck's Disease

Hand Society History

AMA Membership Update

Listserv Hot Topic: Outcome Studies Tool

Attend the US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Initiative and Workshop Program

Thank You to AFSH Donors

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Volunteer's Note 

The Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference Committee's charge is to run the Residents and Fellows Conference, which is a full-day course held on the eve of the official opening of the ASSH Annual Meeting.

Committee members are responsible for reviewing and grading abstracts, ultimately determining which ones will be accepted for papers and posters.  Committee members also help develop the curriculum for the meeting and are involved in the conference, serving as reviewers of papers for scientific sessions, grading the presentations for selection of the Joseph H. Boyes Award for the outstanding paper, and participating in panel discussions and debates.

This year, the conference will include debates on scaphoid fractures, management of PIP joint fracture dislocations, a lightning-round session where panelists discuss their approaches to challenging cases, and the always-popular "Hand Jeopardy."
In addition to the Richard J. Smith Lecture, we will have special presentations on "Thumb Duplication," "Ethical Billing Practices" and "Your First Contract."
Volunteering for this committee is a great way to become involved in the ASSH.  The committee has defined guidelines, and all volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute.  If you have an interest in organizing and planning a conference or are looking for a committee where you can be involved and contribute to the ASSH, consider volunteering for the Residents and Fellows Conference Committee.
Warren C. Hammert, MD
Chair, Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference Committee  

Upcoming OCC Webinar: Kienböck's Disease 
Register today for the Online Consultation Corner webinar "Kienböck’s Disease" on Monday, July 30, at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Moderator Steven Moran, MD, will discuss 3-5 submitted cases with expert consultants Robert Strauch, MD, and Peter Weiss, MD.

You can submit your case or questions for the discussion to the ASSH using the online Image Library or by emailing

Registration is limited to the first 95 ASSH members.

Hand Society History


From the ASSH archives, we have a reminder that in addition to being a wonderful event for professional growth, the ASSH Annual Meeting is a lot of fun.
Pictured above is Alfred B. Swanson, MD, FACS, at an ASSH Annual Meeting banquet (year unknown).  Dr. Swanson presented his first paper at the 14th Annual Meeting in Chicago in 1959, became the Hand Society's 83rd member in 1963 and was ASSH President from 1979-80.
How Dr. Swanson came to be holding a trumpet and wearing a costume is unclear, but the Annual Meeting can get pretty wild.
Have you registered yet for this year's Annual Meeting in Chicago? If not, do so today and make sure you don't miss out on the fun.  

AMA Membership Update

AMA rules stipulate that in order to qualify for a seat in the AMA House of Delegates, 25% of our members must be AMA members.  Currently, we are 12 members shy of the 25% mark.  
Thank you to the ASSH members who notified us this week that they joined or rejoined the AMA since January 1, 2012: 
Neal D. Lintecum
Rachel S. Rohde, MD
Eric T. Tolo, MD
 Have you joined or rejoined the AMA since January 1, 2012?  Please let us know by contacting so we can track the progress of your AMA membership.  ASSH will reconcile our membership list with the AMA to get credit for our members.
Have your voice heard: Join the AMA.

Listserv Hot Topic: Outcome Studies Tool 

A listserver sought advice this week on the best options for performing outcome studies for common hand problems in his practice, and his fellow members responded with several thoughts/suggestions.

Do you have useful advice to share on this topic?  Perhaps you could gain something from the thread that you could apply to your practice.

If you have already signed up for the ASSH Physician Listserv, you can view or contribute to the discussion by visiting the archives and scrolling down to the thread titled "Practice Outcome Studies."  If you don't know or remember your Listserv password, you can reset your password here.
To sign up for the Listserv, visit the Listserv page.

Attend the US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Initiative and Workshop Program
The AFSH will sponsor two ASSH members to attend the 2012 US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Young Investigators Initiative and Workshop Program.
This program is designed to provide early-career clinical investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field and to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.
This workshop series is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows, or post-doctoral researchers who wish to secure funding for hypothesis-driven research.  It is also open to senior fellows who are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed.
The deadline to apply is July 15, 2012. Visit the ASSH website for more information.

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Fraser J. Leversedge, MD
Douglas R. Mason, MD
Gerald J. Shealy, MD
Steven S. Shin, MD
Nicole L. Strauss, MD
Christopher M. Stutz, MD
Virak Tan, MD
J. Clinton Walker, MD
Steven C. Winters, MD
Gary L. Woods, MD

Did you know you can now support the Foundation (AFSH) through automated monthly payments?  Visit to complete an auto-pay form, or contact

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