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 Weekly Member Update - June 15, 2012

Volunteer's Note

Linscheid, a Legend of Hand Surgery, Passes Away

Coding Webinar: Monday, June 18

Opportunities In Leadership; Apply to the ASSH Council

Online Consultation Corner (OCC) Webinar: Kienböck’s Disease

Impact the 2012 Members Business Meeting Agenda

2012 Young Leaders Applications Now Being Accepted

AMA Membership Update

New Local Journal Club at Dartmouth College

Thank You to AFSH Donors


This intensive, three-day review is organized to prepare hand surgeons of all backgrounds for subspecialty certification in surgery of the hand (formally the Hand CAQ) administered through the American Boards of Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgery.  The course will provide both young and seasoned surgeons with consolidated synopses of the evidence behind current treatment trends.

The course provides in-depth coverage of all topics, from the elbow to the hand.  Lectures are designed to discuss relevant anatomic, biomechanical, and pathologic features of common upper-extremity conditions and their treatments.  The invited faculty will summarize and critically appraise the published research that is directing the field of hand and upper extremity surgery.  In response to feedback from prior attendees, this year's course will include question-and-answer sessions, allowing the audience to immediately test its knowledge.

The course follows the General Orthopaedic Review, which is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the ASSH.  The General Review taking place on July 12 is an all-encompassing, one-day update on orthopaedics outside of the hand.  This offers hand surgeons the chance to stay up-to-date on broader orthopaedic conditions and prepare for the general orthopaedic questions on the hand subspecialty examination.

Both the Comprehensive Hand Review and the General Orthopaedic Review are CME-approved programs, and registration is closing soon.  Whether you consider attending this course in preparation for board examination, recertification, or to expand and update your knowledge, myself and co-chair Ryan Calfee, MD, expect that this year's course will meet your needs.  Don't miss the June 21 registration deadline.

Michael Neumeister, MD
Chair, Comprehensive Review Course Committee 


Linscheid, a Legend of Hand Surgery, Passes Away 

It is with deep sadness that we report that Ronald L. Linscheid, MD, one of the legends of hand surgery and a past President of the ASSH, died Sunday of Alzheimer's Disease.  Dr. Linscheid was 82 years old, and he died peacefully surrounded by his family.

During his 31 years of surgical practice, Dr. Linscheid worked his way up to Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, and he authored or co-authored 309 clinical or research peer-reviewed publications.  He is recognized internationally for his insight and work on biomechanics of the wrist, kinematics related to unstable wrist, and functional anatomy of the hand.  Read more.

Coding Webinar: Monday, June 18

Time is running out to register for the valuable practice management webinar Current Coding Challenges in Hand Surgery.

Speaker Mary LeGrand of KarenZupko & Associates will lead this 60-minute webinar, discussing challenging codes, modifiers and more.  This webinar includes time for questions and coaching.  Learn more.

Opportunities In Leadership; Apply to the ASSH Council

The ASSH's mission is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. To achieve this, the Hand Society needs talented and committed volunteer leaders to strategically manage our initiatives by serving on Council.

Each Council member dedicates him or herself to advancing the field by bringing a unique set of experiences and perspectives to Council, thus fostering an exchange of knowledge and ideas.

On behalf of the ASSH and the Nominating Committee Chair, Daniel J. Nagle, MD, we invite all Active Members to apply for one of three open positions on Council: Vice President*, Member-At-Large, Under Eight Years of Membership, and Member-At-Large, Over Eight Years of Membership.

Candidates should have an extensive history of service to the Society, including, but not limited to, the following: service to committees and task forces; service to educational courses as chair, speaker, or instructor; and service to special projects or initiatives endorsed by the Hand Society.

If you are interested in joining ASSH leadership or want to learn more, please visit the ASSH website for details.  The application deadline is Monday, July 16.  Please contact Alexzandra Wallace-Szewka at with questions.

* To apply for Council Vice President, the candidate must have been an Active Member for five years prior to the time of election and must have previously served on Council.

Online Consultation Corner (OCC) Webinar: Kienböck's Disease

Join experts as they discuss Kienböck’s Disease cases during this webinar at 7:30 p.m. CST, Monday, July 30.

Designed as an online version of the Clinical Consultation Corners, OCC webinars allow you to submit your cases for discussion.  Learn more and register.

Impact the 2012 Members Business Meeting Agenda

Thanks to past President Robert M. Szabo, MD, and input from membership, the 2010 and 2011 Members Business Meeting were the best-attended in years.
We look to build on this momentum at the 2012 Members Business Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, September 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as part of the ASSH Annual Meeting.  
As a membership-based organization, the success of the Hand Society mission requires that we understand what issues are important to our members, and again this year, we're making that a priority.
We invite you to complete the Topic Suggestion and Open-Ended Response Form to offer your ideas for this year's agenda.  We will identify the most popular areas for discussion, and later, we will ask everyone to choose the most interesting topics.  This open format gives you an opportunity to share your ideas and interact with your colleagues about issues that are important to you and your career.

Attend this year's meeting to be part of our roundtable meeting and join the discussion.  Time permitting, there will be a Q&A.

2012 Young Leaders Applications Now Being Accepted

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated young members interested in increasing their involvement in the Hand Society.

The 2012 Young Leaders Program is a development program for young members who are committed to the Hand Society's tradition of excellence and interested in shaping its future.

Members selected for this program will attend a training session on medical society governance and will participate in the 2012 December Council meeting.  The program requires a commitment to participate in future ASSH governance activities by lending your support to a committee or task force at the close of the meeting.  Once the Young Leaders are chosen, they will participate in an active, ongoing discussion to identify and research key issues in the profession.  Their research will be used to give a presentation and make recommendations to Council in January.

To be considered for participation, you must be an ASSH Candidate Member (dues paying and post-fellowship) or Active Member of less than eight years.  The workshop will be held December 13-15, 2012, at the JW Marriott in Chicago.  Airfare and transportation are the responsibility of the participant; other expenses (meals, lodging, tuition, and meeting expenses) will be covered by the ASSH.
The deadline to apply is August 1. If you have questions, please contact Alexzandra Wallace-Szewka ( 
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 17 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:
Eric N. Britton, MD
Jonathan Rosenfeld, 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.

New Local Journal Club at Dartmouth College

Beginning August 7, the Dartmouth Upper Extremity Journal Club will meet the first Tuesday of each month in Hannover, NH.

For details, contact Lance G. Warhold at or 603-650-8494.

Hand Club meetings at the ASSH Annual Meeting are officially designated to take place on Friday, September 7.  There is no formal programming scheduled after 6:30 p.m. on Friday to allow Hand Club organizers a free evening to hold meetings, receptions or dinners.  If you would like to list your event in the final meeting program, please contact Donna Decker at 312-880-1900 or

Thank You to AFSH Donors
Joseph T. Barmakian, MD
Robert M. Bazzini, MD
Brian J. Bear, MD
Gerald Blatt, MD
Kostas J. Constantine, MD
Charles J. Eaton, MD
Robert I. Forster, MD
Hugh J. Hagan, III, MD
Robert G. Hansen, MD
Virginia S. Hung, MD
Philip D. Konkel, MD
John A. McFadden, II, MD
Regina M. McGovern, MD
Allan E. Peljovich, MD
Savvas C. Poulos, MD
J. Gordon Rawles, Jr., MD
Michael E. Rettig, MD
Kenneth Stephens, PhD, DO
Benjamin D. Sutker, MD
Peter F. Townsend, MD
Thomas M. Walsh, MD
Jeffrey C. Wint, MD
Megan M. Wood, MD
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