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 Weekly Member Update - September 7, 2012



2012 Annual Meeting Edition 

Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony Delivers Substance and Soul

Congratulations to New Members of Council, ASFH Board of Trustees

Our Future in Hand Campaign – Are You In?

Buy ASSH Products at the Annual Meeting and Get Free Shipping!

Add 2012 Annual Meeting Content To Your Electronic Library

Thank You to AFSH Donors

EHR Standards Get Tougher Under Finalized Meaningful Use Stage 2

View Medical Apps With Caution, Just Like Any New Medical Device


Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony Delivers Substance and Soul


The Opening Ceremony of the 67th ASSH Annual Meeting took place Thursday, with President W. P. Andrew Lee, MD and others discussing the Society's past and future, and the Grammy Award-winning Soul Children of Chicago Choir providing the joyful sounds.
A packed Grand Ballroom was treated to a comprehensive presentation on the various initiatives of the Hand Society, bookended by rollicking sets from the Soul Children.
If you missed it, Dr. Lee's entire Presidential Address will be available on the eLearning Portal in the weeks following the Annual Meeting.

Congratulations to New Members of Council, ASFH Board of Trustees

The ASSH and AFSH Nominating Committees, both chaired by Daniel J. Nagle, MD, put forth the nominees for Council at the Members Business Meeting yesterday, and the members present approved the recommendation.  The AFSH Board of Trustees recommendations were approved by Council at the Wednesday meeting.

We would like to recognize the new members of the ASSH Council and the AFSH Board of Trustees. 

The new members of Council are: William Seitz, MD (Vice President), Fraser Leversedge, MD (Member Under Eight) and L. Scott Levin, MD (Member Over Eight).

The new members of the AFSH Board of Trustees are: David Lichtman, MD (Vice Chair), Jennifer M. Wolf, MD (Member-at-Large Under Five) and Peter Valente of Stryker (Member-at-Large, Industry Representative).  Richard Gelberman, MD, current Vice Chair, will chair the AFSH Board of Trustees at the conclusion of Andrew Weiland, MD's term as Chair.

In addition, the new Nominating Committee nominations from the floor of the Members Business Meeting went well. Members will be asked to vote for the new Nominating Committee members. The vote will be online and opened later this year.

Our Future in Hand Campaign – Are You In?


The AFSH's Our Future in Hand campaign to fund upper extremity research, education and outreach is currently underway, and you can join the push during the Annual Meeting.

Those who make a commitment to donate $25,000 or more over five years will have their hand cast, and the cast will be used to create a personalized plaque that will be displayed in the ASSH Central Office.

Join President-Elect Edward Akelman, MD (pictured above) and the many others who have visited the AFSH booth on the Gold Level of the East Tower, across from the Grand Ballroom, to make your imprint on this important campaign.         

If you're in Chicago at the Annual Meeting, purchase your favorite ASSH educational products like Hand Surgery Update V and receive free shipping anywhere in the US.

To browse the wide variety of products the Society offers, visit the Educational Resource Center (ERC) on the Gold Level of the East Tower, in Columbus GH. Or stop by the ERC to learn how to download our e-books and use the eLearning Portal.

Add 2012 Annual Meeting Content To Your Electronic Library

Whether or not you attend the Annual Meeting, you can purchase electronic content from the meeting for your personal library by visiting the ASSH eLearning Portal.

Precourses, symposia, postcourses and W. P. Andrew Lee's Presidential Address all will be available.

Those who purchase a course or symposium product will receive the visual presentation along with the accompanying audio.  This allows you to revisit the material time and again, at your leisure, and in the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you'd like.



Thank You to AFSH Donors

Ryan P. Calfee, MD
James Chang, MD
Douglas H. Chin, MD, PhD, FACS
Randall W. Culp, MD
Edward Diao, MD
Subhro K. Sen, MD
Eric P. Thorson, MD

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


EHR Standards Get Tougher Under Finalized Meaningful Use Stage 2 - from AMA
Starting as early as 2014, physician practices will be required to achieve more difficult objectives to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records to earn federal bonuses and prevent future penalties.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized its requirements for stage 2 of the EHR incentive program in an August 23 regulation.  The final rule mandates that doctors meet a larger number of core objectives — and stricter guidelines for some of those objectives already in place — during the next part of the three-stage program.  Physicians also must adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EHR systems by Oct. 1, 2014, or be assessed a 1% penalty from Medicare.  Read more.

View Medical Apps With Caution, Just Like Any New Medical Device - from
By Kenneth Lin, MD 

Doctors of my generation have experienced dramatic changes in the way we access the information we need to care for patients.

As a medical student 15 years ago, my "peripheral brain" consisted of fat textbooks sitting on office bookshelves or smaller, spiral-bound references stuffed into the bulging pockets of my lab coat.  As a doctor-in-training, I replaced those bulky references with programs loaded onto PDAs  Today, smartphone apps allow health professionals at all levels to access the most up-to-date medical resources such as drug references, disease-risk calculators, and clinical guidelines — anytime, anywhere.  Read more.