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 Weekly Member Update, January 22nd, 2010

ASSH Weekly Member Update

A Message from the ASSH President

  • A column from president Robert M. Szabo, MD, MPH

One Question

  • What website do you visit most often?


ASSH News

  • Call for Applicants: Education Director-Elect Position - Deadline to apply is January 29, 2010
  • JHS Editor-in-Chief Application Materials due February 15, 2010 
  • Call for Weiland Medal Applications
  • Now Accepting Applications for the AFSH-HVO Young Surgeon Traveling Fellowship
  • OMeGA Medical Grants Association 2010-2011 Grant Opportunities
  • Apply now for the 2010 Clinician Scientist Development Program

ASSH Courses and Meetings

  • 2010 Master Skills Series: Trauma of the Elbow, Forearm and Wrist
  • General Orthopaedic Review
  • Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Healthcare Reform News

  • AMA Professional Liability Studies Now Available
  • AMA Urges Physicians to Repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate

 

A Message from the ASSH President

The world is reaching out to help Haiti, a nation in the midst of disaster, struggling with basic human survival.  This week’s aftershock served as a bleak reminder that the initial flood of outreach will be insufficient.  Efforts need to be followed with continued support over the coming months and years. 

As surgeons, we have unique skills and resources that may allow us to give aid of the highest value, but the current situation on the ground in Haiti puts constraints on how we, as individuals, can make a difference.  I would like to share how two of our members have stepped up to help, and perhaps offer inspiration for others to do the same, in whatever capacity you can. 

Steve McCollam, MD, ASSH member since 1992, left for Haiti on Wednesday to provide orthopaedic support at Hopital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) in Deschapelles through Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic in Atlanta, GA which has had an ongoing relationship with HAS for 55 years.  Dr. McCollam is traveling with a team of two other orthopeadic surgeons and two surgical technicians to offer much needed services to victims.  A series of trips over the next several months is being developed.

Another ASSH member, Leo M. Rozmaryn,MD, is working with Partners in Health (PIH), a Boston-based non-profit that has been on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years, to donate essential medical supplies.  He will also be traveling to Haiti to provide medical care.  For more information on supply donation, you can contact Dr. Rozmaryn directly at (leohanddoc@yahoo.com) and to learn about volunteering in Haiti, visit the PIH website.

Many organizations are facilitating ongoing efforts and collecting donations.  For more ideas on how you can help, visit last week’s update.  We are very proud of all of our members who are contributing to the staggering needs, and we'd love to know how you are contributing.  Post your pictures, videos and comments to Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter (#handsociety).  Not on social media, but still want to share? Join now or send your pictures and videos to Tara Havenga (thavenga@assh.org).  

Keep up the good work.

Kind regards,
Bob Szabo, MD


One Question

ASSH wants to know - which websites do you visit most often?  Answer this week's One Question

Last week we asked how our members were involved in the Haiti relief effort.  Read responses to the last week's One Question and visit our Facebook page to join in the discussion.


ASSH News

Call for Applicants: Education Director-Elect Position
Deadline to apply is January 29, 2010

In late 2009, the AAOS asked Edward Akelman, MD, to serve as the Chair of the Council on Education for the Academy.  Dr. Akelman accepted the position and will resign from his post as Education Director of the Hand Society immediately following the ASSH Annual Meeting in October.

At its December meeting, Council amended the bylaws to create the position of Education Director-Elect.  The ASSH voting membership approved this change which became effective on January 8, 2010.

The Education Director-Elect's term will begin in May 2010, and he or she will serve concurrently through the remainder of Dr. Akelman’s term.  This individual will also be eligible to serve a full term as Education Director through 2014.

Complete the online application for the Education Director-Elect position or read about the qualifications, time commitments, and specific duties *Please send all supporting material by January 29th via email to Alexzandra Wallace at awallace@assh.org, or fax it to (847) 384-1435.*


JHS Editor-in-Chief Application Materials due February 15, 2010 

The ASSH Journal Advisory Group (JAG) is now accepting applications for the Journal of Hand Surgery Editor-in-Chief.  The position would begin on January 1, 2011 at the close of the current editor's contract. 

The Editor-in-Chief should have dedication and vision, and will be responible for soliciting, reviewing and selecting articles for publication, in addition to various other responsibilities.  If you are interested, download the online application or contact Tara Havenga (thavenga@assh.org).  Applications are due on February 15, 2010.


Call for Weiland Medal Applications
Application Deadline is April 1, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Andrew J. Weiland Medal for Outstanding Research in Hand Surgery. The medal is awarded annually to a mid-career researcher dedicated to advancing patient care in the field of hand surgery.

The award is a $20,000 unrestricted gift and will honor a hand surgeon-scientist who has contributed a body of research that advances the field.  The medal recognizes and supports outstanding research in order to continue Weiland’s vision for the field of hand surgery.  It will be awarded to a mid-career surgeon who is less than 55 years old or a surgeon who is less than 15 years from hand fellowship training.  The medal will be presented at the 2010 ASSH Annual Meeting in Boston.

Learn more about the Andrew J. Weiland Medal.


Now Accepting Applications for the AFSH-HVO Young Surgeon Traveling Fellowship

Applications for the 2010 American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand - Health Volunteers Overseas Young Surgeon Traveling Fellowship are being accepted.  All eligible surgeons (R3, R4, R5, Fellows and Surgeons within three years of completing their fellowship) with an interest in spending 4 weeks at an appropriate HVO teaching site in a developing country are invited to apply.  Learn more about the AFSH-HVO Young Surgeon Overseas Traveling Fellowship. Application deadline is March 31, 2010 or email info@hvousa.org

This fellowship is available due to a generous grant from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH).


OMeGA Medical Grants Association Announces 2010-2011 Grant Opportunities

OMeGA is accepting grants applications for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Fellowship grants up to $75,000 are available to academic programs in all nine orthopaedic sub-specialty areas, including Hand and Upper Extremity.  Applications are reviewed by OMeGA board and review committee members.  Grants are awarded based on objective criteria, and not on the use, order, or purchase of any products or services of any specific medical device manufacturer. 

Residency grants up to $5,000 are also available.  Applications with a broader benefit to the residency/general education program are given special consideration.   Educational items include but are not limited to publications and other educational resources, courses, skills lab and cadaver sessions, and visiting professors. 

The deadline to submit is Wednesday, March 24, 2010.  Download OMeGA grant criteria overview (PDF) or visit the OMeGA website for additional information.  


Apply now for the 2010 Clinician Scientist Development Program

The AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scientist Development Program (CSDP) seeks applicants in their PGY2-PGY 5 residency years, in fellowships, and Junior Faculty through year three who have the potential/desire to become orthopaedic clinician scientists.  Up to 15 participants are selected to participate in the 1.5 day CSDP training workshop. 

The workshop opens with a resident dinner on Sunday, October 17, 2010 and concludes in the afternoon of Tuesday, October 19, 2010.  The CSDP provides participants with an orientation to the research environment including research history, funding sources, and orthopaedic research organizations.  The workshop also provides the opportunity to meet and interact with research professors and establish a mentor relationship with selected faculty.

Online applications for the 2010 CSDP are open through March 31, 2010

Applicants interested in hand surgery should check the ‘hand’ box on the application form. If chosen for the program, one of these applicants will be sponsored by the ASSH.

For inquiries, contact Erin Ransford, Manager of Research Development, AAOS (847) 384-4319 or ransford@aaos.org.



ASSH Courses and Meetings

2010 Master Skills Series: Trauma of the Elbow, Forearm and Wrist
May 21 - 22, 2010
Orthopaedic Learning Center - Rosemont, IL
Registration Deadline: May 6, 2010

The Trauma of the Elbow, Forearm and Wrist course is designed with an emphasis on adult learning with a case-based format, along with a hands-on cadaver workshop to provide you with the most current trends and techniques in trauma.  Learn more about this program and review the registration fees by visiting the Trauma of the Elbow, Forearm and Wrist webpage.  Or register online today!


General Orthopaedic Review
July 15, 2010
Renaissance Downtown Hotel - Chicago, IL
Registration Deadline: June 21, 2010


Co-Sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)

This one-day review course, brought to you by the AAOS and ASSH, prepares you for the general orthopaedic questions on the combined CAQ exam in Hand Surgery. Held just one day prior to the ASSH Comprehensive Review in Hand Surgery course, this is a convenient opportunity to review generally accepted principles of orthopaedics across the specialties and to prepare you to maintain your certification. A skilled faculty of experienced clinicians will focus on what you need to know in all the other specialty areas of orthopaedics for the exam.  Review registration fees and program details on the General Orthopaedic Review webpage.  Get started by registering online today


Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
July 16-18, 2010
Renaissance Downtown Hotel - Chicago, IL
Registration Deadline: June 21, 2010

The ASSH Comprehensive Review Course is designed as an advanced review course and update for practicing hand surgeons.  The course will review the topical concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology as well as diagnostic and treatment methods relating to hand and elbow surgery.  The faculty are recognized experts in hand surgery and have been selected for their knowledge, expertise and contributions relating to the subject matter they present.  Learn more about this program and review the registration fees by visiting the Comprehensive Review Course webpage.  Or register online today


Healthcare Reform News

AMA Professional Liability Studies Now Available

The AMA Division of Economic and Health Policy Research is offering two new publications in its Policy Research Perspectives (PRP) series that provide updated information on the medical professional liability insurance (PLI) market. 

"Professional Liability Insurance Premiums: Changes and Levels, 2004-2009" (AMA login required) examines PLI premiums from the Medical Liability Monitor survey, showing that more than half of premiums reported in 2009 remained the same as in the previous year.  
 
"Professional Liability Insurance Indemnity and Expenses, Claim Adjudication, and Policy Limits, 1999-2008," (AMA login required) examines 1999 to 2008 data on indemnity and expense payments, claim adjudication, and policy limits from the PIAA's Claim Trend Analysis.  It finds that average indemnity and expense payments increased during the period, even when accounting for inflation.

AMA Urges Physicians to Repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate

The 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut that has been delayed until March 1, allowing a short window of opportunity to help permanently repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.  You can connect with your senators today by calling (800) 833-6354 and tell them to pass legislation to permanently repeal the SGR formula.

The AMA has been working to mobilize grassroots networks across the country, including an aggressive advertising and publicity campaign this month—with a new television ad—to make sure patients and likely voters are aware of and can help address this problem.