Weekly Member Update - March 4, 2011

March 4, 2011
It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of F. William Bora, Jr. MD, ASSH member since 1974.  Dr. Bora passed away on Wednesday, February 23rd after suffering complications from head trauma.  He was a celebrated hand surgeon and a loving husband, father and grandfather.  We invite all of you, as fellow members of the Hand Society, to take a moment and recognize Dr. Bora’s contributions to the Society, the field of hand surgery, and his commitment to family and friendships.  Read a brief biography of F. William Bora, Jr., MD.
Last week, we asked you about your experience with the AAOS Annual Meeting and ASSH Specialty Day.  View the results of the poll

The JHS Journal Advisory Group (JAG) is now accepting applications for the In Brief Deputy Review Editor.  Join the JHS editorial team by sending your CV, letters of recommendation, and letter of intent to Tara Havenga (thavenga@assh.org).  Applications must be received by April 4, 2011 to be considered for the position.  The Journal Advisory Group will announce the new Deputy Editor in mid-April. 
To read the full job description and learn more about how to apply for this position, visit us online.

Through the generosity of our industry partners the AFSH is announcing the availability of support for original research on topics related to:
• Arthritis
• Nerve and soft tissue function, injuries and diseases.
Grants for either clinical research or basic science projects will be considered.  Awards are up to a maximum of $20,000 a year for two years.  Proposals should follow the format for the clinical research and basic science research programs supported by AFSH presently and be identified as intended for consideration under this Special Emphasis Note.  Submissions will be reviewed by the Research Management Committee in June 2011.  
The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2011.
Deadline Friday, April 8
Applications for the 2011 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 or email info@hvousa.org.
This fellowship is available due to a generous grant from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH).
Generalists and sub-specialists are needed for Nicaragua for two-week assignments in the spring and summer 2011.    Volunteers are also needed in Peru for two to four week assignments in the spring and summer 2011.  Contact the program department for additional information and learn how to get involved.

Thanks to the partnership of hundreds of donors each year the American Foundation for Surgery of the hand continues to make a difference in patient care, research, and education.  We especially thank these donors who made a contribution to the Foundation in the past week or through the OREF in February 2010.   To learn more about the Foundation or to make a contribution today, visit www.afsh.org.
Robert L. Bass, MD
Jose Alberto Bastidas, MD
Dawn M. Briskey, CAE
Crawford Campbell, MD
Mustafa A. Haque, MD
Paul C. Horn, MD
Mary Ling, MD
Eugene Tsai, MD
Dmitry Tuder, MD
Organized medicine hails the one-year reprieve approved by Congress and signed by President Obama.  Now, sights are set on 2011 for a new payment model.  With no Medicare physician pay cuts assured for 2011, organized medicine plans to press for overhauling a payment system based on an economic calculation measure it believes is woefully flawed.  Such a move has President Obama's support.
In December, Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation that will delay for one year scheduled cuts to doctors' Medicare payments for one year, including a 25% cut that went into  effect January 1, 2011.  The measure keeps Medicare physician pay at its present level, including the 2.2% increase that physicians received when Congress overrode an SGR-mandated pay cut in June.  Read the complete article.