Weekly Member Update - February 4, 2011

February 4, 2011

Dan Would Like You to Know

One Question 

Call for 2011 ASSH Volunteer Committee Applications

2011 Comprehensive Review Registration Now Open

NEW- Online Consultation Corner

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Health Volunteers Overseas

Judge Rules PPACA Unconstitutional- From the AAOS

Dan Would Like You To Know

Did you miss last week's column about the Council and Young Leaders meeting? Read the story here. 
Keep an eye out for my Presidential Update next week where I will share exciting highlights from Council's major decisions and discussions.

Dan Nagle, MD 

One Question

The Hand Society continues to explore ways to utilize new and existing technology to improve the experience members have in relating to and using ASSH resources.  This week, we want to know what computer application you use, if any, related to your continued learning, e.g. scholarly journal, online presentations? Answer this week's One Question.

2011 Call for ASSH Volunteer Committee Application
Deadline March 7, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for membership to ASSH Volunteer Committees for 2011-2012 Governance year.  Efforts by our members are crucial to the success of our volunteer organization.  To learn more about the wide breadth of volunteer opportunities please visit the ASSH Volunteer Committee page .   Please review the committes' charges carefully.  If appointed, members are expected to commit to the charges as listed. 

Complete the ASSH Committee application today!

*Please contact Alexzandra Wallace at awallace@assh.org with any questions.*

Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Registration for the 2011 Comprehensive Review is now open.  Attend this advanced review course to refresh your knowledge of the topical concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology as well as diagnostic and treatment methods relating to hand, wrist and elbow surgery.  Learn more here.

New – Online Consultation Corner

“Scaphoid Fractures & Nonunions” - Tuesday, March 1st
Join consultants and your participating colleagues in a webinar to discuss submitted cases and recommended treatment options.  Submit your case using the ASSH Image Library. Case submissions are due by Friday, February 11th.  Learn more here.

Thank You to AFSH Donors

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 recently made a contribution to the Foundation.   To learn more about the Foundation or to make a contribution today, visit www.afsh.org.

Sandra Buchman Collins, MD
Leslie P. Dean, MD
Gina Carmela Del Savio, MD
David L. Evans, MD
Timothy G. Havenhill, MD
Richard T. Martin, MD
Robert J. Maurer, MD
James C. McIntosh, Jr., MD
Terry M. Messer, MD
Jose J. Monsivais, MD
Paul F. Nassab, MD
Debra M. Parisi, MD
Gary M. Pess, MD
Cary Tanner, MD
Kevin E. Wright, MD

Health Volunteers Overseas

Edward Blair Memorial Fellowship for Residents in Orthopaedics
There are two fellowships available in Malawi for applicants who are currently orthopaedic residents or have recently completed their orthopaedic residency training.  Applications will be accepted Jan 1 - Feb 15. Visit the HVO website to learn more.

Judge rules PPACA unconstitutional- From the AAOS

Modern Healthcare magazine reports that a U.S. District Court judge has declared the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) unconstitutional.  In a case brought by the Florida Attorney General, the judge stated that the U.S. Congress exceeded its authority by mandating that most U.S. citizens must carry health insurance or face a penalty. 

US District Judge Roger Vinson said, "the individual mandate is indisputably necessary to the act's insurance market reforms, which are, in turn, indisputably necessary to the purpose of the act.  Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void."  However, the judge ruled that PPACA should remain in effect until all appeals are exhausted.  Most observers predict that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately determine the constitutionality of the law.  Read Judge Roger Vinson’s complete ruling.