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 Weekly Member Update - April 17, 2009

 

 

ASSH Weekly Member Upd@te

April 17, 2009


Our Society

  • A message from ASSH President L. Andrew Koman, MD

One Question

  • A One question survey designed to help us better understand the the contexts in which our members live and work.

ASSH News

  • Call for Council Nominations - Applications Now Available
  • ASSH to Explore Textbook Publications  - Deadline April 24th
  • Third Party Fellowship Funding Now Available
  • BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting - Registration Now Open 
  • ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting Call For Abstracts  
  • Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Application Now Available

ASSH Courses and Meetings

  • Registration Open - 2009 Combined Annual Meeting ASSH & ASHT
  • Self-Assessment Examination - Book 1 Mails Next Week 
  • 2009 ASHT/ASSH Advances in Hand Therapy Course 
  • 2009 Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery 
  • 2009 AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review Course 
  • 2009 Comprehensive Review in Hand Surgery

Medical News 

  • AMA: A Helping Hand 
  • Obama Orders Creation of Healthcare Reform Office


Our Society


Greetings.

Spring has finally come and, at least, in North Carolina, things are almost green.

Member benefits remain our primary concern. Please take advantage of our educational and business practice opportunities.

Registration is now open for the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco this September; plan to attend and to register early to save on fees. Drs. Ruch and Lubahn have an outstanding program designed to fulfill everyone's educational needs. Our speakers are Gary Poehling (an overview of arthroscopy) Kathy Reichs, the forensic pathologist and acclaimed novelist and creator of the "Bones " television series, as well as our acclaimed international speaker Professor Panayotis Soucacos from Greece. The venue should take care of the rest.

For those members that have not signed up for the Self-Assessment Exam, this is an outstanding educational product produced to the highest standards by your fellow-members.

At this spring's Board Meeting, we will be looking at ways to expand and improve the Journal; to cope with the responsibility and burden of "hand" call; to identify additional educational products for distribution; to expand research opportunities that validate and define our clinical practices; and to better define appropriate clinical guidelines.

If you have a fellowship or residency, do not forget fellowship support grants and resident educational grants supported by industry from the AOA and OREF.

Andy

To comment on Dr. Koman's column, visit his blog.


One Question


Over the past month, we have recieved various open-ended responses to One Questions that have led to this week's question.  Do believe the Hand Society should support exploration for an independnt board for upper extremity surgery?  Answer this week's One Question

Last week we asked if you would have to change your practice policies to comply with the Red Flags Rule.  View the results.  
 


ASSH News


Call for Council Nominations - Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for open positions on Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  There are two open Member-at-Large at large positions, one for a member who joined ASSH before 2001, and one for a member who joined after 2001.  The Vice-president position is also open.

Applications are due July 3, 2009.  Please visit our website for details about qualifications, job descriptions, terms and how to apply.  Questions can be directed to Tara Havenga (thavenga@assh.org).

Online application


ASSH to Explore Textbook Publication
Request for Proposal Available for Interested Authors

The Educations Division is soliciting proposals from authors interested in working with the Hand Society on a hand surgery textbook.  The Society will consider a variety of different publication options outlined in the request for proposal (RFP), which is posted and available for download on the website.

All details, specifications, and partnership options for the information needed are outlined in the RFP. 

The April 24th deadline is approaching for the Textbook RFP- please plan to submit soon. Once completed, submit the proposal to the central office, attn Jennifer Gremmels, electronically at jgremmels@assh.org or hard copy by April 24, 2009 for consideration.


Third Party Fellowship Funding Now Available

Two new funding sources are available through OMeGA and OREF.  Both organizations are now accepting applications for fellowship funding for the 2009-2010 academic year. 

OMeGA
Grants are available for orthopaedic fellowships (up to $75,000) in nine sub-specialty areas, including hand surgery, and residency/general education (up to $5,000).  Funds will be awarded through a consistent, clearly established process, according to objective criteria, and independent of program size, personnel, or affiliation.  Funding for 2009 is limited to programs in the Americas.

Friday, May 8, 2009 is the deadline for submitting grant applications.  Please direct your questions to info@omegamedicalgrants.org.

OREF
Academic institutions and group practices (or their qualified non-profit affiliates) are invited to apply for graduate medical education fellowships for the coming academic year.  Applications are due to OREF by April 20.  Download the grant application. 

OREF continues to seek additional industry partners in hopes of securing more funding for fellowships across the spectrum of orthopaedics, and will soon invite applications for institutional grants to enhance academic residency training programs.  Additional information, visit http://www.oref.org/.


Register for the BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting April 30 - May 1, 2009 

The provisional programme and registration form for the BSSH/ASSH Combined meeting are now available on the BSSH website.  There is a link to the meeting details on the home page of the BSSH website.  

If you have any queries relating to this, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Roberts (helen.roberts@bssh.ac.u.k) at BSSH. 


Apply for the 2009 Bunnell Traveling Fellowship  

If you have been an active member of ASSH for eight years or less, you may be eligible to apply for the 29th Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship. The specific criteria for eligibility are detailed in the Bunnell Fellowship application available on our website. If you are interested and eligible, please complete the 2009 Bunnell Application for this outstanding opportunity.

The Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship is an outstanding educational experience for the recipient. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is June 1, 2009. Final selection of the recipient of this 29th Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship will be made immediately before the 64th Annual Meeting, September 3-5, 2009, in San Francisco, CA and will be announced during the meeting.

Please direct questions to Tara Havenga (thavenga@assh.org). 


ASSH Courses & Meetings


2009 Combined Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand & American Society of Hand Therapists
Bridges: Connecting the Past and the Future
September 3-5, 2009
Moscone West Convention Center San Francisco, CA  
Register to attend the 2009 Combined Meeting of the ASSH & ASHT!

David S. Ruch, MD
John D. Lubahn, MD, FACS
Donna Breger Stanton, MA, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA

2009 ASSH & ASHT Program Chairs

The 2009 Combined Meeting is a forum for the most distinguished hand and upper extremity care professionals to gather together, exchange information and elevate the specialty to new heights. This convergence of the best and brightest minds in the field will enable hand professionals from around the globe to overcome adversity and obstacles and shape the future of the hand and upper extremity specialty.  With more than 3,400 physicians, therapists and related healthcare professionals specializing in hand, orthopaedic, plastic and reconstructive surgery expected to attend, the Societies' the Hand educational programming will focus on the newest developments in the field, improved surgical techniques and therapeutic options as well as other information that will enable hand care professionals to continuously improve the care they provide. Attendees can earn valuable hours of CME and CEUs as they share new concepts and review established principles of the specialty. Join us in San Francisco this fall to learn, share, network and rededicate your energy, spirit and commitment to the specialty!

2009 Key Offerings Include:

CME CREDIT HOURS
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 39.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

ACCREDITATION
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Visit the ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting website to learn more or jump straight to registration to sign up today!

LOGIN INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS - ALL ASSH Members already have login information for the ASSH website. DO NOT "CREATE A RECORD" to register for the 2009 Combined ASSH/ASHT Meeting.  If you do this, you will be charged NONMEMBER pricing. 

If you do not know your login information please contact the ASSH Central Office at (847) 384-8300 or email membership@assh.org and your login information will be provided.


2009 Self-Assessment Examination - Book 1 Mails Out on April 20

If you registered for the 2009 Self-Assessment Exam before April 3, you should receive Book 1 next week.  Not sure if you registered?  Check the Confirmed Registration List  on our website. 

Do you know where you'll be in  July/August?  Don't miss receiving your Discussion Book due to a move!  If you will be at a different location or have a second address you would prefer the booklets to be mailed to than your current mailing address with the Hand Society please inform the ASSH by emailing the registrar at ddecker@assh.org.  


2009 ASHT/ASSH Advances in Hand Therapy: Surgeons and Therapists Working Together
Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel
May 15-16, 2009
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2009
Register Online! 

Jointly Sponsored by:
American Society of Hand Therapists
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Program Co-Chairs:
Randip R. Bindra, MD
Kathleen E. Brou, OTR, CHT
Marta H. Brinkley, OTR/L, CHT

The ASSH and ASHT are proud to present this two-day course designed for intermediate to advanced hand therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and managers.  This course will include the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of upper quadrant conditions as well as cutting edge practice management techniques.  Attendees will gain exposure to critical knowledge from presentations provided by recognized expert physicians, clinicians and managers all of whom are affiliated with ASSH and ASHT.  The targeted sessions on outpatient therapy practice management will provide crucial business decision making skills a therapist can utilize within his or her own clinic.  Participation in lectures, panel discussions, and case studies will allow attendees to advance their clinical decision making skills.  Visit the online event page for program details. 

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast current operative and non-operative treatment for a wide spectrum of upper quadrant orthopedic conditions. 
  • Develop and execute treatment plans for complex upper quadrant conditions. 
  • Utilize "the pearls" of treatment for core stabilization and wound care. 
  • Sharpen clinical management decision making skills utilizing objective data for staffing plans, documentation, and billing. 
  • Compare and contrast a variety of outcome tools/scores and determine the benefits of routine clinical use. 
  • Obtain expert clinical medical knowledge on surgical and therapeutic strategies that can be utilized in the clinical setting in practical settings.

AOTA CE UNITS: The ASHT is an approved provider of Continuing Education for the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by the AOTA.  The ASHT is an approved CEU provider for the Board of Certification, Inc. for Athletic Trainers.

ASSH CME CREDIT: The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.asht.org to register online. 


2009 Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2009
Online Registration Now Open!

Program Chairs:
David C. Ring, MD
Scott P. Steinmann, MD

This course will provide a state of the art update on open and arthroscopic techniques of elbow surgery. A renowned faculty of leading elbow surgeons will present lectures, panel discussions and hands-on training in the cadaver laboratory. Specific techniques covered in detail will be elbow arthroscopy, elbow instability, all elbow fractures, and arthroplasty. Course attendees will have the opportunity to perform all surgical procedures in the laboratory and are encouraged to bring problem cases for discussion with the faculty.

Course Objectives:

  • Become familiar with advanced techniques of elbow surgery 
  • Learn arthroscopic techniques for the elbow  
  • Become familiar with all surgical approaches to the elbow for the most common procedures 
  • Recognize pitfalls of surgical techniques and how to avoid complications 
  • Understand the biomechanics of the elbow and learn how to perform surgical reconstruction for instability 
  • Learn state-of-the-art techniques for treatment of fractures of the distal humerus, radial head, coronoid and olecranon 
  • Become familiar with elbow arthroplasty techniques and how to avoid complications

CME Credit Hours
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.


2009 AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review
Hyatt Regency Chicago
July 9, 2009
Registration Deadline: June 29, 2009
Online Registration Now Open!

Co-Sponsored by:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Course Directors:
John J. Grayhack, MD
Michael S. Bednar, MD

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.  Note: the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery does not provide content or material for this program.

OBJECTIVES

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental knowledge base required for Maintenance of Certification 
  • Sharpen clinical decision-making using contemporary clinical, laboratory and diagnostic imaging methods to manage pediatric and adult musculoskeletal disorders 
  • Compare and contrast current non-operative and operative treatment of a wide spectrum of orthopaedic conditions including shoulder, lower extremity, spine and pediatrics
  • Recognize the spectrum of surgical management of reconstructive and traumatic musculoskeletal conditions and the indications and contraindications for each 
  • Discuss current orthopaedic literature concerning a wide array of common musculoskeletal conditions in children and adults

CME CREDIT HOURS
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.


2009 Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Hyatt Regency Chicago
July 10-12, 2009
Registration Deadline: June 29, 2009
Online Registration Now Open! 

Program Chairs:
Mark S. Cohen, MD
Thomas R. Kiefhaber, MD

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 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.

OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss the topic concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology relating to surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow. 
  • Prescribe and use generally accepted diagnostic techniques required to evaluate various disease preventions. 
  • Describe treatment alternatives for acquired, traumatic, inflammatory, congenital and neoplastic disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow.

CME CREDIT HOURS
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.


Medical News


For more on ASSH advocacy news and efforts, visit the health policy page of our website.


AMA: a Helping Hand

A message from ASSH President Koman and Andrew Gurman, MD, AMA Trustee 

"The American Society for Surgery of theHand works very hard to give our members important member benefits and opportunities, but especially in this time of substantial health care reform, it's important to join an outreach effort that extends beyond the reach of the Hand Society." - L. Andrew Koman, MD, ASSH President

"Just dealing with the myriad of patient, practice and family needs that present on a daily basis often leaves little time to think and take action on the larger issues in the courts and in the capital that affect the practice of medicine. That's where the American Medical Association steps in. As a member of the AMA's Board of Trustees, I see first-hand the hard work done by the association every day on our behalf - and I'd like to share some of it with you." - Andrew Gurman, MD, AMA Trustee and ASSH member

Read more on our advocacy webpage.  


Obama Orders the Creation of Healthcare Reform Office

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to create the White House Office of Health Reform, which will be assigned the task of expanding and improving healthcare coverage in the United States. Among other duties, the office is tasked with coordinating public outreach activities and coordinating the administration's agenda to "provide high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care and to slow the growth of health costs." The President had previously named Nancy-Ann DeParle to oversee the office. Ms. DeParle previously served as director of the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) under the Clinton administration.
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