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 Weekly Member Update - March 6, 2009

ASSH Weekly Member Upd@te

________________________________March 6, 2009

 

Our Society

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

One Question

·         A one-question survey designed to help us all better understand the contexts in which our members live and work

ASSH News

·         Call for Applications for the Director of the Practice Division

·         Upcoming AFSH Grant and Award Deadlines

·         BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting – Registration Now Open

·         ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting Call For Abstracts

·         Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Application Now Available

ASSH Courses and Meetings

·         2009 Self-Assessment Examination

·         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

·         Senator Promises Action on Health Care (From AAOS)

·         Federal Officials Plan to "Make Examples" of Surgeons (From AAOS)

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Our Society

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I hope this letter finds you well.  Although the economic environment is miserable, we have jobs and the ability to help those less fortunate who are in need of our skills.  Having just returned from the AAOS meeting in Las Vegas, the exhibits were smaller but the turnout was impressive.  Drs. Osterman and Nagle did a great job with Specialty Day.  

I received a very disturbing letter from a member whose local university has restricted Journal clubs to staff only - this is a setback to the communication of information, and it is hard to imagine how this decreases conflict of interest for anyone.  If you encounter similar actions, please let us know. 

L. Andrew Koman, MD
President


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

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One Question

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Which programs (not yet in existence) would you take advantage of in the future?  Answer this week’s One Question.

Last week, we asked for you to share two or three of the most important challenges and opportunities that you will be facing in the coming year.   View the results of last week’s One Question

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ASSH News

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Call for Applications for the Director of the Practice Division – Deadline March 20

Online applications are now available for the Director of the Practice Division. Please refer to the ASSH website for a description of the position's responsibilities and qualifications.  

As you know, the our governance structure staggers the Council director positions. Therefore, the Practice Director position is now open, and the incumbent, Daniel J. Nagle, MD, is permitted to re-apply for a full three-year term.

Please complete the online application and send your electronic CV, letters of support and completed conflict of interest form to Tara Havenga (thavenga@assh.org) at the ASSH Central Office by March 20, 2009.
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Upcoming AFSH Grant and Award Deadlines

Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award – applications due December 1, 2009


Basic Science and Clinical Research Grant - applications due April 1, 2009


The Weiland Medal – applications due April 1, 2009
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BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting – Registration Now Open
April 30 - May 1, 2009

 
The provisional programme and registration form for the BSSH/ASSH Combined meeting are now available on the BSSH website: www.bssh.ac.uk.  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. 

View the programme.  

 
Download a registration form.
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2009 Call For Abstracts
September 3-5, 2009 * San Francisco, California
2009 Combined Annual Meeting of the ASSH and ASHT
Bridges: Connecting the Past and the Future

The abstract submission site is now open to submit your proposals for the 2009 Combined Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT).  Interested in learning more?  Download the official 2009 Call For Abstracts or visit the Hand Society’s Call For Abstracts online information page for important details then submit your proposal today!   

2009 Online Abstract Submission Forms:

·         Instructional Course Lecture – Deadline passed

·         Symposia abstracts – Deadline passed

·         Paper Presentation – Deadline passed

Already submitted an abstract but need to make a change?  Visit the Abstract Service Center to edit your submission.  Revisions can be made through the deadline listed above.

Questions about the abstract submission process?  Contact Diana Shkap at dshkap@assh.org.

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Application for the Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Now Available

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 www.assh.org. Click on the following link: 2009 Bunnell Application.  If you meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to apply 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).   

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ASSH Courses & Meetings
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2009 Self-Assessment Examination
Registration Deadline: April 3, 2009
Online Registration Now Open!

SAE Educational Objectives

       Detect and differentiate injury mechanisms, pathologies and applied anatomy associated with upper extremity conditions treated by hand surgeons

       Differentiate and apply the range of conservative and surgical treatment options to deal with upper extremity problems that present to a hand surgeon’s practice

       Develop informed evidenced-based guided clinical decision practice options in the treatment of upper extremity disorders

       Evaluate by self assessment basic cognitive, reasoning skills, and clinical aptitudes required of all hand surgeons in practice to complete maintenance of certification 

This examination is offered as a convenient self-education exercise by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is geared towards hand and upper extremity health care professionals.   Designed to assist the physician in reviewing basic principles of hand care, the exam also helps to keep the physician abreast of new developments and concepts within the specialty.  The examination covers diagnostic and therapeutic problems, both surgical and non-operative, basic science knowledge, and fundamental principles of hand surgery. The interpretation of the illustrative material (clinical photographs and radiographs) is an integral part of this examination. The 2009 examination consists of the Question Book (Book 1) containing 150 questions, an answer sheet, evaluation, and the Discussion Book (Book 2) with preferred responses, discussion and literature references.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Registration Deadline – April 3, 2009

Deadline to return answer sheet – Postmarked by June 12, 2009

Discussion book mailed  - July 31, 2009 

ACCREDITATION

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

CME CREDIT HOURS

The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.    

NOTE: Only those who return a completed answer sheet for computer scoring by June 12, 2009 will be eligible for CME.

Learn more about the Self-Assessment Exam by downloading the program brochure or visit the exam webpage to register online! 

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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

Online Registration Now Open!  

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 2-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. 

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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.
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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.  

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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.

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

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Senator Promises Action on Health Care (From AAOS)

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said that he and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) plan to introduce a bipartisan bill to reform health care using a mix of public and private solutions. The senators hope to introduce the bill before Congress takes its annual August recess. Sen. Baucus was non-specific about what measures might be included in the bill, but stated that he is in favor of employer-based health coverage and reforming reimbursement to reward quality of care.
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Without any specifics about the actual bill content, some others in Congress consider this timeline quite ambitious. The AAOS Office of Government Relations and AAOS leadership to continue to work with Sens. Baucus and Grassley, as well as with other Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress, as they develop their own alternative and competing healthcare reform proposals.

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Federal Officials Plan to "Make Examples" of Surgeons (From AAOS)

The New York Times reported that, over the next several months, federal health officials and prosecutors plan to file civil and criminal charges against a number of surgeons whom regulators claim demanded profitable consulting agreements from device makers in exchange for using their products. According to Lewis Morris, JD, chief counsel of the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the goal is to "make examples of a couple of doctors so that their colleagues see that this isn’t worth it. We want to send the message to the physician community—particularly surgeons—that you can’t do this."

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada addressed an AAOS symposium on the evolving orthopaedist-industry relationship at the AAOS Annual Meeting last week.

Mr. Morris wrote an article examining the topic of conflict of interest for the May 2008 issue of AAOS Now.

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