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 Weekly Member Update - January 16, 2009

 

ASSH Weekly Member Upd@te

________________________________January 16, 2009

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 Committee Applicants – 2009-2010 Applications Now Available

·         Call for Applications for Clinical Trials and Outcomes Planning Grant

·         Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award

·         Call for Basic Science and Clinical Research Grant Applications

·         ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting Call For Abstracts

 ASSH Courses and Meetings

·         2009 Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery

·         2009 Self-Assessment Examination – Registration Now Open

 

Medical News

·         AMA Provides Tools for the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

·         Shortage of Surgeons Makes “Temping” More Lucrative (From AAOS)

·         Documents Support Concern over FDA Leniency in Device Approval  (From AAOS)

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 One Question

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How interested would you be in buying a practice management book from the Hand Society?  Answer this week’s One Question 

For the past two weeks we asked One Question regarding your support of the AAOS Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) guidelines.  To review the responses we have collected, click here.
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ASSH News

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Call for Committee Applicants – 2009-2010 Applications Now Available 

Participation in American Society for Surgery of the Hand committees is one of the best ways to share your voice with the Hand Society and to contribute to our specialty.  If you are a motivated, dedicated, and enthusiastic member, consider sharing your talents by applying to be a committee member. 

To read more about each committee and it’s charges, visit the ASSH website.  Once you know which committee you are interested in joining, take a few moments to fill out the online application 

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 13.  Questions can be directed to Tara Havenga at the Central Office (thavenga@assh.org).

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Call for Applications for Clinical Trials and Outcomes Planning Grant

The Hand Society is now accepting applications for the Clinical Trials and Outcomes (CTOC) Planning Grant, which is intended to support a new researcher from the ASSH membership to write an NIH R0-1 application for a multi-center clinical trial. The main stipulation of this award is that once the grant is funded, the Principal Investigator will work with the ASSH and CTOC to engage interested members from the ASSH to participate in the study.  

Applicants should have a successful track record for clinical research and the potential to be competitive at the NIH level. Applicants need to complete the AFSH grant application form, which can be found on the ASSH website. The research study should address one of the following topics: Arthritis & Joint Problems, Distal Radius Fractures, Tendon Injuries, Carpal Pathology, and Peripheral Nerve Problems.

The author of the winning proposal will receive $20,000 initially that will allow the principal investigator to draft an NIH grant over a 12-month period. This funding may cover research time, statistical support, and administrative costs. Applications are due by April 1, 2009 and can be submitted electronically in Word format to Sarah Meyer Hughes at smeyerhughes@assh.org. For more information, please visit the ASSH website.
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Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award

Jointly sponsored by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation

AFSH, OREF and PSEF are now offering the Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award to recognize one young orthopaedic hand surgeon and one young plastic hand surgeon who have demonstrated success as both a clinician and a researcher, and provide a base of financial support that will ensure sufficient protected time to develop a long and productive career in academic surgery. 

The award is designed to support young faculty members at teaching institutions with accredited programs in orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery. The award for each of the two recipients provides up to $75,000 per year for up to five years, subject to annual review. This support is intended to replace clinical practice salary lost by redirecting time to research, and help offset the recipient’s reduced clinical productivity. Applications are invited from individuals who demonstrate success in research by receiving initiation of extramural research funding in 2009 or later under one or more K08 or K23 awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For more information please visit the ASSH website. Deadline for submission is December 1, 2009.

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Call for Basic Science and Clinical Research Grant Applications
Applications due April 1, 2009

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) have established grant funding to encourage young investigators to perform clinical and basic science research studies.  It is anticipated that the funding will enable investigators to initiate pilot projects that will lead to subsequent funding from other sources such as the NIH.

Applications are now being accepted for basic science and clinical research grants. The selection of the research proposals for funding is made by the Research Management Committee with the approval of the Council of the ASSH and the AFSH Board.  Selection is based on the merits of the proposal with preference given to new projects for which the grant could serve as seed money for larger grants from the NIH, OREF or PSEF. In order to be eligible for the grant, at least one of the investigators must be a member of the ASSH.    

For more information on the application requirements, please visit the ASSH website.
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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 (Podium) abstracts due February 9, 2009

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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ASSH Courses & Meetings
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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 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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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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AMA Provides Tools for the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).     

The American Medical Association has created participation tools to assist physicians and other eligible professionals who participate in the PQRI program for 2009.   The AMA designed the tools for claims-based reporting to facilitate the data collection required to report clinical performance data. 

In addition to tools for the 131 individual quality measures that can be reported through claims-based submission, the AMA has created new tools for the 6 measures groups that can be reported through claims-based submission.  These include a data collection sheet that incorporates all of the individual measure-specific information in one step-by-step worksheet for clinical use and office/billing staff use. 

The tools for individual measures and measures groups can be accessed on the AMA website.

Additional information on the PQRI program, including detailed technical specifications for the measures, can be found on the CMS website 

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Shortage of Surgeons Makes “Temping” More Lucrative (From AAOS)

A recent Wall Street Journal article reported an increase in the shortage of general surgeons in the United States.  This trend is leading some hospitals to hire traveling surgeons on a temporary basis.  A study published recently in the journal Archives of Surgery found that over the past 25 years, the number of general surgeons per capita declined 25 percent.  This is a result of medical school graduates trending toward higher-paying specialties. Staffing agencies estimate that at least 1 in 20 of America's 17,000 general surgeons now work on a temporary basis some or all of the time. Full-time temporary surgeons can earn $250,000 or more a year—nearly double what they earn in private practice—largely because they don't have to pay overhead costs anymore.
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Documents Support Concern over FDA Leniency in Device Approval  (From AAOS)

The New York Times (NYT) reported that it received documents that seem to support allegations that managers in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Devices and Radiological Health division may have promoted the approval of medical devices without proper scientific justification. The paper received agency documents that are being reviewed as part of an internal investigation into the concerns of FDA scientists who argued that the managers have become too lenient with industry. Previously, the scientists had written letters presenting their concerns to president-elect Obama’s transition team and members of Congress.
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