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 Weekly Member Update - March 16, 2012

Volunteer's Note

One Question

One Question Results

AMA Membership Update

ASSH Social Media: Girl Thankful to Member for Thumb Reattachment

Deadline for Practice Division Director Applications is March 30

April 9 OCC Webinar: 'Thumb CMC Arthritis'

Listserv Hot Topic: AIN Syndrome

Our Kind of Town: Comprehensive Review in Chicago

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Legislation Tackling IPAB, Liability Reform Headed to House


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Volunteer's Note

Although the Research Division is the smallest of the three administrative groups at the ASSH, it is charged with the critical task of guiding our organization’s efforts to create and analyze new knowledge for the benefit of members and their patients.  The division is comprised of just two committees: the Clinical Trials and Outcomes Committee (CTOC) and the Research Management Committee (RMC).

During the last year, the CTOC has examined existing outcome measures in common use for studies of the hand/wrist, elbow and shoulder, as well as measures evaluating pain and patient satisfaction.  The goal was to identify and review the characteristics of each of these commonly used instruments so that clinical researchers can choose the ones best suited to their needs.  The result of this effort has been two papers under the joint authorship of the committee members that we hope to see published during 2012.  More recently, the group has been working together to articulate research questions that could use data contributed by the membership at large.  The plan is to try and carry out this kind of organization-wide research in 2013.

Under the chairmanship of Ranjan Gupta, MD, the principal charge of the Research Management Committee is to evaluate research submissions made for support from our wide spectrum of funding opportunities.  Under the Fast Track program, the group assesses submissions made by residents and fellows.  The objective is to provide rapid turnaround so that projects can be carried out during that year under the mentorship of an ASSH member.

In the spring, the RMC evaluates proposals for support of basic science and clinical research projects up to $20,000.  Each submission is reviewed by a panel, which rates it using the NIH criteria.  The studies are ranked, and the best proposals are funded.  The objective of this process has been to ensure that the highest-quality projects are supported.  Recommendations are given to Council for approval, and the awards are announced at the Annual Meeting in the fall. This year, the group has been given the added responsibility for reviewing submissions for funding of a multicenter clinical trial.  Through the joint support of the ASSH and AFSH, this grant will be worth $100,000.

The Research Division also participates in mentoring researchers by supporting applicants to the US Bone and Joint Initiative grant writing course and the AAOS Clinician Scientist Development Program.  Seasoned investigators and those at the beginning of their research careers can also interact directly at the RMC summer meeting in Chicago and at the Basic Science and Clinical Investigator Workshops at the Annual Meeting. 

The Division has opportunities for everyone with an interest in the research enterprise!  I encourage and welcome anyone to contact me at any time to discuss our programs and how to become more involved!

Brent Graham, MD
Chair, Research Division


One Question

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    • Mandarin
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Japanese
    • German
    • French

  2. Are you willing/able to translate patient education content for ASSH? If so, what language?

To submit your answers, visit our survey site


One Question Results

Last week we asked you about your EMR use.  View results

AMA Membership Update
AMA rules stipulate that in order to qualify for a seat in the AMA House of Delegates, 25% of our members must be AMA members.  Currently, we are 34 members shy of the 25% mark
Thank you to the ASSH members who notified us this week that they've joined or rejoined the AMA since January 1, 2012:

Steven H. Goldberg, MD

Have you joined or rejoined the AMA since January 1, 2012?  Please let us know by contacting so we can track the progress of your AMA membership.  ASSH will reconcile our membership list with the AMA to get credit for our members.
Have your voice heard: Join the AMA.

ASSH Social Media: Girl Thankful to Member for Thumb Reattachment
The Mayo Clinic shared a story this week that looks back on the successful thumb reattachment ASSH member Brian Carlsen, MD, performed on then 4-year-old Anistasia Smith in February 2011.
The story also details the treatment that followed and updates readers on Anistasia's progress.
"Dr. Carlsen and his team are amazing. We are privileged to have had the best of the best," said Anistasia's mother, Bridgette Grunewald. "Dr. Carlsen made us feel like we were his only patients. Anistasia says she wants to become a doctor now. I'd love for her to be as skilled and supportive as he is."
To read the entire story, visit the ASSH Facebook page or Twitter account and follow the link.  Those who don't use Facebook or Twitter can go directly to the story on the Mayo Clinic website.  

Deadline for Practice Division Director Applications is March 30
In spring 2011, ASSH President W. P. Andrew Lee, MD, created the Identity Task Force and appointed Steven Z. Glickel, MD, to chair the group.
One of the Task Force's main goals was to increase private practitioner involvement in the Hand Society.  In December, the ASSH Council accepted the Task Force's recommendation to revise the criteria and application for the Practice Division Director.    
On behalf of the Nominating Committee Chair, Daniel J. Nagle, MD, we would like to invite all qualified members to apply for the Practice Division Director position.
The revised Practice Division application calls for applicants to list their practice leadership experience as well as any involvement with practice management, advocacy and government affairs, as well as contributions to ASSH Practice Division committees and workgroups.
Please visit our Council Application page to learn more about the position and requirements, or complete the application today.  The deadline to apply is March 30.
If you have questions or comments, contact Alexzandra Wallace-Szewka at


April 9 OCC Webinar: 'Thumb CMC Arthritis'

Register now for the Online Consultation Corner webinar “Thumb CMC Arthritis" on Monday, April 9, 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Moderator David Bozentka, MD, will discuss three to five submitted cases with expert consultants Peter C. Amadio, MD, David J. Bozentka, MD and Aaron Daluiski, MD. 

You can submit your case or questions for the discussion to the ASSH using the online Image Library, or email

Registration is limited to the first 95 ASSH members.

Listserv Hot Topic: AIN Syndrome

A member turned to the ASSH Physician Listserv this week with a question about a patient who's suffering from AIN Syndrome, and many listservers responded with insight/suggestions.

Do you have something to add to the discussion? Perhaps some of the insights would be helpful to you and your patients.  
If you have already signed up for the Listserv, you can view or contribute to the thread by visiting the archives and scrolling down to the discussion titled "AIN syndrome."  If you don't know or remember your Listserv password, you can reset your password here.
To sign up for the Listserv, visit the Listserv page.


Our Kind of Town: Comprehensive Review in Chicago

The ASSH Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery is designed as an advanced review course and update for practicing hand surgeons, as well as residents and fellows in training.
The course, which will be held July 13-15 in Chicago, will review the topical concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology, as well as diagnostic and treatment methods relating to hand, wrist and elbow surgery.
Course faculty are recognized experts in hand and upper extremity surgery and have been selected for their knowledge, expertise and contributions relating to the subject matters they present.   Click on the "Program" tab of the course page to see a complete list of faculty, topics, objectives and CME credit information.  The deadline to register is June 21.

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Alice Anne Hunter, MD
Gerald T. Lionelli, MD
Thomas D. Magnell, MD
Robert Pae, MD
Nanak Singh Sarhadi, FRCS
Michael S. Shuler, MD
Did you know you can now support the Foundation (AFSH) through automated monthly payments?  Visit to complete an auto-pay form, or contact

Legislation Tackling IPAB, Liability Reform Headed to House - from AMA

Congress is expected to turn its attention next week to AMA-supported legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Both the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the US House Committee on Ways and Means successfully reported the legislation last week.

In order to pay for the estimated $3.1 billion cost of repealing the IPAB, the bill is expected to be paired with significant medical liability reform legislation. The HEALTH Act, sponsored by Rep. Phil Gingrey, MD, R-Ga., incorporates a wide range of AMA-supported reforms, including a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages.  Read more.