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 Weekly Member Update - October 26, 2012

Presidential Update

Volunteer's Note

JHS CME: Earn up to 24.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in 2012

Upcoming Webinars




Presidential Update
Edward Akelman, MD
October 2012
As new ASSH President, I would like to thank our outgoing President, W. P. Andrew Lee, MD, as well as Steven Moran, MD and Kevin Chung, MD, for an outstanding Annual Meeting in Chicago.  I'd also like to acknowledge outgoing Council members Daniel J. Nagle, MD and Bobby Chhabra, MD for their dedicated service to the Hand Society.  Additionally, it is with great pleasure that I welcome our new Council members: William Seitz, Jr., MD (Vice President), L. Scott Levin, MD (Member-at-large >8 years), and Fraser Leversedge, MD (Member-at-large <8 years).  Read more for a few highlights of exciting projects that we have slated for this fall.

Volunteer's Note
Charles S. Day, MD, MBA
Chair, Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee's charge is to propose guidelines for ASSH patient education material, business plans, and committee actions to promote diversity awareness as it relates to patient care, patient and surgeon education, and Society functions.

In my last Volunteer note, on behalf of this committee, I shared with you some of the things that we worked on last year:  uploading a list of diversity competency resources onto the ASSH website, translating existing patient education brochures into other languages, having input into ASSH videos with respect of diversity content, and working with the leadership of the Committee Advisory Group (CAG) and the Nominating Advisory Group (NAG) to ensure that all members of our society – regardless of gender, ethnicity, type of practice (academic or private), and residency training (orthopaedics, plastics, general) – have equal opportunity to participate in the committee and governance structure in the ASSH.

Specifically for this upcoming year, with the support of the ASSH Council and the Identity Task Force, we are looking into the diversity of the ASSH membership.  Other surgical fields, including orthopaedic and general surgery, have looked into its own membership composition in order to better education and reach out to their diverse patient population.  We hope that you can help us accomplish this by updating your ASSH membership profile and answering a couple of brief questions.  Once the membership profiles have been updated, then we will focus the vibrant energy of our 15 member committee this year to put forth a report of the diversity of the ASSH membership as compared to that of orthopaedic and general surgeons.


Are you interested in earning up to 24.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ this year?  The JHS gives you the opportunity to earn up to 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per issue!  Simply read the 3 labeled “CME” articles in the review section of each issue, complete an online multiple choice test, and purchase the CME.  Tests are currently available for the January through October issues, so visit us online today and get a head start on earning some extra CME.  Deadline for completion of the 2012 tests is January 31, 2013.  Please email with any questions.

Crash Course in Meaningful Use Webinar - November 27
Learn what you really need to know about the Meaningful Use financial incentive.  Don't miss this fast paced 60-minute webinar on Tuesday, November 27 focused on the needs of hand surgeons and their staff. Whether you are already in the process of achieving Meaningful Use or are considering Meaningful Use for future years, this webinar is for you. Speaker Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA of Karen Zupko and Associates will offer practical tips on participating in Meaningful Use. Learn more and register.
Online Consultation Corner Webinar – December 3

Join experts as they discuss PIP Fracture Dislocation cases during this webinar at 8:30 PM EDT, Monday, December 3. Designed as an online version of the Clinical Consultation Corners, you can submit your cases for discussion during this webinar.  Learn more and register.

Comprehensive Care of the High Level Athlete
May 3-4, 2013 * Palmer House Hilton * Chicago, IL

Registration now open!  Join program chairs, Drs. Carlson, Goldfarb and Wiedrich for a dynamic program focusing on common hand and wrist injuries in elite athletes.  This comprehensive course will cover diagnosis, treatment, therapy, dealing with 3rd parties (coaches, trainers, agents, media), and other issues regarding return to play.   Sessions are suitable for intermediate to advanced learners.   Download the course brochure for details.
Upon completion of this course the attendee will be able to:
-  Assess common hand and wrist injuries in athletes
-  Demonstrate an understanding of sport-specific issues affecting timing of surgery and return to play
-  Demonstrate familiarity with contract negotiations and legal ramifications of treating the elite athlete
Deadline to register is April 8, 2013- Learn more and register.

Thank You to AFSH Donors
Peter C. Amadio, MD
John F. Buckmiller, MD
Seth D. Dodds, MD
Peter J. Evans, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)
Warren C. Hammert, MD
Steve K. Lee, MD

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