Edward Akelman, MD
Earlier today, ASSH President Edward Akelman, MD released a new Presidential Update containing important information from the December Council Meeting. Included in this Update is a discussion of ASSH’s investment in the creation of a comprehensive online resource for members called SHUEHORN. Read more
Steve K. Lee, MD
Chair, ASSH Public Education Committee
One of the charges of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is to deliver high quality education, not only to its members, but also to the public. We do this by providing hand and upper extremity content, which is written and edited by its members through the ASSH Public Education Committee. The ASSH Central Office helps organize and produce the content in a digestible format for the user. Currently, brochures are available in printed format, online, and via downloadable PDFs.
A recent plan in the development phase now is to build an App, initially for Apple iPads. It will be for the public, patients and surgeons to use. The home page will look like a bookshelf of hand surgery topics, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger digit, Dupuytren’s, etc. The user can tap on the topic, and the full color brochure will appear. The surgeon can use this during an office visit and write on the brochure to highlight certain points and draw additional sketches. This brochure with the newly written notes can then be emailed to the patient or printed for them before they leave the office.
Other areas the committee is working on are translating the content to video format. We will be starting with a few topics per year. More patients, especially from the younger generation, prefer to have video as part of the content. We are therefore striving to deliver our content in multiple media formats. Another new area that we are moving into is the use of QR codes to help direct our patients to ASSH content. Led by Public Education Committee member, Aaron Daluiski, we will offer a downloadable PDF sheet with QR codes of the most common hand surgery topics. Patients will be able to point their smart devices at the QR codes and the particular ASSH brochure will appear.
Of course, our editing of existing brochures continues on an every 3 year cycle. Occasionally we get good feedback from hand society members about how to improve particular brochures, and we appreciate this. We also strive to make the content readable for our audience; our committee members are instructed to check readability level for all edited brochures. We have a lot of new issues we are working on and looking forward to a productive 2013!
Check out the December issue of Correspondence News
with articles from Michael Nancollas, MD, Alexander Payatakes, MD and A. Lee Osterman, MD.
Common Conditions of the Hand & Upper Extremity: A Primary Care Perspective
Market your practice to primary care physicians with ease and affordability, or create a public awareness tool that can be used for speaking engagements. This clear and concise brochure focuses on the most common conditions of the hand and upper extremity and can be used to encourage primary care physicians to refer their patients to you. Simply affix a label with your practice information to the back panel of this brochure and make it your own. Each pack contains 25 brochures.
- Folds to 3.75" x 8.5" (Mails in a standard #10 envelope)
- 17 full color images (photos, x-rays, drawings)
- Provides a space to add your contact information
- Created by the ASSH Public Education Committee
before 2013 and we’ll ship them to you for free!
Come to “Master Techniques in Hand Surgery: Live” during Specialty Day 2013 in Chicago, IL on March 23, 2013. Program Co-Chairs Craig Rodner, MD and David Zelouf, MD have prepared a packed schedule. Topics for this full day course include:
- Dupuytren’s Disease
- Wrist Trauma
- Hand/Digital Trauma
- Digital/Basal Joint Arthritis
- Wrist Arthritis
As 2012 draws to a close, remember to make your dues payment, and don't forget your tax-deductible* AFSH donation. During regular business hours, you can reach the ASSH and AFSH staff at 312-880-1900 or via email at email@example.com
- The ASSH/AFSH Central Office is closed December 29 - January 2.
- For AFSH donations, any checks dated 2012, postmarked by December 31, 2012 and received in the Central Office by January 10, 2013 will be credited toward the 2012 giving year.
- If you encounter problems with donating online, please send a check. Credit card donations cannot be back dated if they are received after the end of business on December 28th, 2012.
Thank you for a wonderful year!
* As with all tax-related matters, you are advised to consult a tax professional.
Last week, Past President Richard Gelberman, MD asked members about simultaneous bilateral carpal tunnel release procedures. Here are the results:
In a patient who presents with symptomatic bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and has failed conservative treatment, how often do you perform simultaneous bilateral carpal tunnel release?
- More often - 14.9%
- Less often - 37.9%
- Never - 47.2%
If you have a suggestion for a One Question Survey, we would welcome your input! Just email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, a member shared a complex case involving a combined FDP avulsion and distal phalanx fracture. Other listserv users weighed in with their expertise, opinions and treatment tips. Do you have any useful advice to share on this topic?
Do you have a complicated case for which you would like a second opinion, or would benefit from the experiences of your peers?
If you have already signed up for the ASSH Physician Listserv, you can contribute to the discussion by visiting the archives and scrolling down to the thread titled, "FDP avulsion/distal phalanx fracture." If you don't remember your Listserv password, you can reset your password here
The ASSH Physician Listserv is a place where members can collaborate on clinical questions, share tips and techniques and interact with other members. To sign up for the Listserv, visit the Listserv page
AMA is providing a Medicare participation options kit to assist physicians now that Congress has failed to address the pending cut for 2013. For questions regarding Par, Non-Par, and Opting Out/Private Contracting issues, click here
AMA has also updated their SGR state fact sheets on their website
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