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 Weekly Member Update - January 3, 2014

Make a Plan to Reach, Teach & Touch


Clinical Question Results

Last week, former Young Leader LCDR Leo Kroonen, MD polled members about how they perform in-situ decompression for cubital tunnel syndrome.  View member responses.

If you have an idea for a Clinical Question, we'd love to hear from you!  Please email with your suggestions.


Make a Plan to Reach, Teach & Touch

Planned giving can have a huge impact on the AFSH 25th Anniversary Campaign.  Join the AFSH Heritage Society by naming the Foundation as owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy, through charitable gift annuities, or through estate planning by naming the Foundation as the beneficiary of your will.  To enroll, please complete our online form: or email with questions.

Call for Abstracts

Submit proposals for the 69th ASSH Annual Meeting and the 32nd Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference.  ASSH is accepting submissions for Scientific Papers, E-Posters and Residents and Fellows Papers and E-posters.  Read the Call for Abstracts and submit your proposals here.

Announcing the Hand Surgeon-Hand Therapist Collaborative Research Award

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand and the American Hand Therapy Foundation are proud to announce the creation of a new collaborative award that will recognize and honor collaboration between hand surgeons and hand therapists.  This new award will honor inter-professional collaboration of hand therapists and hand surgeons and will be presented every three years, during the combined meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and American Society of Hand Therapists.  The next combined meeting will take place in Boston, MA over September 18-20, 2014.
A review committee consisting of surgeons and therapists will review all the abstracts accepted for podium presentation at the combined meeting that include both hand surgeon and hand therapist co-authors.  One paper presentation will be selected for the award onsite during the combined meeting.  The committee’s goal is recognize premier work that reflects surgeon-therapist partnership and impacts clinical practice.  
Interested in applying?  All abstracts that include both a surgeon and a therapist co-author will be
eligible for this award.  Submit your abstract proposal for Paper Presentation by February 17, 2014 to qualify!

Looking for More 2013 CME?  Pick Up Your JHS!

There’s still time to earn up to 24.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for 2013!  Simply visit The Journal of Hand Surgery’s CME page at, take the test for each issue, and pay the applicable activity fee.  Certificates will automatically be available on the journal website (simply open a test and click “My Courses” at the top of the page) and will also be available on your ASSH transcript in February.
But hurry: 2013 tests expire on January 31, 2014.
If you need assistance logging into the JHS system, please contact our partners at Elsevier:
Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 5:00pm, CST
Tel: (800) 654-2452 (Toll Free US & Canada)
Tel: (314) 447-8871 (Outside US & Canada)
The highly successful Understanding Causation and Return to Work Issues in Workers' Compensation webinar, part of the ASSH Practice Management Webinar Series, is available for purchase through the ASSH e-Learning Portal.  If you missed the registration deadline for this webinar, you may now view a recording of the session at your convenience. 
A two-year subscription to this webinar is available for $75.  If you previously registered for the webinar, you can access the recording under “My Enrollments” in your e-Learning Portal.
In addition to the webinar, check out our brand-new eBook, Workers' Compensation: A Primer for Hand Surgeons, edited by webinar co-presenter Jay Pomerance, MD and Matthew D. Putnam, MD.  Drawing from expert knowledge in the fields of medicine, business and law, this eBook will prepare the hand surgeon to manage patients in the workers' compensation system.
Stay current on the latest developments with the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) by reading their January Newsletter here.
In this week's most popular thread on the ASSH Physician Listserv, a member asked asked whether other Listserv subscribers would re-reduce a wrist fracture in a teenage patient.  A very lively discussion ensued, as many members weighed in.  Would you like to view the x-ray, and weigh in with how you would treat this patient?
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 entitled, "Fracture Reduction."  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.
​Robert Harold Ablove, MD
Marshall L. Balk, MD
Mark E. Baratz, MD
Steven Beldner, MD, FACS
Robert B. Carrigan, MD
Michael J. Casey, MD
Bronier L. Costas, MD
Andrew W. Cross, MD
Robert L. Dawson, MD
Marybeth Ezaki, MD
Anthony L. Finuoli, DO
Steven Z. Glickel, MD
Keith A. Glowacki, MD
Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD, MS
​Cauley W. Hayes, MD
Bradley T. Horak, MD
James H. House, MD
Sidney M. Jacoby, MD
Michelle A. James, MD
Don E. Johnson, MD
Abram E. Kirschenbaum, MD
Scott H. Kozin, MD
Gary R. Kuzma, MD
Amy L. Ladd, MD
W.P. Andrew Lee, MD
Benjamin E. Lesin, MD
Fraser J. Leversedge, MD
Gary M. Lourie, MD
John D. Lubahn, MD, FACS
Howard M. Matsuba, MD
Michael A. McClinton, MD
Sidney Rabinowitz, MD
Roger G. Rosenstein, MD
Steven S. Shin, MD
Roger L. Simpson, MD, MBA
Divya Singh, MD
A. Marc Tetro, MD
Andrew D. Thomas, MD
Obinwanne F.C. Ugwonali, MD
Steven M. Wenner, MD
Jeffrey Yao, MD
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