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 Weekly Member Update - January 18, 2013

Volunteer Note: New AFSH Grant Opportunity - Clinical Research Grant in Arthritis
Brent Graham, MD
Research Division Director
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for clinical researchers.
This competition is open to submissions on clinical topics, including trials of treatment or rehabilitation, diagnosis, outcomes research and health services research.  The main requirement is that the focus be a clinical question relating to arthritis in the hand or wrist.  Preference will be given to clinical trials that are multicenter in nature.  For this competition a multicenter study must involve collaborating centers from different institutions. The inclusion of multiple teaching centers from one university will not be considered a multicenter design.
Award: The award is for $100,000 over two years.
Application: Applicants should use the standard AFSH submission guidelines for clinical research applications, which include having an ASSH member on the investigative team. Applications must be a maximum of ten pages in length.  Submissions longer than this will not be considered. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013.
Learn more about the Clinical Arthritis Grant.

An Important Message from Dr. Seitz and Dr. Diao

William H. Seitz, MD   
ASSH Vice President
Edward Diao, MD
Chair, ASSH Corporate Advisory Council
Chair, ASSH Corporate Support Committee
ASSH Council Member-at-Large
As the Chairs of the ASSH Corporate Advisory Council and the Commercial Support Committee, it is our pleasure to inform you that the ASSH Hand Conditions 2013 Survey is now ready.  The information we receive from the survey is essential in developing educational offerings, programs, publications and industry forums that more precisely meet your needs. The data gives us a greater and deeper understanding of what you, our ASSH members, are doing in your practices which gives us greater insight as to how we can best support them.  We are requesting your thoughtful and insightful responses. The goal is to surpass/exceed the tremendous 35% response rate from last year’s survey. Be on the lookout for the survey in your inbox over the next few days. Thank you in advance for your participation and support.
Support from industry is critical to executing the mission of ASSH.  As members, you can play a crucial role in helping ASSH forge new relationships with corporate partners by introducing us to contacts with whom you may be working with. If you would like to help us make new connections with industry, please contact our Meetings & Corporate Relations Manager, Kris R. Delas Armas.

One Question: JHS Access

This week, we have a question for members regarding your usage of the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS). Look for a follow-up question in the following weeks.
How often do you access the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS) in the following ways:
  • JHS printed copy
  • Directly through the JHS website
  • Through the ASSH website
  • Science Direct
  • Clinical Key
  • JHS app
  • PubMed
  • Other
To submit your answer, visit our survey site.

One Question Results: ASSH Communications

Last week, we asked members about their preferences for receiving email communications from ASSH. Here are the results:

1.  What’s the most valuable communication that you receive from ASSH? 

  • Weekly Member Update - 58.2%
  • Correspondence News - 17.9%
  • Business of Hand Surgery - 4.5%
  • Coding Corner - 11.9%
  • Education Update - 3.0%
  • Presidential Update - 1.5%
  • Other/Comments - 3.0%

2.  On a scale of 1-5 (1 being much worse, 5 being much better), how would you feel if we combined all of our communications into a single weekly email rather than sending information separately? 

  • Much Worse - 4.4%
  • Worse - 5.9%
  • Neutral - 23.5%
  • Better - 39.7%
  • Much Better - 26.5%
If you have a suggestion for a One Question Survey, we would welcome your input!  Just email your idea to
Are you looking to brush up on your test-taking skills before taking the 2013 Self Assessment Exam? ASSH is now offering a replica of the 2012 Self Assessment Exam as a practice test through the eLearning Portal. This version offers no CME credit, and is available for review purposes only.
Log in to the ASSH eLearning portal to enroll in the practice exam, which may be taken as many times as you wish. Included in the enrollment price is the replica exam, a downloadable PDF of the Question Book, and the Answer Book.
The 2012 Self Assessment Exam Practice Test is a great way to familiarize yourself with the format of the Self Assessment exam if you have not taken it online before, and to prepare yourself before taking it in 2013.
While visiting the ASSH eLearning Portal, check out the wide selection of webinar recordings and CME courses available.

ASSH Now Offering Listserv for Women in Hand Surgery

Building on the success of the first reception for Women in Hand Surgery held at the ASSH Annual Meeting in 2012, with the leadership of Michelle Carlson, MD, ASSH has established a new listserv for ASSH Women in Hand Surgery.  Now female hand and upper extremity surgeons can connect with each other at any time, from any place.
The new ASSH Women in Hand Surgery Listserv will be a place for members to discuss cases; ask practice-related questions; discuss any of the issues that are unique to women working in the field; forge mentoring relationships as well as friendships; or do anything within the ASSH listserv terms of use.
ASSH is proud to be home to what we hope will become a vibrant digital community for our female members.  If you are interested in joining the Women in Hand Surgery Listserv, visit our Listserv page and register today!
In the January IFSSH newsletter, Dr. David Warwick, Training Committee Chairman of the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH), reported on the successful Eastern European Hand Surgery Course, held in September 2012 in Hajduszoboszlo, Hungary.  The course attracted over 120 surgeons from Eastern Europe, and received grant support from IFSSH and FESSH.
Zsolt Szabo, IFSSH Secretary General, reminded members to register for the 12th IFSSH Congress, to be held March 4-8, 2013 in New Delhi, India.  If you are interested in attending the 12th IFSSH Congress, you can register here.
Read more from the January IFSSH Newsletter.

Where Credit Is Due

ASSH would like to acknowledge the following achievements by our talented members:
  • Member Donald Lewis, MD was named by US News & World Report as a "Top Doctor" for Hand Surgery in the area of Walnut Creek, California.
  • Member Keith Raskin, MD, was interviewed for an article in The New York Times about the danger of immersion blenders.  Read it here.
Many of our members are achieving great things and winning awards for their contributions to upper extremity care, and we'd like to provide a place to celebrate your accomplishments. ASSH invites you to share professional news about yourself or fellow members for publication in Weekly Member Update.
To give credit where credit is due, send news and links to


Thank You to AFSH Donors

Michael J. Casey, MD
Douglas H. Chin, MD, PhD, FACS
Stuart J. Elkowitz, MD
W. P. Andrew Lee, MD
Trevor P. Lynch, MD
Kevin J. Renfree, MD
Diane C. Riley, MD
Diane C. Riley, MD
Rachel S. Rohde, MD
Craig S. Williams, MD

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