Craig Rodner, MD and David Zelouf, MD
The ASSH/AAHS Hand and Upper Extremity Specialty Day
of 2013 will be the unique hand surgery learning event of the year! Rather than a line-up of still images and didactic power point presentations with few take-home pearls, Specialty Day ‘13 (which we are aptly naming “Master Techniques: Live!”) will be a video extravaganza overflowing with practical tips and tricks that will be readily applicable to your surgical practice.
This one-day course will address both common and complex hand, wrist, and elbow problems with an unprecedented emphasis on operative technique. Attendees of this course will have the opportunity to join leading experts from around the country in their operating rooms as they bring their “Master Techniques” of over 40 surgical procedures to life through detailed, step-by-step video demonstrations.
Six sessions will be held during the day, encompassing the gamut of hand and elbow surgery: (1) Dupuytren’s/sympathectomy; (2) Wrist trauma; (3) Elbow; (4) Hand/digital trauma; (5) Digital/basal thumb arthritis; and (6) Wrist arthritis.
Upon completion of this unique course, participants will be able to:
- Identify recent innovations and emerging concepts in Dupuytren’s disease, digital ischemia, wrist and elbow arthroscopy, cubital tunnel syndrome, hand and wrist arthritis, as well as trauma to the hand, wrist, and elbow.
- Define the step-by-step principles of surgical treatment of hand, wrist, and elbow trauma to both bone and soft tissue.
- Define the step-by-step principles of surgical treatment of hand and wrist arthritic conditions.
- Incorporate technical operative pearls into their clinical practice which will aid in improving patient outcomes in the surgical treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow.
Please join us in Chicago on March 23rd for “Master Techniques: Live!”
through AAOS. Deadline to pre-register is February 5, 2013.
This week’s One Question survey is very important. We are continually trying to bring members the value you want, how you want it. We know that you don’t want to be overwhelmed with email, and we know that you want emails that are important. Please help us determine future delivery and access options to Hand Society email newsletters by answering this week’s One Question:
Mark. C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE
Executive Vice President & CEO
Last week, we asked members about their favorite websites and apps. Here are the five most popular results in each category:
- Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS)
If you have a suggestion for a One Question Survey, we would welcome your input! Just email your idea to email@example.com.
The course will cover:
- Dealing with 3rd parties (coaches, trainers, agents, media)
- Other issues regarding return to play
Join us on May 3-4, 2013, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago! Attendees will enjoy learning from an elite field of hand surgeons as well as from a trainer, a lawyer, an agent, a sports psychologist, and a professional athlete. Decision making will be discussed at the professional, college, high school, and recreational level. You may submit cases in advance of the program which will be discussed by faculty onsite. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by - register now
Thank you to all those who have completed the ASSH Hand Conditions 2013 Survey that was sent a few weeks ago. A reminder email with the survey link will be sent this week to those who have not had a chance to complete the questionnaire. We deeply appreciate you sharing your thoughtful and insightful responses with us. The information we receive from the survey is essential in developing educational offerings, programs, publications and industry forums that more precisely meet your needs. Help us reach our goal of surpassing/exceeding the tremendous 35% response rate from last year's survey.
Thank you in advance for your participation and support. For any questions, comments and concerns please contact our Meetings & Corporate Relations Manager, Kris R. Delas Armas
Recently updated coding information is now available in Global Service Data, 2013 eBook edition
, edited by Daniel J. Nagle, MD and John M. Bednar, MD. The eBook format allows for easy navigation, search, bookmarking codes and notes. And with your purchase, you will be able to upload a single book to multiple locations, such as your iPad, work PC, laptop, etc.
Updated with important new coding information for 2013, this eBook is a vital resource for any hand surgery practice, containing commonly used hand surgery codes. It is an invaluable tool for interpreting CPT codes and billing insurance.
Present your research at the 68th Annual Meeting by submitting an abstract for a scientific paper and e-poster. Scientific Papers are selected for Clinical Paper Sessions as five-minute
presentations during the general sessions while e-posters are selected as displays at kiosks and are available for viewing before, during and after the Annual Meeting. Review the Call for Abstracts
your proposals today!
Do you have a resident or fellow that has research paper to present? They can submit an abstract for a Scientific Paper or E-poster at the Residents and Fellows Conference. Learn more by visiting
Scientific Paper: March 4
Residents & Fellows Paper or E-poster: March 4
E-Poster: March 25
The AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scientist Development Program (CSDP) seeks applicants in their PGY2-PGY5 residency years, in fellowships, and Junior Faculty through year three who have the potential and desire to become orthopaedic clinician scientists. Up to fifteen participants are selected to participate in the one and a half day CSDP training workshop. ASSH will sponsor one hand surgeon applicant to attend.
The workshop will run September 26-28. The CSDP provides participants with an orientation to the research environment including research history, funding sources and orthopaedic research
organizations. The workshop also provides the opportunity to meet and interact with research professors and establish a mentor relationship with selected faculty. Learn more about the program
the January issue of Correspondence News with articles from Jay Pomerance, MD, Barry Press, MD, and Steve Moore, MD.
ASSH would like to acknowledge the following achievements by our talented members:
- Past-President W.P.Andrew Lee, MD and member Jaimie Shores, MD received national attention for a double-arm transplant they performed on Brendan Marrocco, an American veteran who lost all four limbs in the Iraq War. Watch their interview on NBC's Today by clicking on the image above.
- Member Joseph Sheppard, MD, was featured in the Tuscon Sentinel for his volunteer work in Honduras, performing hand surgeries for underprivileged locals. Read the article 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Lifetime Member, James M. Hunter, MD, on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at age 89. Dr. Hunter was a founding member and former President of the Board of Directors of the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation. His contributions to the professions of hand surgery and hand therapy were immeasurable and his legacy is the collaborative approach of the surgeon and therapist in the care of the hand injured patient which endures.
This week, the ASSH Physician Listserv has been home to a lively discussion on the recent FDA vote to place hydrocodone combination drugs such as Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco into the more
restrictive schedule II category of controlled substances. Multiple threads have tackled the issues of prescribing hydrocodone combination drugs in the context of a hand surgery practice, as well
as alternative pain management techniques and pearls.
Would you like to weigh in on the debate surrounding hydrocodone combination drugs? Share your own experiences in your practice, and learn how your peers are approaching this important issue by visiting the ASSH Physician Listserv archives and scrolling down to any of the following threads:
- Hydrocodone Woes
- Axillary ice pack, axillary ice, ice axilla, cryotherapy etc
- Giving Rx's pre-op
- Regions Hospital Dept of Plastic and Hand Surgery pink card and pain policy
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
IFSSH is proud to bring you the February issue of the IFSSH Ezine, a digital publication available to the global Hand Surgery and Hand Therapy communities. Click here
to view the Ezine.
Explore career opportunities anytime of the day or night with JobTarget. Visit the ASSH Online Career Center at jobs.assh.org
. The site, which is being upgraded to improve the user experience,
offers a host of services for various needs:
- Post an anonymous resume
- View jobs
- Create a Job Alert, and new jobs that match your search will be emailed to you
- Create a Job Seeker Account
- Post a job
- View resumes
- Utilize recruitment products
In addition to helping job seekers and employers/recruiters, the Job Board
can even help you sell your practice.
Anthony L. Brown, MD
Robert A. Chase, MD
Wyndell H. Merritt, MD
Terry M. Messer, MD
Lonnie J. Moskow, MD
Steven S. Shin, MD
Swati S. Shirali, MD
Steven C. Winters, MD
These donors have written a check, gone online, given through OREF or donated stock to support the Foundation. Have you? Visit www.afsh.org/donate
today to make your 2013 annual contribution.