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 Weekly Member Update - March 8, 2013


Volunteer Note

Michelle G. Carlson, MD, Program Co-Chair
Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, Program Co-Chair 
Thomas A. Wiedrich, MD, Program Co-Chair
We enthusiastically invite you to attend the Comprehensive Care of the High Level Athlete course sponsored by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand over May 3-4, 2013 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois.
This highly interactive course features a diverse and distinguished faculty.  Attendees will enjoy learning from an expert field of hand surgeons who have extensive experience in the care of professional athletes, as well trainers, a lawyer, a sports agent, a sports psychologist, and professional athletes.  Panel discussions among presenters and frequent question and answer sessions will promote lively interaction.  In addition, we invite attendees to submit their complex cases in advance of the course for onsite review.
This course will improve your ability to assess common hand and wrist injuries in athletes as well as increase your understanding of how sport-specific issues affect the timing of surgery and return to play.  You will learn tips and pearls about return to play for the elite athlete, college athlete, and weekend athlete that you can never learn from a book.
We hope you can join us for the Comprehensive Care of the High Level Athlete course!


One Question Results: Social Media

Last week, we asked members about their social media usage.
If you have a suggestion for a One Question Survey, we would welcome your input! Just email your idea to
The deadline for ASSH committee applications is fast approaching.  Take advantage of your opportunity to volunteer with the Hand Society and apply now!  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 22.
There are openings in all four ASSH activity areas (education, outreach, practice, and research), with nearly 40 committees accepting applications.  More information on these committees can be found on our Volunteer Opportunities webpage.  Please contact Olivia Moran ( or 312-880-1918) with any questions.
Join us for a state-of-the-art course on open and arthroscopic techniques of elbow surgery.  The program will include lectures, panel discussions and hands-on training in the cadaver laboratory.  Specific techniques covered in detail include:
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Instability
  • Elbow Fractures
  • Arthroplasty
Take advantage of this opportunity to perform surgical procedures in the laboratory and bring problem cases for discussion with the experts.  Check out the course brochure and register today!


Live Webinar: Scapholunate Instability Consultation Corner – FREE for ASSH members!

Monday, April 15, 2013 * 8:30 PM EDT
Consultation Corner brings the experts on scapholunate instability together to discuss your cases in this no-nonsense webinar, free to all ASSH members, that combines the candid feedback and lively discussion of an ASSH course with the convenience of online learning.  Join
Warren C. Hammert, MD, Keith A. Segalman, MD, Robert J. Strauch, MD and host, Scott D. Lifchez, MD for a full hour of:
  • discussions on your cases
  • audience opinion polling
  • question/answer periods
To submit a case for consideration, visit the ASSH Image Library (in the Members Center). Register today!

ASSH Self-Assessment Exam - A High-Quality Online Review Tool

Registration Deadline: April 2, 2013
Register today for the Self-Assessment Exam, and take advantage of this popular self-study exercise that keeps hand and upper extremity care professionals abreast of new developments and concepts within the specialty.  You can complete this online test in the comfort of your home or office.  Our improved online exam enables you to:
  • Take the exam up to three times to meet the minimum passing score of 50%
  • View larger images and videos for a better test experience
  • Pause the test at any time and save your progress
  • See answers and full discussion immediately after completing the test

It's the same high-quality exam you've come to expect, with faster results and more flexibility for you.

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.
  • Folds to 3.75" x 8.5" (Mails in a standard #10 envelope)
  • 17 full color images (photos, x-rays, drawings)
  • Provides space to add your practice information
  • Created by the ASSH Public Education Committee
  • Each pack contains 25 brochures
  • Available to ASSH Members only
Click here to order this valuable marketing tool today!

Last Chance - Clinical Arthritis Grant Applications Due 3/15!

March 15 is the deadline to apply for the new Clinical Arthritis Grant, which will award $100,000 over two years to investigators studying arthritis of the hand and/or wrist through either trials of treatment or rehabilitation, diagnosis, outcomes research and health services research.
Applicants should use the standard AFSH submission guidelines for clinical research applications, which include having an ASSH member on the investigative team.  The study proposal section of the application may only be a maximum of ten pages in length.


Health Volunteers Overseas Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering abroad?  Health Volunteers Overseas is offering four opportunities relevant to hand and upper-extremity specialists:
Orthopaedists specializing in trauma, pediatrics, and hand/upper extremity are needed for 2-4 week assignments in 2013.  Volunteers provide teaching and training to surgeons at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.  Please contact their program department for more information.  
Volunteers are needed for 3-4 week assignments in Wenzhou.  Training in a variety of sub-specialties is needed for physicians and residents at Wenzhou Medical School.  Please contact their program department for more information.
AFSH Hand Surgery Fellowship
Applications for the 2013 American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand - Health Volunteers Overseas Young Surgeon Traveling Fellowship are being accepted.  This fellowship is available due to a generous grant from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH).  Learn more on the HVO Fellowship webpage.  All applications must be received by close of business on April 1, 2013.
Orthopaedic Traveling Fellowship
Applications for 2013 HVO Orthopaedics Traveling Fellowships are being accepted.  This Fellowship will provide funding for senior orthopaedic residents (4th or 5th year) to volunteer at an active HVO orthopaedic project for a period of at least four weeks.  Four fellowships are available in 2013.  Visit the HVO Fellowship webpage to learn more.  Applications are due April 20, 2013.

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Louis M. Adler, MD
Robert E. Blackwell, MD
S. D. Boles, MD
A. B. Chhabra, MD
Alan N. Ertel, MD
John J. Fernandez, MD, FAAOS
Ghalib A. Husseini, MD
Michael Mangonon, DO
Kerby Oberg, MD, PhD
Helmut Pfalz, MD
Dina Popovic, MD, FRCSC
Steven S. Shin, MD
Steven C. Winters, MD
Melissa D. Young Szalay, MD
And please join the AFSH in thanking our Corporate Donor in support of the Upper Extremity Fellowship Grant: