Thank You to AFSH Donors
Andrew Thomas, MD and 20 other ASSH members traveled to the ASSH Central Office in Chicago last weekend to review and tag, or categorize, content for ASSH's upcoming SHUEHORN initiative. Together, the workgroup assigned tags to 916 videos, 1324 images and 95 documents. Future meetings will be necessary to complete the task of preparing content for SHUEHORN, but last weekend's meeting constituted an impressive first step.
Andrew Thomas, MD
Member, SHUEHORN Tagging Workgroup
2011 Young Leader
ASSH’s Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity/Hand Online Resource Network (SHUEHORN) project is among the most exciting endeavors the ASSH has ever undertaken. As many know better than I, ASSH came about as a way to keep up the momentum in hand surgery that had been gained as Sterling Bunnell traveled, lantern slides in his suitcase, between the sites the U.S. Army had set up to care for the numerous patients with upper extremity injuries that had resulted from WWII. The war over, surgeons who had worked at these sites, hoping to stay in
communication and continue to share their knowledge, created ASSH. SHUEHORN is a direct continuation of this impulse.
SHUEHORN is needed because knowledge gets trapped. For example, during training a seasoned teacher of mine gave a presentation on tendon transfers for radial nerve palsy. The talk was a concise distillation of twenty years of experience, polished to a shining edge for a talk given in Buenos Aires the year before. It came whizzing by half way through my fellowship, and even as I furiously scribbled notes, I realized most of this would be lost to me two years later when my first patient with their radial nerve out would walk into my office. As far as I know, the talk is shared with six fellows once a year; when this staff member retires, it will be gone forever.
This experience came back recently while I was part of a team of 20 volunteers last weekend scanning and tagging talks for SHUEHORN. Again and again, I was impressed by the quality of the talks, their importance to clinicians treating complex, often rare, problems, and how improbable it was, given the dozens of talks that are given simultaneously, that the clinician who needed the information would be in the room at the time the talk was given. Simply put, the vast majority of the knowledge that is organized and disseminated at the meetings is never seen by those who might need it when they need it most.
SHUEHORN, or whatever ASSH ends up calling this rapidly accessible collection of vetted, organized hand surgical knowledge, will be a tool that will preserve and transmit information to incalculable benefit. For as we each go through our working days confronted by disease and injury whose proper care lies just at the borders of our abilities, grasping for the half-remembered words and techniques of our teachers, too often our patients receive care that could be better.
In many ways, each of us is one of those nine young doctors given the responsibility for a ward full of patients just shipped back from the war, each full of trepidation and hope, waiting for the arrival of Dr. Bunnell and his lantern slides to light our pathway. This effort by ASSH is an attempt to bring our knowledge to wherever it is needed, to whoever is receptive to it, at the time it is most useful. This effort is the embodiment of our highest mission and worthy of our greatest support.
Last week, we asked members about their awareness of what "paperless" means in relation to the upcoming 68th ASSH Annual Meeting. View results here
If you have a suggestion for a One Question Survey, we would welcome your input! Just email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org
68th Annual Meeting of the ASSH
Education through Technology
October 3-5, 2013
Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco
We’ve gone paperless! What does that mean?
- Replace the dorky tote bag and printed program with your mobile device. (Don’t have one? You can rent an iPad from us.)
- No more flipping through pages to find a session, just search for your topic of interest.
- Did we tell you about the search? It will be helpful because this year, we have 50% more scientific content.
- Note-takers, take note: you can annotate within the app, save notes for future reference or email them to yourself or a colleague. Did we mention that notes are also searchable?
- Shy guys and multi-taskers: No need to speak up or stop checking email to ask that burning question during our live, interactive sessions. You can instantly send your question to the moderator through the app, and moderators can address them for you.
- Build your meeting schedule in the app and import it into your calendar.
- You’ll have a chance to check out the brand-new, never before seen, super fantastic and utterly impressive ASSH Online Textbook of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. It’s pretty cool.
- Did we mention the search tool?
In short, it’s a new kind of meeting, and it’s better than ever. So, you’re going to join us, right?
Well if not – if you’ve got a family wedding or you’re expecting a baby at the same time as Dr. Akelman’s much-anticipated presidential lecture, you can still get a flavor of the meeting. Download the app anyway for access to abstracts and ePosters. You can even register to participate in live streaming sessions from your own home.
Paperless – just what the doctor ordered.
August 9-10, 2013 * Rosemont, IL
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
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
the April issue of Correspondence News with articles from Kevin Renfree, MD, James G. Reid, MD, Scott A. Riley, MD, John A. McAuliffe, MD and Umesh Raturi, MD.
ASSH would like to congratulate Members Ranjan Gupta, MD and Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD, who have been selected for the American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship by the American Orthopaedic Association. Drs. Gupta and Wolf will travel with five other orthopaedic specialists to tour orthopaedic centers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom for five weeks.
In this week's most popular thread on the ASSH Physician Listserv, a member asked how other hand and upper extremity surgeons prepare their patients for surgery and their preferred methods for minimizing the risk of infection. A lively discussion ensued, with many fellow listserv subscribers weighing in on their preferences.
Are you curious how your colleagues prepare their patients for surgery? Would you like to share how you approach patient prep?
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, "How Do You Prep a Pt?" 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
Edward Akelman, MD
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