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 Weekly Member Update - May 24, 2013


Volunteer Note

Martin I. Boyer, MD, FRCS(C)
Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD
Co-Chairs, Master Skills Precourse Lab: Tendon Repair and Reconstruction
We are excited to reprise the Master Skills Course on Tendon Repair and Reconstruction at the Annual Meeting this year.  We have offered this as a stand-alone course twice in the past, and have selected the most immediately applicable and clinically useful procedures and concepts to share with attendees for this short window of time.  We plan to demonstrate the state-of-the-art in flexor tendon repair and rehabilitation, as well as the most reliable and reproducible methods for tendon transfer procedures in the event of nerve injury or functional loss in the wrist and hand.  This intensive hands-on course will give the attendee tools that they can put to use immediately in their practice of hand surgery.  We hope to see you there!


One Question Results - eLearning Portal

Last week, we asked members about their usage of the ASSH eLearning Portal.
View results here.
If you have a suggestion for a One Question Survey, we would welcome your input!  Just email your idea to


50% More Content with 100% Less to Carry Around

Welcome to the 2013 Annual Meeting, with 50% more scientific content than we’ve ever had before – and a whole lot less to lug around (because it will all be available on whatever mobile device you already carry!).  Take a few moments to check out this year’s program:
Register for the Annual Meeting today to create the customized itinerary of your dreams!
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Describing an attendee who never misses an important session due to automatic schedule reminders from the ASSH Annual Meeting App.

On-Demand Access to Master Techniques in Hand Surgery

On-Demand access to a full day of lectures and videos from the Hand and Upper Extremity Specialty Day 2013 is just a few clicks away. 
This highly praised program addresses both common and complex hand, wrist, and elbow problems with an unprecedented emphasis on surgical technique.  Join leading experts from around the country as they invite you into their operating room and bring their “Master Techniques” to life through video demonstrations of over 40 operative procedures.  Log in to the ASSH eLearning Portal and start streaming today!

August 9-10, 2013 * Rosemont, IL
Join us for a state-of-the-art, hands-on 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!


Listserv Hot Topic: Surgery for Arthritic Deformity

This week, a member requested opinions regarding the timing of surgery for patients with arthritic deformity.  Other listserv users weighed in with their expertise and advice based on their experience.  Do you have any useful advice to share on this topic?
Do you have a complicated case for which you would like a second opinion, or would benefit from the experiences of your peers?
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 "When is surgery for deformity required."  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.

Thanks to AFSH Donors

Joseph T. Barmakian, MD
Hubert B. Bradburn, MD
Jeanne L. DelSignore, MD
Lana Kang, MD
Frederick N. Meyer, MD
Brian S. Smith, MD
Stephen J. Troum, MD
Gregg A. Vagner, MD
Bruce R. Wheeler, MD
In 2012, AFSH received donations from 608 donors.  ASSH has over 3,200 members.  Which group are you in?  Visit now to support the Foundation that supports the future of our specialty.


10 Mistakes Practices Make in Implementing Information Technology - from KevinMD

What is the measure of successful technology adoption?  Is it never having to hunt for a missing chart?  Is it a reduction in specific operating cost line items?  Is it about access to clinical information when you need it and where you need it?
Technology implementation has a significant effect on profitability.  The Medical Group Management Association Cost Survey Report beginning with 2010 data shows that total medical revenue after operating and nonphysician provider costs per FTE physician actually
increased as total IT expense per FTE physician increased.  For multispecialty groups, for instance, among groups that invested less than $10,000 per FTE physician in IT revenue was $230,968; it was $313,900 in groups that spent between $10,000 and 20,000.
But simply acquiring technology is not enough; it is essential to implement the technology effectively to achieve those types of results.  Read more.