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 Weekly Member Update - June 7, 2013



Edward Akelman, MD
ASSH President
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is currently engaged in some of the most exciting projects in the Society's history.  Our most recent Council meeting in Boston (May 31-June 1) proved that we have a lot of work to do, but over the next year we will take "education through technology" to a new level with the help of our many volunteers.  This month, we will announce the 2013-2014 governance structure.  Our new and existing volunteers will take on a heavy workload that will ultimately benefit the Hand Society's entire membership.
In the near future, expect to find out more about the progress of SHUEHORN (Surgery/Spectrum of the Hand and Upper Extremity Hand Online Resource Network), an idea generated by the 2011 Young Leaders to create a rich online learning platform that will change the way we organize, store, categorize and find digital educational information (e.g., articles, images, videos, books and more).  Imagine having all of the Hand Society's content in one place, ready for you to grab and use as you need.  We will take technology even further this summer when we roll out a patient education app for the iPad.  You will soon be able to educate your patients interactively, on-the-go and with all the Hand Society's patient education content at your fingertips.
And as we approach the 2013 Annual Meeting, you can look forward to the release of a publication in the works since 2008 - a single textbook containing the entire curriculum of upper extremity education.  Its rich content, including nearly 150 videos, will be made available both online and in print.
New, groundbreaking opportunities are coming your way!  Details to come in my June Presidential Update.

Reminder – Self Assessment Exam Closes Next Friday, June 14th

If you are registered for the Self Assessment Exam, a reminder that the exam closes next Friday, June 14th at 11:59PM CST.  All registrants are required to  achieve a minimum passing score of 50% or better (75% for general surgeons).
To launch the exam, log in to, click on the Member Center, then click on the eLearning Portal icon.  You should see the exam listed in your enrollments.  For troubleshooting issues, you can visit the Self Assessment exam FAQ page.
It is with pride that ASSH celebrates 1 year in our new home in Chicago’s West Loop.  Staff remains delighted with our new space, which offers numerous benefits including improved access to public transportation; tread desks and standing desks to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and an open floor plan to foster communication and collaboration.  We are also happy to report that owning our own building has brought with it a savings of nearly $185,000 on an annual basis to the Hand Society.  And we own the building free and clear.  In addition, we have already leased a portion of the building to our first tenants, who will move in in the next few months.  Happy Anniversary!

Paperless at Our One Year Anniversary

It’s been a full year since ASSH has moved into our very own building at 822 West Washington, and we’re still madly in love with it.  While tradition would dictate that we are congratulated with gifts of paper, we’ve started a new tradition that doesn’t require any paper at all: building an amazing Annual Meeting app every year.  And of course this year’s is the best yet.   No paper?  No problem. 
adjective \ˈpā-pər-ləs\  A type of content formatting that allows immediate search through hundreds of documents, allowing meeting attendees to find what they need in record time.      
Join us for the 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco to celebrate, and leave the paper behind.  Early bird deadline is June 15th.

2013 ASSH Annual Meeting Offers More than 50 Instructional Courses

Our 2013 Annual Meeting is packed with exciting educational opportunities.  In three days, we are offering more than 50 Instructional Courses.  Topics such as:
  • Keeping What You Earn: Estate Planning and Wealth Management for Surgeons
  • Thumb Basilar Joint Arthritis: From the Primary Case to the Management of Failed Joint Arthroplasty
  • How Wide Awake Hand Surgery has Improved my Practice and How to Make it Work for You
  • Nightmare Scaphoid Nonunions: Advanced Treatment Options
  • Assessment and Treatment of the Scapholunate Ligament Complex
Check out a full list of Instructional Courses online and register for the 2013 Annual Meeting before June 15 to take advantage of the Early Bird special!

Comprehensive Review and General Orthopaedic Review
July 11-14, 2013 * Chicago
Planning to register for the 2013 Comprehensive Review Course?  You have until June 21 to register with ASSH, however, the housing deadline is June 10.  Take advantage of the reduced rate on your room at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel and reserve your room today
This advanced review course and update for practicing hand surgeons as well as Residents and Fellows in training won’t disappoint.  Expect to see:
  • Key, high yield concepts
  • Testable evidence behind current practice trends
  • An abundance of test questions and answers
  • Lots more.  See the course program.
There’s more!
The General Orthopaedic Review prepares you for the general orthopaedic questions on the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.  Held just one day prior to the Comprehensive Review course, this is a convenient opportunity to review generally accepted principles of orthopaedics across the specialties and prepare to maintain your certification.  If you are an AAOS Member, but not an ASSH Member, call the ASSH office at 312-880-1900 for your AAOS Member discount code for the General Orthopaedic Review.  Register today!

Congratulations to Member John Fernandez, MD, who was featured in an ABC Chicago report this week.  He was recognized for his work in improving hand function to a patient who had sustained severe crush injuries to both hands in an industrial accident by transplanting fingers from one hand to the other.  Click on the image above to watch the video.


New Guidelines on Periprocedural Risks of Antithrombotics - from AAN

A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends that people who take antithrombotic medications for stroke should work closely with their physicians or medical care teams to determine whether these medications should be continued to maintain stroke prevention efforts or temporarily stopped to lower the risk of bleeding with the procedure.  “Evidence-based Guideline: Periprocedural Management of Antithrombotic Medications in Patients with Ischemic Cerebrovascular Disease” was published in Neurology on May 28, 2013.
Read the guideline and access PDF summaries for clinicians and patients, a slide presentation, and a clinical example.  For more information, contact Julie Cox at or (612) 928-6069.
ASSH is sad to report the passing of ASSH member Jim Beauchene, MD and his wife Brenda.  The couple were flying to their vacation home in Ontario, Canada when their plane crashed into a lake.  Dr. Beauchene joined the Hand Society in 1991; he was 59 years old.
Thomas M. Barbour, MD
Philip E. Blazar, MD
Michelle G. Carlson, MD
James Chang, MD
Christian Couturier, MD
Paul Feldon, MD
Neville A. Lewis, MD
Michael A. Milek, MD
Jose A. Ortiz, Jr., MD
Gary M. Pess, MD
Peter J. Stern, MD
Mark R. Wilson, MD
Please join us in thanking our Corporate Donor for supporting 68th Annual Meeting Resident/Fellow Scholarships: