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Edward Akelman, MD
President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Chair, Program Advisory Group
We want to offer our membership the programs that remain relevant over time. To do so, the Program Advisory Group (PAG) reviews 1/3 of the Hand Society’s programs every year, ensuring we appropriately utilize our resources. Now in our fifth cycle of the process, this year’s PAG members included ASSH Vice President Bill Seitz, MD, Council Member-at-Large Michelle Carlson, MD, and myself. We reviewed 29 programs. The AFSH PAG – Fred Fakharzadeh, MD, John Bednar, MD, and Mark Baratz, MD – reviewed an additional six programs that the Foundation primarily funds. Since PAG’s inception in 2008, these reviews have saved the Hand Society more than $100,000 through the elimination of programs whose value or centrality to our mission had waned over time.
This year, we decided to continue the majority of our programs as is. These are some of our most successful programs such as Weekly Member Update, Career Services, and the Corporate Advisory Council, all of which will continue to offer numerous benefits to our membership. We plan to slightly modify 11/35 programs, which we expect will enhance your experience with these programs. Finally, after careful consideration of data and value surveys, we made the difficult decision to eliminate the Online Journal Club (OJC).
Next year, we review a different set of programs, and I have no doubt this process will continue to enhance our Society in many ways.
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Education through Technology
October 3-5, 2013
Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco
Summer flies by in a blink of an eye; register
for the 2013 Annual Meeting today
! You’ll get 50% more scientific content
(more CME, more videos, more interactive sessions), and 100% less material to carry around! Why? Because we’ve gone paperless! We've organized a mountain of information, built new tools and implemented some great new ideas, so register today
and join us in San Francisco!
Join us for the only hands-on course on open and arthroscopic techniques of elbow surgery offered in the U.S. this year! The program will include lectures, panel discussions and hands-on training in the cadaver laboratory. 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
Now is the time to apply for a spot on ASSH Council! You have less than two weeks to submit your application. The Nominating Committee is accepting applications for two open positions:
Vice President and Member-at-Large (over or under 8 years of membership). Council terms begin at the October 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Qualified candidates should have knowledge of and commitment to the ASSH Mission, Vision, Values and Goals as well as the time and ability to commit to the appropriate term. Learn more about the current Council here
Your application must include:
- A completed online application
- Your CV (not to exceed four pages in length)
- Two letters of support
- A completed Conflict of Interest form
To learn more about this position and view detailed application instructions, visit our Council webpage. Contact Olivia Moran (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 312-880-1918) with questions.
Applications are due July 1, 2013.
The success of our Society depends on understanding the issues that are most important to our membership. Since 2010, we have solicited input from membership on the Members Business Meeting agenda, and this year will be no different.
We encourage you to begin thinking about which issues are most important to you. Next week, expect an open-ended survey to come your way where you can offer ideas for this year’s agenda. Once you submit your surveys, we will pull the most popular topics and ask for your input yet again.
This year’s Members Business Meeting takes place on Thursday, October 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as part of the Annual Meeting
. Be sure to attend to join our important discussions. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!
This research opportunity is designed specifically for residents and fellows, offering a small amount of funding to seed innovative projects related to hand surgery. The scope of the project is smaller, and the time to funding is faster than the traditional AFSH basic science and clinical research grants.
Eligibility: Hand surgery fellows or surgical residents in ACGME-accredited programs are eligible to apply. Funding will be limited to one applicant per institution. Up to $4,000 will be awarded
Timeline: Deadline for proposals is August 1, 2013. Applicants may be required to make revisions to their proposals prior to receiving funding.
This week, the AMA released its sixth annual check-up of health insurers and their patterns for processing and paying medical claims. Visit www.ama-assn.org/go/reportcard
to access full results of the 2013 AMA National Health Insurer Report Card (NHIRC). The AMA also unveiled its new Administrative Burden Index (ABI), a component of the NHIRC, to rank commercial health insurers according to the level of unnecessary cost they contribute to the billing and payment of medical claims. The AMA found that administrative tasks associated with avoidable errors, inefficiency and waste in the medical claims process resulted in an average ABI cost per claim of $2.36 for physicians and insurers.
To learn more about the Heal the Claims Process™ campaign, including the National Health Insurer Report Card and the new Administrative Burden Index, please visit the AMA website at www.ama-assn.org/go/reportcard
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.
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Kraig M. Burgess, DO
Phyllis Chang, MD
Samuel Chun, MD
Kyle W. Coker, MD
Gina C. Del Savio, MD
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Daniel A. Falcon, MD
Ida K. Fox, MD
Hugh A. Frederick, MD
David Gesensway, MD
Steven Z. Glickel, MD
Richard F. Howard, DO
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David M. Klein, MD
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Brandon Z. Massey, MD
Timothy R. McAdams, MD
Julie A. Melchior, MD
Adelbert J. Mencias, MD
James V. Mogan, MD
Sam Moghtaderi, MD
Joe A. Morgan, MD
Robert L. Morrow, Jr., MD, FACS
Lonnie J. Moskow, MD
Nash H. Naam, MD
Raymond C. Noellert, MD
Dina Popovic, MD, FRCSC
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Jason D. Tavakolian, MD
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Takuro Wada, MD
Peter G. Wallick, MD
Thomas M. Walsh, MD
David Jeffrey Weil, MD
Joanne R. Werntz, MD
Jeffrey C. Wint, MD
Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD
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