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 Weekly Member Update - June 28, 2013

Self Assessment Exam Question and Answer PDF Now Available to Registrants

Edward Akelman, MD
ASSH President
In the next 12-15 months, ASSH will be introducing a new online learning platform that will house all of the Hand Society's clinical content (e.g., articles, images, videos, newsletters, books and more).  It will allow you to search an incredible amount of resources for exactly what you need, and even save important items to your own online collection.  We are very excited to be able to offer this incredible resource to our members, and to increase the value that we provide to our membership. 
Up until now, this project has been known as SHUEHORN, or Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity/Hand Online Resource Network, and we need your help to come up with a better name for this incredible tool.  We would like to invite our membership to take an active role in building this resource by helping us come up with a new name for the platform.  We are looking for suggestions that capture the spirit and mission of hand and upper-extremity education with a catchy, easy-to-remember moniker.
To that end, we are announcing a contest to rename SHUEHORN.  Please click on the link below to submit your suggestions.  You may share as many ideas as you wish.  The submission deadline is July 12, and the author of the winning idea will receive bragging rights, and satisfaction in the knowledge that he or she has made their stamp on the history of hand and upper extremity education.  Click here to submit your ideas.   
We would like to be able to give this platform a fresh name befitting of its breadth and value.  Thank you in advance for your creativity.
If you were provided the opportunity to volunteer in hand surgery in under-served countries and were provided travel funds by ASSH or similar organization, how likely would you be to volunteer?
To submit your response, click here.

Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery

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.
  • Describe arthroscopic techniques for the elbow.
  • Demonstrate surgical approaches to the elbow.
  • Recognize pitfalls of elbow surgical techniques and how to avoid complications.
  • Contrast state of the art techniques for treatment of fractures of the distal humerus, radial head, coronoid, and olecranon.
  • Summarize new elbow arthroplasty techniques.
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!
Discounted prices on select Master Skills Publications: visit the ASSH Store to purchase the following for only $95 each:
You have until 11:59 PM on Saturday, June 29 to make your purchase.  Take advantage of this three-day sale!
Education through Technology

October 3-5, 2013 - San Francisco
We will not be printing a program for this year’s Annual Meeting, but we are offering more content than ever!  Here’s a glossary of terms to help you understand how we’ll be delivering content: 
App: A program you download to your gadgets that provides you with information, allows you to connect with others, and/or entertains you.  In our case, the ASSH Annual Meeting app will give you a full program listing with descriptions and speakers, provide you with a list of exhibitors, collect your notes, show you where the session rooms are located, get you to your downloadable handouts and abstract books, and keep you on-time with your meeting schedule so that you don’t accidentally miss something important.  The app will also alert you to any last-minute program changes so that you can stay current.

Mobile website: A website that has been modified, by either reducing content or changing the layout or menus, to make it easier to read and navigate from your tablet or mobile phone.
Podcasts: Audio and video broadcasts that can be played on your mobile device or from a website.

Live streaming session: A video of a session as it is recorded, live, without editing.  The video file is not downloaded and is best viewed with a fast, consistent Internet connection.  Compare this to what network TV was a while ago. 

Going Viral: Refers to Internet content that users have made popular by sharing the content through e-mail and social networking sites.

Paperless: Used to describe the online version of the venerable inky printed product.
This meeting will look different than it ever has and we think you’ll find it to be the best meeting yet!  Register today
November 8-9, 2013 * Rosemont, IL
Experts in the care of elbow, forearm, and wrist injuries will bring you up to speed on the current approach to trauma of the elbow, forearm, and wrist
  • Recognize injury patterns in the elbow and forearm, the associated ligament and bone injuries, and how these direct optimal management.
  • Gain awareness of the major pitfalls in the treatment of arm trauma and how to avoid them.
  • Understand the areas of uncertainty and debate in arm trauma.
  • Discuss how patient preferences influence treatment decisions in elbow, forearm, and wrist trauma.
The emphasis on adult learning in a case-based format rather than the traditional lecture-based format will provide opportunities to interact with experts on the management of trauma in the upper extremity and the hands-on lab will provide education on the newest techniques in the subject.  Check out our program and register today!

If you registered for the Self Assessment Exam, you can now download the questions and answers in PDF format. You should receive an email today with instructions, otherwise, visit the Self Assessment Exam webpage to learn more.

The 2013 Exam will be available for purchase later on this year.
The July 1 deadline for Council applications is fast approaching! You have until Monday to apply to join ASSH leadership.  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 ( or 312-880-1918) with questions.
Applications are due July 1, 2013.

AFSH to Sponsor Two Members to Attend US Bone and Joint Initiative Grant Workshop Series

Deadline July 15
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand will sponsor two ASSH members to attend the US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Young Investigators Initiative and Workshop Program.  This program is designed to provide early-career clinical investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field and to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.  This workshop series is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows or post-doctoral researchers who wish to secure funding for hypothesis driven research.  It is also open to senior fellows that are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed.
Any ASSH active or candidate member may apply.  Applications should be sent directly to the USBJI, and applicants should clearly state on their paperwork that they are an ASSH member.  If selected, the Hand Society will reimburse for travel and the registration fee.  For more information please visit the US Bone and Joint Initiative website.
Library Of Medicine, LLC has recently launched a healthcare provider search to recruit doctors, dentists, podiatrists and chiropractors as authors, reviewers and editors for their website  The main goal of the website is to provide medical information that is thorough, accurate and in an easy to read format for patients. 
The Journal of the also launched simultaneously and provides an open access and peer reviewed online journal focusing on current and relevant clinical research in all the disciplines of medicine, surgery, dentistry, podiatry and chiropractic care.  This will allow free open access publishing without the costs of submitting to typical print journals which charge fees ranging from $500-$5000 per submission.  The emphasis of the journal will be on clinical research with emphasis on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of medical disorders. is currently recruiting contributors.  They are looking for authors with an interest in publishing online, reviewers (with some research or reviewing experience) and editors with significant clinical, editing or reviewing experience.  Potential contributors should  apply online at,  It’s a great way to participate in changing the way patients receive and use medical information.  Future plans include a mobile healthcare community outreach program to help educate those in lower socioeconomic and rural regions of the country.

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Frederick F. Fakharzadeh, MD
Timothy G. Havenhill, MD
W.P. Andrew Lee, MD
Fraser J. Leversedge, MD
Richard L. Makowiec, MD
Gregg G. Martyak, MD
Steven S. Shin, MD
Nicole L. Strauss, MD
Christopher M. Stutz, MD
Steven C. Winters, MD
Jeffrey Yao, 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.