Today is The Last Day to Help Rename SHUEHORN!
(Re)Certify with Certainty and Ease
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Introducing the Mid-Career Leadership Program
US Bone and Joint Initiative Grant Workshop Series - Application Deadline July 15
ASSH Job Board Can Help You Find What You're Looking For
CMS Releases Proposed Rules for 2014 Payment Policies
Thank You to AFSH Donors
Brent Graham, MD
Chair, JHS Task Force
In the current era of increasingly rapid technologic change, the ways in which we access information are also evolving. As a result, some careful reflection on the position and role of the Journal of Hand Surgery as one of the principal entities through which hand surgeons presently share information is warranted. At the May 2013 Council meeting President-elect Scott Kozin created a Journal of Hand Surgery Task Force with two broad charges: (i) to review all aspects of the Journal including content, platforms and editorial activities and (ii) to outline a framework for a Request for Proposals to be aimed at publishing partners for a contract starting when the agreement with our current publisher concludes at the end of 2014. I will be chairing the Task Force which comprises the members of the Journal Advisory Group, Jim Chang, MD, Scott Kozin, MD and Alex Shin, MD as well as Marty Boyer, MD and Mark Anderson, Executive Vice-President and CEO of the ASSH.
Over the summer the group will be meeting via conference call to look at different models for providing the content currently contained in the Journal as well as novel ways of enhancing that information through the use of technologies such as video streaming, social media and access to the aggregated content that will be contained in the SHUEHORN initiative as well on platforms outside of the ASSH. The objective is to ensure the Journal continues in its central position as the source for the most important and highest quality information for hand surgeons and hand care professionals worldwide.
New technologies and novel platforms for disseminating and for finding information may also have a substantial impact on the process of reviewing and editing submissions to the Journal. The Task Force will also review how the Journal can best meet the needs of authors, reviewers and editors as well as those of readers. We invite ASSH members to contact any one of us with ideas for how the Journal can continue innovating in the coming years and utilize the tremendous potential for sharing information that these new technologies have opened.
These ideas will consolidated in a report to Council in the autumn, which will be used to develop a framework for entering into a partnership with a publisher starting in 2015. We are confident that the result will be a vibrant and multidimensional Journal that will maintain its status as the centerpiece of the educational and research mission of our organization.
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 we need your help to come up with a name for this incredible tool.
We are looking for suggestions that capture the spirit and mission of hand and upper-extremity education with a catchy, easy-to-remember moniker. The submission deadline is today
, 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.
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand can help prepare you for the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand. Here's how:
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ASSH is not the only big meeting coming to town October 3-5, and hotel rooms in San Fran are going fast. Act now, and book your room
at the Hilton Union Square - the ASSH Annual Meeting headquarter hotel. Here are a few good reasons to stay at the Hilton Union Square:
- Complimentary shuttle to and from the Moscone West convention center.
- Guaranteed low rate.
- Support the meeting: $10 of your room rate will be used to defray ASSH meeting costs.
- Great location: walk to fine dining, shopping and local highlights.
ASSH also has room blocks at the InterContinental San Francisco. Book through our website
to ensure the lowest rates, or call your preferred hotel and tell them you are with the ASSH meeting.
Book soon! Our official housing deadline is September 2nd. If you haven't registered for the meeting yet, click here
After nine years of successfully introducing groups of candidate and active members with less than eight years of membership to the ASSH leadership and governance processes, more seasoned active members will now have the same opportunities! For 2013, the pilot Mid-Career Leadership Program
will replace the Young Leaders Program, offering Active Members with more than eight years of membership the chance to increase their involvement with our Society.
If you are committed to the mission and values of the Hand Society, this is your chance to work with Council to shape our future, gaining insight into the structured process of leading a medical society. Members selected for this pilot program will participate in the December Council meeting (December 18-20) and provide ongoing support for committees and taskforces. This year’s Mid-Career Leaders will begin by researching key issues in the upper extremity profession and presenting their findings to Council in December.
To participate in this program, you must be an ASSH Active Member of eight or more years of membership. Applications will be available on the Mid-Career Leadership Program webpage on Monday July 15, 2013. All participants are expected to pay for their travel to and from the Leadership program. The Hand Society will reimburse your hotel, meals and tuition for the program. Applications are due on Thursday August 15, 2013.
Contact ASSH Governance Coordinator Olivia Moran (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 312-880-1918) with questions.
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
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.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a series of proposed rules for revisions to payment policies under the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule, Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System. Among other things, CMS proposes that an eligible professional who meets the criteria for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) incentive will satisfy the reporting requirement for the 2016 PQRS payment adjustment. In other words, eligible professionals who meet the criteria for the 2014 PQRS incentive will automatically avoid the downward payment adjustment for 2016. Read more
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